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    Aug 05, 2020

    Stop turning retail workers into mask police, union leader says

    As more major U.S. retailers require their customers to wear masks, a growing number of store employees are being confronted by unruly and sometimes violent customers who refuse to comply. Now, the head of the largest union representing retail workers said businesses have unfairly burdened their employees with enforcing mask-wearing policies, to the detriment of workers and customers alike. Employers bear the responsibility to provide a safe workplace, said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, who called for companies to hire security staffers to enforce a store’s mask policies or task members of management with the role. “Employees should not be expected to put their safety and their life on the line for the employer. That’s an unreasonable expectation,” Appelbaum told The Washington Post on Thursday. read more here
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    Jul 27, 2020

    Genesis Abington Manor Employees Win in Pennsylvania

    Nursing home workers at Genesis Abington Manor in Clark’s Summit, Pennsylvania scored another win by joining RWDSU Local 262 in late July. The unit of 57 Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants won their NLRB election, and their union voice. They join hundreds of other Genesis workers who have joined the RWDSU in New Jersey and the Keystone State. The workers at Abington Manor began organizing after years of losing benefits, stagnant wages, and unaffordable health care coverage. LPN Kacey Walsh said “When I started the union campaign it was because I saw where the facility had weaknesses and how this was affecting the floor staff. The workers here do an amazing job together and truly love the residents, and it shows in the care they receive. In order to best serve the residents, we knew we needed a voice on the job, and the dignity and respect that comes with joining a union.” “The organizing committee of workers at Abington Manor truly did an amazing job,” said RWDSU Organizer Paul Bazemore. “They organized in a matter of weeks, during the difficult circumstances of the COIVD-19 pandemic. They deserve a strong contract, and that’s what they are going to get.”
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