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Inspired by West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red for Ed Movement across Arizona

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-03-15 19:58
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While Oklahoma teachers and school employees gear up for a possible statewide strike starting April 2, a teacher uprising is also brewing in Arizona. Teacher pay in Arizona ranks last in the country by some measures. Educators there, inspired by their counterparts in West Virginia, are rapidly organizing to change that.

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Inspired by West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red for Ed Movement across Arizona

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-03-15 19:58
Inspired by West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red for Ed Movement across Arizona March 15, 2018 / Rebecca Garelli<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

While Oklahoma teachers and school employees gear up for a possible statewide strike starting April 2, a teacher uprising is also brewing in Arizona. Teacher pay in Arizona ranks last in the country by some measures. Educators there, inspired by their counterparts in West Virginia, are rapidly organizing to change that.

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A Working Class Mayor Is Something To Be

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-03-14 09:04

Well before the Trump era, U.S. presidents failed to address urban problems, or made them worse. Congress, state legislatures, and governors were the same. The job of fighting poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation shifted to the municipal level, where activist mayors have tried to mobilize the limited resources of local government on behalf of neglected constituents and causes.

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A Working Class Mayor Is Something To Be

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-03-14 09:04

Well before the Trump era, U.S. presidents failed to address urban problems, or made them worse. Congress, state legislatures, and governors were the same. The job of fighting poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation shifted to the municipal level, where activist mayors have tried to mobilize the limited resources of local government on behalf of neglected constituents and causes.

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Striking British Academics Reject Offer: 'No Capitulation!'

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-03-13 17:09

“No capitulation!” That slogan sped around social media and appeared on picket lines Tuesday morning, after 42,000 academics and academic support staff at more than 60 British universities rejected a deal negotiated by their union that would have brought their 11-day strike to an end.

The strike will now continue until March 16, when most universities shut down for four weeks over the Easter break. It may well resume when teaching begins again in mid-April.

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Striking British Academics Reject Offer: 'No Capitulation!'

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-03-13 17:09

“No capitulation!” That slogan sped around social media and appeared on picket lines Tuesday morning, after 42,000 academics and academic support staff at more than 60 British universities rejected a deal negotiated by their union that would have brought their 11-day strike to an end.

The strike will now continue until March 16, when most universities shut down for four weeks over the Easter break. It may well resume when teaching begins again in mid-April.

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At Home at Labor Notes

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-03-12 11:54

While I'm excited about seeing many of our regulars, I’m especially looking forward to meeting first-time attendees at what could be the biggest Labor Notes Conference yet, in Chicago April 6-8. Here's how I know they're going to like it.

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At Home at Labor Notes

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-03-12 11:54

While I'm excited about seeing many of our regulars, I’m especially looking forward to meeting first-time attendees at what could be the biggest Labor Notes Conference yet, in Chicago April 6-8. Here's how I know they're going to like it.

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Chicago UPS Drivers Fight to Keep Talking

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-03-08 15:05
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UPS tried to ban its tractor-trailer drivers from using CB radios and hands-free headsets, but Chicago-area drivers were having none of it—and they used the opportunity to draw attention to the real safety problems the company is ignoring.

Managers arriving at the massive Chicago Area Consolidated Hub (CACH) on January 30 were greeted by an inflatable rat and a fat cat 12 feet tall. Teamsters held a banner: “UPS Does Not Care about Employee Safety.”

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Chicago UPS Drivers Fight to Keep Talking

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-03-08 15:05
Chicago UPS Drivers Fight to Keep Talking March 08, 2018 / Dave Bernt<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

UPS tried to ban its tractor-trailer drivers from using CB radios and hands-free headsets, but Chicago-area drivers were having none of it—and they used the opportunity to draw attention to the real safety problems the company is ignoring.

Managers arriving at the massive Chicago Area Consolidated Hub (CACH) on January 30 were greeted by an inflatable rat and a fat cat 12 feet tall. Teamsters held a banner: “UPS Does Not Care about Employee Safety.”

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Nearly 50 Years after OSHA, American Workers Are Still Dying to Work

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-03-08 11:10

The outrage is palpable in Dying to Work, the book to read if you want to know what’s happening with worker health and safety in these difficult times.

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Nearly 50 Years after OSHA, American Workers Are Still Dying to Work

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-03-08 11:10

The outrage is palpable in Dying to Work, the book to read if you want to know what’s happening with worker health and safety in these difficult times.

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The West Virginia Option

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-03-07 15:18
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West Virginia teachers declared victory with a 5 percent raise and returned to their classrooms today. Their organizing and their 13-day strike not only forced the legislature to raise their rock-bottom pay; it backed off corporate-linked education “reformers” on a host of other issues: charter schools, an anti-seniority bill, preventing payroll deduction of union dues. The teachers unions say they've seen big upticks in membership.

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The West Virginia Option

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-03-07 15:18
The West Virginia Option March 07, 2018 / Joe Burns<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

West Virginia teachers declared victory with a 5 percent raise and returned to their classrooms today. Their organizing and their 13-day strike not only forced the legislature to raise their rock-bottom pay; it backed off corporate-linked education “reformers” on a host of other issues: charter schools, an anti-seniority bill, preventing payroll deduction of union dues. The teachers unions say they've seen big upticks in membership.

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British Academics Strike to Save Pensions

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-03-02 12:19

Snow falls on the picket line by the main entrance to Loughborough University, in the English East Midlands. Those not handing out leaflets are huddled around the brazier (burn barrel), hands in their pockets. They include tenured professors, tenure-track faculty, teachers on short-term contracts, academic support staff, and students there to show support.

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British Academics Strike to Save Pensions

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-03-02 12:19

Snow falls on the picket line by the main entrance to Loughborough University, in the English East Midlands. Those not handing out leaflets are huddled around the brazier (burn barrel), hands in their pockets. They include tenured professors, tenure-track faculty, teachers on short-term contracts, academic support staff, and students there to show support.

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After 136 Years, L.A. Times Journalists Win Their Union

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-03-01 14:39
After 136 Years, L.A. Times Journalists Win Their Union March 01, 2018 / Kristina Bui and Nastaran Mohit<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Journalists at the L.A. Times on January 19 received the news we had long awaited—with a landslide of 85 percent, the staff voted to unionize and join the NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers.

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After 136 Years, L.A. Times Journalists Win Their Union

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-03-01 14:39
After 136 Years, L.A. Times Journalists Win Their Union March 01, 2018 / Kristina Bui and Nastaran Mohit<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Journalists at the L.A. Times on January 19 received the news we had long awaited—with a landslide of 85 percent, the staff voted to unionize and join the NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers.

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Teachers Organize National Black Lives Matter Week of Action

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-02-28 12:32

What started last year with teachers in Seattle and Philadelphia has picked up steam.

Teachers in Chicago, Newark, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, and Los Angeles joined this year’s Black Lives Matter at Schools week of action, often organized by a rank-and-file caucus in the local union.

They shared a list of demands:

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Teachers Organize National Black Lives Matter Week of Action

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-02-28 12:32

What started last year with teachers in Seattle and Philadelphia has picked up steam.

Teachers in Chicago, Newark, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, and Los Angeles joined this year’s Black Lives Matter at Schools week of action, often organized by a rank-and-file caucus in the local union.

They shared a list of demands:

Categories: Labor Notes
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