Recommended Reads this Week: Organizing, Striking, and new Legislation

Article Published on March 13, 2023

Workers are learning governing power through high-participation negotiations. They’re also learning that organizing never stops! 

“The question for today’s new unions—as well as for workers hoping to rebuild established ones—is: Can they learn the lessons that most legacy unions have failed to understand? The most important of these is that the high-energy organizing work never stops, from the first conversations among workers considering a union all the way to winning the hard fight for a first contract,” says the Nation article.

Read more in this compelling article from The Nation

Los Angeles Unified School District—SEIU 99—workers union moves closer to striking

An important Los Angeles Unified workers union is one step closer to a possibly disruptive strike. SEIU Local 99, which represents 30,000 custodians, cafeteria workers, special education assistants, and other essential employees, gave LAUSD a 10-day notice on Tuesday to end its extended contract with the district, including its no-strike provision.

Here’s the latest update from EdSource.

Another update is available from Los Angeles City News

PRO Act introduced for third time as lawmakers cite growing unionization push

As unionization efforts grow around the nation, members of Congress on Tuesday reintroduced the PRO Act, which would provide new protections to workers seeking to organize. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which in 2020 and 2021 was passed by the House of Representatives, has been called the “most important labor legislation” in generations by its supporters. Supported by President Joe Biden, it would also strengthen the National Labor Relations Act and allow the National Labor Relations Board to penalize companies that violate workers’ rights.

MSN MarketWatch has the story