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Viewpoint: As Big Three Negotiations Open, Which Way Forward for the Auto Workers?

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-07-19 14:32
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Why does the once-powerful United Auto Workers keep losing?

That question is on many lips after the union’s sad organizing defeat at Volkswagen in Tennessee; its unfolding corruption scandal; and its toothless response to the news that General Motors will close five plants.

The symbolism was clear last January when, instead of joining a spirited coalition demonstration at the International Auto Show, the UAW held a candlelight vigil nearby.

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Viewpoint: As Big Three Negotiations Open, Which Way Forward for the Auto Workers?

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-07-19 14:32
Viewpoint: As Big Three Negotiations Open, Which Way Forward for the Auto Workers? July 19, 2019 / Dianne Feeley<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Why does the once-powerful United Auto Workers keep losing?

That question is on many lips after the union’s sad organizing defeat at Volkswagen in Tennessee; its unfolding corruption scandal; and its toothless response to the news that General Motors will close five plants.

The symbolism was clear last January when, instead of joining a spirited coalition demonstration at the International Auto Show, the UAW held a candlelight vigil nearby.

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Prime Day for Amazon Protests

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-07-17 13:38
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Amazon’s biggest shopping days of 2019 so far—”Prime Days,” July 15-16—saw walkouts and protests by workers in the U.S. and Germany. The protests were semi-coordinated, targeting Amazon when its warehouses are running at full clip and the company is in the media spotlight.

In Germany, Amazon workers organizing with the Ver.di union struck over the course of two days in an ongoing struggle over pay. The union claimed that 2,000 workers participated across seven facilities.

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Prime Day for Amazon Protests

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-07-17 13:38
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Amazon’s biggest shopping days of 2019 so far—”Prime Days,” July 15-16—saw walkouts and protests by workers in the U.S. and Germany. The protests were semi-coordinated, targeting Amazon when its warehouses are running at full clip and the company is in the media spotlight.

In Germany, Amazon workers organizing with the Ver.di union struck over the course of two days in an ongoing struggle over pay. The union claimed that 2,000 workers participated across seven facilities.

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Amazon Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Taking Action

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-07-16 12:49
Amazon Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Taking Action July 16, 2019 / Terry Miller<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Amazon warehouse and tech workers around the country took action, including a strike in Minnesota, during the company’s much-hyped annual “Prime Day” discount frenzy July 15-16. Read more about those actions here. Here one warehouse worker from Chicago describes conditions on the job. Thirty night shift workers in his warehouse marched on their boss early this morning to demand air conditioning, health insurance, and Prime Week pay increases. –Editors

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Amazon Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Taking Action

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-07-16 12:49
Amazon Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Taking Action July 16, 2019 / Terry Miller<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Amazon warehouse and tech workers around the country took action, including a strike in Minnesota, during the company’s much-hyped annual “Prime Day” discount frenzy July 15-16. Read more about those actions here. Here one warehouse worker from Chicago describes conditions on the job. Thirty night shift workers in his warehouse marched on their boss early this morning to demand air conditioning, health insurance, and Prime Week pay increases. –Editors

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Bus Drivers Strike Reveals Inequality on Martha’s Vineyard

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-07-15 14:12

Twenty-five Martha’s Vineyard bus drivers are striking for a first contract, exposing the inequality that exists for working people on an island known as the summer home of the rich and famous.

The Florida-based company Transit Connection Inc. (TCI) receives public funds to operate the bus system relied on by vacationers and year-round residents alike. So during the strike, taxpayers are literally paying scab wages—contrary to the progressive values often associated with Martha’s Vineyard.

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Bus Drivers Strike Reveals Inequality on Martha’s Vineyard

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-07-15 14:12

Twenty-five Martha’s Vineyard bus drivers are striking for a first contract, exposing the inequality that exists for working people on an island known as the summer home of the rich and famous.

The Florida-based company Transit Connection Inc. (TCI) receives public funds to operate the bus system relied on by vacationers and year-round residents alike. So during the strike, taxpayers are literally paying scab wages—contrary to the progressive values often associated with Martha’s Vineyard.

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At an Autism Therapy Chain, Low-Wage Therapists Unionize

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-07-12 13:36

This story was first published by Northwest Labor Press. But there’s a Labor Notes connection—one of the workers who led the effort started by reading our book Secrets of a Successful Organizer. Get your copy here. —Editors

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At an Autism Therapy Chain, Low-Wage Therapists Unionize

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-07-12 13:36

This story was first published by Northwest Labor Press. But there’s a Labor Notes connection—one of the workers who led the effort started by reading our book Secrets of a Successful Organizer. Get your copy here. —Editors

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Review: A Plant Closing War

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-07-11 13:35

Since last fall, protestors wearing yellow vests have commanded center stage in France. Their grassroots challenge to the neoliberal regime of President Emmanuel Macron draws on a long tradition of labor militancy, including factory closing fights. When these protestors still had blue collar jobs and belonged to unions, they probably looked a lot more like the red-vest-wearing strikers in At War.

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Review: A Plant Closing War

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-07-11 13:35

Since last fall, protestors wearing yellow vests have commanded center stage in France. Their grassroots challenge to the neoliberal regime of President Emmanuel Macron draws on a long tradition of labor militancy, including factory closing fights. When these protestors still had blue collar jobs and belonged to unions, they probably looked a lot more like the red-vest-wearing strikers in At War.

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Blue-Collar Workers: Let's All Support the Green New Deal

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-07-08 13:54

A recent article in Politico ("Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California,” June 6) alleged that blue-collar workers in California reject the Green New Deal.

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Blue-Collar Workers: Let's All Support the Green New Deal

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-07-08 13:54

A recent article in Politico ("Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California,” June 6) alleged that blue-collar workers in California reject the Green New Deal.

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Taiwan Flight Attendant Strikers Call for Solidarity

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-07-05 13:13

UPDATE, July 8: EVA Air flight attendants reached an agreement over the weekend to end the strike. Flight attendants will head back to work on July 10. Read more details of the agreement in this article from New Bloom.—Eds.

Thousands of flight attendants—all of them women—are on strike in what has now become the longest walkout by airline workers in Taiwan’s history.

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Taiwan Flight Attendant Strikers Call for Solidarity

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-07-05 13:13

UPDATE, July 8: EVA Air flight attendants reached an agreement over the weekend to end the strike. Flight attendants will head back to work on July 10. Read more details of the agreement in this article from New Bloom.—Eds.

Thousands of flight attendants—all of them women—are on strike in what has now become the longest walkout by airline workers in Taiwan’s history.

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How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-07-03 15:01
How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold July 03, 2019 / John Ertl<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Transit in the Washington, D.C., area is heavily unionized. But until recently there was one stubborn holdout—the DASH bus system in Alexandria, Virginia.

The city debuted DASH 35 years ago to create a cheaper, nonunion alternative to the regional MetroBus service. It was set up as a nonprofit corporation owned by the city so that it would technically be privately run, disqualifying workers from receiving the city pension.

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How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-07-03 15:01
How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold July 03, 2019 / John Ertl<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Transit in the Washington, D.C., area is heavily unionized. But until recently there was one stubborn holdout—the DASH bus system in Alexandria, Virginia.

The city debuted DASH 35 years ago to create a cheaper, nonunion alternative to the regional MetroBus service. It was set up as a nonprofit corporation owned by the city so that it would technically be privately run, disqualifying workers from receiving the city pension.

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Letter to the Editor: Subminimum Wage for Disabled Workers Must Go!

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-07-03 14:05

Note: The U.S. Department of Labor authorizes certain employers to pay people with disabilities a fraction of the minimum wage in what are called “sheltered workshops.” At last report there were 1,769 of these employers and 124,066 people getting the subminimum wage. Some workers are paid just a few cents an hour.

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Letter to the Editor: Subminimum Wage for Disabled Workers Must Go!

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-07-03 14:05

Note: The U.S. Department of Labor authorizes certain employers to pay people with disabilities a fraction of the minimum wage in what are called “sheltered workshops.” At last report there were 1,769 of these employers and 124,066 people getting the subminimum wage. Some workers are paid just a few cents an hour.

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