The Virginia Defender spoke last night with Diversity Thrift worker Jeremy Stump, who reported that as of Monday, Nov. 15, the strike at Diversity is over. Stump, along with Diversity Richmond program director Aurora Higgs, was selected by his coworkers to speak on their behalf during the strike.
Saturday, Nov. 6, workers at Richmond’s Diversity Thrift went on strike. Here is The Virginia Defender’s account of what happened and what they’ve won so far.
Despite record sales growth amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, along with a rising number of confirmed cases among store workers, the nation’s largest supermarket chain, Kroger, is proposing to cut health care benefits for thousands of employees in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.
What do you do when, in the middle of a pandemic, they call you an “essential worker,” but then don’t pay you like one? For Virginia Beach sanitation workers, the answer was to strike.
In Virginia, the land of almost no unions, there’s one supermarket chain whose workers are covered by a collective bargaining contract. The chain is Kroger, and the union is United Food & […]
Predatory lending is personal to me. I’ve pastored in the Richmond area for more than 30 years. Many members of my congregations and surrounding communities have found themselves locked into predatory loans that they struggle to repay. They become trapped in a debt cycle that harms them for years.
Workers at the University of Virginia will have a special reason to celebrate this coming New Year’s Day. That’s when Charlottesville’s largest employer will increase its minimum wage for full-time employees eligible for benefits to $15 an hour. The university’s current minimum wage has been $12.75 since December 2017.