Labor Notes

Buffalo Hospital Workers Save Colorful Scrubs

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-01-29 12:14
Buffalo Hospital Workers Save Colorful Scrubs January 29, 2018 / Patrick Weisansal II<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Wearing scrubs emblazoned with cheery cartoon characters, superheroes, and holiday themes is a point of pride for many of us who work at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, New York. It’s especially important to patients at the Children’s Hospital—bringing a little life into what can otherwise be a dreary, even scary, place to visit.

But last fall, administrators tried to wiggle their way around the contract language and impose uniform scrub colors.

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Buffalo Hospital Workers Save Colorful Scrubs

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-01-29 12:14
Buffalo Hospital Workers Save Colorful Scrubs January 29, 2018 / Patrick Weisansal II<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Wearing scrubs emblazoned with cheery cartoon characters, superheroes, and holiday themes is a point of pride for many of us who work at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, New York. It’s especially important to patients at the Children’s Hospital—bringing a little life into what can otherwise be a dreary, even scary, place to visit.

But last fall, administrators tried to wiggle their way around the contract language and impose uniform scrub colors.

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Twin Cities Unions and Community Groups Shine Super Bowl Spotlight on Corporate Exploitation

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-01-26 11:23
Twin Cities Unions and Community Groups Shine Super Bowl Spotlight on Corporate Exploitation January 26, 2018 / Debbie Prokopf<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

One million visitors. One hundred million television viewers. Ten thousand hospitality volunteers posted at hotels, light rail stations, and the airport. And an $800,000 ice palace. Super Bowl LII this February will undoubtedly make an economic impact on the Twin Cities. But a coalition of unions and community organizations is asking, “At what cost to our communities?”

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Twin Cities Unions and Community Groups Shine Super Bowl Spotlight on Corporate Exploitation

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-01-26 11:23
Twin Cities Unions and Community Groups Shine Super Bowl Spotlight on Corporate Exploitation January 26, 2018 / Debbie Prokopf<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

One million visitors. One hundred million television viewers. Ten thousand hospitality volunteers posted at hotels, light rail stations, and the airport. And an $800,000 ice palace. Super Bowl LII this February will undoubtedly make an economic impact on the Twin Cities. But a coalition of unions and community organizations is asking, “At what cost to our communities?”

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A Decade of Train Wrecks: What Has Gone Wrong?

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-01-24 11:22
A Decade of Train Wrecks: What Has Gone Wrong? January 24, 2018 / J.P. Wright<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

On December 18 an Amtrak passenger train traveling at 78 miles an hour derailed on a 30 mile-per-hour curve outside DuPont, Washington, killing three people and injuring scores more.

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A Decade of Train Wrecks: What Has Gone Wrong?

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-01-24 11:22
A Decade of Train Wrecks: What Has Gone Wrong? January 24, 2018 / J.P. Wright<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

On December 18 an Amtrak passenger train traveling at 78 miles an hour derailed on a 30 mile-per-hour curve outside DuPont, Washington, killing three people and injuring scores more.

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UPS Drivers Beat Forced Overtime During Holiday Rush

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-01-23 11:52
UPS Drivers Beat Forced Overtime During Holiday Rush January 23, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It’s Friday morning, and you’re starting another 12-hour shift in the bitter cold. At least you know the end is in sight, because tomorrow is Saturday and you’re almost to the 60-hour weekly limit.

That is, until your manager hits you with the news: UPS has decided to exploit a loophole in Department of Transportation regulations to allow 70-hour weeks. You’ll be working tomorrow after all.

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UPS Drivers Beat Forced Overtime During Holiday Rush

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-01-23 11:52
UPS Drivers Beat Forced Overtime During Holiday Rush January 23, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It’s Friday morning, and you’re starting another 12-hour shift in the bitter cold. At least you know the end is in sight, because tomorrow is Saturday and you’re almost to the 60-hour weekly limit.

That is, until your manager hits you with the news: UPS has decided to exploit a loophole in Department of Transportation regulations to allow 70-hour weeks. You’ll be working tomorrow after all.

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Wireless Workers Vote Up Deal at AT&T Mobility

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-01-19 12:22

AT&T Mobility workers in 36 states, who struck for three days last May, finally have a new contract. They had been without one for eight months.

These 21,000 union members work for AT&T’s wireless division in retail stores and call centers and as technicians. They first unionized with the Communications Workers (CWA) in 2005, under a neutrality agreement when the company was known as Cingular.

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Wireless Workers Vote Up Deal at AT&T Mobility

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-01-19 12:22

AT&T Mobility workers in 36 states, who struck for three days last May, finally have a new contract. They had been without one for eight months.

These 21,000 union members work for AT&T’s wireless division in retail stores and call centers and as technicians. They first unionized with the Communications Workers (CWA) in 2005, under a neutrality agreement when the company was known as Cingular.

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Tax Act: Massive Giveaway to the Rich

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-01-19 12:10
Tax Act: Massive Giveaway to the Rich January 19, 2018 / John Miller<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Judging by what’s in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, Donald Trump and the Republicans who pushed this disastrous bill through Congress in December must have thought American inequality wasn’t unequal enough.

Their act showers benefits on the best-off taxpayers. For the rest of us, it offers only meager tax reductions written in disappearing ink.

In 2018, the Tax Policy Center estimates, taxpayers with incomes of $1 million or more will get an average tax cut of $69,660, while those under $75,000 will get an average cut of $353.

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Tax Act: Massive Giveaway to the Rich

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-01-19 12:10
Tax Act: Massive Giveaway to the Rich January 19, 2018 / John Miller<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Judging by what’s in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, Donald Trump and the Republicans who pushed this disastrous bill through Congress in December must have thought American inequality wasn’t unequal enough.

Their act showers benefits on the best-off taxpayers. For the rest of us, it offers only meager tax reductions written in disappearing ink.

In 2018, the Tax Policy Center estimates, taxpayers with incomes of $1 million or more will get an average tax cut of $69,660, while those under $75,000 will get an average cut of $353.

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Building on Dr. King's Legacy, North Carolina Municipal Workers Kick Off Bill of Rights Campaign

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-01-15 12:15
Building on Dr. King's Legacy, North Carolina Municipal Workers Kick Off Bill of Rights Campaign January 15, 2018 / Sarah Miles<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

A cold snap the first week of this year took a toll on North Carolina’s cities. In Greensboro alone, 38 water mains broke—and despite near-zero temperatures, municipal workers like Charles French were responsible for fixing them.

“We had workers out in frigid weather,” said French, a solid waste equipment operator. “We are the backbone of the city. Without us the city does not run.”

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Building on Dr. King's Legacy, North Carolina Municipal Workers Kick Off Bill of Rights Campaign

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-01-15 12:15
Building on Dr. King's Legacy, North Carolina Municipal Workers Kick Off Bill of Rights Campaign January 15, 2018 / Sarah Miles<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

A cold snap the first week of this year took a toll on North Carolina’s cities. In Greensboro alone, 38 water mains broke—and despite near-zero temperatures, municipal workers like Charles French were responsible for fixing them.

“We had workers out in frigid weather,” said French, a solid waste equipment operator. “We are the backbone of the city. Without us the city does not run.”

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The Attack on Workers' Retirement

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-01-12 08:57
The Attack on Workers' Retirement January 12, 2018 / Dean Baker<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

While many current retirees are reasonably comfortable because they have pensions, the future does not look bright for those yet to retire.

Traditional defined-benefit pensions are rapidly disappearing in the private sector—less than 15 percent of workers have them. Most public sector workers still have them—more than 20 million are either now receiving or looking forward to a pension. However, public sector pensions are coming under attack from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other right-wing groups.

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The Attack on Workers' Retirement

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-01-12 08:57
The Attack on Workers' Retirement January 12, 2018 / Dean Baker<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

While many current retirees are reasonably comfortable because they have pensions, the future does not look bright for those yet to retire.

Traditional defined-benefit pensions are rapidly disappearing in the private sector—less than 15 percent of workers have them. Most public sector workers still have them—more than 20 million are either now receiving or looking forward to a pension. However, public sector pensions are coming under attack from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and other right-wing groups.

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Trump’s Labor Board Likely to Strip Auto Workers of Southern Victory

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-01-10 13:35
Trump’s Labor Board Likely to Strip Auto Workers of Southern Victory January 10, 2018 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Two years ago the Auto Workers (UAW) broke new ground when skilled-trades workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant voted 108 to 44 in favor of unionizing.

It was the union’s first victory at a foreign-owned automaker in the U.S. South.

But the success was short-lived. The UAW went on to suffer several high-profile losses, including at Nissan and Fuyao last year.

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Trump’s Labor Board Likely to Strip Auto Workers of Southern Victory

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-01-10 13:35
Trump’s Labor Board Likely to Strip Auto Workers of Southern Victory January 10, 2018 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Two years ago the Auto Workers (UAW) broke new ground when skilled-trades workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant voted 108 to 44 in favor of unionizing.

It was the union’s first victory at a foreign-owned automaker in the U.S. South.

But the success was short-lived. The UAW went on to suffer several high-profile losses, including at Nissan and Fuyao last year.

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Why Do Auto Workers Union Drives Keep Failing? A Rank-and-File View

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-01-10 13:28

After losing a high-profile election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant in 2014, the Auto Workers won a smaller unit: the skilled-trades workers at the plant. Now a Trump-appointed Labor Board is about to undo even that small victory, stripping the skilled-trades workers of union recognition. In response to this news, auto worker Wayne Cliett reflected on what went wrong in the original union drive. —Eds.

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Why Do Auto Workers Union Drives Keep Failing? A Rank-and-File View

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-01-10 13:28

After losing a high-profile election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant in 2014, the Auto Workers won a smaller unit: the skilled-trades workers at the plant. Now a Trump-appointed Labor Board is about to undo even that small victory, stripping the skilled-trades workers of union recognition. In response to this news, auto worker Wayne Cliett reflected on what went wrong in the original union drive. —Eds.

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