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North Carolina Teachers Shut Schools and Flood the Capital for a Day

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-05-25 11:54
North Carolina Teachers Shut Schools and Flood the Capital for a Day May 25, 2018 / Michelle Gunderson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Thirty thousand educators and supporters descended on Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 16 for a protest that was unprecedented in its size and breadth.

Every year around this time, the union sponsors a lobby day. In the past teachers would take a personal day, come to the capitol, and make an appointment with their legislators. The North Carolina Association of Educators would give members a packet with talking points on pre-determined priorities.

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North Carolina Teachers Shut Schools and Flood the Capital for a Day

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-05-25 11:54
North Carolina Teachers Shut Schools and Flood the Capital for a Day May 25, 2018 / Michelle Gunderson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Thirty thousand educators and supporters descended on Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 16 for a protest that was unprecedented in its size and breadth.

Every year around this time, the union sponsors a lobby day. In the past teachers would take a personal day, come to the capitol, and make an appointment with their legislators. The North Carolina Association of Educators would give members a packet with talking points on pre-determined priorities.

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Embattled Hoffa Offers Two-Tier, UPSers Push for a Better Deal

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-05-24 17:10
Embattled Hoffa Offers Two-Tier, UPSers Push for a Better Deal May 24, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In negotiations over the nation’s largest union contract, a three-way battle is raging. UPS is demanding new givebacks, top Teamsters are offering them up, and rank and filers are organizing a grassroots network to push for better—and getting ready to vote down a bad deal, if necessary.

In February, Chief Negotiator Denis Taylor threw one opposition leader off the UPS bargaining committee; in May he kicked off three more. Their apparent crime was breaking the information “brownout” that keeps Teamsters in the dark about their own contract negotiations.

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Embattled Hoffa Offers Two-Tier, UPSers Push for a Better Deal

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-05-24 17:10
Embattled Hoffa Offers Two-Tier, UPSers Push for a Better Deal May 24, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In negotiations over the nation’s largest union contract, a three-way battle is raging. UPS is demanding new givebacks, top Teamsters are offering them up, and rank and filers are organizing a grassroots network to push for better—and getting ready to vote down a bad deal, if necessary.

In February, Chief Negotiator Denis Taylor threw one opposition leader off the UPS bargaining committee; in May he kicked off three more. Their apparent crime was breaking the information “brownout” that keeps Teamsters in the dark about their own contract negotiations.

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What's Behind the Teachers' Strikes?

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-05-22 13:38

Originally published in Dollars & Sense.

As we watch—rapt—the unexpected teacher insurgencies in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, and Colorado, we’re also grasping for understanding: Why is this stunning revolt occurring where unions are weak, where labor rights are thin, and where popular politics are considered to be on the right? To understand the insurgency, we need to look at economics, and at political economy specifically. But we especially need a labor-movement analysis.

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What's Behind the Teachers' Strikes?

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-05-22 13:38

Originally published in Dollars & Sense.

As we watch—rapt—the unexpected teacher insurgencies in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, and Colorado, we’re also grasping for understanding: Why is this stunning revolt occurring where unions are weak, where labor rights are thin, and where popular politics are considered to be on the right? To understand the insurgency, we need to look at economics, and at political economy specifically. But we especially need a labor-movement analysis.

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Steward's Corner: Legal Rights in a Contract Campaign

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-05-16 14:36
Steward's Corner: Legal Rights in a Contract Campaign May 16, 2018 / Robert M. Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In today’s dysfunctional economic climate, straightforward bargaining frequently comes up empty. Employers come to the table with lengthy lists of takeaways and refuse to compromise. Claiming impasse at the earliest opportunity, they threaten to carry out their final offer or impose a lockout.

To cope with these realities many unions are turning to militant contract campaigns. Creative and aggressive tactics can demonstrate members’ solidarity, resolve, and willingness to act.

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Steward's Corner: Legal Rights in a Contract Campaign

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-05-16 14:36
Steward's Corner: Legal Rights in a Contract Campaign May 16, 2018 / Robert M. Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In today’s dysfunctional economic climate, straightforward bargaining frequently comes up empty. Employers come to the table with lengthy lists of takeaways and refuse to compromise. Claiming impasse at the earliest opportunity, they threaten to carry out their final offer or impose a lockout.

To cope with these realities many unions are turning to militant contract campaigns. Creative and aggressive tactics can demonstrate members’ solidarity, resolve, and willingness to act.

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Puerto Rico: The Teacher Uprising the Media Is Ignoring

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-05-14 16:13
Puerto Rico: The Teacher Uprising the Media Is Ignoring May 14, 2018 / Meghan Brophy, Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

You’ve read about the teacher strikes in West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado… but what about Puerto Rico? Fighting to keep the island’s public schools open in the wake of Hurricane Maria, teachers there are boycotting standardized tests and even teaming up with parents to occupy their schools.

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Puerto Rico: The Teacher Uprising the Media Is Ignoring

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-05-14 16:13
Puerto Rico: The Teacher Uprising the Media Is Ignoring May 14, 2018 / Meghan Brophy, Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

You’ve read about the teacher strikes in West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado… but what about Puerto Rico? Fighting to keep the island’s public schools open in the wake of Hurricane Maria, teachers there are boycotting standardized tests and even teaming up with parents to occupy their schools.

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I Work with Mark Janus. Here’s How He Benefits from a Strong Union.

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-05-11 11:53
I Work with Mark Janus. Here’s How He Benefits from a Strong Union. May 11, 2018 / Donnie Killen<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Like everyone else in the labor movement, I’m nervously awaiting the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which would weaken public sector unions by letting workers receive the benefits of representation without contributing toward the cost.

But I’ve got a unique vantage point: I work in the same building as the plaintiff, Mark Janus.

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I Work with Mark Janus. Here’s How He Benefits from a Strong Union.

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-05-11 11:53
I Work with Mark Janus. Here’s How He Benefits from a Strong Union. May 11, 2018 / Donnie Killen<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Like everyone else in the labor movement, I’m nervously awaiting the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which would weaken public sector unions by letting workers receive the benefits of representation without contributing toward the cost.

But I’ve got a unique vantage point: I work in the same building as the plaintiff, Mark Janus.

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Subway Woes? Don't Blame Workers

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-05-09 15:26
Subway Woes? Don't Blame Workers May 09, 2018 / Laura Gabby<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“Dirty, delayed, and dangerous.” That’s the slogan of a new ad campaign that blames New York City’s subway woes on construction unions.

The campaign plays on New Yorkers’ mounting frustrations with a system roiled by delays and overcrowding. It’s part of a volley of attacks on the city’s building trades unions by powerful developers and corporate mouthpieces.

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Subway Woes? Don't Blame Workers

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-05-09 15:26
Subway Woes? Don't Blame Workers May 09, 2018 / Laura Gabby<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“Dirty, delayed, and dangerous.” That’s the slogan of a new ad campaign that blames New York City’s subway woes on construction unions.

The campaign plays on New Yorkers’ mounting frustrations with a system roiled by delays and overcrowding. It’s part of a volley of attacks on the city’s building trades unions by powerful developers and corporate mouthpieces.

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Debate: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-05-04 14:29

The U.S. is quickly becoming an open-shop country. A majority of states now have “right-to-work” laws, and the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME is likely to make right to work the law of the land in the public sector. Many unions are bracing for an immediate exodus of dues- and fee-payers.

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Debate: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-05-04 14:29

The U.S. is quickly becoming an open-shop country. A majority of states now have “right-to-work” laws, and the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME is likely to make right to work the law of the land in the public sector. Many unions are bracing for an immediate exodus of dues- and fee-payers.

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West Virginia Strikers Headline Biggest Labor Notes Conference Ever

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-05-04 12:32
Troublemaker Awards

Labor Notes handed out five Troublemaker Awards to those who have carried the banner of a fighting, bottom-up labor movement.

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West Virginia Strikers Headline Biggest Labor Notes Conference Ever

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-05-04 12:32
Troublemaker Awards

Labor Notes handed out five Troublemaker Awards to those who have carried the banner of a fighting, bottom-up labor movement.

Categories: Labor Notes
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