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Bring the Union Meeting to the Members

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2017-09-28 09:08
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How many members attend your union meetings? And how do you feel about that?

Whether it’s just a handful or a hundred, no activist is ever satisfied.

But you can drop a whole load of frustration if you stop expecting a majority of members to travel to the union hall for a two-hour monthly meeting. Thinking about members and meetings in a different way can allow you to bring shorter union meetings to more and more members—at the workplace.

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Bring the Union Meeting to the Members

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2017-09-28 09:08
Bring the Union Meeting to the Members September 28, 2017 / Joe Fahey<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

How many members attend your union meetings? And how do you feel about that?

Whether it’s just a handful or a hundred, no activist is ever satisfied.

But you can drop a whole load of frustration if you stop expecting a majority of members to travel to the union hall for a two-hour monthly meeting. Thinking about members and meetings in a different way can allow you to bring shorter union meetings to more and more members—at the workplace.

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From Indonesia to Honduras: How Anti-Sweatshop Activists and Unions Made Severance Pay Mandatory

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-09-27 13:33

In August last year Iris Montoya came to work at the Rio Garment factory in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where she had worked as a sewing machine operator for 11 years. At 11 a.m., the factory lights shut off and management escorted the workers outside, locking the doors behind them.

Management announced that the factory was shutting down operations that very day. Panic broke out. Workers were told to go home, barred from retrieving their belongings, and left without their last week’s pay.

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From Indonesia to Honduras: How Anti-Sweatshop Activists and Unions Made Severance Pay Mandatory

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-09-27 13:33

In August last year Iris Montoya came to work at the Rio Garment factory in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where she had worked as a sewing machine operator for 11 years. At 11 a.m., the factory lights shut off and management escorted the workers outside, locking the doors behind them.

Management announced that the factory was shutting down operations that very day. Panic broke out. Workers were told to go home, barred from retrieving their belongings, and left without their last week’s pay.

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Big Business, Political Allies Look to Turn Hurricane Crises to Their Advantage

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2017-09-25 17:03

You have to hand it to Big Business and their minions: in every storm cloud they find a silver lining.

The hazards faced by residents of Texas and Florida (and now Puerto Rico) come not just from the flooding but from business interests eager to take advantage of the crisis to toss out the rules—“it’s an emergency”—and squeeze workers.

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Big Business, Political Allies Look to Turn Hurricane Crises to Their Advantage

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2017-09-25 17:03

You have to hand it to Big Business and their minions: in every storm cloud they find a silver lining.

The hazards faced by residents of Texas and Florida (and now Puerto Rico) come not just from the flooding but from business interests eager to take advantage of the crisis to toss out the rules—“it’s an emergency”—and squeeze workers.

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What We're Reading

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-09-22 10:12

Homegoing, a novel by Yaa Gyasi, follows 300 years of history through the stories of the descendants of two sisters torn apart by the African slave trade. One sister stays in Ghana and one is brought to the U.S. One memorable character begins working in a coal mine as a prisoner, in conditions not too different from slavery. When he is released he keeps working alongside white workers in the mines of Pratt City, Alabama, and gets involved in the union during a strike over wages and safety. He eventually becomes a union leader. The heartbreaking stories follow U.S.

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What We're Reading

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-09-22 10:12

Homegoing, a novel by Yaa Gyasi, follows 300 years of history through the stories of the descendants of two sisters torn apart by the African slave trade. One sister stays in Ghana and one is brought to the U.S. One memorable character begins working in a coal mine as a prisoner, in conditions not too different from slavery. When he is released he keeps working alongside white workers in the mines of Pratt City, Alabama, and gets involved in the union during a strike over wages and safety. He eventually becomes a union leader. The heartbreaking stories follow U.S.

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How 1,000 Nurses in Northern Michigan Went Union

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-09-20 09:19
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Nurses in rural northern Michigan made history August 9-10 when we won labor’s biggest organizing victory since “right to work” took effect in the state in 2013. By a vote of 489–439, more than 1,000 RNs at Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center, the area’s largest employer, will be represented by the Michigan Nurses Association.

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How 1,000 Nurses in Northern Michigan Went Union

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-09-20 09:19
How 1,000 Nurses in Northern Michigan Went Union September 20, 2017 / James Walker<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Nurses in rural northern Michigan made history August 9-10 when we won labor’s biggest organizing victory since “right to work” took effect in the state in 2013. By a vote of 489–439, more than 1,000 RNs at Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center, the area’s largest employer, will be represented by the Michigan Nurses Association.

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310,567 Signatures Block 'Right to Work' in Missouri

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2017-09-18 09:55
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The results astounded everyone who thought they knew the Missouri labor movement: more than 300,000 signatures to repeal “right to work.”

Thousands of union members and allies marched through the streets of the state capital August 18 to deliver 163 boxes of petitions signed by 310,567 Missourians. The signers called for a referendum to repeal the right-to-work law passed by the legislature earlier this year.

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310,567 Signatures Block 'Right to Work' in Missouri

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2017-09-18 09:55
310,567 Signatures Block 'Right to Work' in Missouri September 18, 2017 / Judy Ancel<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The results astounded everyone who thought they knew the Missouri labor movement: more than 300,000 signatures to repeal “right to work.”

Thousands of union members and allies marched through the streets of the state capital August 18 to deliver 163 boxes of petitions signed by 310,567 Missourians. The signers called for a referendum to repeal the right-to-work law passed by the legislature earlier this year.

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Harvard Hopes Trump Will Help It Undermine Unions

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2017-09-14 10:34

The richest university in the world, with an endowment of $36 billion, is asking the National Labor Relations Board to change how union elections are run. Harvard University sees itself in the vanguard of resistance to the Trump administration. So why is the university now courting the support of Trump's appointees by challenging an obscure—but far-reaching—labor relations rule? In order to prevent a fair vote by its graduate student workforce on whether to unionize.

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Harvard Hopes Trump Will Help It Undermine Unions

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2017-09-14 10:34

The richest university in the world, with an endowment of $36 billion, is asking the National Labor Relations Board to change how union elections are run. Harvard University sees itself in the vanguard of resistance to the Trump administration. So why is the university now courting the support of Trump's appointees by challenging an obscure—but far-reaching—labor relations rule? In order to prevent a fair vote by its graduate student workforce on whether to unionize.

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Unions and Medicare for All: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-09-13 11:04
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Bernie Sanders introduced a Medicare for All bill on September 13 in the Senate, backed by 15 co-sponsors. Jane Slaughter of Labor Notes talked with Mark Dudzic, coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer, about where things stand in the long fight for health care justice.

Labor Notes: After beating back repeal of the Affordable Care Act this summer, where is the movement to win Medicare for All?

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Unions and Medicare for All: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-09-13 11:04
Unions and Medicare for All: An Idea Whose Time Has Come September 13, 2017 / Mark Dudzic<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Bernie Sanders introduced a Medicare for All bill on September 13 in the Senate, backed by 15 co-sponsors. Jane Slaughter of Labor Notes talked with Mark Dudzic, coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer, about where things stand in the long fight for health care justice.

Labor Notes: After beating back repeal of the Affordable Care Act this summer, where is the movement to win Medicare for All?

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Safe Bet: Your Employer Handbook Contains Illegal Rules

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2017-09-12 08:28
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It sometimes looks like union and non-union employers are competing for the fattest book of employee rules. Handbooks frequently exceed 100 pages. Employees who fail to adhere to a standard—even one that is not explained—can be subject to discipline and possible discharge.

This makes it vital for unions to review National Labor Relations Board cases concerning company handbooks; the Board’s thinking on this topic is known as the Lutheran Heritage doctrine.

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Safe Bet: Your Employer Handbook Contains Illegal Rules

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2017-09-12 08:28
Safe Bet: Your Employer Handbook Contains Illegal Rules September 12, 2017 / Robert Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It sometimes looks like union and non-union employers are competing for the fattest book of employee rules. Handbooks frequently exceed 100 pages. Employees who fail to adhere to a standard—even one that is not explained—can be subject to discipline and possible discharge.

This makes it vital for unions to review National Labor Relations Board cases concerning company handbooks; the Board’s thinking on this topic is known as the Lutheran Heritage doctrine.

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What We're Reading

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-09-08 14:02

We asked Labor Notes staffers and friends which labor books are on their nightstands these days. Here's a sample.

Categories: Labor Notes

What We're Reading

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-09-08 14:02

We asked Labor Notes staffers and friends which labor books are on their nightstands these days. Here's a sample.

Categories: Labor Notes
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