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Oakland Teacher Strike Builds Steam In California School Funding Fight

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-03-21 12:24
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On the heels of Los Angeles teachers’ winning strike in January, teachers in Oakland 340 miles north joined the strike wave. Three thousand teachers, alongside parents and students, led picket lines February 21-March 1 at the city’s 86 schools.

These strikes, plus rumblings from other California teacher unions, are ramping up the pressure on school boards and legislators to invest in public schools and stop privatization statewide.

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Oakland Teacher Strike Builds Steam In California School Funding Fight

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-03-21 12:24
Oakland Teacher Strike Builds Steam In California School Funding Fight March 21, 2019 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

On the heels of Los Angeles teachers’ winning strike in January, teachers in Oakland 340 miles north joined the strike wave. Three thousand teachers, alongside parents and students, led picket lines February 21-March 1 at the city’s 86 schools.

These strikes, plus rumblings from other California teacher unions, are ramping up the pressure on school boards and legislators to invest in public schools and stop privatization statewide.

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'It's Different Here' Is No Excuse

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-03-19 13:02

I talk with labor activists all across the country. Plenty are inspired by strikes that happen elsewhere. But over and over I hear the same excuse for why they can’t make big demands or go on strike themselves: “It’s different here.”

How is it different? Pick your poison: It’s the South. It’s the public sector. It’s illegal. Our union leaders would never support us. Everyone is too scared. Too apathetic.

This year, the teacher union movement is supplying the best reply to “It’s different here.” Here’s what we’ve seen in 2019 so far:

Categories: Labor Notes

'It's Different Here' Is No Excuse

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-03-19 13:02

I talk with labor activists all across the country. Plenty are inspired by strikes that happen elsewhere. But over and over I hear the same excuse for why they can’t make big demands or go on strike themselves: “It’s different here.”

How is it different? Pick your poison: It’s the South. It’s the public sector. It’s illegal. Our union leaders would never support us. Everyone is too scared. Too apathetic.

This year, the teacher union movement is supplying the best reply to “It’s different here.” Here’s what we’ve seen in 2019 so far:

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Erie Locomotive Plant Workers Strike against Two-Tier

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-03-15 18:15
Erie Locomotive Plant Workers Strike against Two-Tier March 15, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar, Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

This article has been updated since the original version, first published March 1.

At a sprawling locomotive manufacturing complex a mile long and a mile wide in Erie, Pennsylvania, 1,700 workers struck for nine days and fended off their new employer’s efforts to impose a raft of concessions, including two-tier wages.

Temperatures were below freezing. Strikers stood on a dozen picket lines ringing the plant, feeding wood into burn barrels and making life difficult for any non-union employees who tried to drive through the gates.

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Erie Locomotive Plant Workers Strike against Two-Tier

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-03-15 18:15
Erie Locomotive Plant Workers Strike against Two-Tier March 15, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar, Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

This article has been updated since the original version, first published March 1.

At a sprawling locomotive manufacturing complex a mile long and a mile wide in Erie, Pennsylvania, 1,700 workers struck for nine days and fended off their new employer’s efforts to impose a raft of concessions, including two-tier wages.

Temperatures were below freezing. Strikers stood on a dozen picket lines ringing the plant, feeding wood into burn barrels and making life difficult for any non-union employees who tried to drive through the gates.

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TV Review: That Time the A-Team Helped Organize Farmworkers

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-03-15 09:48

The A-Team was a hit show among my friends when it first aired in 1983. Growing up in a union family, one episode that stood out for me was “Labor Pains,” when the A-Team helped farmworkers organize a union. I recently watched it again to see how well it presents unions and the organizing process.

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TV Review: That Time the A-Team Helped Organize Farmworkers

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-03-15 09:48

The A-Team was a hit show among my friends when it first aired in 1983. Growing up in a union family, one episode that stood out for me was “Labor Pains,” when the A-Team helped farmworkers organize a union. I recently watched it again to see how well it presents unions and the organizing process.

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How to Use Grievances to Organize

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-03-08 12:02
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The difference between a truly democratic union and one that follows a servicing model is stark when it comes to grievance handling. In a strong democratic union there may not even be many grievances; members organize to convince supervisors to stop violating the contract without having to use the formal procedure.

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How to Use Grievances to Organize

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-03-08 12:02
How to Use Grievances to Organize March 08, 2019 / Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The difference between a truly democratic union and one that follows a servicing model is stark when it comes to grievance handling. In a strong democratic union there may not even be many grievances; members organize to convince supervisors to stop violating the contract without having to use the formal procedure.

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The Better Burn Barrel from the Boeing Strike Lives On

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-03-07 15:13

It’s just what you would expect from airplane engineers on strike—they reengineered the picket line burn barrel to be more efficient.

The strikers were Boeing engineers, members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), who walked the lines for 40 days in 2000 during a rainy Seattle winter.

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The Better Burn Barrel from the Boeing Strike Lives On

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-03-07 15:13

It’s just what you would expect from airplane engineers on strike—they reengineered the picket line burn barrel to be more efficient.

The strikers were Boeing engineers, members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), who walked the lines for 40 days in 2000 during a rainy Seattle winter.

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It's Our World to Make

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-03-07 12:07

The guy at the car rental counter found my T-shirt puzzling.

It was early on a Tuesday morning, and I had just flown back into L.A. Why, he wanted to know, was someone from Massachusetts wearing a shirt that said “United Teachers Los Angeles”?

I explained that I had been out the week before to support the teachers strike. I was back for a second round because this strike was important to educators across the country.

“The whole country? Why?”

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It's Our World to Make

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-03-07 12:07

The guy at the car rental counter found my T-shirt puzzling.

It was early on a Tuesday morning, and I had just flown back into L.A. Why, he wanted to know, was someone from Massachusetts wearing a shirt that said “United Teachers Los Angeles”?

I explained that I had been out the week before to support the teachers strike. I was back for a second round because this strike was important to educators across the country.

“The whole country? Why?”

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Strike Wave Wins Raises for Mexican Factory Workers

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-02-27 15:38
Strike Wave Wins Raises for Mexican Factory Workers February 27, 2019 / Paolo Marinaro and Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Mexican maquiladora workers in 70 factories have won big wage increases and bonuses in a strike wave that began in January.

The strikes in the industrial city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the border with Brownsville, Texas, have primarily hit auto parts factories, where tens of thousands of workers make goods for General Motors and other car manufacturers.

The first of the strikes began on January 12 at eight factories. Workers were demanding a 20 percent wage increase and an annual bonus of 32,000 pesos ($1,600)—a demand now popularized as “20/32.”

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Strike Wave Wins Raises for Mexican Factory Workers

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-02-27 15:38
Strike Wave Wins Raises for Mexican Factory Workers February 27, 2019 / Paolo Marinaro and Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Mexican maquiladora workers in 70 factories have won big wage increases and bonuses in a strike wave that began in January.

The strikes in the industrial city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on the border with Brownsville, Texas, have primarily hit auto parts factories, where tens of thousands of workers make goods for General Motors and other car manufacturers.

The first of the strikes began on January 12 at eight factories. Workers were demanding a 20 percent wage increase and an annual bonus of 32,000 pesos ($1,600)—a demand now popularized as “20/32.”

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VIDEO: Chinese Students and Labor Activists on Battling the Crackdown at Jasic

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-02-22 14:12

In the past six months, over 50 workers, students, and labor activists in China have been arrested or disappeared by the government. Their crime? Supporting workers at the Jasic welding equipment factory in their legal efforts to form a union.

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VIDEO: Chinese Students and Labor Activists on Battling the Crackdown at Jasic

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-02-22 14:12

In the past six months, over 50 workers, students, and labor activists in China have been arrested or disappeared by the government. Their crime? Supporting workers at the Jasic welding equipment factory in their legal efforts to form a union.

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Cartoon: Government Shutdown

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-02-22 12:53



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Cartoon: Government Shutdown

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-02-22 12:53



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