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This Saturday: Watch Three Free Plays about Workplace Organizing

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-06-01 09:49


In a free, online event June 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern time, the nonprofit theatre company Actors Circle Ensemble will present via Zoom three short plays that explore the contemporary American labor movement.

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This Saturday: Watch Three Free Plays about Workplace Organizing

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-06-01 09:49


In a free, online event June 6 at 8 p.m. Eastern time, the nonprofit theatre company Actors Circle Ensemble will present via Zoom three short plays that explore the contemporary American labor movement.

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Twin Cities Labor Mobilizes Against George Floyd Murder

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-05-29 15:42

The organized labor movement has begun swinging into action to support protests against the racist police murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

Floyd was filmed being suffocated to death under the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday in a video that reverberated around the country and has sent the Twin Cities into turmoil.

Protesters lit shops and even a police precinct on fire on Thursday as public rage boiled over in Minneapolis’s third precinct over the ever-continuing string of police murders of Black people in the United States.

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Twin Cities Labor Mobilizes Against George Floyd Murder

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-05-29 15:42

The organized labor movement has begun swinging into action to support protests against the racist police murder of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

Floyd was filmed being suffocated to death under the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday in a video that reverberated around the country and has sent the Twin Cities into turmoil.

Protesters lit shops and even a police precinct on fire on Thursday as public rage boiled over in Minneapolis’s third precinct over the ever-continuing string of police murders of Black people in the United States.

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North Carolina Nurses Seek Their First Union

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-05-27 15:48

Nurses in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina filed a petition in March to form a union with National Nurses United. Roughly 1,600 nurses are expected to be eligible to vote.

Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a relentless union-busting campaign that has delayed the election, nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville say they are on the brink of a historic labor victory in the country’s second least unionized state.

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North Carolina Nurses Seek Their First Union

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-05-27 15:48

Nurses in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina filed a petition in March to form a union with National Nurses United. Roughly 1,600 nurses are expected to be eligible to vote.

Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a relentless union-busting campaign that has delayed the election, nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville say they are on the brink of a historic labor victory in the country’s second least unionized state.

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They Won a New Union While Working from Home

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-05-27 12:40

When the Orlando Sentinel’s newsroom employees won our election in May with 81 percent voting for The NewsGuild, the organizing committee had not seen our co-workers in person for nearly two months. The election was conducted entirely by mail. Supporters watched the vote count at the National Labor Relations Board’s Tampa office by videoconference.

Yet we were confident of victory because over two years, we had laid a solid foundation for the union.

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They Won a New Union While Working from Home

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-05-27 12:40

When the Orlando Sentinel’s newsroom employees won our election in May with 81 percent voting for The NewsGuild, the organizing committee had not seen our co-workers in person for nearly two months. The election was conducted entirely by mail. Supporters watched the vote count at the National Labor Relations Board’s Tampa office by videoconference.

Yet we were confident of victory because over two years, we had laid a solid foundation for the union.

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Workers Will Take the Brunt of This Recession—Just Like the Last One—Unless We Say No

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-05-27 08:21

One reason today's horrific recession feels so familiar is that we're still digging out of the last one. When the housing market collapsed in 2008, 10 million people lost their homes and 9 million lost their jobs. The poverty rate went up and has stayed up even when unemployment fell to record lows.

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Workers Will Take the Brunt of This Recession—Just Like the Last One—Unless We Say No

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-05-27 08:21

One reason today's horrific recession feels so familiar is that we're still digging out of the last one. When the housing market collapsed in 2008, 10 million people lost their homes and 9 million lost their jobs. The poverty rate went up and has stayed up even when unemployment fell to record lows.

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In a Pandemic, Finding New and Old Ways To Fight New and Old Foes

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-05-26 11:02

Workers this spring were forced to find new ways to assert their rights when faced with a deadly foe and employers indifferent to their lives.

Sometimes they resorted to the oldest trick in labor's book, the strike, especially wildcat strikes early on in the pandemic, and especially non-union workers. Sometimes they were forced to organize and protest virtually, making the most of social media. And the car caravan was reborn as an appropriately distanced tactic.

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In a Pandemic, Finding New and Old Ways To Fight New and Old Foes

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-05-26 11:02

Workers this spring were forced to find new ways to assert their rights when faced with a deadly foe and employers indifferent to their lives.

Sometimes they resorted to the oldest trick in labor's book, the strike, especially wildcat strikes early on in the pandemic, and especially non-union workers. Sometimes they were forced to organize and protest virtually, making the most of social media. And the car caravan was reborn as an appropriately distanced tactic.

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VIDEO: Ford Workers Shut Down the Line at Dearborn Truck Plant

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-05-22 14:19

A video taken by an auto worker and obtained exclusively by Labor Notes shows a rowdy and chaotic scene inside Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan Truck Plant on Wednesday as workers refused to work after a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Some stood by the lines; others simply went home.

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VIDEO: Ford Workers Shut Down the Line at Dearborn Truck Plant

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-05-22 14:19

A video taken by an auto worker and obtained exclusively by Labor Notes shows a rowdy and chaotic scene inside Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan Truck Plant on Wednesday as workers refused to work after a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Some stood by the lines; others simply went home.

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Help Us Save the Postal Service

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-05-22 10:16

Read more here about the crisis in the postal service.

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Help Us Save the Postal Service

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-05-22 10:16

Read more here about the crisis in the postal service.

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Can We Save the Postal Service?

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-05-22 10:06
Can We Save the Postal Service? May 22, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

The U.S. Postal Service is in deep trouble. The postal Board of Governors has asked Congress for $75 billion to keep the agency afloat; without it, the outgoing Postmaster General said, USPS could “run out of cash” by September.

A big drop in letters during the emergency shutdown has intensified the budget crunch, but the underlying crisis predates the pandemic. The good news is, the problem is mostly artificial—Congress created it with the stroke of a pen, and could fix it the same way. If it wanted to.

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Can We Save the Postal Service?

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-05-22 10:06
Can We Save the Postal Service? May 22, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

The U.S. Postal Service is in deep trouble. The postal Board of Governors has asked Congress for $75 billion to keep the agency afloat; without it, the outgoing Postmaster General said, USPS could “run out of cash” by September.

A big drop in letters during the emergency shutdown has intensified the budget crunch, but the underlying crisis predates the pandemic. The good news is, the problem is mostly artificial—Congress created it with the stroke of a pen, and could fix it the same way. If it wanted to.

Categories: Labor Notes

Follow the Money: Employers Are Behind the Rush to Reopen

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-05-21 13:03
Follow the Money: Employers Are Behind the Rush to Reopen May 21, 2020 / Chris Brooks

The federal government squandered the time the states spent in lockdown. We still face a national shortage of COVID-19 test kits and PPE and there is no nationwide testing or contact tracing program. The United States has 4 percent of the world’s population, but about a third of the world’s coronavirus cases.

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Follow the Money: Employers Are Behind the Rush to Reopen

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-05-21 13:03
Follow the Money: Employers Are Behind the Rush to Reopen May 21, 2020 / Chris Brooks

The federal government squandered the time the states spent in lockdown. We still face a national shortage of COVID-19 test kits and PPE and there is no nationwide testing or contact tracing program. The United States has 4 percent of the world’s population, but about a third of the world’s coronavirus cases.

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