In These Times
- The Message from the Amazon Union Defeat in Alabama Is Clear: Keep Organizing - The union’s loss in Bessemer shows the urgent need for both labor law reform and organizing at a mass scale.
On April 9, the National Labor Relations Board announced the results of a mail ballot certification election that concluded on March 29 for workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama. With 3,215 votes cast, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) was defeated with at least 1,608 votes against the union, enough to crush the drive. The result was not shocking given the millions of dollars that Amazon spent and its power inside the facility to pressure workers […]
- On the Picket Line With Striking Miners - Union organizer Jacob Morrison and musician Lee Baines III offer their solidarity to members of the United Mine Workers of America.
Last Thursday, around 1,100 coal miners at Warrior Met Coal in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, went on strike. According to the union, the United Mine Workers of America, a tentative bargaining agreement has now been reached with the company, but workers must still vote on whether or not to ratify it. In order to cover this important strike and spread these workers' stories, we've teamed up with our brothers-in-arms Jacob Morrison, a union organizer and cohost of the outstanding Valley Labor […]
- CO2 Now at Levels Unseen in 3.6 Million Years - Despite pandemic shutdowns, the NOAA warns that carbon dioxide and methane "continued their unrelenting rise in 2020."
U.S. government scientists warned Wednesday that despite temporary drops in planet-heating emissions due to shutdowns triggered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, "levels of the two most important anthropogenic greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, continued their unrelenting rise in 2020." The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) also said that the global surface average for carbon dioxide (CO2) last year was 412.5 parts per million (PPM), among the highest rates of […]