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Jasic Detainee #1: The Story of Worker-Poet Mi Jiuping

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-11-05 12:10

Note: Mi Jiuping, one of the central worker-leaders of the Jasic union formation effort in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, is now a detainee at the Shenzhen Number 2 detention center for his labor activism. Mi is one of four workers against whom charges have been pressed for “disturbing social order” in the course of the Jasic struggle. They have been held in detention and denied access to their lawyers as they await trial.

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Jasic Detainee #1: The Story of Worker-Poet Mi Jiuping

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-11-05 12:10

Note: Mi Jiuping, one of the central worker-leaders of the Jasic union formation effort in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, is now a detainee at the Shenzhen Number 2 detention center for his labor activism. Mi is one of four workers against whom charges have been pressed for “disturbing social order” in the course of the Jasic struggle. They have been held in detention and denied access to their lawyers as they await trial.

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The Jasic Workers' Struggle in China

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-11-05 08:25
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This summer, workers at the Jasic welding-equipment factory in China's manufacturing hub of Shenzhen were brutally repressed during their efforts to form a union. Their campaign drew support from university students and labor activists across the country, who flocked to Shenzhen to support the struggle. But Jasic and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detentions, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.

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The Jasic Workers' Struggle in China

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-11-05 08:25
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This summer, workers at the Jasic welding-equipment factory in China's manufacturing hub of Shenzhen were brutally repressed during their efforts to form a union. Their campaign drew support from university students and labor activists across the country, who flocked to Shenzhen to support the struggle. But Jasic and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detentions, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.

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Stand By Me: Sun-Maid Workers Win By Sticking Together

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-11-02 16:23

Teamsters who package and process raisins for Sun-Maid succeeded in “raisin” their wages with a two-week strike in September.

Sun-Maid, the largest raisin processing company in the world, keeps its headquarters in the small city of Kingsburg, California, just 20 miles south of Fresno. At the factory, workers represented by Teamsters Local 431 work on and coordinate assembly lines that receive, process, inspect, package, and ship raisins throughout the world.

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Stand By Me: Sun-Maid Workers Win By Sticking Together

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-11-02 16:23

Teamsters who package and process raisins for Sun-Maid succeeded in “raisin” their wages with a two-week strike in September.

Sun-Maid, the largest raisin processing company in the world, keeps its headquarters in the small city of Kingsburg, California, just 20 miles south of Fresno. At the factory, workers represented by Teamsters Local 431 work on and coordinate assembly lines that receive, process, inspect, package, and ship raisins throughout the world.

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Indianapolis Janitors Push for Health Care, Sick Days, and a Living Wage

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-11-01 11:23

Forty-eight Indianapolis janitors and supporters, including two Indianapolis City-County Council members, were arrested while staging a sit-in October 25 at the intersection next to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly, Indiana’s richest corporation.

The pharmaceutical giant is Indianapolis’s leading corporate philanthropist, currently spearheading a $13 million United Way campaign to alleviate poverty, in a city where 1 in 5 residents lives in poverty.

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Indianapolis Janitors Push for Health Care, Sick Days, and a Living Wage

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-11-01 11:23

Forty-eight Indianapolis janitors and supporters, including two Indianapolis City-County Council members, were arrested while staging a sit-in October 25 at the intersection next to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly, Indiana’s richest corporation.

The pharmaceutical giant is Indianapolis’s leading corporate philanthropist, currently spearheading a $13 million United Way campaign to alleviate poverty, in a city where 1 in 5 residents lives in poverty.

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Book Review: A History of America in Ten Strikes

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-10-31 14:43

At first glance, one might be forgiven for thinking that A History of America in Ten Strikes is some kind of social-media-driven “listicle” book. Author Erik Loomis, a historian and union member at the University of Rhode Island, is a well-known blogger, and his excellent Twitter threads on labor history show he’s digitally savvy.

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Book Review: A History of America in Ten Strikes

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-10-31 14:43

At first glance, one might be forgiven for thinking that A History of America in Ten Strikes is some kind of social-media-driven “listicle” book. Author Erik Loomis, a historian and union member at the University of Rhode Island, is a well-known blogger, and his excellent Twitter threads on labor history show he’s digitally savvy.

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Labor's Real Innovators Will Come from the Ranks, Not the Corporate World

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-10-24 11:32

“Put your faith in the rank and file” was the advice that famed longshore union organizer Harry Bridges used to give. But instead of turning to union members for the bold ideas we need, some labor leaders are taking cues from the corporate world.

Take the Service Employees (SEIU), which recently posted a job for an “Innovation Specialist.”

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Labor's Real Innovators Will Come from the Ranks, Not the Corporate World

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-10-24 11:32

“Put your faith in the rank and file” was the advice that famed longshore union organizer Harry Bridges used to give. But instead of turning to union members for the bold ideas we need, some labor leaders are taking cues from the corporate world.

Take the Service Employees (SEIU), which recently posted a job for an “Innovation Specialist.”

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Avoiding a DFR Charge under Tougher New Rules

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-10-23 11:37
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An internal National Labor Relations Board directive issued in September has raised the bar for how diligently unions must pursue grievances.

A union can now be found guilty of violating the duty of fair representation (DFR) for losing track of a grievance or failing to promptly return a member’s phone calls about it.

That’s a departure from long-established standards. Until now, you put the union at risk only if your treatment of a case was arbitrary, discriminatory, or in bad faith—not if the steward or union rep simply made a mistake, or did a poor job.

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Avoiding a DFR Charge under Tougher New Rules

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-10-23 11:37
Avoiding a DFR Charge under Tougher New Rules October 23, 2018 / Richard de Vries<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

An internal National Labor Relations Board directive issued in September has raised the bar for how diligently unions must pursue grievances.

A union can now be found guilty of violating the duty of fair representation (DFR) for losing track of a grievance or failing to promptly return a member’s phone calls about it.

That’s a departure from long-established standards. Until now, you put the union at risk only if your treatment of a case was arbitrary, discriminatory, or in bad faith—not if the steward or union rep simply made a mistake, or did a poor job.

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New York Home to Largest Troublemakers School Yet

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-10-22 10:53

Taxi drivers, nurses, construction workers, teachers, UPS workers, musicians, Verizon line workers, journalists—you name it, they were there.

Four hundred troublemakers gathered September 29 in New York City for a full day of skill-building, education, and strategy discussions. Labor Notes has been hosting Troublemakers Schools around the country for years, but this one was the largest in our history.

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New York Home to Largest Troublemakers School Yet

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-10-22 10:53

Taxi drivers, nurses, construction workers, teachers, UPS workers, musicians, Verizon line workers, journalists—you name it, they were there.

Four hundred troublemakers gathered September 29 in New York City for a full day of skill-building, education, and strategy discussions. Labor Notes has been hosting Troublemakers Schools around the country for years, but this one was the largest in our history.

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Marriott Workers Strike, Spanning Seven Time Zones

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-10-19 09:42
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Seven thousand hotel workers across the U.S. are on strike against Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain. A strike that started with seven hotels in Boston quickly spread to San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Detroit, and Hawaii.

Marriott’s profits have doubled in five years. In 2016, the hotel chain expanded its empire when it acquired Starwood’s 1,200 properties, including the Westin and Sheraton hotel chains.

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Marriott Workers Strike, Spanning Seven Time Zones

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-10-19 09:42
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Seven thousand hotel workers across the U.S. are on strike against Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain. A strike that started with seven hotels in Boston quickly spread to San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Detroit, and Hawaii.

Marriott’s profits have doubled in five years. In 2016, the hotel chain expanded its empire when it acquired Starwood’s 1,200 properties, including the Westin and Sheraton hotel chains.

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Updated: Teamster Brass Overrule Member 'No' Vote at UPS

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-10-18 16:16
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This article, originally published October 5, was updated October 8 and October 18 to reflect the results of the vote count and subsequent developments. –Editors.

Exploiting a constitutional loophole, Teamsters brass have declared that the controversial tentative agreement covering 243,000 workers at the package giant UPS is ratified, despite members voting it down by 54 percent.

Package Division Director Denis Taylor weirdly claimed that he planned to keep negotiating to improve the deal—but also that members wouldn't get a chance to vote on any further changes.

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Updated: Teamster Brass Overrule Member 'No' Vote at UPS

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-10-18 16:16
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This article, originally published October 5, was updated October 8 and October 18 to reflect the results of the vote count and subsequent developments. –Editors.

Exploiting a constitutional loophole, Teamsters brass have declared that the controversial tentative agreement covering 243,000 workers at the package giant UPS is ratified, despite members voting it down by 54 percent.

Package Division Director Denis Taylor weirdly claimed that he planned to keep negotiating to improve the deal—but also that members wouldn't get a chance to vote on any further changes.

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