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Good News and Bad News Come with Huck-Konopacki Labor Cartoons’ Latest Book

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-03-25 15:42

There’s good news and bad news about TORN, the latest book of cartoons from Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki. The good: It’s a doozy! The bad: It’s their last one.

After 37 years of syndicating Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons to unions and newspapers, these Wisconsin-bred practitioners of pushback, parody, and in-your-face outrage against enemies of the working class sent out their last monthly package in February.

It was a great run while it lasted, as some high-profile admirers have attested over the years:

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Good News and Bad News Come with Huck-Konopacki Labor Cartoons’ Latest Book

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-03-25 15:42

There’s good news and bad news about TORN, the latest book of cartoons from Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki. The good: It’s a doozy! The bad: It’s their last one.

After 37 years of syndicating Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons to unions and newspapers, these Wisconsin-bred practitioners of pushback, parody, and in-your-face outrage against enemies of the working class sent out their last monthly package in February.

It was a great run while it lasted, as some high-profile admirers have attested over the years:

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$1,200 per Adult, $500 per Child: Stimulus Bill Nears Passage

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-03-25 13:32
$1,200 per Adult, $500 per Child: Stimulus Bill Nears Passage March 25, 2020 / Amy Hanauer

This story has been updated to reflect changes in the policy and political debate.

At 1:30 a.m. today, Senate and House leaders and the Trump administration reached a deal on an enormous $2 trillion proposal to dramatically expand unemployment benefits, provide direct payments to American households, give money to state governments and Native American tribes, and assist businesses reeling from the economic catastrophe unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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$1,200 per Adult, $500 per Child: Stimulus Bill Nears Passage

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-03-25 13:32
$1,200 per Adult, $500 per Child: Stimulus Bill Nears Passage March 25, 2020 / Amy Hanauer

This story has been updated to reflect changes in the policy and political debate.

At 1:30 a.m. today, Senate and House leaders and the Trump administration reached a deal on an enormous $2 trillion proposal to dramatically expand unemployment benefits, provide direct payments to American households, give money to state governments and Native American tribes, and assist businesses reeling from the economic catastrophe unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Graduate Student Workers: UC Must Pay!

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-03-25 12:53
Graduate Student Workers: UC Must Pay! March 25, 2020 / Yulia Gilich

University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) graduate student workers have been on a wildcat strike for a raise since December 2019. Since February, nearly 80 strikers have been fired, while the strike has spread to other UC campuses.

Graduate student workers at 10 UC campuses across the state receive the same wages—$2,434 a month—which after taxes amounts to $19,000 a year, given that we are only paid for nine months.

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Graduate Student Workers: UC Must Pay!

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-03-25 12:53
Graduate Student Workers: UC Must Pay! March 25, 2020 / Yulia Gilich

University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) graduate student workers have been on a wildcat strike for a raise since December 2019. Since February, nearly 80 strikers have been fired, while the strike has spread to other UC campuses.

Graduate student workers at 10 UC campuses across the state receive the same wages—$2,434 a month—which after taxes amounts to $19,000 a year, given that we are only paid for nine months.

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Newswatch: Labor Notes #493

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-03-25 10:12

It took the coronavirus to get a nurse in every New York City school, something teachers and parents have long demanded. The chancellor made the announcement March 5. But by then it was time for more serious measures. Ten days later, under pressure from rank-and-file teachers organizing for a sickout, the mayor finally agreed to close the schools.

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Newswatch: Labor Notes #493

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-03-25 10:12

It took the coronavirus to get a nurse in every New York City school, something teachers and parents have long demanded. The chancellor made the announcement March 5. But by then it was time for more serious measures. Ten days later, under pressure from rank-and-file teachers organizing for a sickout, the mayor finally agreed to close the schools.

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Longshore Young Workers Come to the Aid of Tenants Facing Eviction

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-03-24 15:12
Longshore Young Workers Come to the Aid of Tenants Facing Eviction March 24, 2020 / Zack Pattin and Brian Skiffington

When a powerful developer came to Tacoma, Washington, and evicted an entire building of poor, disabled, and retired working people, members of our Longshore (ILWU) union local’s Young Workers Committee leapt into the struggle.

After all, the people at the Tiki Apartments were poor and working class. And what’s a landlord but another kind of boss?

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Longshore Young Workers Come To The Aid Of Tenants Facing Eviction

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-03-24 15:12
Longshore Young Workers Come To The Aid Of Tenants Facing Eviction March 24, 2020 / Zack Pattin and Brian Skiffington

When a powerful developer came to Tacoma, Washington, and evicted an entire building of poor, disabled, and retired working people, members of our Longshore (ILWU) union local’s Young Workers Committee leapt into the struggle.

After all, the people at the Tiki Apartments were poor and working class. And what’s a landlord but another kind of boss?

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Longshore Young Workers Come to the Aid of Tenants Facing Eviction

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-03-24 15:12
Longshore Young Workers Come to the Aid of Tenants Facing Eviction March 24, 2020 / Zack Pattin and Brian Skiffington

When a powerful developer came to Tacoma, Washington, and evicted an entire building of poor, disabled, and retired working people, members of our Longshore (ILWU) union local’s Young Workers Committee leapt into the struggle.

After all, the people at the Tiki Apartments were poor and working class. And what’s a landlord but another kind of boss?

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The Danger We're Facing: A Grocery Worker Speaks Out

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-03-23 15:29

The coronavirus crisis is spurring record-breaking sales for grocery store chains, straining supply chains and exhausting employees.

While many businesses are having employees work from home or are closing down to mitigate the spread of the virus, grocery stores have been designated a “critical industry” by federal agencies. This means they can largely continue with business like normal—and normal was bad enough.

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The Danger We're Facing: A Grocery Worker Speaks Out

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-03-23 15:29

The coronavirus crisis is spurring record-breaking sales for grocery store chains, straining supply chains and exhausting employees.

While many businesses are having employees work from home or are closing down to mitigate the spread of the virus, grocery stores have been designated a “critical industry” by federal agencies. This means they can largely continue with business like normal—and normal was bad enough.

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Workers at Cambodia’s Biggest Casino Strike and Win Higher Wages and Reinstatement of Union President

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-03-23 13:30
Workers at Cambodia’s Biggest Casino Strike and Win Higher Wages and Reinstatement of Union President March 23, 2020 / Andrew Tillett-Saks

Sithar Chhim had checked every potential meeting room in downtown Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Nobody would rent the president of the NagaWorld Casino Workers Union the room her union desperately needed to hold their strike vote with their 4,000 members.

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Workers at Cambodia’s Biggest Casino Strike and Win Higher Wages and Reinstatement of Union President

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-03-23 13:30
Workers at Cambodia’s Biggest Casino Strike and Win Higher Wages and Reinstatement of Union President March 23, 2020 / Andrew Tillett-Saks

Sithar Chhim had checked every potential meeting room in downtown Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia. Nobody would rent the president of the NagaWorld Casino Workers Union the room her union desperately needed to hold their strike vote with their 4,000 members.

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Italian Warehouse Workers Say: Stop All Non-Essential Activity to Stop the Virus

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-03-20 17:06

S.I. Cobas, or in Italian the Sindicati Interaziendali Comitati di Base (Cross-firm Base Committees) have done extensive work organizing in the logistics sector, principally in northern Italy. As their name suggests, base committees are formations at the “base” and are not part of the country’s three principal trade union federations: CGIL, CISL, and UIL. They initially arose in the 1990s in manufacturing, teaching, and hospitals in reaction to the perceived collaboration of the traditional unions with the government and the corporations.

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Italian Warehouse Workers Say: Stop All Non-Essential Activity to Stop the Virus

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-03-20 17:06

S.I. Cobas, or in Italian the Sindicati Interaziendali Comitati di Base (Cross-firm Base Committees) have done extensive work organizing in the logistics sector, principally in northern Italy. As their name suggests, base committees are formations at the “base” and are not part of the country’s three principal trade union federations: CGIL, CISL, and UIL. They initially arose in the 1990s in manufacturing, teaching, and hospitals in reaction to the perceived collaboration of the traditional unions with the government and the corporations.

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VIDEO: Organizing in the Face of the Coronavirus

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-03-20 16:54

In the light of this pandemic, it is imperative that we protect workers immediately, prevent the exploitation of this crisis by management, and consider how to use this moment to advance demands that last far beyond the coronavirus.

How do we do this? What is happening and what can we learn from each other?

Almost 900 people joined a Labor Notes webinar to hear from educators, an Amazon worker, and a worker center organizer about their successes organizing in the face of the coronavirus.

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VIDEO: Organizing in the Face of the Coronavirus

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-03-20 16:54

In the light of this pandemic, it is imperative that we protect workers immediately, prevent the exploitation of this crisis by management, and consider how to use this moment to advance demands that last far beyond the coronavirus.

How do we do this? What is happening and what can we learn from each other?

Almost 900 people joined a Labor Notes webinar to hear from educators, an Amazon worker, and a worker center organizer about their successes organizing in the face of the coronavirus.

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Organize or Die

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-03-20 11:02

The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest workplace issue of our lives. Across the country, it is throwing into relief the cold capitalist logic of American workplaces, where the health and safety of workers, their families, and the public is subordinate to the employers' need for profit. The success or failure of our organizing at work today could be a question of life and death for hundreds of thousands.

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