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South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-02 18:19
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After 12 years of campaigns and protests against unjust layoffs, 180 female attendants at South Korea’s premier train service are getting their jobs back. These tenacious women workers defeated a ham-handed privatization effort and corrupt political collusion.

The KTX is South Korea’s answer to bullet trains. The country’s Railroad Administration launched it in 2004 and selected 351 female attendants, all in their twenties, from a pool of 4,600 applicants who dreamed of becoming “flight attendants on the ground.”

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South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-02 18:19
South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back August 02, 2018 / Yi San<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

After 12 years of campaigns and protests against unjust layoffs, 180 female attendants at South Korea’s premier train service are getting their jobs back. These tenacious women workers defeated a ham-handed privatization effort and corrupt political collusion.

The KTX is South Korea’s answer to bullet trains. The country’s Railroad Administration launched it in 2004 and selected 351 female attendants, all in their twenties, from a pool of 4,600 applicants who dreamed of becoming “flight attendants on the ground.”

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Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-02 10:30
Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too August 02, 2018 / Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Especially for professional workers, when your main strike issue is pay, attracting public support can be a challenge.

Savvy employers paint union members as spoiled. They like to point out that you’re already making more than many of your nonunion neighbors.

Yet when 1,800 nurses and technical staff struck for better wages July 12-13 at the state’s second-largest employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the people of Burlington came out in force to back them up.

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Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-02 10:30
Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too August 02, 2018 / Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Especially for professional workers, when your main strike issue is pay, attracting public support can be a challenge.

Savvy employers paint union members as spoiled. They like to point out that you’re already making more than many of your nonunion neighbors.

Yet when 1,800 nurses and technical staff struck for better wages July 12-13 at the state’s second-largest employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the people of Burlington came out in force to back them up.

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Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-02 10:22
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Another big nurse strike this summer drew momentum from a surprising source—a hard-fought internal union election that ended in a toss-up between two factions.

At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, 2,400 nurses and other professionals walked off the job July 23. After enduring a 10-year freeze on starting pay, they want a raise to help attract more nurses.

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Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-02 10:22
Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike August 02, 2018 / Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Another big nurse strike this summer drew momentum from a surprising source—a hard-fought internal union election that ended in a toss-up between two factions.

At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, 2,400 nurses and other professionals walked off the job July 23. After enduring a 10-year freeze on starting pay, they want a raise to help attract more nurses.

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T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-08-01 13:04
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Stewards and active rank and filers at the University of Michigan Hospital have been working hard to engage a membership that has not had to fight for a contract in seven years. It was slow going at first, trying to get 5,800 nurses at maize and blue U of M to wear red to show our union solidarity as we bargain.

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T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-08-01 13:04
T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses August 01, 2018 / Anne Jackson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Stewards and active rank and filers at the University of Michigan Hospital have been working hard to engage a membership that has not had to fight for a contract in seven years. It was slow going at first, trying to get 5,800 nurses at maize and blue U of M to wear red to show our union solidarity as we bargain.

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UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-30 16:59
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There are no flashy special effects in Tyler Binder’s 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!”

No stirring soundtrack, no animation, no laugh track. It’s just him and his whiteboard, explaining in plain language how the tentative agreement would affect every group of workers.

But the video went viral. Just two weeks after he uploaded it, it had 90,000 views on Facebook and 50,000 on YouTube.

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UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-07-30 16:59
UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier July 30, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

There are no flashy special effects in Tyler Binder’s 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!”

No stirring soundtrack, no animation, no laugh track. It’s just him and his whiteboard, explaining in plain language how the tentative agreement would affect every group of workers.

But the video went viral. Just two weeks after he uploaded it, it had 90,000 views on Facebook and 50,000 on YouTube.

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Viewpoint: Any Janus Solution That Ignores Free Riders Is Star-Crossed and Unfair

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-07-27 12:03

Chris Brooks has written an important critique of the direct reimbursement proposal that I and others have sugges

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Viewpoint: Any Janus Solution That Ignores Free Riders Is Star-Crossed and Unfair

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-07-27 12:03

Chris Brooks has written an important critique of the direct reimbursement proposal that I and others have sugges

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Trump Launches War on Federal Unions

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-07-26 11:48
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Federal employees are at war with a presidential administration that’s bent on busting their unions. They rallied around the country July 25, their day in court as federal unions sue to halt three anti-union executive orders.

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Trump Launches War on Federal Unions

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-07-26 11:48
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Federal employees are at war with a presidential administration that’s bent on busting their unions. They rallied around the country July 25, their day in court as federal unions sue to halt three anti-union executive orders.

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Viewpoint: Boss Can’t Be Janus Fix

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-07-25 13:03

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, a new approach to financing unions called “direct reimbursement” is gaining traction with Democratic politicians, academics, and even the New York Times editorial board.

It boils down to this: rather than public sector workers paying dues, their government employer would pay an equivalent amount directly to the union.

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Viewpoint: Boss Can’t Be Janus Fix

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-07-25 13:03

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, a new approach to financing unions called “direct reimbursement” is gaining traction with Democratic politicians, academics, and even the New York Times editorial board.

It boils down to this: rather than public sector workers paying dues, their government employer would pay an equivalent amount directly to the union.

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Review: Chinese Workers Strike against Runaway Factories

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:36

China has more strikes per year than any other country, many thousands. These strikes are often unplanned, spontaneous, even chaotic, and the bosses stop at nothing to suppress them: they lie, cheat, call in the police, and hire gangsters to intimidate strikers or even beat them up.

But the strikes keep happening—especially when it becomes clear, usually by the removal of machinery, that the owner is relocating the factory. These frequent relocations have one main cause: employers are moving to regions of China where the wages are lower.

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Review: Chinese Workers Strike against Runaway Factories

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:36

China has more strikes per year than any other country, many thousands. These strikes are often unplanned, spontaneous, even chaotic, and the bosses stop at nothing to suppress them: they lie, cheat, call in the police, and hire gangsters to intimidate strikers or even beat them up.

But the strikes keep happening—especially when it becomes clear, usually by the removal of machinery, that the owner is relocating the factory. These frequent relocations have one main cause: employers are moving to regions of China where the wages are lower.

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Viewpoint: Making the Union a Personal Choice Gives Ground to the Boss

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-07-06 13:53

Editor's note: This viewpoint is part of an ongoing debate about how unions should deal with free riders. Check out previous installments here.

Viewpoints

Introduction: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?

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Viewpoint: Making the Union a Personal Choice Gives Ground to the Boss

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-07-06 13:53

Editor's note: This viewpoint is part of an ongoing debate about how unions should deal with free riders. Check out previous installments here.

Viewpoints

Introduction: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?

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