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Sept. 18, 1999
A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends when an arbitrator orders a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members.
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Amazon Has Avoided Unions for 25 Years – Labor Leaders Think That Could Change
Posted On: Sep 14, 2020
Sept. 14, 2020 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Amazon landed in hot water this week when job posts revealed apparent details about the company’s strategies for identifying potential union activity in its workforce. The company quickly took down the two employment ads for intelligence analysts whose duties were to include tracking “labor organizing threats,” saying they did not accurately describe the roles. But it was just the latest illustration of the uneasy and, at times, contentious relationship between unions and one of the country’s largest private employers. Amazon has successfully avoided unions in its ranks for years, despite a workforce that includes hundreds of thousands of front-line warehouse and logistics workers. However, labor leaders say growing scrutiny of Amazon, coupled with the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, could usher in a new era of unionization at the tech giant… Geekwire

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