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Motion towards Medicare for All at AFL-CIO Convention

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2017-11-27 16:04
Motion towards Medicare for All at AFL-CIO Convention November 27, 2017 / Traven Leyshon<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

While they didn’t get everything they wanted, single-payer health care advocates are celebrating progress getting the AFL-CIO to embrace Medicare for All.

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Motion towards Medicare for All at AFL-CIO Convention

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2017-11-27 16:04
Motion towards Medicare for All at AFL-CIO Convention November 27, 2017 / Traven Leyshon<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

While they didn’t get everything they wanted, single-payer health care advocates are celebrating progress getting the AFL-CIO to embrace Medicare for All.

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Reform Slate in North Pole Elves Union Challenges Cozy-with-Santa Leadership

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-11-24 14:09


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Reform Slate in North Pole Elves Union Challenges Cozy-with-Santa Leadership

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-11-24 14:09


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Tennessee Campus Workers Foil Billionaire Governor's Outsourcing Scheme

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-11-22 15:28
Tennessee Campus Workers Foil Billionaire Governor's Outsourcing Scheme November 22, 2017 / Thomas Walker, Jessica Buttermore, and Jeffrey Lichtenstein<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Two years ago Tennessee’s billionaire governor Bill Haslam, then the richest elected politician in the country (now it’s Trump), quietly initiated the largest and most radical restructuring of public services in the state’s history.

His plan was designed in secret and written as an executive action, deliberately excluding legislators and the public. It would outsource every one of the state’s thousands of facilities management and service jobs—at campuses, parks, even armories—every custodian, maintenance worker, electrician, plumber, painter, and groundskeeper.

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Tennessee Campus Workers Foil Billionaire Governor's Outsourcing Scheme

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-11-22 15:28
Tennessee Campus Workers Foil Billionaire Governor's Outsourcing Scheme November 22, 2017 / Thomas Walker, Jessica Buttermore, and Jeffrey Lichtenstein<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Two years ago Tennessee’s billionaire governor Bill Haslam, then the richest elected politician in the country (now it’s Trump), quietly initiated the largest and most radical restructuring of public services in the state’s history.

His plan was designed in secret and written as an executive action, deliberately excluding legislators and the public. It would outsource every one of the state’s thousands of facilities management and service jobs—at campuses, parks, even armories—every custodian, maintenance worker, electrician, plumber, painter, and groundskeeper.

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Facing Wisconsin-Style Attack, Iowans Stick to the Union

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2017-11-16 12:33
Facing Wisconsin-Style Attack, Iowans Stick to the Union November 16, 2017 / Dave Kamper<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Never let a good crisis go to waste. Iowa’s Republican legislative majorities assumed that an aggressive anti-union law would persuade public employees to abandon their unions. Instead they created a backlash, sparking unions to reconnect with members and their communities.

So far 29,552 people have voted to stay union, and just 651 have voted against.

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Facing Wisconsin-Style Attack, Iowans Stick to the Union

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2017-11-16 12:33
Facing Wisconsin-Style Attack, Iowans Stick to the Union November 16, 2017 / Dave Kamper<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Never let a good crisis go to waste. Iowa’s Republican legislative majorities assumed that an aggressive anti-union law would persuade public employees to abandon their unions. Instead they created a backlash, sparking unions to reconnect with members and their communities.

So far 29,552 people have voted to stay union, and just 651 have voted against.

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Fighting a Co-Worker's Deportation at Our Hospital

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2017-11-14 15:41

When our hospital bargaining team learned that our co-worker Maria Mendoza Sanchez and her family were to be deported in less than a week, we were shocked. Though we knew it might be too late to act, we decided we had to do something.

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Fighting a Co-Worker's Deportation at Our Hospital

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2017-11-14 15:41

When our hospital bargaining team learned that our co-worker Maria Mendoza Sanchez and her family were to be deported in less than a week, we were shocked. Though we knew it might be too late to act, we decided we had to do something.

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Relieving Racial Resentment in Our Unions

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-11-10 12:11
Relieving Racial Resentment in Our Unions November 10, 2017 / Jane Slaughter<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

An electrical workers local in San Francisco found itself in a mortifying situation: one of its members was outed as an active white supremacist. Wireman John Ramondetta had traveled to Charlottesville this August to march alongside Nazis and the KKK.

“For the membership as a whole there is disappointment, embarrassment, and disgust,” said Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 6 Business Manager John Doherty. “The overriding theme is 'We're being tied to this guy!' He doesn't reflect our values.”

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Relieving Racial Resentment in Our Unions

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-11-10 12:11
Relieving Racial Resentment in Our Unions November 10, 2017 / Jane Slaughter<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

An electrical workers local in San Francisco found itself in a mortifying situation: one of its members was outed as an active white supremacist. Wireman John Ramondetta had traveled to Charlottesville this August to march alongside Nazis and the KKK.

“For the membership as a whole there is disappointment, embarrassment, and disgust,” said Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 6 Business Manager John Doherty. “The overriding theme is 'We're being tied to this guy!' He doesn't reflect our values.”

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Confronting Zero Tolerance

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-11-08 11:25
Confronting Zero Tolerance November 08, 2017 / Robert M. Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Bosses are in love with zero tolerance policies. One arbitrator calls them “the last refuge of weak managers.”

Zero tolerance policies authorize employers to discharge workers who commit specified infractions without consideration of the surrounding circumstances, length of service, or the employee’s lack of prior discipline.

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Confronting Zero Tolerance

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-11-08 11:25
Confronting Zero Tolerance November 08, 2017 / Robert M. Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Bosses are in love with zero tolerance policies. One arbitrator calls them “the last refuge of weak managers.”

Zero tolerance policies authorize employers to discharge workers who commit specified infractions without consideration of the surrounding circumstances, length of service, or the employee’s lack of prior discipline.

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In Puerto Rico, Unions Lead in Hurricane Relief Efforts

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2017-11-07 11:45
In Puerto Rico, Unions Lead in Hurricane Relief Efforts November 07, 2017 / Stephanie Basile<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as Puerto Rico faces government neglect, unions’ relief efforts have been critical.

Teachers and students across the island have cleared debris off the roads and delivered medical supplies. On the outskirts of San Juan, communications and transport workers cooked and distributed hot meals. Union volunteers on Isla Verde drove door to door with water and supplies. And these are just a handful of stories among hundreds.

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In Puerto Rico, Unions Lead in Hurricane Relief Efforts

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2017-11-07 11:45
In Puerto Rico, Unions Lead in Hurricane Relief Efforts November 07, 2017 / Stephanie Basile<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as Puerto Rico faces government neglect, unions’ relief efforts have been critical.

Teachers and students across the island have cleared debris off the roads and delivered medical supplies. On the outskirts of San Juan, communications and transport workers cooked and distributed hot meals. Union volunteers on Isla Verde drove door to door with water and supplies. And these are just a handful of stories among hundreds.

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Book Review: Ants among Elephants

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2017-11-02 10:16

Ants among Elephants is an absorbing and moving history of modern India from the perspective of a family of Christian “untouchables.”

Author Sujatha Gidla, now a New York City subway conductor and member of Transport Workers Local 100, traces three generations of her family to describe life at the bottom rungs of caste society, the changes that came about—or didn’t—following Indian independence from Great Britain, and the country’s development in the second half of the 20th century.

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Book Review: Ants among Elephants

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2017-11-02 10:16

Ants among Elephants is an absorbing and moving history of modern India from the perspective of a family of Christian “untouchables.”

Author Sujatha Gidla, now a New York City subway conductor and member of Transport Workers Local 100, traces three generations of her family to describe life at the bottom rungs of caste society, the changes that came about—or didn’t—following Indian independence from Great Britain, and the country’s development in the second half of the 20th century.

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Viewpoint: A Union Plan for Hurricane Repair: Local Hire, Prevailing Wage

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-11-01 11:06

After Harvey, Irma, and Maria, many thousands of homes have been lost and lives wrecked. People in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico need decent paying jobs while they try to put their lives back together, and the one industry that will be booming is construction.

The question is whether these will be good jobs for local residents. They can be good jobs only if prevailing wage laws are upheld—and local hire agreements are put in place.

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Viewpoint: A Union Plan for Hurricane Repair: Local Hire, Prevailing Wage

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-11-01 11:06

After Harvey, Irma, and Maria, many thousands of homes have been lost and lives wrecked. People in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico need decent paying jobs while they try to put their lives back together, and the one industry that will be booming is construction.

The question is whether these will be good jobs for local residents. They can be good jobs only if prevailing wage laws are upheld—and local hire agreements are put in place.

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