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Jersey Day Spooks Kroger Management

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-10-20 10:29

According to Kroger, sports partisanship on the job is OK but union partisanship is not.

The grocery chain has long allowed employees to wear team jerseys of their choice on designated “game days.” NASCAR and NFL teams are among the honorees.

But when Kroger workers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio began wearing UFCW Local 400 jerseys to work on game day, as part of their campaign for a new contract, the company abruptly announced that only Kroger uniforms were allowed—nationwide.

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Jersey Day Spooks Kroger Management

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-10-20 10:29

According to Kroger, sports partisanship on the job is OK but union partisanship is not.

The grocery chain has long allowed employees to wear team jerseys of their choice on designated “game days.” NASCAR and NFL teams are among the honorees.

But when Kroger workers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio began wearing UFCW Local 400 jerseys to work on game day, as part of their campaign for a new contract, the company abruptly announced that only Kroger uniforms were allowed—nationwide.

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Review: No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2017-10-19 13:51

Jane McAlevey’s No Shortcuts is an exciting book. It tells the stories of important struggles and it tackles the big questions facing the labor movement. McAlevey is a former staffer, organizer, and national leader of the Service Employees (SEIU) on the losing side of a power struggle, then an academic and now a consultant.

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Review: No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2017-10-19 13:51

Jane McAlevey’s No Shortcuts is an exciting book. It tells the stories of important struggles and it tackles the big questions facing the labor movement. McAlevey is a former staffer, organizer, and national leader of the Service Employees (SEIU) on the losing side of a power struggle, then an academic and now a consultant.

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Canada GM Workers Strike, but Can’t Get Guarantee on Jobs

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-10-18 13:44
Canada GM Workers Strike, but Can’t Get Guarantee on Jobs October 18, 2017 / Gerard DiTrolio and Doug Nesbitt<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

As negotiators from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico carry out secretive talks aimed at fixing NAFTA, a strike at an Ontario auto plant shows how difficult it can be to challenge the power amassed by corporations thanks to the trade deal.

The 2,800 members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the job September 17 at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll seeking contract language to secure their jobs.

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Canada GM Workers Strike, but Can’t Get Guarantee on Jobs

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-10-18 13:44
Canada GM Workers Strike, but Can’t Get Guarantee on Jobs October 18, 2017 / Gerard DiTrolio and Doug Nesbitt<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

As negotiators from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico carry out secretive talks aimed at fixing NAFTA, a strike at an Ontario auto plant shows how difficult it can be to challenge the power amassed by corporations thanks to the trade deal.

The 2,800 members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the job September 17 at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll seeking contract language to secure their jobs.

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No Casting Couch for Low-Wage Women, But Lots of Sexual Harassment

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-10-13 15:18
No Casting Couch for Low-Wage Women, But Lots of Sexual Harassment October 13, 2017 / Jane Slaughter<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Sexual harassment doesn't happen just to glamorous women in glamorous industries. Since sexual harassment is about power, not sex, it’s not surprising that low-wage women in lousy jobs get a lot of it.

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No Casting Couch for Low-Wage Women, But Lots of Sexual Harassment

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-10-13 15:18
No Casting Couch for Low-Wage Women, But Lots of Sexual Harassment October 13, 2017 / Jane Slaughter<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Sexual harassment doesn't happen just to glamorous women in glamorous industries. Since sexual harassment is about power, not sex, it’s not surprising that low-wage women in lousy jobs get a lot of it.

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Labor's Stake in the Fight for Veterans' Health Care

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2017-10-12 11:20
Labor's Stake in the Fight for Veterans' Health Care October 12, 2017 / Suzanne Gordon and Ian Hoffmann<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In January President Trump delivered on his promise to shrink the federal government: he announced a hiring freeze, despite thousands of federal job vacancies.

As a candidate, Trump campaigned as a great friend of veterans. He pledged to make big improvements in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the arm of the Veterans Administration (VA) that operates the largest health care system in the country.

But Trump’s hiring freeze deepened an already existing staffing crisis at VHA hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S., where there are 49,000 vacant positions.

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Labor's Stake in the Fight for Veterans' Health Care

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2017-10-12 11:20
Labor's Stake in the Fight for Veterans' Health Care October 12, 2017 / Suzanne Gordon and Ian Hoffmann<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In January President Trump delivered on his promise to shrink the federal government: he announced a hiring freeze, despite thousands of federal job vacancies.

As a candidate, Trump campaigned as a great friend of veterans. He pledged to make big improvements in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the arm of the Veterans Administration (VA) that operates the largest health care system in the country.

But Trump’s hiring freeze deepened an already existing staffing crisis at VHA hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S., where there are 49,000 vacant positions.

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New York Teamsters Block Union-Busting Move

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2017-10-10 09:25

New York City-area movers packed up the inflatable rats—all three of them—and declared victory in late August. For two months, while members of Teamsters Local 814 were locked out of their jobs, they had mobilized in the streets to protest a local company’s decision to drop its unionized movers and warehouse workers.

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New York Teamsters Block Union-Busting Move

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2017-10-10 09:25

New York City-area movers packed up the inflatable rats—all three of them—and declared victory in late August. For two months, while members of Teamsters Local 814 were locked out of their jobs, they had mobilized in the streets to protest a local company’s decision to drop its unionized movers and warehouse workers.

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Public Sector Right to Work: Gateway to Combating All Unions

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-10-06 10:50

Corporations are making the most headway on their anti-worker agenda by buying state legislatures, argues Gordon Lafer in his new book, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.

An excerpt from Chapter Two of the book, “Deunionizing the Private Sector,” is provided below. For more, see the full interview with Lafer on the Labor Notes website.

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Public Sector Right to Work: Gateway to Combating All Unions

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-10-06 10:50

Corporations are making the most headway on their anti-worker agenda by buying state legislatures, argues Gordon Lafer in his new book, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.

An excerpt from Chapter Two of the book, “Deunionizing the Private Sector,” is provided below. For more, see the full interview with Lafer on the Labor Notes website.

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Interview: The Billionaire Battle Plan

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-10-06 10:16
Interview: The Billionaire Battle Plan October 06, 2017 / Gordon Lafer<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It's national politics that get the headlines, but corporations are making the most headway on their anti-worker agenda by buying state legislatures. So argues Gordon Lafer in his new book, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.

You may think you know how pervasive corporate money is in politics, but Lafer, a labor educator at the University of Oregon, reveals a nationally coordinated, corporate-funded strategy that's gained steam since 2010.

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Interview: The Billionaire Battle Plan

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-10-06 10:16
Interview: The Billionaire Battle Plan October 06, 2017 / Gordon Lafer<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It's national politics that get the headlines, but corporations are making the most headway on their anti-worker agenda by buying state legislatures. So argues Gordon Lafer in his new book, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.

You may think you know how pervasive corporate money is in politics, but Lafer, a labor educator at the University of Oregon, reveals a nationally coordinated, corporate-funded strategy that's gained steam since 2010.

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Building Power before Janus–And After: Lessons from CUNY

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2017-10-03 13:01

As recently as 2014, just 22 percent of my co-workers were members of our chapter in our big wall-to-wall union. The rest—some 1,242 employees—paid the “agency fee,” which for us is the same as membership dues. The chapter had been defunct for several years. Few bothered to explain to new employees why it mattered to join and what power might come from engagement.

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Building Power before Janus–And After: Lessons from CUNY

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2017-10-03 13:01

As recently as 2014, just 22 percent of my co-workers were members of our chapter in our big wall-to-wall union. The rest—some 1,242 employees—paid the “agency fee,” which for us is the same as membership dues. The chapter had been defunct for several years. Few bothered to explain to new employees why it mattered to join and what power might come from engagement.

Categories: Labor Notes

Review: The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2017-10-02 10:41

Truck drivers seem to have re-entered the public consciousness in 2017—but today our understanding of the occupation is far from the freewheeling “cowboy of the highway” image of the 1970s. It’s also no longer synonymous with “Teamster” or even seen as a desirable job.

Categories: Labor Notes

Review: The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2017-10-02 10:41

Truck drivers seem to have re-entered the public consciousness in 2017—but today our understanding of the occupation is far from the freewheeling “cowboy of the highway” image of the 1970s. It’s also no longer synonymous with “Teamster” or even seen as a desirable job.

Categories: Labor Notes
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