Labor Notes

Unionized Judges and Public Defenders Demand Due Process for Immigrants

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-09-10 16:31

Why have New York City public defenders been walking out of the courts in the middle of the day to hold spirited demonstrations in support of their clients?

The outcry began last November when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were reported to lurk in the vicinity of the courts, targeting people as they entered or exited court proceedings.

Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas Hernandez was meeting with his lawyer in Brooklyn when ICE agents grabbed him.

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Unionized Judges and Public Defenders Demand Due Process for Immigrants

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-09-10 16:31

Why have New York City public defenders been walking out of the courts in the middle of the day to hold spirited demonstrations in support of their clients?

The outcry began last November when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were reported to lurk in the vicinity of the courts, targeting people as they entered or exited court proceedings.

Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas Hernandez was meeting with his lawyer in Brooklyn when ICE agents grabbed him.

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Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:23
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“In your union or workplace, what’s a situation where you’ve observed or experienced racism?” That’s the first question we ask people to discuss, in groups of three, as part of a Race and Labor training that our state labor council has offered for 29 local unions and labor councils so far in Washington state.

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Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:23
Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room September 05, 2018 / April Sims<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“In your union or workplace, what’s a situation where you’ve observed or experienced racism?” That’s the first question we ask people to discuss, in groups of three, as part of a Race and Labor training that our state labor council has offered for 29 local unions and labor councils so far in Washington state.

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How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-09-04 11:24
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Collective bargaining is all but illegal for public sector workers in Wisconsin. So how did Milwaukee teachers not only block major cuts to public schools but also make gains on workload and health care?

At the height of the red-state teacher strikes in April and May, teachers and school employees in Milwaukee passed around a petition at school committing that to win their demands, they were ready to “do whatever it takes.”

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How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-09-04 11:24
How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork September 04, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Collective bargaining is all but illegal for public sector workers in Wisconsin. So how did Milwaukee teachers not only block major cuts to public schools but also make gains on workload and health care?

At the height of the red-state teacher strikes in April and May, teachers and school employees in Milwaukee passed around a petition at school committing that to win their demands, they were ready to “do whatever it takes.”

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Viewpoint: The Agenda of the Mexican Working Class

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-08-31 13:33

Earlier this week, the U.S. and Mexico announced an agreement to update parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Below we publish an English translation of a statement from Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president of Los Mineros (the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel, and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic), on the deal. Gómez Urrutia returned to Mexico to take his seat in the Senate this week, after 12 years in exile on bogus criminal charges filed by the Mexican government after he led vigorous protests following the deaths of 65 miners in an explosion.

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Viewpoint: The Agenda of the Mexican Working Class

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-08-31 13:33

Earlier this week, the U.S. and Mexico announced an agreement to update parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Below we publish an English translation of a statement from Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president of Los Mineros (the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel, and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic), on the deal. Gómez Urrutia returned to Mexico to take his seat in the Senate this week, after 12 years in exile on bogus criminal charges filed by the Mexican government after he led vigorous protests following the deaths of 65 miners in an explosion.

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Teamster Tackles Corporate Democrat in California Assembly Race

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-08-31 11:32

It has become a movement mantra, as labor suffers betrayal after betrayal by Democrats and Republicans alike: union members should run for office themselves.

Rhetoric on this subject is cheap and easy. But running successful candidates is not. Even labor activists with considerable skill and experience have found it difficult to win public office.

Yet in California’s “jungle primary” in June, a Teamster from Richmond astounded many observers by placing second in her state legislative race.

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Teamster Tackles Corporate Democrat in California Assembly Race

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-08-31 11:32

It has become a movement mantra, as labor suffers betrayal after betrayal by Democrats and Republicans alike: union members should run for office themselves.

Rhetoric on this subject is cheap and easy. But running successful candidates is not. Even labor activists with considerable skill and experience have found it difficult to win public office.

Yet in California’s “jungle primary” in June, a Teamster from Richmond astounded many observers by placing second in her state legislative race.

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Strikes and the City

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-30 13:27

Why are some union leaders saying public sector workers shouldn’t have the right to strike?

We expect it from conservatives like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told the Post that ending the state’s ban on public sector strikes would “turn New York into Venezuela.”

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Strikes and the City

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-30 13:27

Why are some union leaders saying public sector workers shouldn’t have the right to strike?

We expect it from conservatives like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told the Post that ending the state’s ban on public sector strikes would “turn New York into Venezuela.”

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Teachers Carry Strike Spirit into New School Year

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-08-28 07:28
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As teachers, school employees, and students head back to school, what’s ahead for the #RedforEd movement?

This spring, teachers mobilized on an unprecedented scale in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina, and Colorado. They protested, walked out, and even held statewide strikes—in states with limited to no collective bargaining rights, where school unions have traditionally focused on state politics.

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Teachers Carry Strike Spirit into New School Year

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-08-28 07:28
Teachers Carry Strike Spirit into New School Year August 28, 2018 / Barbara Madeloni, Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

As teachers, school employees, and students head back to school, what’s ahead for the #RedforEd movement?

This spring, teachers mobilized on an unprecedented scale in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina, and Colorado. They protested, walked out, and even held statewide strikes—in states with limited to no collective bargaining rights, where school unions have traditionally focused on state politics.

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Vote No Sentiment Escalating at UPS

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-08-27 10:14
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The movement for a no vote keeps growing at UPS.

Each UPS local sent two leaders to the union’s “two-person meeting” August 9 to hear the international union’s sales pitch and decide whether to recommend the agreement to the 270,000 affected members.

It’s typically a rubber-stamping, but this time local leaders had a lot of questions and criticisms. In a voice vote, roughly a third voted against recommending the deal.

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Vote No Sentiment Escalating at UPS

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-08-27 10:14
Vote No Sentiment Escalating at UPS August 27, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The movement for a no vote keeps growing at UPS.

Each UPS local sent two leaders to the union’s “two-person meeting” August 9 to hear the international union’s sales pitch and decide whether to recommend the agreement to the 270,000 affected members.

It’s typically a rubber-stamping, but this time local leaders had a lot of questions and criticisms. In a voice vote, roughly a third voted against recommending the deal.

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Why Missouri 'Right to Work' Went Down in Flames

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-08-24 14:47
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For years I used to say that when you looked at a map of Midwest “right-to-work” states, Missouri stuck into them like a thumb plugging a hole in a wall leaking sludge.

Then a flood of Trump votes netted us a hardcore anti-worker governor, Eric Greitens. The Republican-dominated legislature passed a right-to-work law almost immediately, and Greitens signed it in February 2017.

But Missourians have an unusual constitutional right to a “citizens’ veto” of unpopular laws. So unions began a petition drive to put it to a popular vote.

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Why Missouri 'Right to Work' Went Down in Flames

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-08-24 14:47
Why Missouri 'Right to Work' Went Down in Flames August 24, 2018 / Judy Ancel<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

For years I used to say that when you looked at a map of Midwest “right-to-work” states, Missouri stuck into them like a thumb plugging a hole in a wall leaking sludge.

Then a flood of Trump votes netted us a hardcore anti-worker governor, Eric Greitens. The Republican-dominated legislature passed a right-to-work law almost immediately, and Greitens signed it in February 2017.

But Missourians have an unusual constitutional right to a “citizens’ veto” of unpopular laws. So unions began a petition drive to put it to a popular vote.

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How New York Taxi Workers Took On Uber and Won

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-23 10:53
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This summer, the scrappy union representing 21,000 taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City scored two groundbreaking victories against the world’s most valuable start-up company.

If Uber was looking for a fight, it found one in the Taxi Workers Alliance.

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How New York Taxi Workers Took On Uber and Won

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-23 10:53
How New York Taxi Workers Took On Uber and Won August 23, 2018 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

This summer, the scrappy union representing 21,000 taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City scored two groundbreaking victories against the world’s most valuable start-up company.

If Uber was looking for a fight, it found one in the Taxi Workers Alliance.

Categories: Labor Notes
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