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New York City Municipal Employees Protest Abrupt Return to Offices

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-09-14 15:32
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Eighty thousand New York City municipal workers who had been largely working remotely for the past 18 months were forced back this week to full-time, in-person work—after less than two weeks’ notice.

The majority of the city’s 300,000 municipal workers were already back at work. Many—such as sanitation workers and health care workers—never stopped working in person. These remaining 80,000 were those the city had deemed “non-essential.”

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New York City Municipal Employees Protest Abrupt Return to Offices

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-09-14 15:32
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Eighty thousand New York City municipal workers who had been largely working remotely for the past 18 months were forced back this week to full-time, in-person work—after less than two weeks’ notice.

The majority of the city’s 300,000 municipal workers were already back at work. Many—such as sanitation workers and health care workers—never stopped working in person. These remaining 80,000 were those the city had deemed “non-essential.”

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Steward's Corner: Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-09-13 11:23

A tree is only as strong as its roots, and a union is only as strong as its actively involved members. Just as unions couldn’t function without stewards, unions also need member-volunteers to work on all sorts of committees, petition campaigns, direct actions, and more.

But the question is: How do you get members to volunteer their time, talents, and energy?

According to research on people who are active in social and political movements, the choice to get involved is based on three factors:

Steward's Corner: Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers September 13, 2021 / from the Union Steward's Complete Guide
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Steward's Corner: Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-09-13 11:23

A tree is only as strong as its roots, and a union is only as strong as its actively involved members. Just as unions couldn’t function without stewards, unions also need member-volunteers to work on all sorts of committees, petition campaigns, direct actions, and more.

But the question is: How do you get members to volunteer their time, talents, and energy?

According to research on people who are active in social and political movements, the choice to get involved is based on three factors:

Steward's Corner: Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers September 13, 2021 / from the Union Steward's Complete Guide
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Review: How Workers Can Safeguard Pensions

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-09-09 16:39
Blog: Blog

In recent decades, a top management priority at the bargaining table has been reducing the cost of retirement benefits. The pandemic and its economic fallout have generated a new round of employer demands for pension freezes, benefit cuts, plan conversions, and two-tier coverage. Jim Russell’s new book Labor Guide to Retirement Plans shows why and how private and public sector unions should be mobilizing members against such concessions.

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Review: How Workers Can Safeguard Pensions

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-09-09 16:39
Blog: Blog

In recent decades, a top management priority at the bargaining table has been reducing the cost of retirement benefits. The pandemic and its economic fallout have generated a new round of employer demands for pension freezes, benefit cuts, plan conversions, and two-tier coverage. Jim Russell’s new book Labor Guide to Retirement Plans shows why and how private and public sector unions should be mobilizing members against such concessions.

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Ten Thousand UAW Members Gear Up for a Strike Vote at John Deere

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-09-08 16:44
Author(s): Jonah Furman

UPDATE, September 13: On Sunday, all nine UAW locals at John Deere were presented with the company's first offer and took their own strike authorization votes. According to workers at those meetings, the company proposed a long list of concessions, including an end to the moratorium on plant closures, increasing workers' health insurance premium payments from 0 percent to 20 percent, and an end to overtime after eight hours. While company-wide numbers weren't yet available, among plants where numbers have been reported so far, 99 percent of voting members authorized a strike.

Ten Thousand UAW Members Gear Up for a Strike Vote at John Deere September 08, 2021 / Jonah Furman
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Ten Thousand UAW Members Gear Up for a Strike Vote at John Deere

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-09-08 16:44
Author(s): Jonah Furman

UPDATE, September 13: On Sunday, all nine UAW locals at John Deere were presented with the company's first offer and took their own strike authorization votes. According to workers at those meetings, the company proposed a long list of concessions, including an end to the moratorium on plant closures, increasing workers' health insurance premium payments from 0 percent to 20 percent, and an end to overtime after eight hours. While company-wide numbers weren't yet available, among plants where numbers have been reported so far, 99 percent of voting members authorized a strike.

Ten Thousand UAW Members Gear Up for a Strike Vote at John Deere September 08, 2021 / Jonah Furman
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President of South Korea's Militant Union Federation Arrested for Organizing a Rally

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-09-07 17:35

Update: On September 15, a Seoul court denied Yang bail. The KCTU stepped up the war of words. “In October, the government will see a general strike that knows no precedent,” the organization said in a statement—Editors

The South Korean government has arrested the leader of the country’s largest umbrella organization of independent unions, a move that will further strain ongoing tensions with the labor movement.

President of South Korea's Militant Union Federation Arrested for Organizing a Rally September 07, 2021 / Kap Seol
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President of South Korea's Militant Union Federation Arrested for Organizing a Rally

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-09-07 17:35

Update: On September 15, a Seoul court denied Yang bail. The KCTU stepped up the war of words. “In October, the government will see a general strike that knows no precedent,” the organization said in a statement—Editors

The South Korean government has arrested the leader of the country’s largest umbrella organization of independent unions, a move that will further strain ongoing tensions with the labor movement.

President of South Korea's Militant Union Federation Arrested for Organizing a Rally September 07, 2021 / Kap Seol
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While Many in New York Stayed Dry and Safe, Immigrant Gig Workers Braved a Deluge

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-09-03 13:39
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

During a typical downpour, the rainwater also pours gobs of cash in tips into the pockets of immigrant gig workers as they zip around the city delivering takeout to New Yorkers hunkering down at home. Flash flooding warnings are not a case for worry; they are signs of a boon to come, as food delivery apps like GrubHub, DoorDash, and Relay offer bonuses to entice workers to traipse through snow and rain to feed homebound residents. On these days of extreme weather, upwardly mobile customers are apt to be less stingy.

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While Many in New York Stayed Dry and Safe, Immigrant Gig Workers Braved a Deluge

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-09-03 13:39
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

During a typical downpour, the rainwater also pours gobs of cash in tips into the pockets of immigrant gig workers as they zip around the city delivering takeout to New Yorkers hunkering down at home. Flash flooding warnings are not a case for worry; they are signs of a boon to come, as food delivery apps like GrubHub, DoorDash, and Relay offer bonuses to entice workers to traipse through snow and rain to feed homebound residents. On these days of extreme weather, upwardly mobile customers are apt to be less stingy.

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Mexico’s Only Independent Farmworker Union Struggles On Despite Obstacles

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-08-30 13:42
Blog: Blog

In 2015, tens of thousands of poor, mostly indigenous migrant farmworkers (or jornaleros) went on strike in Mexico, blockading the transpeninsular highway that connects agricultural production in the valley of San Quintín, Baja California, with distributors across the border in the United States. These workers produce crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, and berries for U.S. and world markets—under conditions they decry as “modern slavery.”

Categories: Labor Notes

Mexico’s Only Independent Farmworker Union Struggles On Despite Obstacles

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-08-30 13:42
Blog: Blog

In 2015, tens of thousands of poor, mostly indigenous migrant farmworkers (or jornaleros) went on strike in Mexico, blockading the transpeninsular highway that connects agricultural production in the valley of San Quintín, Baja California, with distributors across the border in the United States. These workers produce crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, and berries for U.S. and world markets—under conditions they decry as “modern slavery.”

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Steward's Corner: Helping New Stewards

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-08-30 09:55

Being a steward is a hard, often thankless job. That simple fact makes the turnover in some unions terribly high—a sure recipe for a weakened union and a corps of seriously overworked veteran stewards.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Experienced stewards can use what they’ve learned to bring newer stewards along—to mentor them with opportunities, resources, encouragement, and support. Just the way a seasoned mechanic can show a new apprentice a few tricks, so too can the veteran steward lend a hand to the newcomer. Here are some ideas on how to do that.

Steward's Corner: Helping New Stewards August 30, 2021 / from the Union Steward's Complete Guide
Categories: Labor Notes

Steward's Corner: Helping New Stewards

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-08-30 09:55

Being a steward is a hard, often thankless job. That simple fact makes the turnover in some unions terribly high—a sure recipe for a weakened union and a corps of seriously overworked veteran stewards.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Experienced stewards can use what they’ve learned to bring newer stewards along—to mentor them with opportunities, resources, encouragement, and support. Just the way a seasoned mechanic can show a new apprentice a few tricks, so too can the veteran steward lend a hand to the newcomer. Here are some ideas on how to do that.

Steward's Corner: Helping New Stewards August 30, 2021 / from the Union Steward's Complete Guide
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Bottom-Up Labor Solidarity for Palestine Is Growing

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-08-26 14:41
Blog: Blog

In May, Palestinian workers urgently appealed for international solidarity against a sharp escalation of Israeli violence. Their appeals have been met with an unprecedented response—even in the United States, where labor officialdom has long supported the world’s last remaining apartheid regime (see sidebar).

This dramatic shift is reflected in statements issued by U.S. labor bodies, and, above all, Block The Boat, which successfully prevented an Israeli ZIM Lines ship from docking anywhere on the West Coast in May and June.

Categories: Labor Notes

Bottom-Up Labor Solidarity for Palestine Is Growing

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-08-26 14:41
Blog: Blog

In May, Palestinian workers urgently appealed for international solidarity against a sharp escalation of Israeli violence. Their appeals have been met with an unprecedented response—even in the United States, where labor officialdom has long supported the world’s last remaining apartheid regime (see sidebar).

This dramatic shift is reflected in statements issued by U.S. labor bodies, and, above all, Block The Boat, which successfully prevented an Israeli ZIM Lines ship from docking anywhere on the West Coast in May and June.

Categories: Labor Notes

Hotels Don't Waste a Crisis

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-08-25 11:23
Author(s): Saurav Sarkar

Javier Gonzalez used to send money every two weeks to his 85- and 90-year-old parents in his home country. He had to stop because his employer, Boston Marriott Copley Place, terminated Gonzalez and 230 of his co-workers last September, after temporarily laying them off at the start of the pandemic. They made up more than half the hotel’s workforce.

Hotels Don't Waste a Crisis August 25, 2021 / Saurav Sarkar
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Hotels Don't Waste a Crisis

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-08-25 11:23
Author(s): Saurav Sarkar

Javier Gonzalez used to send money every two weeks to his 85- and 90-year-old parents in his home country. He had to stop because his employer, Boston Marriott Copley Place, terminated Gonzalez and 230 of his co-workers last September, after temporarily laying them off at the start of the pandemic. They made up more than half the hotel’s workforce.

Hotels Don't Waste a Crisis August 25, 2021 / Saurav Sarkar
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