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Steward's Corner: How to Think Like an Organizer

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-11-03 08:45
Author(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Union stewards are expected to wear many hats: communicator, advocate, shop floor lawyer, negotiator, mediator. Co-workers rely on good stewards to stand up to management, to know the contract, and to help find solutions even when a workplace problem isn’t covered under the collective bargaining agreement.

It can be overwhelming to take on all this work by yourself. Why go it alone when you could think like an organizer? This means instead of doing all the work yourself, you find ways to spread the work around. Your goals are:

Steward's Corner: How to Think Like an Organizer November 03, 2021 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
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Steward's Corner: How to Think Like an Organizer

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-11-03 08:45
Author(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Union stewards are expected to wear many hats: communicator, advocate, shop floor lawyer, negotiator, mediator. Co-workers rely on good stewards to stand up to management, to know the contract, and to help find solutions even when a workplace problem isn’t covered under the collective bargaining agreement.

It can be overwhelming to take on all this work by yourself. Why go it alone when you could think like an organizer? This means instead of doing all the work yourself, you find ways to spread the work around. Your goals are:

Steward's Corner: How to Think Like an Organizer November 03, 2021 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
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Labor Notes News: So Many Workshops!

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-11-02 17:28
Blog: Blog

When a lot happens in the labor movement, a lot happens at Labor Notes. Visit labornotes.org/events for details on online workshops and stewards trainings, as well as in-person Troublemakers Schools. Some highlights:

Troublemakers Schools: Activists will gather for day-long workshops in Detroit on November 20 and Philadelphia on December 11. Masks and proof of Covid vaccine required.

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Labor Notes News: So Many Workshops!

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-11-02 17:28
Blog: Blog

When a lot happens in the labor movement, a lot happens at Labor Notes. Visit labornotes.org/events for details on online workshops and stewards trainings, as well as in-person Troublemakers Schools. Some highlights:

Troublemakers Schools: Activists will gather for day-long workshops in Detroit on November 20 and Philadelphia on December 11. Masks and proof of Covid vaccine required.

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As Strike Looms, UC Lecturers Raise the Stakes

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-11-01 05:58
Blog: Blog

After more than two years of stalled negotiations, 6,000 University of California lecturers are preparing to strike. The lecturers do one-third of all teaching but earn just a fraction of what their tenure-track counterparts do, with little in the way of job security.

"I just want a living wage," said Jasper Bernes, a lecturer at the UC-Berkeley after an October 13 informational picket organized by the University Council American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).

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As Strike Looms, UC Lecturers Raise the Stakes

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-11-01 05:58
Blog: Blog

After more than two years of stalled negotiations, 6,000 University of California lecturers are preparing to strike. The lecturers do one-third of all teaching but earn just a fraction of what their tenure-track counterparts do, with little in the way of job security.

"I just want a living wage," said Jasper Bernes, a lecturer at the UC-Berkeley after an October 13 informational picket organized by the University Council American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT).

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Auto Workers to Vote on Direct Elections for Officers

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-09-27 15:15
Author(s): Jonah Furman

United Auto Workers members will soon vote in an unprecedented referendum to decide whether the union’s 400,000 working members and nearly 600,000 retirees will directly elect their top officers. Ballots hit the mail October 19 and are due back November 29.

The UAW’s executive officers are currently elected to four-year terms by delegates at its convention. An “Administration Caucus” has dominated these positions for the past seven decades, using the powers of appointment available to International officers to wield tight political control.

Auto Workers to Vote on Direct Elections for Officers September 27, 2021 / Jonah Furman
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Auto Workers to Vote on Direct Elections for Officers

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-09-27 15:15
Author(s): Jonah Furman

United Auto Workers members will soon vote in an unprecedented referendum to decide whether the union’s 400,000 working members and nearly 600,000 retirees will directly elect their top officers. Ballots hit the mail October 19 and are due back November 29.

The UAW’s executive officers are currently elected to four-year terms by delegates at its convention. An “Administration Caucus” has dominated these positions for the past seven decades, using the powers of appointment available to International officers to wield tight political control.

Auto Workers to Vote on Direct Elections for Officers September 27, 2021 / Jonah Furman
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Viewpoint: The Battle Continues to Save the Puerto Rican Teachers' Pension

Steward's Corner - Sat, 2021-09-25 10:14
Blog: Blog

This piece, from American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus, is a response to a Viewpoint we published earlier this week, “The AFT Shouldn’t Be Negotiating Away Puerto Rican Teachers’ Pensions,” by the MORE Caucus of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers.—Editors

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Viewpoint: The Battle Continues to Save the Puerto Rican Teachers' Pension

Magazine Stories - Sat, 2021-09-25 10:14
Blog: Blog

This piece, from American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus, is a response to a Viewpoint we published earlier this week, “The AFT Shouldn’t Be Negotiating Away Puerto Rican Teachers’ Pensions,” by the MORE Caucus of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers.—Editors

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'If Your House Is On Fire You Run': Workers Strike for Safety At Understaffed Mental Health Center

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-09-24 11:00
Author(s): Sarah Hughes

A terrifying scene unfolded the evening of August 1 at Cascade Behavioral Health Center in Tukwila, a suburb of Seattle. A volatile patient had stolen a badge and set of keys from an employee and was running between treatment units for mental health and addiction, taunting patients, vandalizing offices, making lewd comments, touching female staff and patients, and lashing out at attempts to restrain him.

A “Code Gray” was called—a signal for staff to rush to help restrain the man before he could hurt himself or others.

'If Your House Is On Fire You Run': Workers Strike for Safety At Understaffed Mental Health Center September 24, 2021 / Sarah Hughes
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'If Your House Is On Fire You Run': Workers Strike for Safety At Understaffed Mental Health Center

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-09-24 11:00
Author(s): Sarah Hughes

A terrifying scene unfolded the evening of August 1 at Cascade Behavioral Health Center in Tukwila, a suburb of Seattle. A volatile patient had stolen a badge and set of keys from an employee and was running between treatment units for mental health and addiction, taunting patients, vandalizing offices, making lewd comments, touching female staff and patients, and lashing out at attempts to restrain him.

A “Code Gray” was called—a signal for staff to rush to help restrain the man before he could hurt himself or others.

'If Your House Is On Fire You Run': Workers Strike for Safety At Understaffed Mental Health Center September 24, 2021 / Sarah Hughes
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Viewpoint: Climate Justice Must Be a Top Priority for Labor

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-09-21 14:30

Today’s existential crisis for humanity is the immediate need to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. All of us have to. Everywhere. For workers and for our communities there is no more pressing matter than this.

We need to begin a discussion among co-workers, creating demands and acting on them at the workplace and bargaining table. We need to show up at local union meetings, central labor councils, and town halls supporting demands that move us toward a fossil fuel-free future.

Viewpoint: Climate Justice Must Be a Top Priority for Labor September 21, 2021 / Peter Knowlton and John Braxton
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Viewpoint: Climate Justice Must Be a Top Priority for Labor

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-09-21 14:30

Today’s existential crisis for humanity is the immediate need to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy. All of us have to. Everywhere. For workers and for our communities there is no more pressing matter than this.

We need to begin a discussion among co-workers, creating demands and acting on them at the workplace and bargaining table. We need to show up at local union meetings, central labor councils, and town halls supporting demands that move us toward a fossil fuel-free future.

Viewpoint: Climate Justice Must Be a Top Priority for Labor September 21, 2021 / Peter Knowlton and John Braxton
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Washington Carpenter Revolt Swells Picket Lines

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-09-17 18:30
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

Two thousand Washington carpenters went on strike yesterday, out of 6,600 who currently work under the master agreement with the Association of General Contractors (AGC). Five jobs were picketed, including construction projects at Facebook’s Building X, the Microsoft’s Campus in Redmond, and Alphabet’s Google.

“I didn’t know what to expect. People can talk on Facebook, but you don’t know until it’s time for people to show up,” said Joe Rice, a general foreman at Local 30.

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Washington Carpenter Revolt Swells Picket Lines

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-09-17 18:30
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

Two thousand Washington carpenters went on strike yesterday, out of 6,600 who currently work under the master agreement with the Association of General Contractors (AGC). Five jobs were picketed, including construction projects at Facebook’s Building X, the Microsoft’s Campus in Redmond, and Alphabet’s Google.

“I didn’t know what to expect. People can talk on Facebook, but you don’t know until it’s time for people to show up,” said Joe Rice, a general foreman at Local 30.

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After Voting Down Four Tentative Agreements, Washington Carpenters Strike

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-09-15 16:38
Author(s): Luis Feliz Leon

After narrowly rejecting a contract offer, the union representing 11,600 working carpenters in Washington state is set to start a strike tomorrow.

It’s the fourth offer that members have nixed. A scrappy band of rank and filers known as the Peter J. McGuire Group organized the no vote over inadequate raises—despite pressure from union leaders, who were promoting the deal. They are also seeking reimbursements for high parking costs, increased employer contributions to health care and pension funds, and stronger sexual harassment protections.

After Voting Down Four Tentative Agreements, Washington Carpenters Strike September 15, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
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After Voting Down Four Tentative Agreements, Washington Carpenters Strike

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-09-15 16:38
Author(s): Luis Feliz Leon

After narrowly rejecting a contract offer, the union representing 11,600 working carpenters in Washington state is set to start a strike tomorrow.

It’s the fourth offer that members have nixed. A scrappy band of rank and filers known as the Peter J. McGuire Group organized the no vote over inadequate raises—despite pressure from union leaders, who were promoting the deal. They are also seeking reimbursements for high parking costs, increased employer contributions to health care and pension funds, and stronger sexual harassment protections.

After Voting Down Four Tentative Agreements, Washington Carpenters Strike September 15, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
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