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UPS Vote No Activists Take Over Big Dallas Local

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-11-14 16:36
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Reformers in the Teamsters have the wind at their backs. A rank-and-file slate swept to victory November 10 at Local 767 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, the largest UPS local in the South.

The 767 Teamsters United for Change won an outright majority in a four-way race. President-elect Brian “Smokewagon” Perrier, a 29-year UPS driver, got nearly twice as many votes as the incumbent president.

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UPS Vote No Activists Take Over Big Dallas Local

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-11-14 16:36
UPS Vote No Activists Take Over Big Dallas Local November 14, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Reformers in the Teamsters have the wind at their backs. A rank-and-file slate swept to victory November 10 at Local 767 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, the largest UPS local in the South.

The 767 Teamsters United for Change won an outright majority in a four-way race. President-elect Brian “Smokewagon” Perrier, a 29-year UPS driver, got nearly twice as many votes as the incumbent president.

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What Vermont Paraeducators and School Bus Drivers Learned When They Almost Went on Strike

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-11-09 18:08
What Vermont Paraeducators and School Bus Drivers Learned When They Almost Went on Strike November 09, 2018 / Emma Mulvaney-Stanak<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

What do you do when your employer suddenly turns hostile? After years of relatively friendly labor relations, in 2015 the school board in rural Brandon, Vermont, shut down negotiations and imposed its terms: higher health care costs and minimal raises.

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What Vermont Paraeducators and School Bus Drivers Learned When They Almost Went on Strike

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-11-09 18:08
What Vermont Paraeducators and School Bus Drivers Learned When They Almost Went on Strike November 09, 2018 / Emma Mulvaney-Stanak<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

What do you do when your employer suddenly turns hostile? After years of relatively friendly labor relations, in 2015 the school board in rural Brandon, Vermont, shut down negotiations and imposed its terms: higher health care costs and minimal raises.

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Election Roundup: A Mixed Bag, But Good Riddance to Scott Walker

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-11-09 14:35

How did states with high-profile union fights fare in the 2018 midterms? The elections were a mixed bag.

Wisconsin union members (and yours truly!) got to vote out the state’s number one union-buster: Scott Walker. He survived a 2012 recall and a 2014 re-election, but the third time was the charm. The governor who rose to the national stage by kneecapping unions was narrowly ousted in a high-turnout election.

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Election Roundup: A Mixed Bag, But Good Riddance to Scott Walker

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-11-09 14:35

How did states with high-profile union fights fare in the 2018 midterms? The elections were a mixed bag.

Wisconsin union members (and yours truly!) got to vote out the state’s number one union-buster: Scott Walker. He survived a 2012 recall and a 2014 re-election, but the third time was the charm. The governor who rose to the national stage by kneecapping unions was narrowly ousted in a high-turnout election.

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Hospitals Torch Safe Staffing Limits in Massachusetts

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-11-07 17:57
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Massachusetts nurses suffered a devastating defeat at the polls yesterday as a union-led ballot initiative, Question 1, lost by more than 2 to 1.

Question 1 would have improved hospital care by limiting the number of patients that bedside nurses could legally be assigned.

The ballot question was shepherded by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents nurses at 70 percent of the hospitals in the state, including 47 private and five public hospitals.

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Hospitals Torch Safe Staffing Limits in Massachusetts

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-11-07 17:57
Hospitals Torch Safe Staffing Limits in Massachusetts November 07, 2018 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Massachusetts nurses suffered a devastating defeat at the polls yesterday as a union-led ballot initiative, Question 1, lost by more than 2 to 1.

Question 1 would have improved hospital care by limiting the number of patients that bedside nurses could legally be assigned.

The ballot question was shepherded by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents nurses at 70 percent of the hospitals in the state, including 47 private and five public hospitals.

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In Iowa, Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-11-06 17:06
In Iowa, Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing November 06, 2018 / Meghan Brophy<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

At a small liberal arts college in rural Iowa, students who work in the libraries, mailroom, and other campus workplaces have undertaken an ambitious organizing drive.

Two years ago, 350 dining hall workers at Grinnell College made history when they formed the first union of undergraduate workers at a private college. Now hundreds of other student workers on campus are campaigning to join then.

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In Iowa, Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-11-06 17:06
In Iowa, Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing November 06, 2018 / Meghan Brophy<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

At a small liberal arts college in rural Iowa, students who work in the libraries, mailroom, and other campus workplaces have undertaken an ambitious organizing drive.

Two years ago, 350 dining hall workers at Grinnell College made history when they formed the first union of undergraduate workers at a private college. Now hundreds of other student workers on campus are campaigning to join then.

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Viewpoint: With No Contract Campaign, New York Teachers Wasted the Moment

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-11-06 12:06

My union, the United Federation of Teachers, representing 80,000 active school employees, has reached a new three-year agreement with New York City. It was announced over the weekend that the contract had been approved by an 87 percent vote. The Occupational and Physical Therapists chapter, however, voted it down.

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Viewpoint: With No Contract Campaign, New York Teachers Wasted the Moment

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-11-06 12:06

My union, the United Federation of Teachers, representing 80,000 active school employees, has reached a new three-year agreement with New York City. It was announced over the weekend that the contract had been approved by an 87 percent vote. The Occupational and Physical Therapists chapter, however, voted it down.

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Jasic Detainee #1: The Story of Worker-Poet Mi Jiuping

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-11-05 12:10

Note: Mi Jiuping, one of the central worker-leaders of the Jasic union formation effort in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, is now a detainee at the Shenzhen Number 2 detention center for his labor activism. Mi is one of four workers against whom charges have been pressed for “disturbing social order” in the course of the Jasic struggle. They have been held in detention and denied access to their lawyers as they await trial.

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Jasic Detainee #1: The Story of Worker-Poet Mi Jiuping

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-11-05 12:10

Note: Mi Jiuping, one of the central worker-leaders of the Jasic union formation effort in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, is now a detainee at the Shenzhen Number 2 detention center for his labor activism. Mi is one of four workers against whom charges have been pressed for “disturbing social order” in the course of the Jasic struggle. They have been held in detention and denied access to their lawyers as they await trial.

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The Jasic Workers' Struggle in China

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-11-05 08:25
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This summer, workers at the Jasic welding-equipment factory in China's manufacturing hub of Shenzhen were brutally repressed during their efforts to form a union. Their campaign drew support from university students and labor activists across the country, who flocked to Shenzhen to support the struggle. But Jasic and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detentions, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.

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The Jasic Workers' Struggle in China

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-11-05 08:25
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This summer, workers at the Jasic welding-equipment factory in China's manufacturing hub of Shenzhen were brutally repressed during their efforts to form a union. Their campaign drew support from university students and labor activists across the country, who flocked to Shenzhen to support the struggle. But Jasic and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detentions, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.

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Stand By Me: Sun-Maid Workers Win By Sticking Together

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-11-02 16:23

Teamsters who package and process raisins for Sun-Maid succeeded in “raisin” their wages with a two-week strike in September.

Sun-Maid, the largest raisin processing company in the world, keeps its headquarters in the small city of Kingsburg, California, just 20 miles south of Fresno. At the factory, workers represented by Teamsters Local 431 work on and coordinate assembly lines that receive, process, inspect, package, and ship raisins throughout the world.

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Stand By Me: Sun-Maid Workers Win By Sticking Together

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-11-02 16:23

Teamsters who package and process raisins for Sun-Maid succeeded in “raisin” their wages with a two-week strike in September.

Sun-Maid, the largest raisin processing company in the world, keeps its headquarters in the small city of Kingsburg, California, just 20 miles south of Fresno. At the factory, workers represented by Teamsters Local 431 work on and coordinate assembly lines that receive, process, inspect, package, and ship raisins throughout the world.

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Indianapolis Janitors Push for Health Care, Sick Days, and a Living Wage

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-11-01 11:23

Forty-eight Indianapolis janitors and supporters, including two Indianapolis City-County Council members, were arrested while staging a sit-in October 25 at the intersection next to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly, Indiana’s richest corporation.

The pharmaceutical giant is Indianapolis’s leading corporate philanthropist, currently spearheading a $13 million United Way campaign to alleviate poverty, in a city where 1 in 5 residents lives in poverty.

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Indianapolis Janitors Push for Health Care, Sick Days, and a Living Wage

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-11-01 11:23

Forty-eight Indianapolis janitors and supporters, including two Indianapolis City-County Council members, were arrested while staging a sit-in October 25 at the intersection next to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly, Indiana’s richest corporation.

The pharmaceutical giant is Indianapolis’s leading corporate philanthropist, currently spearheading a $13 million United Way campaign to alleviate poverty, in a city where 1 in 5 residents lives in poverty.

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