Labor Notes

¡Viva los Troublemakers!

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-09-06 12:48

How do you say “troublemaker” in Spanish?

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¡Viva los Troublemakers!

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-09-06 12:48

How do you say “troublemaker” in Spanish?

Categories: Labor Notes

Unions and Worker Co-ops, Old Allies, Are Joining Forces Again

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2017-09-05 14:22

In the 1800s unions and cooperatives were part of the same movement. Today once again, unions are collaborating with cooperatives to save jobs, create new ones, and organize new members.

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Unions and Worker Co-ops, Old Allies, Are Joining Forces Again

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2017-09-05 14:22

In the 1800s unions and cooperatives were part of the same movement. Today once again, unions are collaborating with cooperatives to save jobs, create new ones, and organize new members.

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After Nissan: Can We Organize the South?

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-09-01 15:53
After Nissan: Can We Organize the South? September 01, 2017 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It's a truism that for unions to preserve their gains they must organize the South—but as the recent failures at Volkswagen, Boeing, and Nissan made clear, this is easier said than done.

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After Nissan: Can We Organize the South?

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-09-01 15:53
After Nissan: Can We Organize the South? September 01, 2017 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It's a truism that for unions to preserve their gains they must organize the South—but as the recent failures at Volkswagen, Boeing, and Nissan made clear, this is easier said than done.

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A Contract Campaign from Virtual to In Their Face

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2017-09-01 11:21
A Contract Campaign from Virtual to In Their Face September 01, 2017 / Dave Staiger<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

When confronted with a concessionary demand at the bargaining table, what if you filled the room with rank-and-file members? What would happen?

Kalamazoo, Michigan, teachers received an urgent message in July from their union's private Facebook account for members: in bargaining, the district was demanding a pay freeze.

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A Contract Campaign from Virtual to In Their Face

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2017-09-01 11:21
A Contract Campaign from Virtual to In Their Face September 01, 2017 / Dave Staiger<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

When confronted with a concessionary demand at the bargaining table, what if you filled the room with rank-and-file members? What would happen?

Kalamazoo, Michigan, teachers received an urgent message in July from their union's private Facebook account for members: in bargaining, the district was demanding a pay freeze.

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Concession Fatigue in Connecticut

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2017-08-29 13:53

For the third time in eight years, public sector workers in Connecticut have voted for concessions. State employees have sacrificed a total of $7 billion to close budget deficits in 2009, 2011, and now 2017.

With Connecticut existing in a perpetual state of red ink, the unions' State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) opened its 2011-2022 agreement and negotiated a new deal that will save the state $1.5 billion in the next two years and $24 billion over 20 years.

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Concession Fatigue in Connecticut

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2017-08-29 13:53

For the third time in eight years, public sector workers in Connecticut have voted for concessions. State employees have sacrificed a total of $7 billion to close budget deficits in 2009, 2011, and now 2017.

With Connecticut existing in a perpetual state of red ink, the unions' State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) opened its 2011-2022 agreement and negotiated a new deal that will save the state $1.5 billion in the next two years and $24 billion over 20 years.

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Viewpoint: Air Traffic Privatization Hits Turbulence

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2017-08-28 16:23
Viewpoint: Air Traffic Privatization Hits Turbulence August 28, 2017 / Monika Warner<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Message to the airlines: you can’t have it all. Control of the skies and aviation safety is a public service.

Privatization of the U.S. air traffic control system, its equipment, and the jobs of more than 30,000 workers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is being debated right now in Congress. Legislation proposed in the House this summer by Republican Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania would put air traffic control in the hands of a corporate board of directors. Shuster is chairman of the Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over our aviation system.

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Viewpoint: Air Traffic Privatization Hits Turbulence

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2017-08-28 16:23
Viewpoint: Air Traffic Privatization Hits Turbulence August 28, 2017 / Monika Warner<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Message to the airlines: you can’t have it all. Control of the skies and aviation safety is a public service.

Privatization of the U.S. air traffic control system, its equipment, and the jobs of more than 30,000 workers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is being debated right now in Congress. Legislation proposed in the House this summer by Republican Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania would put air traffic control in the hands of a corporate board of directors. Shuster is chairman of the Transportation Committee, which has jurisdiction over our aviation system.

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Memphis Riders and Drivers Team Up to Win Back Historic Bus Route

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2017-08-24 11:48

When the Memphis Bus Riders Union (MBRU) was just a year old and growing, the transit authority announced the biggest service cut since the 1980s.

On the chopping block was a 40-year-old residential route, the 31 Crosstown, that connected two historically Black and impoverished areas known as North and South Memphis.

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Memphis Riders and Drivers Team Up to Win Back Historic Bus Route

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2017-08-24 11:48

When the Memphis Bus Riders Union (MBRU) was just a year old and growing, the transit authority announced the biggest service cut since the 1980s.

On the chopping block was a 40-year-old residential route, the 31 Crosstown, that connected two historically Black and impoverished areas known as North and South Memphis.

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Painters Union Fights to Free Member from Immigration Jail

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2017-08-23 09:12
Painters Union Fights to Free Member from Immigration Jail August 23, 2017 / Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Imagine being arrested and detained for months just for showing up to work.

That’s what happened to construction workers Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nuñez on May 3, when their company sent them to work on a hospital inside Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. A military official at the base held them and called Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the two men showed their driver’s licenses but were unable to provide valid Social Security numbers.

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Painters Union Fights to Free Member from Immigration Jail

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2017-08-23 09:12
Painters Union Fights to Free Member from Immigration Jail August 23, 2017 / Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Imagine being arrested and detained for months just for showing up to work.

That’s what happened to construction workers Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nuñez on May 3, when their company sent them to work on a hospital inside Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. A military official at the base held them and called Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the two men showed their driver’s licenses but were unable to provide valid Social Security numbers.

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Stickering Up for Paid Sick Days

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2017-08-21 12:56

In July 2016, personal trainers in Toronto at GoodLife Fitness, Canada's largest fitness company, voted to unionize with the Canada Council of Workers United, forming the first fitness sector union in North America. A few months later they were joined by personal trainers at GoodLife in two nearby cities, Ajax and Peterborough, and have since been negotiating a first contract.

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Stickering Up for Paid Sick Days

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2017-08-21 12:56

In July 2016, personal trainers in Toronto at GoodLife Fitness, Canada's largest fitness company, voted to unionize with the Canada Council of Workers United, forming the first fitness sector union in North America. A few months later they were joined by personal trainers at GoodLife in two nearby cities, Ajax and Peterborough, and have since been negotiating a first contract.

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Solidarity's No Heavy Lift, Say Fitness Workers

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2017-08-21 12:38
Solidarity's No Heavy Lift, Say Fitness Workers August 21, 2017 / Sonia Singh<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Last year personal trainers at Canada’s largest chain of gyms became the first fitness workers in North America to unionize, joining Workers United.

Since then, 650 trainers at GoodLife Fitness in Toronto and two nearby cities have been fighting for a first contract, and waging fights for better conditions club by club.

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Solidarity's No Heavy Lift, Say Fitness Workers

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2017-08-21 12:38
Solidarity's No Heavy Lift, Say Fitness Workers August 21, 2017 / Sonia Singh<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Last year personal trainers at Canada’s largest chain of gyms became the first fitness workers in North America to unionize, joining Workers United.

Since then, 650 trainers at GoodLife Fitness in Toronto and two nearby cities have been fighting for a first contract, and waging fights for better conditions club by club.

Categories: Labor Notes
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