Labor Notes

Letter Carrier: Air Quality Is a Union Issue

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-08-24 17:41
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On August 7, Denver, Colorado—suffocated with smoke from the massive California wildfires—topped the chart of the world’s most polluted major cities.

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Letter Carrier: Air Quality Is a Union Issue

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-08-24 17:41
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On August 7, Denver, Colorado—suffocated with smoke from the massive California wildfires—topped the chart of the world’s most polluted major cities.

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Massachusetts Nurse Strikers Aren’t Blinking

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-08-18 12:04

Five months into the longest nurse strike in a decade, little progress has been made but workers aren’t backing down. “We’ve got 150 days down and we’re ready to go 150 more,” said one picketing nurse outside St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Nurse Strikers Aren’t Blinking August 18, 2021 / Sam Bishop
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Massachusetts Nurse Strikers Aren’t Blinking

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-08-18 12:04

Five months into the longest nurse strike in a decade, little progress has been made but workers aren’t backing down. “We’ve got 150 days down and we’re ready to go 150 more,” said one picketing nurse outside St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Nurse Strikers Aren’t Blinking August 18, 2021 / Sam Bishop
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Make Workplace Mental Health a Priority, Says Union President Who Survived San Jose Shooting

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-08-17 08:19
Author(s): Dan DiMaggio

It was 6:30 a.m. and workers at a San Jose light rail maintenance yard were talking with their union president during shift change.

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 265 President John Courtney was there to discuss the state of the union, including a campaign for hazard pay and management’s push to squeeze more passengers onto buses and trains despite Covid. “You can’t run a union from your office,” Courtney says. “You have to get out there amongst the people. You have to hear what they have to say. They have to hear what I have to say.”

Make Workplace Mental Health a Priority, Says Union President Who Survived San Jose Shooting August 17, 2021 / Dan DiMaggio
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Make Workplace Mental Health a Priority, Says Union President Who Survived San Jose Shooting

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-08-17 08:19
Author(s): Dan DiMaggio

It was 6:30 a.m. and workers at a San Jose light rail maintenance yard were talking with their union president during shift change.

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 265 President John Courtney was there to discuss the state of the union, including a campaign for hazard pay and management’s push to squeeze more passengers onto buses and trains despite Covid. “You can’t run a union from your office,” Courtney says. “You have to get out there amongst the people. You have to hear what they have to say. They have to hear what I have to say.”

Make Workplace Mental Health a Priority, Says Union President Who Survived San Jose Shooting August 17, 2021 / Dan DiMaggio
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Striking Window Cleaners Want Their Dangerous Job Recognized as a Skilled Trade

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-08-16 15:51
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

UPDATE, August 26: After 10 days on strike, high-rise window cleaners in the Twin Cities secured a new contract that creates an employer-funded, state-recognized apprenticeship program, bolsters sick days and disability pay, and includes 12 percent wage increases. Workers will earn over $30 an hour by the end of the four-year contract—wages second only to window cleaners in New York City.

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Striking Window Cleaners Want Their Dangerous Job Recognized as a Skilled Trade

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-08-16 15:51
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

UPDATE, August 26: After 10 days on strike, high-rise window cleaners in the Twin Cities secured a new contract that creates an employer-funded, state-recognized apprenticeship program, bolsters sick days and disability pay, and includes 12 percent wage increases. Workers will earn over $30 an hour by the end of the four-year contract—wages second only to window cleaners in New York City.

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Richard Trumka, 1949-2021

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-08-13 15:44
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Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president since 2009, passed away from a heart attack August 5. Born in 1949 outside Pittsburgh, the son of a coal miner and a homemaker, Trumka worked in the mines before becoming a lawyer and then president of the Mine Workers (UMWA) at age 33. 
 
Trumka was UMWA president during the nine-month Pittston Coal strike in 1989, which ended in a rare labor victory during the Reagan-Bush era. The union beat back Pittston’s bid to force dramatic concessions and to pull out of industry-wide pension and health care funds.
 

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Richard Trumka, 1949-2021

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-08-13 15:44
Blog: Blog

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president since 2009, passed away from a heart attack August 5. Born in 1949 outside Pittsburgh, the son of a coal miner and a homemaker, Trumka worked in the mines before becoming a lawyer and then president of the Mine Workers (UMWA) at age 33. 
 
Trumka was UMWA president during the nine-month Pittston Coal strike in 1989, which ended in a rare labor victory during the Reagan-Bush era. The union beat back Pittston’s bid to force dramatic concessions and to pull out of industry-wide pension and health care funds.
 

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Chicago Passes Union-Backed Bill for Civilian Oversight of Violent Cops

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-08-12 18:11
Author(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

In July, Chicago’s city council passed a modified version of police accountability legislation that activists have spent years fighting for, backed by major public sector unions and Black labor leaders.

Chicago Passes Union-Backed Bill for Civilian Oversight of Violent Cops August 12, 2021 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
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Chicago Passes Union-Backed Bill for Civilian Oversight of Violent Cops

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-08-12 18:11
Author(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

In July, Chicago’s city council passed a modified version of police accountability legislation that activists have spent years fighting for, backed by major public sector unions and Black labor leaders.

Chicago Passes Union-Backed Bill for Civilian Oversight of Violent Cops August 12, 2021 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
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Striking Alabama Coal Miners Want Their $1.1 Billion Back

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-08-10 15:10
Author(s): Luis Feliz Leon

History repeated itself as hundreds of miners spilled out of buses in June and July to leaflet the Manhattan offices of asset manager BlackRock, the largest shareholder in the mining company Warrior Met Coal.

Some had traveled from the pine woods of Brookwood, Alabama, where 1,100 coal miners have been on strike against Warrior Met since April 1. Others came in solidarity from the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania and the hollows of West Virginia and Ohio.

Striking Alabama Coal Miners Want Their $1.1 Billion Back August 10, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
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Striking Alabama Coal Miners Want Their $1.1 Billion Back

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-08-10 15:10
Author(s): Luis Feliz Leon

History repeated itself as hundreds of miners spilled out of buses in June and July to leaflet the Manhattan offices of asset manager BlackRock, the largest shareholder in the mining company Warrior Met Coal.

Some had traveled from the pine woods of Brookwood, Alabama, where 1,100 coal miners have been on strike against Warrior Met since April 1. Others came in solidarity from the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania and the hollows of West Virginia and Ohio.

Striking Alabama Coal Miners Want Their $1.1 Billion Back August 10, 2021 / Luis Feliz Leon
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