The University of California Strike Could Reshape Higher Education
As a strike of 48,000 academic workers at the University of California—the largest labor action of the year—stretches into a third week, other universities are watching closely. The outcome in California, experts say, could shape a new model for higher education across the country.news.yahoo.com
Eastern Michigan University professors reach new 4-year labor agreement after 3-day strike
Members of the Eastern Michigan University American Association of University Professors (AAUP) voted 96% in favor of ratifying a new four-year labor agreement which includes significant gains in salary, retirement, and protections for health care coverage.
Strike at Canadian border causes massive traffic backup on Michigan freeways
“Unfortunately, this is a very perishable industry. It’s commodity dependent and we have commodities that are sensitive enough that we start seeing diminished quality,” said Bill Loupee. We don’t have time to have trucks to sit at the border for 24-48 hours. It’s just not an option.”
El Salvador becomes the world’s first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender
Nayib Bukele, El Salvador's president, delivers a speech to Congress at the Legislative Assembly building in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. Photographer: Camilo Freedman/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesMIAMI -- El Salvador announced legislation Saturday that will make it the world's first sovereign nation to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, alongside the U.S. dollar. El Salvador is a largely cash economy, where roughly 70% of people do not have bank accounts or credit cards. Back said he plans to contribute technologies like Liquid and satellite infrastructure to make El Salvador a model for the world. "We're pleased to help El Salvador on its journey towards adoption of the Bitcoin Standard," he said.cnbc.com
Michigan lawmakers join 7UP workers picketing in Redford
REDFORD, Mich. – For the 10th day in a row, 7UP workers picket outside the distribution center in Redford. Workers said they are on strike to fight a two-tier wage system and for a fair disciplinary process. “He worked for this company and he’s out here saying he’s never seen anything like this. “They’re not going to let their jobs get diminished. We’re not going to work for a second-tier wage.”Parent company Keurig Dr Pepper released the following statement regarding the strike:
More than 650 GM temporary employees in the US to become full-time
The U.S. is making General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million big pickup trucks and SUVs equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT – On Monday, General Motors announced that more than 650 hourly workers in the United States will transition from temporary to full-time employment this month. The temporary employees who will be impacted work at GM plants and other sites in Michigan, Indiana, Texas and Missouri. “We are proud to welcome these team members as regular, full-time employees,” said Phil Kienle, GM vice president of North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations. “UAW members negotiated and ratified a path to seniority status in the 2019 National Negotiations and because of their contract, 650 members will gain seniority status and benefits this month.
Carolina Panthers' Russell Okung claims to be first NFL player "paid in bitcoin"
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Russell Okung claimed to be the first NFL player who will be paid in bitcoin, according to an announcement Tuesday from Okung and Strike, a mobile payments company. However, it's still unclear how Okung is actually getting paid. Getting paid in Bitcoin is the 1st step of opting out of the corrupt, manipulated economy we all inhabit." "Getting #Bitcoin in exchange for your labor is much more than meets the eye. Russell Okung of the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on August 24, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.cbsnews.com
Resident advisors end strike, reach deal with University of Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Resident advisors at the University of Michigan have ended their nearly two-week strike after reaching a deal with the university. Residential Staff members demanded more protections including regular access to testing for all residence staff, and enforcement of the university mask and social distancing mandates in dining and residence halls. We’d like to thank everyone that supported us during our strike, especially GEO, AFT, our regents, our LT, & everyone on campus that supported us. GEO members had been on strike since Tuesday, Sept. 8 calling on university leadership to ensure better protections from COVID-19 on campus. That strike ended on Thursday, Sept. 17 after a vote from GEO members the previous evening.
University of Michigan Faculty Senate reverses no-confidence decision
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Faculty leaders at the University of Michigan have reversed a statement made last week regarding a motion of no-confidence in U-M President Mark Schlissel. After reviewing votes taken during a meeting last week, members of the Faculty Senate now say that the motion should have passed. During a Wednesday, Sept. 16 meeting, the motion was said to have failed because it did not receive a majority of votes in favor. GEO ended its strike on Thursday, Sept. 17, after a deal was struck between it and the university. The faculty senate has around 4,300 members, some of whom were not able to make the Sept. 16 meeting.
University of Michigan graduate students accept school’s latest offer, end strike
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Members of the Graduate Employee’s Organization (GEO) voted Wednesday to accept the University of Michigan’s latest offer regarding issues of mutual concern and end their strike. The university and GEO union announced the strike end Thursday morning. “GEO said its members would return to their duties beginning this morning,” reads a statement from the university. At our largest general membership meeting to date, 1,074 GEO members voted to accept the university’s offer, 239 members voted to reject, and 66 abstained. GEO members and supporters now return to our regular work duties.
Striking University of Michigan students hold press conference, elaborate on anti-policing demands
Maren Spolum and Dr. Hannah Maier from Public Health will speak on the public health implications of GEO's demands. pic.twitter.com/qcTi6pZ3Ns — GEO at U-Michigan (@geo3550) September 16, 2020U-M postdoctoral research fellow in Epidemiology Hannah Maier and public health doctoral student Maren Spolum each spoke on the public health implications of GEO’s demands. She discussed how policing is related to public health and how data from DPSS supports GEO’s demand to disarm police on campus. Addressing the U-M’s claim that some demands are not bargaining items, GEO member Sasha Bishop went over each of GEO’s anti-policing demands. Bishop elaborated on why the student unions' demands address the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Undergraduates protest, march in support of striking University of Michigan students
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Friday, undergraduate students at the University of Michigan voiced support for graduate students and resident advisors on strike through a solidarity protest and march. More than 250 undergraduates and members of Students Demand Representation, a U-M student activist organization, listened to speeches given from the steps of the Michigan Union about labor unions and the safety of university workers. After the speeches, undergraduate students marched through downtown Ann Arbor and across campus to join those on strike and to support U-M Dining employees who staged a walkout last week. On Monday afternoon, University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel said through video that the university has taken legal action against the strike. According to University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald, the move includes a “temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the union strike.”More University of Michigan strike coverage:
U-M president on student instructors strike: ‘Going to the court was our only choice’
ANN ARBOR – In a video message released on Monday afternoon, University of Michigan’s president Mark Schlissel revealed that the school has asked the courts to intervene with the ongoing graduate student instructors strike. The group’s demands also include the defunding and disarming of U-M’s Division of Public Safety and Security, a universal remote work option and subsidies for child care. The group rejected an initial offer by the university last week, saying it did not meet their demands. “The way that they responded to COVID is very much like valuing profit over human lives.”The strike has garnered national media attention as well as support from federal, state, and local government officials. Related reading
Graduate students: Strike at University of Michigan will continue until demands are met
GEO members are calling for the university to help make the campus safer amid the pandemic, requesting U-M to increase and randomize COVID-19 testing. A U-M student who reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 visited the Moore Building on Sept. 1-4. GEO members say the strike will continue until their demands are met. The university stands ready to continue discussions with GEO so that all students are able to continue their studies without further interruption. Related: Michigan State University students asked to self-quarantine amid surge of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases
University of Michigan graduate students continue strike after rejecting university’s offer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Graduate student instructors at the University of Michigan will continue their strike after rejecting an initial offer from the Ann Arbor university. A proposal by the university to end the strike was supported by GEO leadership, but members ultimately rejected the university’s offer saying that it did not meet their demands. “Membership decided by an overwhelming majority that the university’s offer did not constitute continued progress on these demands,” the release states. GEO members have been on strike since Tuesday, Sept. 8, protesting the university’s return to in-person learning. On Thursday, the university released a more detailed response to GEO’s demands after its offer was rejected.
University of Michigan residence hall staff strike, demand increase in coronavirus protections
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Residence hall staff at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have gone on strike over what they say are insufficient coronavirus protections. The strike, which started on Tuesday, Sept. 8, is happening alongside a strike by U-M graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants protesting the universitys return to in-person education. However, we have reached a breaking point, the release states, noting that communication with U-M Housing has been slow and ineffective. We will not be patronized and pushed around by the University of Michigan anymore. Related:University of Michigan graduate employees to strike, calling for safe campusUniversity of Michigan steps up COVID-19 testing to 3,000 weekly tests with new program
Graduate students who teach launch strike at University of Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Graduate students who teach classes at the University of Michigan were on strike Tuesday over in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. The Graduate Employees' Organization, which represents more than 1,000 instructors, has called for a four-day strike. The vast majority of classes at the University of Michigan have shifted to online but the union said the university isnt doing enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The university is preparing to continue operations, including classes, in the event of a strike, he said. Related: University of Michigan graduate employees to strike, calling for safe campus
University of Michigan graduate employees to strike, calling for safe campus
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University of Michigans Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) will begin striking Tuesday to protest the universitys return to in-person education amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. GEO represents graduate student instructors and graduate student staff assistants at U-M. The organization voted in favor of the strike on Monday, according to a tweet posted by the group -- one week after classes resumed on campus. The University of Michigans Lecturers Employee Organization (LEO) said Monday that the COVID-19 testing plan is inadequate, and that they support GEOs decision to strike. The university also created a COVID-19 dashboard that provides updates regarding cases of COVID-19 on the Ann Arbor campus.
DPSCD and Detroit Federation of Teachers reach deal to reopen schools
DETROIT An agreement to reopen schools was reached between the Detroit Public Schools Community District and the Detroit Federation of Teachers. For some of our families and students, this means face-to-face instruction and for others it is online learning.Schools are expected to reopen Sept. 8. Nearly all schools will offer some level of face-to-face instruction, even if most teachers and students will function online at particular schools. Required use and distribution of masks for students, teachers, and all staff. For more information on the reopening of schools, visit the official DPSCD website here.
Detroit Federation of Teachers approve strike vote
DETROIT According to the Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT), 91 percent of its membership approved a strike vote which would allow the union to call a strike in the event negotiations break down with the school district. The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) offered in-person summer school and anticipated about 25 percent of its student population would opt for in-person instruction. As of right now, it does not appear there will be sufficient teachers to accommodate in-person instruction. Wednesdays vote doesnt mean a strike is imminent but that the union has authorized one if negotiations break down. Detroit is scheduled to return back to school Sept. 8.
1,600 Detroit nursing home workers to strike over concern for residents’ safety
DETROIT – Around 1,600 Detroit nursing home workers are set to go on strike later this month due to concerns about the safety of residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Workers are planning to go on strike Aug. 17, more than five months into the pandemic. “Nursing home owners failed to prepare for this virus before it arrived and failed to protect us once it was here. By going on strike, I’m not just fighting on behalf of nursing home workers. I’m fighting for my residents, too.”Striking workers in Detroit plan to draw attention to racial disparities inherent to the nursing home crisis.