U.S. Unions, Groups Urge Government Steps to Protect Workers From Coronavirus

Working people are at the front lines of the battle against Coronavirus. Read about it here at New York Times

Unions Across America Are Screaming For Paid Sick Leave and Healthcare

As coronavirus spreads, sowing panic and economic dislocation, unions across the country are using the crisis as an opportunity to call for priorities that were dismissed as left-wing fantasies not long ago—and now seem like common sense. read more at In These Times

Covid-19: What you Should Know and How to Protect Yourself

COVID-19 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS: What you should know about the virus and what you should do to protect yourself. view the flyer here  Updated symptom sheet from WHO (3/13/20)

Download the 2020/2021 RWDSU Scholarship Application

The Al Heaps Memorial Scholarship, open to RWDSU members and their children, is open to applicants.  The deadline is May 30, 2020. Download and print the application here:

NYC IRI Employees Win Local 338 Membership

After learning about union benefits and a campaign that saw employees working closely with Local 338 organizers, workers at Innovative Resources for Independence (IRI) have become the newest members of RWDSU Local 338. With over 300 new members, the successful campaign represents a big victory for Local 338, and most importantly, the workers at IRI. The new members work at locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County. Their employer focuses on working with individuals who are developmentally disabled. The Local 338 members working at IRI work directly with the individuals providing care and support in both group homes and day habilitation facilities. Explaining why he voted to join Local 338, Joshua L. who’s worked at IRI for 11 years as a Direct Support Professional, says “I wanted the union for job security. I spoke with my coworkers about the benefits of having a union and I worked on keeping them informed, because the union benefits all of us.” Currently, Local 338 represents over 1000 members who work for non-profit agencies that care for the developmentally disabled, including IAHD and Community Resources. IRI employees overwhelmingly voted to become members of the RWDSU, noting the success of our union to fairly represent and fight for the benefits these employees deserve.

RETAIL, WHOLESALE AND DEPARTMENT STORE UNION ENDORSES COSTA CONSTANTINIDES FOR QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT

Union Highlights Constantinides’s Work Fighting to Protect the Rights of Workers   (NEW YORK, NY) – Today, President Stuart Appelbaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced the union’s endorsement of Costa Constantinides in his bid for Queens Borough President in this Special Election.   “Costa Constantinides knows firsthand what it’s like to work in retail and the benefits of having a union – one of his first jobs was at one of our grocery stores. But more importantly, he has not forgotten about the experience and has been guided by it in his years in office. He has demonstrated a commitment to lifting up working people and has consistently supported our efforts to advance workers’ rights,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU). “Working people need someone in Queens who has the strength and self-determination to speak out for the concerns of working people. He proved that when he stood up to Amazon despite their money and power. We need someone who is not controlled by big money donors but is willing to provide a fresh and independent voice for the community. The RWDSU is proud to endorse Costa for Queens Borough President and we look forward to continuing our work together in the coming years.”   “As someone who put himself through school by working in retail, I am so excited, honored, and humbled to have the support of the RWDSU,” said Costa Constantinides. “We have fought together to protect our retail workers, especially warehouse workers who've been exploited by Amazon in Queens and throughout our City. I look forward to this partnership with Stuart Appelbaum and the RWDSU continuing as Queens Borough President, where I'll never stop fighting for good jobs that provide fair wages, benefits, and a pathway to the middle class.”

Food Workers Union Takes Aim at Amazon's New Cashierless Grocery Store

After years of prototyping, and more years still experimenting with surveillance-based convenience stores, Amazon has officially opened its first cashierless grocery location in its home city of Seattle. One of America’s largest food worker unions is already pissed about it. “Amazon represents a clear and present danger to millions of good jobs,” United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone wrote in a statement Tuesday. “The brutal truth is that Amazon is focused on one thing—eliminating as many jobs as possible to enrich one multi-billionaire, Jeff Bezos.” Read more about it at Gizmodo

Housing Works Staffers Seeking Union Election

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HOUSING WORKS FILES FOR UNIONIZATION ELECTION

Employees at a Downtown-based non-profit are asking Uncle Sam to oversee their unionization efforts, after the company’s chief executive refused to recognize a company-wide vote to organize under the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. “Workers stood before their employer yesterday, with a majority of workers supporting the union; but their so-called progressive employer leaned back and said no to recognizing their union,” said RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum. “Charles King is gaslighting his workers when he says he is ‘neutral’, and the workers won’t stand for it any longer.” read more at Brooklyn Paper