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Ask People to Join

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The best approach is to integrate the membership ‘ask’ into union routines and workplace campaigns

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Ask People to Join

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The best approach is to integrate the membership ‘ask’ into union routines and workplace campaigns

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Count Noses

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You’ll need a system to track members and potential members, with maps and lists. Get to know the informal leaders in the workplace.

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Count Noses

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:40
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You’ll need a system to track members and potential members, with maps and lists. Get to know the informal leaders in the workplace.

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Don't Go It Alone

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To succeed, your organizing has to combine action on the job with a fight for justice in the wider society.

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Don't Go It Alone

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To succeed, your organizing has to combine action on the job with a fight for justice in the wider society.

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Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:40
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The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

Instead of the usual mix of articles, this month we’re sharing a special expanded issue of Labor Notes devoted to one topic: our survival guide for rebuilding power in open-shop America. (Are you in the private sector and think this won’t affect you? Don’t get too cozy.)

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Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

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The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

Instead of the usual mix of articles, this month we’re sharing a special expanded issue of Labor Notes devoted to one topic: our survival guide for rebuilding power in open-shop America. (Are you in the private sector and think this won’t affect you? Don’t get too cozy.)

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Quiz: Assess your Danger Level

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Take this self-assessment to get a snapshot of how your union’s current practices stack up and where you're vulnerable.

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Jump-Start a Weak Union from Below

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What if you’re caught in a union that's not doing a good job?

What if your union is mostly invisible, or only reaches out when there’s a crisis, or doesn’t fight for good contracts, or is too cozy with the boss? Perhaps when some rep comes around asking you to recommit, you and your co-workers are saying, “Really? Why should we?”

You might even be tempted to stop paying dues yourself, as a form of protest. Don’t do it. In your heart you know workers need a union to have any shot at building power on the job.

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The Anti-Union Game Plan

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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The open-shop offensive is part of a multipronged plan to ‘defund and defang’ the labor movement. Opt-out canvassers may show up on your doorstep next.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/openshop

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The Racist History of Right-to-Work

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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“Right-to-work” laws originated in the 1940s as a strategy to maintain Jim Crow in the South.

The biggest pusher of the idea was Vance Muse—a well-heeled corporate lobbyist, white supremacist, anti-Semite, and professional anti-unionist from Texas who saw the New Deal as a Communist Jewish conspiracy.

According to Muse and his followers, the CIO was sending labor organizers to the rural South to inflame a contented but gullible African-American population and to force white workers to join unions together with Black workers and call them “brother.”

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Quiz: Assess your Danger Level

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Take this self-assessment to get a snapshot of how your union’s current practices stack up and where you're vulnerable.

Categories: Labor Notes

Jump-Start a Weak Union from Below

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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What if you’re caught in a union that's not doing a good job?

What if your union is mostly invisible, or only reaches out when there’s a crisis, or doesn’t fight for good contracts, or is too cozy with the boss? Perhaps when some rep comes around asking you to recommit, you and your co-workers are saying, “Really? Why should we?”

You might even be tempted to stop paying dues yourself, as a form of protest. Don’t do it. In your heart you know workers need a union to have any shot at building power on the job.

Categories: Labor Notes

The Anti-Union Game Plan

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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The open-shop offensive is part of a multipronged plan to ‘defund and defang’ the labor movement. Opt-out canvassers may show up on your doorstep next.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/openshop

Categories: Labor Notes

The Racist History of Right-to-Work

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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“Right-to-work” laws originated in the 1940s as a strategy to maintain Jim Crow in the South.

The biggest pusher of the idea was Vance Muse—a well-heeled corporate lobbyist, white supremacist, anti-Semite, and professional anti-unionist from Texas who saw the New Deal as a Communist Jewish conspiracy.

According to Muse and his followers, the CIO was sending labor organizers to the rural South to inflame a contented but gullible African-American population and to force white workers to join unions together with Black workers and call them “brother.”

Categories: Labor Notes

How West Virginia Activists Organized a Solidarity Fund for the Uprising

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-06-19 11:37
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Strikes are won by workers—often with a little help from their friends.

During their two-week strike, West Virginia’s salaried classroom teachers still got paid, because superintendents closed schools. The days missed were treated like snow days to be made up later. But workers paid by the hour or day—such as substitute teachers, teaching aides, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers—weren’t getting paychecks. Few had much savings to fall back on.

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How West Virginia Activists Organized a Solidarity Fund for the Uprising

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-06-19 11:37
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Strikes are won by workers—often with a little help from their friends.

During their two-week strike, West Virginia’s salaried classroom teachers still got paid, because superintendents closed schools. The days missed were treated like snow days to be made up later. But workers paid by the hour or day—such as substitute teachers, teaching aides, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers—weren’t getting paychecks. Few had much savings to fall back on.

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Farewell, 'Oil Can': Ed Sadlowski, 1938-2018

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00

The late 1960s and 1970s gave rise to grassroots movements for union democracy all over the United States. The ones in the Auto Workers and Mine Workers have been written about the most, but Steelworkers Fightback was no less momentous.

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Farewell, 'Oil Can': Ed Sadlowski, 1938-2018

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00

The late 1960s and 1970s gave rise to grassroots movements for union democracy all over the United States. The ones in the Auto Workers and Mine Workers have been written about the most, but Steelworkers Fightback was no less momentous.

Categories: Labor Notes
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