GM 1937, Amazon 2021: ¿De qué lado estás?

first_imgGeneral Motors 1937, Amazon 2021 Por lo tanto, la lucha plantea la pregunta de la famosa canción sindical: ¿De qué lado estás? Las condiciones en las líneas de montaje de GM no eran tan diferentes de las de Amazon. Uno de los principales problemas que motivaban la lucha por la representación de la UAW era el famoso “speedup”, cuando la dirección hacía correr más rápido el montaje en movimiento para aumentar la producción. Las empresas ricas estaban unidas en su oposición a los sindicatos. Contrataron a matones mercenarios de la famosa organización antisindical Pinkerton. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Esto es una rotunda mentira. “En 2019, Amazon registró 14.000 lesiones graves en todos sus centros de cumplimiento, lo que equivale a una tasa de lesiones de 7,7 lesiones graves por cada 100 empleados, encontró Reveal. Eso es casi el doble del estándar más reciente de la industria, según Reveal. Amazon también puede estar subregistrando las lesiones de los trabajadores del almacén”. (cnbc, 29 de septiembre de 2020) Una vez ganada la representación sindical, la batalla no ha hecho más que empezar. Luego viene la lucha por conseguir un contrato decente. Podría ser necesaria una huelga, y los partidarios del sindicato podrían ser despedidos. Amazon podría amenazar con cerrar el almacén, como ha hecho Walmart cuando se organizaron las tiendas. La campaña para organizar a Amazon es comparable en importancia a la obtención del primer contrato sindical de GM en 1937. Tácticamente hay diferencias entre una elección con voto secreto y una huelga, ya sea un piquete exterior o una ocupación. Pero la esencia de clase es la misma: el trabajo contra el capital.  Amazon se jacta en su sitio web de que sus trabajadores ganan 15 dólares por hora -una reciente concesión al movimiento masivo de trabajadores de bajos salarios, Fight for $15- y tienen beneficios de salud. Bessemer tiene una tasa de pobreza del 25%, y el 19% de los residentes no tienen seguro médico. Alabama es uno de los 21 estados que todavía tienen un salario mínimo igual o inferior al mínimo federal de 7,25 dólares la hora. Los organizadores del recién creado Congreso de Organizaciones Industriales reconocieron la clave del éxito futuro: Una victoria en GM tendría un efecto domino, inspirando exitosas campañas sindicales en una serie de industrias. Pero no sería fácil conseguir que GM hiciera lo que juró que nunca haría: reconocer un sindicato. Fue necesaria una ocupación de 44 días de las plantas de GM en Flint, Michigan, para forzar la mano de la empresa. Amazon -que comercializa su dispositivo de monitorización, el Modjoul SmartBelt a otras empresas- afirma que está diseñado “para que puedas priorizar las áreas de atención para la seguridad y la productividad”. Lo que más se necesita es una solidaridad masiva y global. Ninguno de nosotros está muy lejos de un almacén de Amazon o de una tienda de Whole Foods donde podamos poner un piquete de solidaridad. Esta fuerza laboral de mayoría afroamericana no sólo se enfrenta al hombre más rico del mundo, el director general de Amazon, Jeff Bezos, sino también a la segunda empresa más grande de Estados Unidos, y la novena del mundo. Amazon, incluida Whole Foods, propiedad de Amazon, tiene 1,37 millones de trabajadores sólo en Estados Unidos. Esta cifra no incluye a los repartidores. Amazon tiene la mayor capitalización bursátil -basada en el valor de las acciones y el número de acciones en circulación- de todas las empresas del mundo.center_img Ahora, menos de un año después de que el almacén de Bessemer abriera sus puertas el pasado mes de marzo, al menos 2.000 trabajadores de Amazon han firmado tarjetas sindicales, suficientes para que la NLRB ordene unas elecciones. Entre los trabajadores que no eran bienvenidos en la AFL estaban los obreros negros del acero de Bessemer. Fue necesario el sindicato Mine, Mill and Smelter, dirigido por el Partido Comunista, para organizar las fábricas del sur profundo. Los trabajadores negros de la siderurgia del sur fueron una parte importante de la historia laboral en los años 30. Incluso hoy la conciencia sindical es alta en Bessemer. Allí, en el almacén BHM1 de Amazon, miles de trabajadores luchan por un sindicato. A pesar de las estridentes objeciones de Amazon, la Junta Nacional de Relaciones Laborales está llevando a cabo una elección de representación sindical por correo. Desde el 8 de febrero hasta el 29 de marzo, los trabajadores enviarán por correo las papeletas indicando si quieren ser representados por el Sindicato de Trabajadores de Minoristas, Mayoristas y Grandes Almacenes, afiliado a United Food and Commercial Workers. Existen paralelismos históricos entre la lucha actual y un período anterior de feroces batallas de clase: la década de 1930. La mayor empresa del mundo era entonces General Motors, cuyo presidente, Alfred P. Sloan, era el ejecutivo mejor pagado del mundo. Los trabajadores eran vigilados por la elaborada red de espías de la empresa GM. Los partidarios del United Automobile Workers escondían sus botones sindicales bajo el cuello de la camisa. Bessemer, Alabama, situada en las afueras de Birmingham y con una población de 26.500 habitantes -alrededor de un 75% de afroamericanos- se ha convertido en un foco central de toda la lucha de clases.Solidaridad con la huelga de brazos caídos de Flint dentro de las plantas de GM Teniendo en cuenta esto, conseguir un trabajo en Amazon podría parecer un golpe de suerte. Pero el salario no es suficiente para mantener a una familia en 2021. Además, 15 dólares por hora ni siquiera se acercan al valor que los trabajadores de Amazon producen para el CEO Bezos, cuya riqueza se expande a un ritmo actual de ¡$2.537 dólares por segundo! Lo que está en juego en la batalla actual no podría ser mayor – con ramificaciones para los trabajadores de Amazon en todas partes y, en última instancia, para la clase obrera mundial. Los trabajadores de la BHM1 de Amazon necesitan saber que la clase obrera internacional les respalda. Eso inclinará la balanza y les ayudará a ganar contra el cibermillonario más rico de la historia de la humanidad.  El 11 de febrero se cumple el 84º aniversario de la victoria en la famosa huelga de brazos caídos de Flint. En 1937, hubo más de 500 sentadas y otras huelgas en las que participaron trabajadores de la siderurgia, la industria cárnica y otras plantas, así como del comercio minorista, la hostelería y el sector público. Tras la victoria de los trabajadores de Flint, los sindicatos del CIO crecieron exponencialmente, incorporando al movimiento obrero a trabajadores industriales que la conservadora Federación Americana del Trabajo, basada en la artesanía, había descartado. Amazon ha lanzado un sitio web de propaganda, “Hazlo sin cuotas”, destinado a conseguir que los trabajadores de Bessemer voten en contra de la representación sindical. Hay miedo e intimidación; el voto mayoritario no está garantizado.  Las condiciones de trabajo, descritas como “agotadoras”, son insoportables. Se utilizan cámaras y software espía desarrollados por la propia Amazon para controlar la productividad de los trabajadores, las pausas para ir al baño y cualquier tipo de “datos relacionados con el movimiento humano, la ubicación y el entorno”, según presume la empresa. Se vigila a los empleados para que defiendan a los sindicatos.last_img read more

Journalists targeted by armed attacks, abductions

first_img October 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists targeted by armed attacks, abductions June 24, 2020 Find out more News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul News Help by sharing this information LibyaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Follow the news on Libya Receive email alerts Organisation center_img News On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom LibyaMiddle East – North Africa February 23, 2021 Find out more Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by the complete absence of the rule of law and lack of security in Libya, and by the impact this is having on the work of journalists, and calls on the authorities to ensure that recent serious attacks and kidnappings of media personnel do not go unpunished.In one of the most recent cases, shots were repeatedly fired at Radio Zawiya, a radio station based in the northwestern city of Zawiya, at around 8 a.m. on 29 September, damaging the office of its manager, Amar Sultan, but causing no injuries.Taher al-Turki, the editor of Al-Rawasi, a newspaper based in the northwestern city of Zintan, was driving with his wife, daughter and brother from Swani to Zintan on 27 September when gunmen fired at his car, injuring him in the leg, and then kidnapped him. His brother, who sustained gunshot injuries, died after being taken to hospital. The family has received no news of Turki since the kidnapping.Ahmed Abdel Hakim Al-Mashaoui, a young freelance journalist who works for various local and international media, was arrested in the Tripoli district of Al-Hadba on 23 September by patrolling police, apparently because the military were looking for him. He was taken handcuffed and blindfolded to a detention centre and questioned, and then released the next morning. Hakim’s arbitrary arrest appears to have been prompted by a telephone interview he gave to the privately-owned satellite TV station Al-Assima the previous evening in which he criticized Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s government, Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood and the influence of Libya’s armed militia, which he blamed for the lack of security. During the interview, Hakim also talked about the activist Azzedin Louehshi’s abduction by an armed gang a few days before while participating in a demonstration in Tripoli’s Martyrs Square. While detained, Hakim was put under a great deal of pressure to telephone various Libyan TV stations to retract what he had said, but he refused to do this. Since his release, he has been receiving intimidatory messages and death threats.Mohammed Al-Hashim, a freelance journalist who works for the Shuruq Libya newspaper and the Tadamoun news agency, was abducted at a military checkpoint near Martyrs Square at around 5:30 p.m. on 14 September. After being stopped at the checkpoint for an ID check and identifying himself as a journalist, he was taken to a secret prison and tortured for about 12 hours. Hashim’s interrogators whipped him, gave him electric shocks and burned him with cigarettes in an eventually successful effort to force him to confess that he worked for the Gaddafi regime, something he categorically denies. He was released four days later, on 18 September.Gunmen ransacked the premises of the Libya Al-Jadida newspaper on the morning of 23 August (a Friday, and therefore a holiday in Libya), stealing equipment including several computers. Its managing editor, Faisal Amar Elhemali, and its editor in chief, Mahmoud Al-Misrati, had received many threats to themselves and their families before the attack.Reporters Without Borders reminds the new Libya’s authorities that they are subject to national and international obligations to respect freedom of expression and information, and urges them to do whatever is necessary to ensure that journalists are able to work safely.In particular, they must do everything in their power to stop the abductions, threats and attacks on journalists as quickly as possible, and must bring those responsible for these acts to justice in order to end the impunity and cycle of violence affecting media personnel. RSF_en News December 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Oxford University receives €56 million grant

first_imgAwards worth €600 million went to 301 outstanding researchers across 24 countries. Oxford University received nine new ERC Consolidator Grants, the most awarded to any institution in the UK and the second most in Europe. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, acknowledged the need to examine this issue, saying: “…it is so important that we reach an agreement on an ambitious Horizon Europe budget for the next multi-annual budget. More available research funding would also allow us to create more opportunities everywhere in the EU – excellence should not be a question of geography.” Dr Gascia Ouzounian from the Faculty of Music is looking at the topic of sound in cities, and how we can utilize the power of sound to build healthier, more inclusive, and more sustainable societies. Yet, the success of Oxford and other wealthy, Western European institutions may be indicative of a larger political problem.  Controversy surrounds the allocation of ERC Grants as their policy of focusing purely on excellence means wealthier and more well resourced institutions reap the greatest benefits. Grantees at Oxford University include researchers from a variety of departments, including Physics, Chemistry, Anthropology, Music, Medicine and Earth Sciences, to name a few. Researchers of any nationality with 7 to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD, and with a promising scientific track record and excellent research proposal are eligible to apply for a Consolidator grant.   Oxford University has been awarded a grant of €56 million by the European Research Council (ERC). center_img Professor Patrick Grant, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and Vesuvius Chair of Materials at Oxford University said: “We are proud of the success of our early career researchers in this recent round of highly competitive ERC funding. The level of funding support we receive from the ERC speaks to the calibre of researchers we are able to attract and who bring considerable prestige to the University. Teaching and research excellence is at the core of our mission, and in which ERC awards continue to play a valued and central role.” ERC grants are highly esteemed across the European academic community, and are awarded solely on the basis of scientific excellence. The Council was created to encourage groundbreaking research of the highest possible quality in Europe. The winners of the ERC’s latest Consolidator Grants Competition were announced on 10 December, the funding for this being a part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Some grants were awarded to Europe’s less wealthy central and eastern countries. Zaroui Pogossian at the Central European University in Hungrary, for example, received an award to support her research on cultural interactions in the medieval Caucasus, Anatolia and northern Mesopotamia. Institutions in countries like Germany, the UK, France and the Netherlands receive large amounts of funding from the ERC, prompting the question of how it can be possible for less economically developed countries to catch up academically to their richer counterparts. Dr Dace Dzenovska from the Department of Anthropology is researching the concept of ‘emptiness’ in relation to post-socialism villages and towns in the Latvian Russian borderlands, while Dr Sergi Padilla-Para from the Nuffield Department of Medicine is studying antibody responses to aid rational vaccine design for HIV.last_img read more

Moves to dampen investment borrowing have been so effective, banks are now offering better rates for interest only loans

first_imgExperts predict levels of interest only loans may increase.DEMAND for interest only loans had dropped so substantially that some banks were reducing their rates to try and entice more borrowers.Moves to dampen enthusiasm for interest only loans earlier this year had, had a dramatic affect on that type of lending.According to Mortgage Choice’s latest home loan approval data, there has been a significant decline in the proportion of interest only loans written by the brokerage in Queensland between April and September 2017.At the time banks dramatically lifted their interest rates on these types of loans.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMortgage Choice Ormeau principal Deslie Taylor said in March this year the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ordered banks to limit their level of interest only loans to 30 per cent of all new residential mortgages.As a result, many significantly increased interest only home loan rates to reduce the demand for this lending.“However, it seems for some lenders at least, the pendulum may have swung a little past its centre point and they are now working on bringing it back into place.’’Ms Taylor said in recent weeks lenders had started to reduce the rates on their interest only loans. This meant it was a good time she said for borrowers or those considering buying to look at what was available.“Borrowers will just need to show good reason for wanting an interest only loan,’’ she said.Mortgage Choice data showed that during September interest only loans accounted for 12.61 per cent of all home loans written in Queensland — down from 31.29 per cent in April.last_img read more

Shelbyville Graduate

first_imgDaniel Kuhn graduated from Shelbyville High School and planned to play baseball for Trine University.  Andrew Poore of IU knew that Kuhn had won the IHSAA’s state track 800m run in 1’50.9″ last year.  He convinced Kuhn to sign a letter of intent to run track for the Hoosiers.  Kuhn has now dropped his 800m time under 1’50” and his 400m time to 47″.  This is pretty good for a baseball player!You might ask why I am writing this article for a Huddle Up in Batesville.  Daniel Kuhn is the nephew of Batesville’s Larry Montgomery.  In a recent  conversation with Ted Hartshorn, Ted relayed this information to me.  Larry’s daughter, Gina, ran track and cross country for me while at Batesville High School as did her husband, Chuck Brinkman.  Evidently, the running genes are in the Montgomery family heritage.Larry was a former running pal of Ted Hartshorn.last_img read more

Preview: Chelsea take 100% record to Swansea

first_imgDemba Ba scored Chelsea’s winner at Swansea in 2014With three wins from three, Antonio Conte has made a perfect start to life as Chelsea manager. They now visit Swansea, the scene of Guus Hiddink’s first defeat, hoping to keep in touch with the Premier League pacesetters.Kick-off: 4pm, Sunday 11 September 2016Referee: Andre Marriner (Sheldon, West Midlands)Five key battles: Including N’Golo Kante v Gylfi SigurdssonBetVictor.com preview: Chelsea should see off SwanseaVital statistic: Chelsea have scored 15 goals in their last seven matches against Swansea.Injuries and suspensionsSWANSEAFitness test: Borja Baston (thigh).CHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Marco van Ginkel (knee). Possible starting line-upsBurnley: Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Cork, Fer; Barrow, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Llorente.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Kante; Pedro, Matic, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Swansea: L L W D W (7 points) • Home: L D W W W (10 points)Chelsea: W W W D D (11 points) • Away: W D L W L (7 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Swansea – 2: Fer.Chelsea – 2: Costa, Hazard; 1: Batshuayi, Moses, Willian.LAST FIVE MEETINGS9 Apr 2016: Swansea 1 Chelsea 08 Aug 2015: Chelsea 2 Swansea 217 Jan 2015: Swansea 0 Chelsea 513 Sep 2014: Chelsea 4 Swansea 213 Apr 2014: Swansea 0 Chelsea 1Swansea 1 win, Chelsea 3 wins, 1 drawSee also:Luiz return key to Chelsea title bid, says NevinThe stats show Hazard must be player of the monthConte ponders future tactical changeChelsea should be too good for SwanseaSwansea v Chelsea: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Steve Kerr with measured outlook on Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and their technicals

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – If the Warriors advance to the NBA Finals for a fifth consecutive year, coach Steve Kerr already anticipates Kevin Durant and Draymond Green could compromise the team’s ability to win its fourth NBA title in five seasons.“If we go to the Finals, I think Kevin and Draymond are each on pace for about 42 technicals and six suspensions,” Kerr said. …last_img

Ex-rugby star now hand cycling ace

first_imgLast year, he completed the 45km hand cycle race in second place, finishing in just inside of two hours. “My bike wasn’t changing the gears properly, which made most the race a struggle,” he recalled. “I must say that I had fun doing it and chances are that I’ll probably do it every year. Once a speedy winger, Mkhize has now set his sights on representing South Africa at the Paralympic Games. He retains the same determination and competitive spirit that he showed in his youth, and his ambition remains as strong as ever. “The biggest challenge about getting some road training is competing with motorists as they battle to see us [hand cyclists] being so low on the ground,” he said. 2 April 2013 “The truth is I enjoy it because it a sport, so it keeps me involved in sport and I get to compete in nationally recognized events. Hopefully soon I will be taking part in internationally recognized events and ultimately the Paralympics.” “The toughest part is making time to train when one works full time.” “He showed resilience, stamina and bravery and rode into Ballito covered in mud and glory. Cedric empowers our vision, extends our limits and show us that we can grasp that little bit further.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He got into cycling through the energetic head of the Quadriplegics Association of South Africa, Ari Seirlis, who is a keen hand cyclist. “GreenOffice has a cycling team and they help all the disabled riders with a push here and there on the up hills as they can be very challenging for some,” he continued. “Long term, I would like to represent the country on the international stage, such as the Paralympics, and to become a world champion and bring home the gold medal,” said Mkhize. “I would also like to be an ambassador for the sport.” “He has inspired many by his choice to participate in mainstream events and life,” said Seirlis. “In 2012, I had the privilege to accompany him on an off-road motorbike ride from Johannesburg to Ballito – 1 000 kilometres of off-road adventure and elements.” ‘Freedom’“I love the freedom it gives me and the fact that I am doing it lying down!” he laughed. Seirlis is solidly backing Mkhize at every turn, saying his attitude and tenacity is inspirational. CourtesyMkhize said the lack of consideration and courtesy from vehicle drivers was a particular problem for hand cyclists, who are less visible on the road than other riders. The sport has opened new horizons to Mkhize, who wants to use his profile to champion the sport and raise awareness of the ongoing fundraising drives to purchase more hand cycles. Assistance“A friend asked me if I would enjoy cycling and I said I would love to try it out. I did some research and then a good friend of mine, Ari Seirlis, got me to contact Ernst Van Dyk on how to get me a hand cycle. After then I didn’t look back,” Mkhize explained. SAinfo reporter There’s a saying that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. One man who has done that is former Sharks winger Cedric Mkhize, who was left paralyzed after a car crash outside Welkom in 2007. On 28 April, he will compete in the aQuelle Tour Durban as a hand cyclist.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 24, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We can see another damp feeling type of day today, as clouds hold over all of Ohio, and we have another day of light precipitation to deal with. Today’s action favors better rain totals over the eastern half of the state, but we will not rule out action anywhere. In the east, we can see a tenth to half an  inch, and in the west a sprinkle to a few hundredths are possible. Still, there is likely less moisture around over a good 60% of the state than we saw yesterday.WE will even see some additional moisture for early Wednesday in east and northeast Ohio, although the rest of the state should be drying out and getting more sun there.Drying continues through Thursday, as humidity values fall.We still have a weak cold front sagging into the northern part of the state overnight Thursday night into early Friday, but moisture held by the wave is significantly lower. This will bring scattered showers totaling no more than a few hundredths to a tenth or two to 40% of the state north of I-70 in the overnight Thursday early Friday period. That forecast is lower on moisture totals and lower on coverage than our previous look and we would not be surprised to see the front wither to nearly nothing by the time we get there. We see nothing south of I-70.Dry weather back for the balance of Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday. We should see temps climb a bit over the weekend as south flow develops ahead of our next system.Monday we see our next storm complex moving into the state. The map at right shows a possible set up for just after sunrise Monday morning. Models have started to have a bit more disagreement on timing and duration, along with strength. We are seeing signs of the track and speed mimicking our last system this past weekend, moving slowly across the eastern corn belt due to a strong upper level ridge and high-pressure dome off the Atlantic coast. However, we are not making any changes to our forecast at this time, except to pull back on moisture for the Sunday night and Monday period. Right now, we are looking at a half to 1.5” and will pull coverage back to 70%. We are going to leave Tuesday and Wednesday dry this morning and challenge mother nature to give us a little more data. We will revisit the system tomorrow morning. We should be dry the remainder of the week.We are leaving the extended period alone this morning. We have dry weather through the 4th, and then have a system coming together in the western belt that will take a few days to push east. This will likely bring some half to 1-inch moisture potential back to the eastern corn belt for the 5th and 6th. High pressure returns on the backside of that system.last_img read more

Why to Log a DNF

first_imgLog Your DNFs3 Little Geocaching Letters that say “I Care”You’ve looked. You really have. The geocache is not a container magnetized under the park bench. It’s not that funny looking rock, and of course it’s not under the lamp post cover. You’ve checked the previous logs and the hint. The geocache could be there, but you can’t seem to find it. You give up (for now). Geocaching doesn’t stop there though. Here’s what you do. You log a DNF on the geocache page. It’s “Did not find” and it means, “I care.”When you log a DNF, you’re telling geocachers that the geocache may be more difficult to find than anticipated or may even be missing. You’re also letting the geocache owner know that they may need to double check that their geocache container can still be located at the posted coordinates.If you’re a geocacher who logged any of the more than nine million DNF’s posted to Geocaching so far, thanks from the geocaching community. It’s a small way to help ensure the quality of geocaching. Plus, you can always go back and search again. Who knows, maybe this time you’ll catch a break and log a “Found it!”Add a comment below and share your DNF strategy with other geocachers. When do you log a DNF?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDNF for the Good of All HumanityMarch 2, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes”Turn that frown upside downDecember 18, 2018In “News”Why You Should Log Your DNF’s – Geocaching.com Weekly MailerAugust 22, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more