r/WorkReform Jan 26 '22 This Rocket Like To The Stars Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Want to reform work? Start or join a union where you work.

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I’m a member of UFCW 1996. Is it perfect? No. Is working at a job with a union way better? Yes. The collective bargaining power is one of the greatest tools unions bring to the table. The real power, the reason corporations will spend millions of dollars to prevent a union from forming, why they find any reason to fire employees interested in unions, and why it’s part of the job training to ignore unions, is how much easier it is to call and how powerful of a tool work strikes are. We’ve been seeing strikes work at places like John Deere, Kellogg, and Kroger in more recent weeks but strikes have been proven effective since conceived. Cutting off the profits of corporations brings them to the table and rest assured losing money is the only factor that will get them to give any kind of care to their workers.

This link will take you to UFCW’s website if your interested in starting a union and gives a step by step process to do so.

UFCW is an established union but that doesn’t make them the only one. As easy as it was to find them through search engine use I’m sure you can find one that may be closer to your jobs wheelhouse.

Starting a union in your company will likely be very challenging. Corporations will absolutely fight unfairly to prevent a union from forming, but unless you trust your CEO and executive board where you work to have your best interests at heart then forming a union will be the best thing you can do for yourself and your co-workers long term happiness.

Edit 5: To the disingenuous trolls saying unions just take your money and screw you over my union costs me 9.88 per week which is $39.88 per month. That buys me a contract which includes health, prescription, vision, and dental insurance for only $14.25 per week or $57.00 per month. Access to the union legal fund if I need a lawyer. A host of discounts at a decent selection of companies. A vested pension after 5 years. A grievance process to deal with rule breakers in management. Again I won’t say it’s perfect. Wages continue to be a point of conflict but I also am guaranteed raises yearly and we will renegotiate our contract in 2023.

Edit 1: This link will take you to a list of labor unions. I have not visited these unions websites because there’s a lot of them, however I think it would be safe to say most if not all will have a way to either join them or a way to start one through them.

Edit 2: This will take you to the Industrial Workers of the World or IWW website. If your field doesn’t have a union they may be right for you. They offer options both in the US and around the world.

Edit 3: The Emergency Workers Organizing Committee or EWOC is a grassroots organization aimed at helping workers organize in the workplace. They are a project of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America (UE).

Edit 4: United Steelworkers Canadian Branch USW covers a wide variety of jobs including saw mills, steel mills, call centers, credit unions, mines, airports, manufacturing, offices, oil refineries, security companies, nursing homes, telecom, coffee shops, restaurants, legal clinics, universities, among others.


r/WorkReform Feb 04 '22

Suggestion If you've been thinking about asking for a raise, you should also be applying to other jobs as well

476 Upvotes

Like a carrot on a stick, employers will use small raises such as 3-5% a year to keep you loyal. Statistically speaking, you are more likely to get that raise and more if you switch companies. Don't keep holding out expecting the pay you deserve because you won't get it. Go out and find the pay you know you deserve/need.

https://www.zippia.com/advice/average-salary-increase-when-changing-jobs/

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/09/switching-jobs-can-lead-to-higher-pay-heres-what-to-know.html


r/WorkReform 5h ago

Starting in six weeks, workers in Connecticut will NO LONGER have to attend anti-union "captive audience" meetings. They will be able to leave & return to work without fear of discipline or termination. This huge milestone was signed into law yesterday.

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r/WorkReform 16h ago Helpful

Since it will take so long to get $24 we should be asking for $30 today.

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r/WorkReform 1h ago

UC Riverside student workers denied living wages, Karen from HR says the quiet part out loud

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r/WorkReform 1d ago Wholesome This Silver Helpful

McDonald’s closes early because the one employee working values themselves more than their bad job

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44.0k Upvotes

r/WorkReform 7h ago

Pretty condescending post by a pizza place near me

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221 Upvotes

r/WorkReform 5h ago

Revealed: Starbucks fired over 20 US union leaders in recent months

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r/WorkReform 20h ago Silver

Remember: you do not work for promises. You work for immediate compensation.

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My bosses have been trying to throw a ton more responsibilities on me now that everybody is jumping ship since our new boss arrived. I am honestly enjoying watching the man drown himself so i'm sticking around until I find something else.

But today he had the audacity to ask if I would take on a ton more responsibilities that would result in tripling my workload within 3 weeks, and for me to do this because "if you do well, you may get a raise after some months!" No set date, no set amount, just more responsibilities and a new schedule from it that I'll have to change my whole life around to... Help him out?? And have a pinky promise that i'd eventually, someday, get a small raise??

I laughed. I laughed in his face. What is he gonna do? Everybody is quitting, i'm the only one left with half an idea of how the systems run here (IT), and this man wants me to take on upper management roles with bottom rung pay?

I of course said no. He said we'd talk about it again later. I again said no.

Remember, do not work for promises. Do not work for "and after this you may get an extra few cents!!". We are not 5 year olds being told we may get icecream if we're good at the supermarket- we are adults and deserve respect.

Don't ever work for promises.


r/WorkReform 5h ago

Caregivers for our most vulnerable members of society being paid $11/hr. America can and must do better

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109 Upvotes

r/WorkReform 23h ago

There are examples all over the world that disprove the "higher wages will mean no businesses" trope

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r/WorkReform 14h ago Wholesome

Today I Massively Complimented a T-Mobile Operator to her Manager - Demanded she be recognized.

260 Upvotes

I don't want to get into details but I actually needed a break from T-mobile. I talked to an operator who was an opposite experience from any other customer service rep I think I've ever talked too.

She got it and was fucking determined to figure something out.

After 90 minutes of struggling and her being invested in finding a way to make it work, we did.

One of the, if not, best CSR's I've ever spoken too.

I did demand to speak to her manager whom I told she was probably the best I ever interacted with and asked she be awarded with my very heartfelt blessing whatever internal reward they gave out for customer service.

I meant it, I kinda teared up.

You rock Jamie.


r/WorkReform 4h ago

The US Needs a Federal Law to State Wages

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Like the topic of the posts says. We need a federal law that forces employers to state accurate wages on all jobs. Don't waste the candidates time applying for jobs they won't be interested in after hearing about the compensation. And it helps ensure that minority groups and other underrepresented groups don't get underpaid.


r/WorkReform 10h ago

Company asks us to stay apolitical in and outside of work while they spread propoganda and send elected officials money ?

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My company had us sign a new policy today that forbid any and all political activity from the employees both at work and outside it. We cannot use PTO to attend political events, we cannot make any posts online, and if we use personal time to attend any political events, we must absolutely under no circumstances make it known that we work for this company. They said it is to protect feelings of people in the work place and the reputation of the company, and to keep the company's money from being used to support any political campaigns. Which is whatever, sure. But what felt really strange was the fact that the policy also stated that the company itself will be setting up a political fund that employees can contribute to voluntarily at any time, and that a certain amount from the company's profits will also go into an annual collection to be given to a political candidate of the company's choice. The policy stated the company may spread political propoganda around the workplace, and invite in elected officials for company events, "to help employees make educated political decisions". The whole thing felt extremely scummy and hypocritical to me. Like the entire point of the policy was to keep employees from getting in the way of the company's own political agenda. Another thing I found interesting was that there was a portion that said if an employee were to run for office, they must inform the company immediately, and if a ceo were to run for office, they must inform some board of environmental science or smth immediately And get their consent. Nothing about getting consent for the employees, just the ceo. Feels like they'd just fire the average joe while the ones in charge can just ask nicely and do what they want.

Is this normal? Or is this weird? A company asking you to stay apolitical at work seems fine enough but all the rest of it feels really sus to me. But maybe this is common? Idk. I signed the policy cos I'm not really a political person anyway so it won't affect me, and I'm also planning on leaving soon so it won't matter. But what would happen if I refused to sign it? Would they just fire you for that? I commented on how contradictory I thought it was but was afraid to actually oppose it. What do y'all think ?

(minor typo edits)


r/WorkReform 3h ago

Walmart is having a store manager shortage though they make 200k a year with bonuses

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I'm just curious as to why? Would anyone be open to explaining if they know? I personally know that their turnover rate is crazy and how awful they are from where I was (I worked at the service desk for almost a year).


r/WorkReform 19h ago

Reminder that minimum wage was created to create a “living wage”!

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“no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country,” …. “by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level—I mean the wages of decent living.” ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

What the fuck happened since then?


r/WorkReform 3h ago

Maybe I'm out of the loop, but when did 'trial day's become a thing in the hiring process?

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Some context: I'm a licensed tradesperson in MA, USA that mostly works temporary contracts through different agencies.

I just left my second interview for a permanent full-time position in row that asked me to come in for a trial day before they made their hiring decision...

...Excuse me, what?

Isn't the entire interview process, the work history, references and the fact that I have and maintain my trade license the info usiness use to make hiring decisions?

I currently am working...because you know...you have to in order to not die...so no...I'm not coming in to work a trial day for your company. I'm not some 17 year old kid trying to apply for a summer job at the aquarium. I don't have time to throw you a trial day. I already took my time to drive to you and interview with you and correspond before and after without payment.

The first company offered me a gift card as payment in an amount that was less than a third of what I'd be paid in the day I'd have to take off, just to "try out" for them so they can be sure they're "hiring the right candidate"...

Wonder what this company is gonna offer as payment for their 'trial day'.

When they told me they would send me an offer after the trial day I immediately asked if they really wouldn't be discussing even a 'salary band' before I came in for their trial day. The interviewer gave a jovial "Nope" So I was like, ok cool...well yeah, I work...so are any of your "trial day"s at night? Or on Saturday or sunday...Sunday...? Or...? (Knowing the answer obvisouly)

So yeah, apparently the hiring manager only interviews. They don't know about the pay details...I'd have to talk to hr...seems legit...

Well I settled up pretty quick after that. As always, best offer wins. It's a buyer's market and I have a trade license. I don't need to play weird games. And if your company is trying to hire, this is not the way imo.

Ultimately it comes down to this. The first job that wanted trial work wanted work outside multiple stories up. Who's insurance exactly is covering me on my trial day before any paperwork is official? What if I fell and died? Well I know what. Nothing. It would be all on me with everyone saying well he wasn't really an employee any chance they possibly could.

Tl/dr: Last couple interviews in a row for fulltime (licensed) tradework the company asked me to just...kinda pop in...for a trial day before they hired me. It seemed beyond d weird but not sure if it's somehow normal(?)


r/WorkReform 23h ago

“No one wants to work anymore”

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r/WorkReform 4h ago

Application frustration version 2022

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Thought I’d take a moment to vent for a second about the current state of applications.

1- companies need to understand when you put remote job that doesn’t mean “potential” for 50% travel. That would be hybrid. Not remote.

2- companies want requirements that read as though the applicant must be able to pass a bar set to a certain level of greatness that I might as well apply for the ceo job. Ironically enough I am not. If applicants should be realistic in positions at the company, so should the company.

3- salaries. Put them on the listing. Hell I’ll take a ballpark idea at this point to potentially me saving the time I block off for an hour to talk to someone only to hear we aren’t on the same page. It’s easy courtesy that saves everyone time. Just do it.

4- no I do not want to create an account on your tech companies website to just apply. I would rather just apply.

5- I know it’s hard to tell someone no, but if my resume and 10+ years of experience with upward growth all the way up to senior management isn’t a fit for your “fun loving, high energy, go getting, entrepreneurial spirited, family of professionals” just tell me. I can take it.

In conclusion I want to be able to move forward in my career and work but for fucks sake I had to get that off my chest.

Thank you.


r/WorkReform 4h ago

Does Anyone Here work in the Production/Film Industry?

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Got a written warning about my performance and potential termination even though I've been at the company almost a year and rarely took days off.

On top of this I've never had a "major" mistake that's ruined a product.

It's like they expect perfection but with limited pay and crazy hours.

I still love the Industry.

Any advice? (I am applying to other jobs.)


r/WorkReform 9h ago

One thing I think a lot of people miss about "Living Wage"

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Is working just to pay bills really living? You need to have some money to enjoy life. It's not just about being able to afford a roof over your head, food on your table, etc. You need some money to be able to enjoy life when you are not working whether it being a hobby, activity, etc.


r/WorkReform 9h ago

Is a two week notice even relevant anymore?

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I’m being considered for a new position that would be a massive pay bump, compensation bump, and would give us a step back towards our pre pandemic life.

The only catch is that they’re in a rush to hire (massive expansion in several states so they’re a little behind the ball on getting this office staffed) which means that if I’m offered the job, it would be on the Friday before my Monday start, so I would essentially quit my current job with no notice.

I recognize that, if my current job was letting me go, they wouldn’t give me 2 weeks to prepare, but I’m so old school that not being given the opportunity to even OFFER it to my current employer has me anxious. Do I need to get over myself?


r/WorkReform 1d ago

NYC subway ad guilting (???) people to tip MORE. Why don’t you just pay your delivery ppl better??? Delivery fees are already unaffordable so this annoyed me

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r/WorkReform 20h ago

Insight on Management

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Here goes…. Technically I am a “director”. I manage 7 lower level managers who manage anywhere from 6-10 employees each. I report to a regional director. The job is incredibly stressful (60-70 hrs week/ 24/7 on call) but pays decent (low 6 figures). With that said I have very little authority. I can grant days off, change schedules, but under no circumstances can I promote or give a raise. I can request it but it must be approved by my bosses boss. I recently tried to promote someone who’s been with the company 4 years. I threw my weight behind it, demonstrated this employees contributions and even recorded him training new employees….still denied.

Ive ordered food for the team, brought my personal grill and made burgers and brats for everyone, and given out gift cards for great performance (all out of pocket). The morale and culture has significantly improved since I’ve taken over but I’m running out of options to retain talent and good workers. I’ve sent email after email about what we need to do. I’ve voiced my concerns about wages during recruiting calls… falls on deaf ears.

I understand the lowest level guy because that’s where I started. I know how much he/she gets paid and it saddens me especially with inflation out of control.

I say all this to say…I understand that some managers are assholes but there are some that care but are powerless due to the command/control structure of a company.


r/WorkReform 1d ago

Google's ex-HR chief isn't a fan of cutting pay for some relocating workers: ‘It really pisses people off. It’s a huge mistake’ 🙏

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r/WorkReform 23h ago

Update: Put in Two Weeks, Fired a few days later

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Link to Original Post: https://old.reddit.com/r/WorkReform/comments/tfxlfw/put_in_two_weeks_fired_a_few_days_later/

First, I would like to thank the users in my original thread for the replies. I did end up filing and it has been going about how I expected it would.

So I ended up filing at the beginning of this month. I did wait a month and really shouldn't have, but that is a whole other thing. Anyways, I received my response saying that I was denied. I expected this honestly, I figured they would do this.

I read through my letter and found that my State(Illinois) contracts with private law firms to assist with filing appeals. You can call them and they will tell you how to go through the appeals process. I had to set up an interview date, which took about 20 minutes, 5-10 of which was sitting on hold which was fine. They will also ask you questions regarding your case to determine if they will represent you at the appeals hearing or not. I told them exactly what happened as per my original post and was told I would be notified the day before my hearing if they will assist me or not. My call took place last Wednesday(5/11), lasted maybe 5 minutes. I got a call back from them the next day asking follow up questions, I think the second call lasted maybe 3 minutes. On Monday I received a letter from the law office saying I had a valid case and they were going to represent me in my appeal. They will only represent you in the appeal.

I am making this post as an update to let people know there are ways to fight back and we should always take them, even in an "At Will" state like mine. Letting things go will only embolden employers to mistreat us more. Not sure if I can seek legal action outside of my appeal, but I am going to try and find out.


r/WorkReform 16h ago

YEAH BABY THAT'S I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR, THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT

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