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· California Bill Passes, Giving Amazon Warehouse Workers Power To Fight Speed Quotas [Sep]
… a first-of-its-kind legislation that would give Amazon and other warehouse workers new power to fight speed quotas…
· Gallup poll finds Americans' approval for labor unions rising under Biden administration [Sep]
… at its highest point in more than half a century…
· FSIS accepts federal court ruling on swine slaughter line speeds [May]
… The United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW)… expressed their approval…
California Bill Passes, Giving Amazon Warehouse Workers Power To Fight Speed Quotas
Alina Selyukh, NPR
September 8, 2021
California lawmakers have passed a first-of-its-kind legislation that would give Amazon and other warehouse workers new power to fight speed quotas, which critics say have forced workers to skip bathroom breaks and skirt safety measures.
The bill, if signed by the governor, could also make public more comprehensive details about the demands Amazon makes of its warehouse staff, specifically about the impact of speed quotas on the workers' health.
"It's the first step in changing working conditions in the warehouse," said Veena Dubal, an expert on labor law and technology at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, who supports the legislation.
Warehouses employ a ballooning workforce, largely thanks to Amazon, now the second-largest private employer in the U.S. with more than 950,000 workers. Tracked by algorithms, Amazon warehouse staff rush to pack and ship a never-ending stream of shopping orders to be delivered in a matter of hours.
California's Assembly Bill 701 asserts that productivity demands cannot come at the expense of health and safety...
Amazon has drawn scrutiny for its workers' injury rates ...
Repetitive exertion raises the risks of injury ...
Business groups say the bill casts too wide a net ...
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Gallup poll finds Americans' approval for labor unions rising under Biden administration
Craig Harris, USA TODAY
Sep 6, 2021
Americans' approval of labor unions has been trending upward in recent years and is at its highest point in more than half a century, according to recent Gallup poll.
Gallup, a global analytics and advice firm well known for its polling, found that approval among Democrats has risen over the past year as President Joe Biden has said he expects his administration to be one of the most pro-union in history.
Gallup has measured the public's rating of labor unions periodically beginning in 1936 and then annually since 2001, and more Americans have expressed approval than disapproval in every reading. The organization's annual Work and Education poll conducted Aug. 2-17, 2021, found:
♦At least 68% of Americans approve of labor unions, statistically similar to last year's finding of 65%. The current reading is the highest since Gallup found a 71% approval in 1965...
FSIS accepts federal court ruling on swine slaughter line speeds
By Ryan McCarthy, Meat+Poultry
WASHINGTON — The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) responded to a federal district court ruling regarding US pork processing plants’ line speeds.
The agency said that establishments operating under New Swine Slaughter Inspection System (NSIS) should prepare to set a maximum line speed of 1,106 head per hour on June 30, 2021. During March, a federal court vacated a provision of the NSIS that enabled pork processors to establish maximum line speeds during the Trump administration.
“The agency is committed to worker safety and ensuring a safe, reliable food supply,” FSIS said in a statement. “We will work with the establishments to comply with the court’s ruling and minimize disruptions to the supply chain.”
In March, the US District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled that FSIS violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) when the agency failed to consider whether increasing line speeds would harm workers. The order by the court was placed on hold for 90 days until the USDA developed a plan for plants that converted to NSIS.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW), who were involved with the federal lawsuit, expressed their approval for the FSIS decision...