Labor Notes

How a Janitors Union in San Francisco Got Over Its Fear and Struck

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-04-08 17:28
Author(s): Luis Feliz Leon

With their contract negotiations stalled, hundreds of San Francisco janitors represented by Service Employees (SEIU) Local 87 went on strike March 24.

Roughly 3,000 Bay Area janitors were laid off as the pandemic spread last year. Their union is now demanding a return to work for all laid-off workers—but with improvements.

How a Janitors Union in San Francisco Got Over Its Fear and Struck April 08, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
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How a Janitors Union in San Francisco Got Over Its Fear and Struck

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-04-08 17:28
Author(s): Luis Feliz Leon

With their contract negotiations stalled, hundreds of San Francisco janitors represented by Service Employees (SEIU) Local 87 went on strike March 24.

Roughly 3,000 Bay Area janitors were laid off as the pandemic spread last year. Their union is now demanding a return to work for all laid-off workers—but with improvements.

How a Janitors Union in San Francisco Got Over Its Fear and Struck April 08, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
Categories: Labor Notes

Steward's Corner: Surviving Public Speaking—The Off-the-Cuff Speech

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-04-07 17:55

Whether you’re making your point in your union meeting or with a reporter on the picket line, a lot of crucial public speaking has to be improvised on the spot. No need to panic: off-the-cuff speaking is a skill that can be learned by anyone, like every other tool in your organizing kit.

Following last month’s tips on prepared speeches and presentation skills, here we’ll discuss how to give short improvised speeches and comments that come through loud and clear.

Steward's Corner: Surviving Public Speaking—The Off-the-Cuff Speech April 07, 2021 / Keith Brower Brown and Jane Slaughter
Categories: Labor Notes

Steward's Corner: Surviving Public Speaking—The Off-the-Cuff Speech

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-04-07 17:55

Whether you’re making your point in your union meeting or with a reporter on the picket line, a lot of crucial public speaking has to be improvised on the spot. No need to panic: off-the-cuff speaking is a skill that can be learned by anyone, like every other tool in your organizing kit.

Following last month’s tips on prepared speeches and presentation skills, here we’ll discuss how to give short improvised speeches and comments that come through loud and clear.

Steward's Corner: Surviving Public Speaking—The Off-the-Cuff Speech April 07, 2021 / Keith Brower Brown and Jane Slaughter
Categories: Labor Notes

Insatiable Shipping Companies Set the Table for the Suez Canal Ship Debacle

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-04-07 11:22

A lot of ink has been spilled to explain exactly what happened in the Suez Canal, where a massive container ship got wedged across the narrow channel, idling ships or forcing lengthy detours around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

Insatiable Shipping Companies Set the Table for the Suez Canal Ship Debacle April 07, 2021 / Justin Hirsch
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Insatiable Shipping Companies Set the Table for the Suez Canal Ship Debacle

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-04-07 11:22

A lot of ink has been spilled to explain exactly what happened in the Suez Canal, where a massive container ship got wedged across the narrow channel, idling ships or forcing lengthy detours around South Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

Insatiable Shipping Companies Set the Table for the Suez Canal Ship Debacle April 07, 2021 / Justin Hirsch
Categories: Labor Notes

Draw the Line in Permanent Marker: Three Organizing Principles

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-04-06 12:29
Blog: Blog

I often reflect upon how our local education association in the small town of Montclair, New Jersey, managed to garner the attention of national news during the Covid school reopening debate.

It’s quite simple, really—we organized. Organizing is a mindset, one that follows three principles:

1. Teach people how to treat you.

See every situation as more than just a moment. How you decide to deal with each incident tells everyone around you what will and won’t be tolerated.

Categories: Labor Notes

Draw the Line in Permanent Marker: Three Organizing Principles

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-04-06 12:29
Blog: Blog

I often reflect upon how our local education association in the small town of Montclair, New Jersey, managed to garner the attention of national news during the Covid school reopening debate.

It’s quite simple, really—we organized. Organizing is a mindset, one that follows three principles:

1. Teach people how to treat you.

See every situation as more than just a moment. How you decide to deal with each incident tells everyone around you what will and won’t be tolerated.

Categories: Labor Notes

The Grocery Companies Denied Us Hazard Pay—So We Went Over Their Heads

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-04-05 12:32

We’d like to tell you a story of our struggles with Covid and our safety concerns—and how we ended up getting two city councils to enact hazard pay by law.

As grocery store workers, we were called heroes early in the pandemic—but over time, we felt less and less valued. Expendable. Yet we are not victims; we rose up to demand better. To paraphrase Fredrick Douglass, we certainly did not get everything we fought for, but we certainly fought for everything we got.

The Grocery Companies Denied Us Hazard Pay—So We Went Over Their Heads April 05, 2021 / Sam Dancy and Chandra Messer
Categories: Labor Notes

The Grocery Companies Denied Us Hazard Pay—So We Went Over Their Heads

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-04-05 12:32

We’d like to tell you a story of our struggles with Covid and our safety concerns—and how we ended up getting two city councils to enact hazard pay by law.

As grocery store workers, we were called heroes early in the pandemic—but over time, we felt less and less valued. Expendable. Yet we are not victims; we rose up to demand better. To paraphrase Fredrick Douglass, we certainly did not get everything we fought for, but we certainly fought for everything we got.

The Grocery Companies Denied Us Hazard Pay—So We Went Over Their Heads April 05, 2021 / Sam Dancy and Chandra Messer
Categories: Labor Notes

Global Cleaning Workers Share Their Struggles as the First Line of Pandemic Defense

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-04-02 16:57
Blog: Blog

Cleaning workers and organizers from Hong Kong, the U.S., Malaysia, and Colombia gathered online for a global exchange organized by Lausan Collective on February 24. Frontline cleaning workers have faced rampant negligence from governments and corporations worldwide during the pandemic, despite being the first line of defense against the virus.

Categories: Labor Notes

Global Cleaning Workers Share Their Struggles as the First Line of Pandemic Defense

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-04-02 16:57
Blog: Blog

Cleaning workers and organizers from Hong Kong, the U.S., Malaysia, and Colombia gathered online for a global exchange organized by Lausan Collective on February 24. Frontline cleaning workers have faced rampant negligence from governments and corporations worldwide during the pandemic, despite being the first line of defense against the virus.

Categories: Labor Notes

Indian Farmers' Uprising Against Corporatization Has Blocked Delhi Highways for Four Months

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-04-02 11:06

Thousands of Indian farmers have parked outside the capital Delhi for more than 100 days. They have pitched tents on five highways that lead to the city and say they will leave only when the federal government withdraws three new farm laws enacted last September. 

Indian Farmers' Uprising Against Corporatization Has Blocked Delhi Highways for Four Months April 02, 2021 / Selina Singh
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Indian Farmers' Uprising Against Corporatization Has Blocked Delhi Highways for Four Months

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-04-02 11:06

Thousands of Indian farmers have parked outside the capital Delhi for more than 100 days. They have pitched tents on five highways that lead to the city and say they will leave only when the federal government withdraws three new farm laws enacted last September. 

Indian Farmers' Uprising Against Corporatization Has Blocked Delhi Highways for Four Months April 02, 2021 / Selina Singh
Categories: Labor Notes

Don't Guess What's on Your Co-Workers' Minds: Allow Yourself to Be Surprised

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-04-01 17:51
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Listening is one of the most important skills for a workplace organizer. And you’ve got to allow yourself to be surprised about what you might hear—and what you do with it.

I was reminded of this recently while reading about the early days of organizing the Transport Workers Union in New York City’s subway and bus system. When TWU was getting its start, unions in the transit system had been severely repressed for decades, and had trouble holding ground.

Categories: Labor Notes

Don't Guess What's on Your Co-Workers' Minds: Allow Yourself to Be Surprised

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-04-01 17:51
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Listening is one of the most important skills for a workplace organizer. And you’ve got to allow yourself to be surprised about what you might hear—and what you do with it.

I was reminded of this recently while reading about the early days of organizing the Transport Workers Union in New York City’s subway and bus system. When TWU was getting its start, unions in the transit system had been severely repressed for decades, and had trouble holding ground.

Categories: Labor Notes

If the PRO Act Were Law, The Amazon Union Election Would Have Looked Very Different

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-03-30 17:51
Blog: Blog

Voting in the National Labor Relations Board-conducted election at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama facility came to a close on Monday. In many ways the election was unusual, marked by the sheer size of the agreed bargaining unit (5,800 warehouse workers) and the length of voting (nearly two months of mail-balloting necessitated by the pandemic).

Categories: Labor Notes

If the PRO Act Were Law, The Amazon Union Election Would Have Looked Very Different

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-03-30 17:51
Blog: Blog

Voting in the National Labor Relations Board-conducted election at Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama facility came to a close on Monday. In many ways the election was unusual, marked by the sheer size of the agreed bargaining unit (5,800 warehouse workers) and the length of voting (nearly two months of mail-balloting necessitated by the pandemic).

Categories: Labor Notes
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