Leave it to the small but ever aggressive IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) to look for bread crumbs in odd places. In an attempt to organize prisoners who are employed by private contractors, the IWW organized prison labor strikes in five states, demanding the right to form a union. To further their objective, the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee has called for a nationwide prison strike on September 9th.
It will be interesting to see how unionized security guards feel about their inmates also organizing, and how labor solidarity plays out in this context could be quite a spectacle.
You may have noticed the recent spate of negative press about allegations of abysmal working conditions in Chinese Foxconn factories that produce Apple iPad and iPhone. Setting aside for another day a more balanced perspective on working conditions in an emerging economy we turn our attention to working conditions here, in an Apple retail store.
Apple’s retail stores, which turned 10 years old last month, have been ranked in the top 50 best places to work by job tracker Glassdoor.com for three years running. Apple has even admitted that it’s easier to get a job at its corporate headquarters than one of its retail stores because the draw is so great and the turnover so low.
That didn’t stop disgruntled Genius Cory Moll from forming the Apple Retail Workers Union last year and
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