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Amazon Is Looking More and More Like a Shipping Company

The Motley Fool - “Previously, Amazon had always considered FedEx (NYSE:FDX) and UPS (NYSE:UPS) partners. But the company is moving more and more of its shipping needs in-house. On the fourth-quarter earnings call, CFO Brian Olsavsky said the online retailer can ship many packages itself for less than it'd have to pay a third party. Since the start of the year, Amazon has been making investments in potential solutions for last-mile delivery, as well as expanding its Prime Air network, buying more planes and developing its airport hubs. Here's what it's been up to and why its moves should scare FedEx and UPS.”

Missouri could once again vote on right-to-work

KQ2.com - “Just months after Missouri voters rejected Proposition A, a new petition could place another right-to-work initiative on the 2020 ballot. Last week Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft certified a petition for circulation that would allow voters to decide if employers can require workers join a union and pay dues as a condition of employment. The petition was submitted by former GOP chair Todd Graves to make Missouri a right-to-work state through a constitutional amendment. During the 2018 primary election 67 percent of Missourians voted against becoming a right-to-work state. Scott Howell is the business manager for the Labor Union Local 579 and said right-to-work laws limit workers ability to negotiate for better working conditions and pay.”

Illinois and New Jersey just passed a $15 minimum wage. That means 1.8 million workers get a raise.

Vox - “Years of strikes and rallies to raise the minimum wage across the US are starting to pay off. Earlier this month, New Jersey became the fourth state in the country to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Illinois is poised to become the fifth one. On Thursday, Illinois state lawmakers passed a law that will gradually raise the wage floor from $8.25 to $15 an hour by 2024 —the first state in the Midwest to do so. Illinois’s new governor, J.B. Pritzker, had campaigned on a $15 minimum wage and is expected to sign the bill in the coming days. Earlier this month, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a similar bill.”

West Virginia’s Political Strike Wins Big

Jacobin - “West Virginia has yet again taught working people across the country a critical political lesson: strikes work. Events over the past twenty-four hours have moved at a lightning pace. On Monday afternoon, the Senate sent to the House a particularly vicious version of the Republicans’ omnibus bill. While cynically granting public employees a 5 percent raise, the legislation would have simultaneously legalized school privatization for the first time in West Virginia.”

Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday

AP News - “Teachers in Oakland, California, will become the latest educators in the country to strike over pay and classroom conditions. Union officials representing 3,000 teachers confirmed a strike will start Thursday after last-minute negotiations with the school district fell apart Wednesday. The walkout will affect 36,000 students at 86 schools. In a message to parents, the Oakland Unified School District said schools will remain open, staffed by non-union employees and substitute teachers. However, picket lines were expected and parents should not expect school as usual, it said.”

Overlooked No More: Dorothy Bolden, Who Started a Movement for Domestic Workers

The New York Times - “Bolden adapted the organizing techniques she learned as a civil rights activist to secure protections for domestic workers, a largely unregulated part of the work force. For Dorothy Bolden and other African-American domestic workers in 1960s Atlanta, the simple act of riding the bus to their jobs in white neighborhoods became much more than just a way to get to work. So Bolden turned the buses into a setting for de facto union meetings, talking to other passengers about organizing a labor group that could fight for workplace rights. And in 1968, she helped start the National Domestic Workers Union of America, not a formal union but an education and advocacy group that she led for nearly three decades and that served more than 10,000 members around the country at its height.”