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Review: Chinese Workers Strike against Runaway Factories

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:36

China has more strikes per year than any other country, many thousands. These strikes are often unplanned, spontaneous, even chaotic, and the bosses stop at nothing to suppress them: they lie, cheat, call in the police, and hire gangsters to intimidate strikers or even beat them up.

But the strikes keep happening—especially when it becomes clear, usually by the removal of machinery, that the owner is relocating the factory. These frequent relocations have one main cause: employers are moving to regions of China where the wages are lower.

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Review: Chinese Workers Strike against Runaway Factories

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:36

China has more strikes per year than any other country, many thousands. These strikes are often unplanned, spontaneous, even chaotic, and the bosses stop at nothing to suppress them: they lie, cheat, call in the police, and hire gangsters to intimidate strikers or even beat them up.

But the strikes keep happening—especially when it becomes clear, usually by the removal of machinery, that the owner is relocating the factory. These frequent relocations have one main cause: employers are moving to regions of China where the wages are lower.

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Viewpoint: Making the Union a Personal Choice Gives Ground to the Boss

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-07-06 13:53

Editor's note: This viewpoint is part of an ongoing debate about how unions should deal with free riders. Check out previous installments here.

Viewpoints

Introduction: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?

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Viewpoint: Making the Union a Personal Choice Gives Ground to the Boss

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-07-06 13:53

Editor's note: This viewpoint is part of an ongoing debate about how unions should deal with free riders. Check out previous installments here.

Viewpoints

Introduction: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?

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Welcome, Bianca and Barbara!

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-07-03 14:32

Labor Notes is thrilled to announce two fantastic new hires! Bianca Cunningham and Barbara Madeloni will be joining our staff this summer.

Bianca Cunningham will be our newest Staff Organizer. Bianca got her start in the labor movement as a Verizon retail worker—she was a leader in the 2014 drive that won a union at seven stores, breaking into wireless retail for the first time in company history. Those workers went on to win their first union contract when they joined landline workers in the electrifying 2016 Verizon strike.

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Welcome, Bianca and Barbara!

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-07-03 14:32

Labor Notes is thrilled to announce two fantastic new hires! Bianca Cunningham and Barbara Madeloni will be joining our staff this summer.

Bianca Cunningham will be our newest Staff Organizer. Bianca got her start in the labor movement as a Verizon retail worker—she was a leader in the 2014 drive that won a union at seven stores, breaking into wireless retail for the first time in company history. Those workers went on to win their first union contract when they joined landline workers in the electrifying 2016 Verizon strike.

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Be Democratic

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 15:00
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Organizing in its best sense—helping people work together to achieve what they want—is at the root of union democracy.

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Be Democratic

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Organizing in its best sense—helping people work together to achieve what they want—is at the root of union democracy.

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Fight the Boss

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:55
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You’re not asking co-workers to join a social club or an insurance plan. You’re asking them to join a fight over issues that matter.

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Fight the Boss

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You’re not asking co-workers to join a social club or an insurance plan. You’re asking them to join a fight over issues that matter.

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Turn Up the Heat

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:50
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To scale up and tackle big goals takes time and planning. A good campaign starts small and builds.

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Turn Up the Heat

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To scale up and tackle big goals takes time and planning. A good campaign starts small and builds.

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Ask People to Join

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:45
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The best approach is to integrate the membership ‘ask’ into union routines and workplace campaigns

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Ask People to Join

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The best approach is to integrate the membership ‘ask’ into union routines and workplace campaigns

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Count Noses

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:40
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You’ll need a system to track members and potential members, with maps and lists. Get to know the informal leaders in the workplace.

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Count Noses

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You’ll need a system to track members and potential members, with maps and lists. Get to know the informal leaders in the workplace.

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Don't Go It Alone

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:35
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To succeed, your organizing has to combine action on the job with a fight for justice in the wider society.

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Don't Go It Alone

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To succeed, your organizing has to combine action on the job with a fight for justice in the wider society.

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Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:40
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The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

Instead of the usual mix of articles, this month we’re sharing a special expanded issue of Labor Notes devoted to one topic: our survival guide for rebuilding power in open-shop America. (Are you in the private sector and think this won’t affect you? Don’t get too cozy.)

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Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:40
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The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

Instead of the usual mix of articles, this month we’re sharing a special expanded issue of Labor Notes devoted to one topic: our survival guide for rebuilding power in open-shop America. (Are you in the private sector and think this won’t affect you? Don’t get too cozy.)

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