Workers United – SEIU joins the global labor movement in strongly condemning the murder of Shahidul Islam, an organizer who was killed for standing up for the rights of garment workers in Bangladesh. Shahidul was a senior organizer with the Bangladesh Garments and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF) and President of BGIWF’s Gazipur district committee.
Shahidul was beaten to death in retaliation for supporting workers at the Prince Jacquard Sweater Ltd. factory, where BGIWF had been organizing for the last few months.
Workers United – SEIU expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of Shahidul Islam and to our sisters and brothers at BGIWF. We stand in solidarity with these courageous leaders fighting for respect and dignity at work.
The campaign to unionize Starbucks Corp. stores across the country has reached a new stage, with federal labor board prosecutors heading into hearings over accusations that the coffee chain violated labor law as workers at a growing number of locations have gone on strike.
Some local workers and labor union advocates see a growing opportunity amid a pandemic and a wave of resignations for increased power in workplaces across North Carolina, the country’s second-least labor organized state.
The day before she fired off an email to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, informing him that baristas at the Pace Boulevard store in Warwick planned to unionize, Cassie Burke showed up to work and discovered they were short-staffed again.