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Solidarity Is Our Only Chance

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-03-16 16:40
Solidarity Is Our Only Chance March 16, 2020 / Jane Slaughter

If there were ever a time to say, “I'll fight for someone I don't know,” this is it. If we ever meant it when we said “an injury to one is an injury to all,” now we're seeing why that's so.

The labor movement's cherished values of solidarity and siblinghood are our only chance if we don't want to see our elders die before their time.

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Saint Paul Teachers Strike for Their Students’ Mental Health

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-03-10 19:04
Saint Paul Teachers Strike for Their Students’ Mental Health March 10, 2020 / Samantha Winslow

UPDATE, March 13: St. Paul teachers, aides, and community school professionals ended their strike today after four days. A settlement was reached following an all-night bargaining session. Teachers reported back to school at 1 p.m. and students will return on Monday.

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Saint Paul Teachers Strike for Their Students’ Mental Health

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-03-10 19:04
Saint Paul Teachers Strike for Their Students’ Mental Health March 10, 2020 / Samantha Winslow

UPDATE, March 13: St. Paul teachers, aides, and community school professionals ended their strike today after four days. A settlement was reached following an all-night bargaining session. Teachers reported back to school at 1 p.m. and students will return on Monday.

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Union Reform: It's Not A One-Person Show

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-03-09 15:32
Union Reform: It's Not A One-Person Show March 09, 2020 / Herman Benson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Following is an edited excerpt from Democratic Rights for Union Members: A Guide to Internal Union Democracy (available for $12 at uniondemocracy.org), by the founder of the Association for Union Democracy. First published in 1979, this book remains as relevant as ever for those who are trying to reform their unions.

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Union Reform: It's Not A One-Person Show

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-03-09 15:32
Union Reform: It's Not A One-Person Show March 09, 2020 / Herman Benson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Following is an edited excerpt from Democratic Rights for Union Members: A Guide to Internal Union Democracy (available for $12 at uniondemocracy.org), by the founder of the Association for Union Democracy. First published in 1979, this book remains as relevant as ever for those who are trying to reform their unions.

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Film Review: When Women Struck for Equal Pay

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-03-05 15:21

In this occasional series, film buff and labor historian Toni Gilpin recommends movies that depict working people and their lives on the job.

If money talks, then it says one thing loud and clear: working women are still being shortchanged. On average in 2019, for every dollar American men were paid, women received only 80 cents. There are varying explanations, including that women tend to be clustered in lower-paying occupations.

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Film Review: When Women Struck for Equal Pay

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-03-05 15:21

In this occasional series, film buff and labor historian Toni Gilpin recommends movies that depict working people and their lives on the job.

If money talks, then it says one thing loud and clear: working women are still being shortchanged. On average in 2019, for every dollar American men were paid, women received only 80 cents. There are varying explanations, including that women tend to be clustered in lower-paying occupations.

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U.K. Universities Strike Again, over Pensions, Pay, and Equity

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-02-26 18:49
U.K. Universities Strike Again, over Pensions, Pay, and Equity February 26, 2020 / Steven Parfitt<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Tens of thousands of academic staff at more than 60 British universities are striking for the third time in two years.

The strike began February 20; it was called by the University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics, librarians, technicians, and other professional support staff.

Unless university managers return to the negotiating table, the strike is projected to run for 14 days over four weeks—two days the first week, three the second, four the third, and five the fourth. Up to a million students will see their studies disrupted.

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U.K. Universities Strike Again, over Pensions, Pay, and Equity

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-02-26 18:49
U.K. Universities Strike Again, over Pensions, Pay, and Equity February 26, 2020 / Steven Parfitt<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Tens of thousands of academic staff at more than 60 British universities are striking for the third time in two years.

The strike began February 20; it was called by the University and College Union (UCU), which represents academics, librarians, technicians, and other professional support staff.

Unless university managers return to the negotiating table, the strike is projected to run for 14 days over four weeks—two days the first week, three the second, four the third, and five the fourth. Up to a million students will see their studies disrupted.

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One Local Union's New, Improved Endorsement Process

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-02-26 13:29
One Local Union's New, Improved Endorsement Process February 26, 2020 / Joaquin Chavez and Lisa Kermish<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

For 2020, our local’s executive board set out to construct a more democratic and participatory endorsement process than we had ever had before.

First, a little background. University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE-CWA Local 9119) is a statewide local representing more than 15,000 employees spread over 600 miles. Members work at 10 University of California campuses, three Department of Energy laboratories, and three community colleges.

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One Local Union's New, Improved Endorsement Process

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-02-26 13:29
One Local Union's New, Improved Endorsement Process February 26, 2020 / Joaquin Chavez and Lisa Kermish<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

For 2020, our local’s executive board set out to construct a more democratic and participatory endorsement process than we had ever had before.

First, a little background. University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE-CWA Local 9119) is a statewide local representing more than 15,000 employees spread over 600 miles. Members work at 10 University of California campuses, three Department of Energy laboratories, and three community colleges.

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We Need More of Bernie's Spirit in Our Unions

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-02-24 13:40

There’s only one living member of Congress who’s ever been invited to speak at a Labor Notes Conference (or for that matter, subscribed to this magazine), and he’s currently leading the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Then-Congressman Bernie Sanders opened the 1993 Labor Notes Conference with his proposed “Workers’ Bill of Rights” to raise the minimum wage, shorten working hours with no loss in pay, divert military spending to create civilian jobs, facilitate union organizing, and create a single-payer health care system.

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We Need More of Bernie's Spirit in Our Unions

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-02-24 13:40

There’s only one living member of Congress who’s ever been invited to speak at a Labor Notes Conference (or for that matter, subscribed to this magazine), and he’s currently leading the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Then-Congressman Bernie Sanders opened the 1993 Labor Notes Conference with his proposed “Workers’ Bill of Rights” to raise the minimum wage, shorten working hours with no loss in pay, divert military spending to create civilian jobs, facilitate union organizing, and create a single-payer health care system.

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Women Confront Ugly Harassment at Beauty Products Plant

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-02-21 10:04
Women Confront Ugly Harassment at Beauty Products Plant February 21, 2020 / Bianca Cunningham<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

At a lotion factory outside Chicago, workers endured years of sexual harassment, coercion, gender and racial discrimination, and unsafe working conditions.

Last year the women at Voyant Beauty came together to fight back.

The workers at Voyant are overwhelmingly female, and almost all long-term temps. They blend, bottle, pack, and ship beauty products for brands like Victoria’s Secret, Johnson & Johnson, and Aveeno.

BLACK WORKERS SHUT OUT

Before the organizing came a hiring discrimination lawsuit, filed in 2012.

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Women Confront Ugly Harassment at Beauty Products Plant

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-02-21 10:04
Women Confront Ugly Harassment at Beauty Products Plant February 21, 2020 / Bianca Cunningham<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

At a lotion factory outside Chicago, workers endured years of sexual harassment, coercion, gender and racial discrimination, and unsafe working conditions.

Last year the women at Voyant Beauty came together to fight back.

The workers at Voyant are overwhelmingly female, and almost all long-term temps. They blend, bottle, pack, and ship beauty products for brands like Victoria’s Secret, Johnson & Johnson, and Aveeno.

BLACK WORKERS SHUT OUT

Before the organizing came a hiring discrimination lawsuit, filed in 2012.

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Twin Cities Janitors and Guards Feature Climate and Housing in Their Strike Demands

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-02-20 17:13
Twin Cities Janitors and Guards Feature Climate and Housing in Their Strike Demands February 20, 2020 / Steve Payne<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Update: Local 26 announced today that it will call a one-day strike next week by its 4,000 members who clean commercial office buildings. Earlier this week, the union reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract covering 2,000 security officers, with raises of 14 percent.—Eds.

“Twin Cities janitors and security officers vote to authorize strike over pay and sick leave,” read the headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Twin Cities Janitors and Guards Feature Climate and Housing in Their Strike Demands

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-02-20 17:13
Twin Cities Janitors and Guards Feature Climate and Housing in Their Strike Demands February 20, 2020 / Steve Payne<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Update: Local 26 announced today that it will call a one-day strike next week by its 4,000 members who clean commercial office buildings. Earlier this week, the union reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract covering 2,000 security officers, with raises of 14 percent.—Eds.

“Twin Cities janitors and security officers vote to authorize strike over pay and sick leave,” read the headline in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Auto Reformers Go for Round Two

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-02-17 14:24

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that locals representing more than 60,000 Auto Workers (UAW) members have passed the Article 8 resolution calling for a special convention to amend our union constitution and mandate the direct election of top officers. It’s pretty astonishing to see just how quickly momentum built for this effort.

UAW Local 774 was the first local to pass the resolution, on November 22. Over the next four months, 25 more locals passed it, taking a bold step together to demand union democracy.

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Auto Reformers Go for Round Two

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-02-17 14:24

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that locals representing more than 60,000 Auto Workers (UAW) members have passed the Article 8 resolution calling for a special convention to amend our union constitution and mandate the direct election of top officers. It’s pretty astonishing to see just how quickly momentum built for this effort.

UAW Local 774 was the first local to pass the resolution, on November 22. Over the next four months, 25 more locals passed it, taking a bold step together to demand union democracy.

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Steward's Corner: What to Do When Your Union Leaders Break Your Heart

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-02-14 15:25
Steward's Corner: What to Do When Your Union Leaders Break Your Heart February 14, 2020 / Ellen David Friedman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

If you’re a union member, unfortunately the chances are good that you’ve had, or will have, your heart broken at least once by one of your own leaders.

Maybe it happened when you first tried to get active in your union, but found that leaders didn’t welcome you into their inner circle. You wondered whether there was some special skill you lacked, and you ended up confused and self-doubting. Maybe you just gave up.

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