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UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-30 16:59
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There are no flashy special effects in Tyler Binder’s 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!”

No stirring soundtrack, no animation, no laugh track. It’s just him and his whiteboard, explaining in plain language how the tentative agreement would affect every group of workers.

But the video went viral. Just two weeks after he uploaded it, it had 90,000 views on Facebook and 50,000 on YouTube.

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UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-07-30 16:59
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There are no flashy special effects in Tyler Binder’s 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!”

No stirring soundtrack, no animation, no laugh track. It’s just him and his whiteboard, explaining in plain language how the tentative agreement would affect every group of workers.

But the video went viral. Just two weeks after he uploaded it, it had 90,000 views on Facebook and 50,000 on YouTube.

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Viewpoint: Any Janus Solution That Ignores Free Riders Is Star-Crossed and Unfair

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-07-27 12:03

Chris Brooks has written an important critique of the direct reimbursement proposal that I and others have sugges

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Viewpoint: Any Janus Solution That Ignores Free Riders Is Star-Crossed and Unfair

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-07-27 12:03

Chris Brooks has written an important critique of the direct reimbursement proposal that I and others have sugges

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Trump Launches War on Federal Unions

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-07-26 11:48
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Federal employees are at war with a presidential administration that’s bent on busting their unions. They rallied around the country July 25, their day in court as federal unions sue to halt three anti-union executive orders.

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Trump Launches War on Federal Unions

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-07-26 11:48
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Federal employees are at war with a presidential administration that’s bent on busting their unions. They rallied around the country July 25, their day in court as federal unions sue to halt three anti-union executive orders.

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Viewpoint: Boss Can’t Be Janus Fix

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-07-25 13:03

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, a new approach to financing unions called “direct reimbursement” is gaining traction with Democratic politicians, academics, and even the New York Times editorial board.

It boils down to this: rather than public sector workers paying dues, their government employer would pay an equivalent amount directly to the union.

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Viewpoint: Boss Can’t Be Janus Fix

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-07-25 13:03

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, a new approach to financing unions called “direct reimbursement” is gaining traction with Democratic politicians, academics, and even the New York Times editorial board.

It boils down to this: rather than public sector workers paying dues, their government employer would pay an equivalent amount directly to the union.

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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

Magazine Stories - 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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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

Magazine Stories - 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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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

Magazine Stories - 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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