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Sept. 25, 1891
Two African-American sharecroppers are killed during an ultimately unsuccessful cotton-pickers strike in Lee County, Ark. By the time the strike had been suppressed, 15 African-Americans had died and another six had been imprisoned. A white plantation manager was killed as well.
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Amazon Has Avoided Unions for 25 Years – Labor Leaders Think That Could Change
Posted On: Sep 15, 2020
Sept. 15, 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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