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Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

Clear It with Sidney

Sidney's Picks: Can New Models Save the Media

The Best of the Week’s News

  • Can new media models pull the industry out of free fall? Will unions step up to support labor reporting. (NYT, ITT)
  • NLRB certifies union for Dartmouth men’s basketball players. (WMUR)
  • Joe Biden’s budget would expand the social safety net by taxing the rich. (New Yorker)
  • School hate crimes quadrupled in states with anti-LGBTQ laws. (WaPo)
  • Florida fire chief called the cops on a Tampa Bay Times reporter who showed up to inspect public records. (TBT)
  • Hillman Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones on the “colorblindness trap”: How a Civil Rights ideal got hijacked
  • Former ISIS supporters and their children face indefinite detention after fall of Islamic State. (New Yorker)

Sidney's Picks: Inside a Brooklyn Sweatshop

The Best of the Week’s News

Sidney's Picks: Starbucks Stops Fighting Union

The Best of the Week’s News

  • More than half of workers at the Vanz Mercedes-Benz plant in AL have signed cards to join the UAW in the first successful union drive at the plant in its 27-year history. 
  • Amazon paid $1.9 million to compensate migrant workers after International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its partners exposed Amazon’s exploitative labor practices in Saudi Arabia. (Guardian, ICIJ)
  • In a major breakthrough, Starbucks and Workers United agree to move forward together to create a framework for contract talks. (Prospect, Starbucks Press, NYT)
  • Proposed law in Arizona would make it legal for property owners to kill migrants on their land. (NBC)

Starbucks Asked To Disclose $240M Spent on Union-Busting

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Weighing the coffee beans, Matthew Bellemare, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News

  • Union-backed shareholders ask SEC to make Starbucks level with investiors about the $240 million the company has spent on union-busting. (Reuters)
  • Labor Department says Fayette Janitorial LLC illegally hired 24 children to clean two slaughter houses, including the head-splitters and bandsaws. (NBC)
  • How to save the collapsing U.S. media. (Jacobin)
  • A formerly unhoused journalist reports on the spiraling housing crisis from the tents, cars, motels, and couches of America. (NYT)
  • Alexei Navalny’s mother says the Russian government is blackmailing her, refusing to releae his body unless she agrees to a secret burial. (Axios)
  • How part-time schedules wreak havoc on workers’ lives. (NYT)

Sidney's Picks: Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Dies in Prison As Election Nears

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Prachatai, Creative Commons.

  • Anti-corruption crusader and Putin critic Alexei Navalny dies in prison, depriving Russia of key voice as election nears. (WaPo)
  • Concertina wire installed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott is maiming migrants on the border. (HuffPo)
  • A trove of documents sheds light on the legal malfeasance behind the January 6 insurrection. (TPM)
  • New law takes heavy toll on Florida’s labor unions. (WLRN)
  • Labor names housing affordability as its number one issue. (Guardian)

Sidney's Picks: Dartmouth Hoops Players Cleared to Unionize

The Best of the Week’s News

  • NLRB judge rules that Dartmouth’s basketball players are employees of the university, gives the first NCAA players the right to organize a union. (AP)
  • A 16-year-old boy died after being pulled into an industrial chicken-boning machine at the plant where he worked. (Law & Crime)
  • New podcast explores the history, strategy, and significance of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). (Organizing the Unorganized)
  • Labor judge orders Starbucks to reinstate barista who was forced out for organizing at the first Buffalo store. (AP)
  • Guardian Angel vigilante group roughs up an alleged heckler for Fox News cameras, falsely accuses him of shoplifting. (NYMag)
  • More than 30% of Hyundai autoworkers in Montgomery, AL have joined a UAW union drive. (ITT)

Sidney's Picks: Golden Arches Made with Prison Labor

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    •     McDonald’s, Walmart and Cargill use food from hidden prison labor network. (AP)


    •    Biden cracks down on extremists in the West Bank attacking Palestinians and peace activists. (WaPo)

    •    This teacher was sanctioned for teaching Between the World And Me, but she’s trying again. (WaPo)

    •    SpaceX and Trader Joes launch major legal attack on labor. (Guardian)

    •    The UAW saved a Stellantis plant, but these workers are still fighting to get back to work. (In These Times)

    •    Killing the Messenger: An inside look at the death of a media company (NY Mag)


Sidney's Picks: Texas Defies Supreme Court, Dares POTUS to Respond

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Thomas Hawk, Creative Commons.

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Sidney's Picks: Koch-Backed Supreme Court Challenge Imperils Environment

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Herring fishery, by Deborah Freeman, Creative Commons.

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Sidney's Picks: Crackdown on "Ghost Tags" After Sidney-Winning Exposé

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Illustration by Martin Schapiro, courtesy of Streetsblog.

The best of the week’s news

  • Licenses yanked from dozens of car dealerships after Sidney-winning exposé of illegal “ghost tags.” (Streetsblog)  
  • National Labor Relations Board blocks bid to dissolve Starbucks union at Mall of America. (MN Reformer)  
  • Elmore Nickleberry, one of the last living participants in the Memphis sanitation strike of 1968, dies at age 92. (NYT)  
  • The “legitimate shell company” that Oversight Chair James Comer initially denied owning was shut down twice. (Daily Beast)  
  • Big Oil drops eight figures on ads to derail action on the climate crisis. (Guardian)