Ep 139 – Athletes Are Workers Too

2023 is showing no signs of being any less militant of a year for workers than 2022 was, so we’ve got another packed episode of Work Stoppage this week. After a couple brief check ins, we discuss the recent rejection of Case New Holland’s “Last, Best, and Final” Offer by UAW workers.  Also this week, Microsoft surprisingly held up their end of the neutrality agreement and voluntarily recognized the new QA union at ZeniMax. Workers at Howard Brown Health in Chicago struck last week after the company fired 15% of their staff just months after workers unionized. Newspaper workers at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram finally have their first union contract after winning a month long strike. A recent horrifying near-deadly injury once again brought the extreme exploitation of NFL players to national attention. The Tory government in the UK is trying to speed run the class war, as this week they have proposed new laws banning strikes in many industries. Finally, we got rare good news from the feds, as the FTC proposed a blanket ban on non-compete agreements.

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