Labor Notes

GM Workers Shocked to Learn New Hires Will Still Take Eight Years to Reach Top Pay

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-11-15 16:21

After six weeks on the picket line, General Motors workers ratified an agreement that left many major areas unchanged, but one provision stood out as a true gain: the time it took to “grow in” to the top wage would be cut from eight years down to four.

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GM Workers Shocked to Learn New Hires Will Still Take Eight Years to Reach Top Pay

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-11-15 16:21

After six weeks on the picket line, General Motors workers ratified an agreement that left many major areas unchanged, but one provision stood out as a true gain: the time it took to “grow in” to the top wage would be cut from eight years down to four.

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Chile in Revolt: ‘It’s Not about 30 Pesos, It’s about 30 Years’

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-11-15 15:12
Chile in Revolt: ‘It’s Not about 30 Pesos, It’s about 30 Years’ November 15, 2019 / Camilo Santibáñez Rebolledo<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In October, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, an entrepreneur and right-wing politician, proclaimed that “in the midst of this turbulent Latin America, our country is a true oasis.”

Six days later, high school students in the capital city, Santiago, began a protest against the rising cost of public transit through mass fare evasions.

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Chile in Revolt: ‘It’s Not about 30 Pesos, It’s about 30 Years’

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-11-15 15:12
Chile in Revolt: ‘It’s Not about 30 Pesos, It’s about 30 Years’ November 15, 2019 / Camilo Santibáñez Rebolledo<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In October, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, an entrepreneur and right-wing politician, proclaimed that “in the midst of this turbulent Latin America, our country is a true oasis.”

Six days later, high school students in the capital city, Santiago, began a protest against the rising cost of public transit through mass fare evasions.

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Copper Workers Strike to Stop Concessionary Trend

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-11-08 12:32

If you stand on the corner of Pima Mine Road near ASARCO’s Mission Mine at sunset, you might feel a chilly breeze sweep across the desert. You’ll also smell a grill and hear the chants of ASARCO miners on strike as scabs cross their picket line for the evening shift change.

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Copper Workers Strike to Stop Concessionary Trend

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-11-08 12:32

If you stand on the corner of Pima Mine Road near ASARCO’s Mission Mine at sunset, you might feel a chilly breeze sweep across the desert. You’ll also smell a grill and hear the chants of ASARCO miners on strike as scabs cross their picket line for the evening shift change.

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UAW Just Agreed to Let Ford Use Technology to Monitor Assembly Workers

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-11-07 16:31

Somehow it was left out of the contract highlights the United Auto Workers prepared for members: the tentative new agreement with Ford will allow the company to use new technologies to take time-and-motion studies to a whole new level.

The new language falls under the heading of “production standards” and states that the union and company will choose “pilot locations” to use new technology tools such as “digital video recording and walk path mapping devices” as well as “motion tracking systems and additional productivity implementing tools.”

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UAW Just Agreed to Let Ford Use Technology to Monitor Assembly Workers

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-11-07 16:31

Somehow it was left out of the contract highlights the United Auto Workers prepared for members: the tentative new agreement with Ford will allow the company to use new technologies to take time-and-motion studies to a whole new level.

The new language falls under the heading of “production standards” and states that the union and company will choose “pilot locations” to use new technology tools such as “digital video recording and walk path mapping devices” as well as “motion tracking systems and additional productivity implementing tools.”

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Fight for Racial Justice Fuels Little Rock Educator Strike Preparations

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-11-07 16:03
Fight for Racial Justice Fuels Little Rock Educator Strike Preparations November 07, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The site of struggle to defend unions and public education has moved quickly from Chicago to Little Rock.

The 1,800-member Little Rock Education Association began preparing for a potential strike after the Arkansas State Board of Education ended recognition of the union. Their demands: return collective bargaining rights to LREA, give full local control of the school district back to the people of Little Rock, and provide education support professionals with raises that were being negotiated at the time that the union was decertified.

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Fight for Racial Justice Fuels Little Rock Educator Strike Preparations

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-11-07 16:03
Fight for Racial Justice Fuels Little Rock Educator Strike Preparations November 07, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The site of struggle to defend unions and public education has moved quickly from Chicago to Little Rock.

The 1,800-member Little Rock Education Association began preparing for a potential strike after the Arkansas State Board of Education ended recognition of the union. Their demands: return collective bargaining rights to LREA, give full local control of the school district back to the people of Little Rock, and provide education support professionals with raises that were being negotiated at the time that the union was decertified.

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Viewpoint: Vote No on the PSC-CUNY Contract: 7K or Strike

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-11-07 11:33

The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). The agreement covers 30,000 workers at the university, including part- and full-time faculty, professional staff, lab technicians, graduate employees, and more. Below we publish a piece arguing for a no vote on the agreement. See the argument for a yes vote here.

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Viewpoint: Vote No on the PSC-CUNY Contract: 7K or Strike

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-11-07 11:33

The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). The agreement covers 30,000 workers at the university, including part- and full-time faculty, professional staff, lab technicians, graduate employees, and more. Below we publish a piece arguing for a no vote on the agreement. See the argument for a yes vote here.

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Viewpoint: Vote Yes on the PSC-CUNY Contract: A Step Forward in the Fight

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-11-07 11:23

The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). Below we publish a piece arguing for a yes vote on the agreement. See the argument for a no vote here.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: Vote Yes on the PSC-CUNY Contract: A Step Forward in the Fight

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-11-07 11:23

The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). Below we publish a piece arguing for a yes vote on the agreement. See the argument for a no vote here.

Categories: Labor Notes

All General Motors Needs to Close an Auto Plant Is a Thesaurus

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-11-05 18:20

Today the United Auto Workers announced that it has dropped its legal effort to save three General Motors plants from closure. It’s sad evidence that even a union contract doesn’t guarantee job security for auto workers.

After a large number of plant closings in the 1980s, the UAW bargained contract language that prohibited automakers from closing plants during the life of the agreement.

So the companies began to “idle” plants instead.

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All General Motors Needs to Close an Auto Plant Is a Thesaurus

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-11-05 18:20

Today the United Auto Workers announced that it has dropped its legal effort to save three General Motors plants from closure. It’s sad evidence that even a union contract doesn’t guarantee job security for auto workers.

After a large number of plant closings in the 1980s, the UAW bargained contract language that prohibited automakers from closing plants during the life of the agreement.

So the companies began to “idle” plants instead.

Categories: Labor Notes

Striking Teachers and Support Staff Forced Chicago's Mayor to Find Money She Said Wasn't There

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-11-01 16:25
Striking Teachers and Support Staff Forced Chicago's Mayor to Find Money She Said Wasn't There November 01, 2019 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Today Chicago teachers returned to school triumphant, after an 11-day walkout that became a showdown between their union and the proclaimed progressive new Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

If you’re looking for an example of the power of the strike, look no further. The strikers accomplished what months of bargaining could not.

The mayor and her appointed school board had made all but no movement in the 10 months of bargaining that led up to the strike. (Lightfoot has only been mayor for five months, but she kept the previous bargaining team from former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.)

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Striking Teachers and Support Staff Forced Chicago's Mayor to Find Money She Said Wasn't There

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-11-01 16:25
Striking Teachers and Support Staff Forced Chicago's Mayor to Find Money She Said Wasn't There November 01, 2019 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Today Chicago teachers returned to school triumphant, after an 11-day walkout that became a showdown between their union and the proclaimed progressive new Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

If you’re looking for an example of the power of the strike, look no further. The strikers accomplished what months of bargaining could not.

The mayor and her appointed school board had made all but no movement in the 10 months of bargaining that led up to the strike. (Lightfoot has only been mayor for five months, but she kept the previous bargaining team from former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.)

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GM Workers Ratify Contract Though 'Mixed at Best'

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-10-25 17:46
GM Workers Ratify Contract Though 'Mixed at Best' October 25, 2019 / Chris Brooks, Jane Slaughter<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The Auto Workers' strike against General Motors came to a close this weekend after six weeks on the picket lines, with workers voting to ratify a contract that was clearly unloved but accepted with a yes vote of 57 percent.

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GM Workers Ratify Contract Though 'Mixed at Best'

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-10-25 17:46
GM Workers Ratify Contract Though 'Mixed at Best' October 25, 2019 / Chris Brooks, Jane Slaughter<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The Auto Workers' strike against General Motors came to a close this weekend after six weeks on the picket lines, with workers voting to ratify a contract that was clearly unloved but accepted with a yes vote of 57 percent.

Categories: Labor Notes
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