Labor Notes

Frontier Strikes Get First Aid Kits Updated, Win Back Work

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:44

“Safety first” is a principle you’ll always hear on the job. And it’s true—safety can save your life, if it’s taken seriously. But if action isn’t taken, it’s just an empty phrase.

When my co-workers and I took action over safety in our workplace, we were retaliated against. This triggered the most useful tool that we have as workers: a strike.

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Frontier Strikes Get First Aid Kits Updated, Win Back Work

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:44

“Safety first” is a principle you’ll always hear on the job. And it’s true—safety can save your life, if it’s taken seriously. But if action isn’t taken, it’s just an empty phrase.

When my co-workers and I took action over safety in our workplace, we were retaliated against. This triggered the most useful tool that we have as workers: a strike.

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Florida Letter Carriers Won Back Our Sunday Breaks with Direct Action

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-09-22 12:30

A simple grievance can take many months to get results. But at the post office where I work, we got fast results defending our breaks with a different approach: direct action.

I’m a city carrier assistant (CCA)—part of the lower-paid second tier of letter carriers—in Naples, Florida. The retention rate for CCAs nationwide hovers around 20 percent.

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Florida Letter Carriers Won Back Our Sunday Breaks with Direct Action

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-09-22 12:30

A simple grievance can take many months to get results. But at the post office where I work, we got fast results defending our breaks with a different approach: direct action.

I’m a city carrier assistant (CCA)—part of the lower-paid second tier of letter carriers—in Naples, Florida. The retention rate for CCAs nationwide hovers around 20 percent.

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Viewpoint: UNITE HERE International Should Keep Its Hands Off Local 2’s Pension Fund

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-09-21 19:59

I have been a proud member of UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco since 1976, working at several hotel, restaurant, and food service jobs over the years, and now at the Giants’ ballpark. Without Local 2, my life would have been much harder.

But today one of my worst Local 2 nightmares may be coming true. The International Union wants to “merge” Local 2’s pension fund into the massive Las Vegas pension fund.

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Viewpoint: UNITE HERE International Should Keep Its Hands Off Local 2’s Pension Fund

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-09-21 19:59

I have been a proud member of UNITE HERE Local 2 in San Francisco since 1976, working at several hotel, restaurant, and food service jobs over the years, and now at the Giants’ ballpark. Without Local 2, my life would have been much harder.

But today one of my worst Local 2 nightmares may be coming true. The International Union wants to “merge” Local 2’s pension fund into the massive Las Vegas pension fund.

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'Bro, How Do I Fix This?': Home Depot Workers Form Independent Union

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-09-21 16:00

On September 19, workers filed a petition to organize a union among 276 workers at a Home Depot in northeast Philadelphia. If successful, the independent union would be the first at the home repair chain, the fifth-largest private employer in the U.S with 500,000 employees.

Vince Quiles, who’s worked at the store for five years, says the union effort gathered over 100 signatures for an election in just five weeks.

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'Bro, How Do I Fix This?': Home Depot Workers Form Independent Union

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-09-21 16:00

On September 19, workers filed a petition to organize a union among 276 workers at a Home Depot in northeast Philadelphia. If successful, the independent union would be the first at the home repair chain, the fifth-largest private employer in the U.S with 500,000 employees.

Vince Quiles, who’s worked at the store for five years, says the union effort gathered over 100 signatures for an election in just five weeks.

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Joe Biden Thinks a Rail Strike has Been Averted. Do Rail Workers?

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-09-16 17:40

Just after 5 a.m. on Thursday, Marty Walsh tweeted that the railroad companies and the railroad unions had come to a tentative agreement, less than 19 hours from a potential shutdown:

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Joe Biden Thinks a Rail Strike has Been Averted. Do Rail Workers?

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-09-16 17:40

Just after 5 a.m. on Thursday, Marty Walsh tweeted that the railroad companies and the railroad unions had come to a tentative agreement, less than 19 hours from a potential shutdown:

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Seattle Teachers End Week-Long Strike

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-09-14 19:13

Six thousand Seattle educators walked out on strike September 7, which would have been the first day of school. The top issue was the district’s proposal—disguised in social justice language—to end student-teacher ratios for many categories of special education.

Also key were struggles over class size, cuts to services, and wages, especially for substitutes and paraprofessionals, who often work most closely with students with disabilities.

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Seattle Teachers End Week-Long Strike

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-09-14 19:13

Six thousand Seattle educators walked out on strike September 7, which would have been the first day of school. The top issue was the district’s proposal—disguised in social justice language—to end student-teacher ratios for many categories of special education.

Also key were struggles over class size, cuts to services, and wages, especially for substitutes and paraprofessionals, who often work most closely with students with disabilities.

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Workers at Big South Florida Hotel Boost Minimum Pay to $20, Retain Union Jobs

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-09-14 16:16

Weeks after a big strike vote, 450 hotel workers at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract that boosts minimum hourly pay to $20, halts subcontracting, and restores daily housekeeping.

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Workers at Big South Florida Hotel Boost Minimum Pay to $20, Retain Union Jobs

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-09-14 16:16

Weeks after a big strike vote, 450 hotel workers at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract that boosts minimum hourly pay to $20, halts subcontracting, and restores daily housekeeping.

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The Right to Strike Is at Stake on the Railroads

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-09-14 11:34

Originally published at Jacobin.

For months, 125,000 union railroad workers have been stuck at an impasse with their employers, who are united under the banner of the Association of American Railroads. The terms of the dispute should be familiar to most workers: attendance policy, staffing, and wage increases. Despite record profits, rail employers have cut staffing, placing enormous burdens on workers that aren’t reflected in their pay.

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The Right to Strike Is at Stake on the Railroads

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-09-14 11:34

Originally published at Jacobin.

For months, 125,000 union railroad workers have been stuck at an impasse with their employers, who are united under the banner of the Association of American Railroads. The terms of the dispute should be familiar to most workers: attendance policy, staffing, and wage increases. Despite record profits, rail employers have cut staffing, placing enormous burdens on workers that aren’t reflected in their pay.

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After Strike Threat, Wisconsin Nurses Get a Possible Path to Union Recognition

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-09-13 14:08

A three-day strike by Wisconsin nurses is off this week, after SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin (part of the Service Employees union) and UW Health (the University of Wisconsin's medical system) reached an agreement on a path toward the potential recognition of the union. The deal came after five days of mediation conducted by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), a state agency regulating labor relations in the public sector, and under the auspices of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

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After Strike Threat, Wisconsin Nurses Get a Possible Path to Union Recognition

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-09-13 14:08

A three-day strike by Wisconsin nurses is off this week, after SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin (part of the Service Employees union) and UW Health (the University of Wisconsin's medical system) reached an agreement on a path toward the potential recognition of the union. The deal came after five days of mediation conducted by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC), a state agency regulating labor relations in the public sector, and under the auspices of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers.

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Rest in Power, Tim Schermerhorn: Leader of New York Subway Union Reform Effort

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2022-09-12 18:16

Tim Schermerhorn—subway train operator, rank-and-file activist, union militant and officer, socialist, troublemaker, Labor Notes board member, son, husband, father, grandfather, and my dear friend and comrade—died this week.

Tim was hired by the New York City Transit Authority in 1982. As a founder of the Hell on Wheels newsletter in 1984, and later the New Directions caucus, he was central to building the confidence and organization of the generation of transit workers hired after the 1980 transit strike.

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Rest in Power, Tim Schermerhorn: Leader of New York Subway Union Reform Effort

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2022-09-12 18:16

Tim Schermerhorn—subway train operator, rank-and-file activist, union militant and officer, socialist, troublemaker, Labor Notes board member, son, husband, father, grandfather, and my dear friend and comrade—died this week.

Tim was hired by the New York City Transit Authority in 1982. As a founder of the Hell on Wheels newsletter in 1984, and later the New Directions caucus, he was central to building the confidence and organization of the generation of transit workers hired after the 1980 transit strike.

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