*SMLR-Net: Selected news on labor and employment relations & human resource management*
*April 18, 2022*
*Title:* Senators Say Labor Department Was Unresponsive as They Got Bombarded by NJ Unemployment Calls
*Author:* Katie Sobko
*Date:* April 18, 2022
*Summary:* Legislators from both sides of the aisle said the Labor Department has not been responsive as its offices have been bombarded with calls about issues with claims. Many lawmakers say they had to dedicate staff to helping residents and are still working to resolve unemployment claims to this day.
*Title:* How Black Washerwomen in the South Became Pioneers of American Labor
*Source:* The Washington Post
*Author:* Kim Kelly
*Date:* April 17, 2022
*Summary:* It wasn’t until 1866, a year after Emancipation, that formerly enslaved Black female workers were able to launch a widespread work stoppage of their own — and by doing so, jump-start a wave of Black-led labor organizing that would spread through multiple industries and set the stage for decades of labor struggles to come.
*Title:* Etsy Sellers Eye Forming a Union After Going on Strike
*Author: * Annie Palmer
*Date:* April 16, 2022
*Summary:* Thousands of Etsy sellers are on a weeklong strike to protest a recent hike to transaction fees, and other changes. Kristi Cassidy, the strike’s lead organizer, and other Etsy sellers are now considering forming a union. “What that looks like, we don’t really know, because we’re kind of navigating uncharted territory,” Cassidy said.
*Title:* Starbucks is Weighing Better Benefits for Employees But Says They Could Exclude Union Workers
*Author:* Amelia Lucas
*Date:* April 14, 2022
*Summary:* Starbucks is weighing better benefits for its barista but said they could exclude union workers. CEO Howard Schultz told U.S. store leaders this week that he is reviewing the coffee chain’s benefit program for its workers, but that it would be illegal to extend improved benefits unilaterally.
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