Washington Post: During the ‘Great Resignation,’ workers refuse to accept the unacceptable. “In a recent Washington Post Live webcast, Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at Texas A&M University credited with coining the term the ‘Great Resignation,’ attributed the departures to four main causes: a backlog of workers who wanted to resign before the pandemic but held on a bit longer; burnout, particularly among frontline workers in health care, food service and retail; ‘pandemic epiphanies’ in which people experienced major shifts in identity and purpose that led them to pursue new careers and start their own businesses; and an aversion to returning to offices after a year or more of working remotely.”
Bloomberg: Google Worker Unrest Rises After Removal of Russia Voting App. ” Google employees have joined the slew of politicians and activists blasting the internet giant for pulling a voting app from Russia’s opposition leader, a move critics say showed the company was caving in to the Kremlin.”
The Guardian: Google workers demand back pay for temps company underpaid for years. “Google employees and subcontracted workers are demanding that the company pay back wages to temporary workers, following a Guardian report that revealed Google had knowingly and illegally underpaid thousands of temps for years.”
BNN Bloomberg: Google Says Staff Have No Right to Protest Its Choice of Clients. “Google employees have no legal right to protest the company’s choice of clients, the internet giant told a judge weighing the U.S. government’s allegations that its firings of activists violated the National Labor Relations Act.”
Cornell Chronicle: Online ILR publications open up wealth of workplace wisdom. “Scholars studying the shifting landscape of work can now dig deep into more than a half-century’s worth of knowledge from the [Industrial and Labor Relations] School’s digitized publications available on HathiTrust Digital Library, a vast collection of digitized content from libraries around the world.”
Engadget: NLRB expands its Google complaint for alleged retaliatory dismissals. “The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expanding its complaint against Google to include three additional former employees of the company, according to Recode. When the agency first accused the search giant of illegally firing some of its workers for organizing, it took up the cases of two individuals.”
Bloomberg Quint: Biden Labor Board Counsel Revives Fired Googlers’ Claims. “Three more Google employees’ firings should be added to a complaint accusing the company of illegally retaliating against activists, the federal labor board’s top prosecutor said in a letter, reversing determinations made under the Trump administration.”
Reuters: Google violated U.S. labor laws in clampdown on worker organizing, regulator says. “The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint on Wednesday accusing Alphabet Inc’s Google of unlawfully monitoring and questioning several workers who were then fired for protesting against company policies and trying to organize a union.”
Cornell Chronicle: Digitized files give rare glimpse of anti-union advocacy. “When companies go toe to toe with labor unions, they call people like Leonard C. Scott, a former human resource and labor relations executive who also served as a consultant specializing in fighting unions and preventing them from forming in the first place. Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives in Catherwood Library, in the ILR School, recently digitized the anti-union files, dating from 1966 to 2013, that were donated by Scott in 2007. These files, which provide a rare insider’s view of anti-union advocacy, are now fully accessible online.
University of Cincinnati Libraries: Working for a Living. New online exhibit features Labor Collections in the Archives and Rare Books Library.
University of Cincinnati Libraries: Working for a Living. New online exhibit features Labor Collections in the Archives and Rare Books Library. “Labor history concerns the lives of workers and their various and diverse struggles for workplace democracy, improved working conditions, collective bargaining, and their relationship to changing forms of work and economic production. A new online exhibit features the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books Library labor collections. Part of the Urban Studies Collection, the labor collections include records from Cincinnati’s AFL-CIO Labor Council, the Regional Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers, the Barbers’ Union Local 49, International Brotherhood of Painters & Allied Trades Local 308, and others.”
Federal News Network: OPM launches new online collection of agency bargaining agreements, per Trump workforce EOs
Federal News Network: OPM launches new online collection of agency bargaining agreements, per Trump workforce EOs. “The Office of Personnel Management on Thursday launched a new online database of collective bargaining agreements from agencies across government. The creation and launch of the new collective bargaining agreement database, which Federal News Network previewed earlier this week, fulfills a requirement of one of the president’s May 2018 workforce executive orders.”
CNET: Google will end forced arbitration for employees. “Google on Thursday said it’ll no longer require current and future staff to go through mandatory arbitration for disputes with the company. The change goes into effect on March 21. The search giant will also remove mandatory arbitration from its own employment agreements with contract and temporary staff, though the change won’t impact staffing firms. Axios earlier reported the change. ”
DigitalNC: 100 Issues of The Carolina Union Farmer now online at DigitalNC. “100 issues of the Carolina Union Farmer are now online at DigitalNC. The recently digitized issues form a nearly complete representation of the weekly paper’s publication between July 1911 and May 1913. Published by the North Carolina Farmer’s Union, the paper provides unique insights into the Labor Movement as it manifested itself in the South during the early twentieth century.”