Labor Notes

Indiana Teachers ‘Go Green’ To Track Member Sign-Up

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-04-13 09:45
Indiana Teachers ‘Go Green’ To Track Member Sign-Up April 13, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

What will happen to public sector unions after the Supreme Court rules on the Janus v. AFSCME case this spring? Indiana teachers are already there. Slammed by a “right to work” law in 1996 and a new barrage of attacks in 2011, the teachers experienced what many unions are afraid of—a big drop in membership.

But the Indiana State Teachers Association didn’t roll over and give up after that. The union developed a tracking system called “Go Green” to help local leaders get membership back up.

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Indiana Teachers ‘Go Green’ To Track Member Sign-Up

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-04-13 09:45
Indiana Teachers ‘Go Green’ To Track Member Sign-Up April 13, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

What will happen to public sector unions after the Supreme Court rules on the Janus v. AFSCME case this spring? Indiana teachers are already there. Slammed by a “right to work” law in 1996 and a new barrage of attacks in 2011, the teachers experienced what many unions are afraid of—a big drop in membership.

But the Indiana State Teachers Association didn’t roll over and give up after that. The union developed a tracking system called “Go Green” to help local leaders get membership back up.

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The Special Status of Union Stewards

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-04-13 08:44
The Special Status of Union Stewards April 13, 2018 / Robert M. Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Standing up to bosses is essential to being a steward. On the shop floor and in grievance meetings, you must defend the actions of members and contest those of management.

In many cases you should be able to make your points temperately, practicing “quiet diplomacy.” But occasions will undoubtedly arise when you will want to raise your voice, challenge a supervisor's credibility, or argue your case in other vigorous ways.

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The Special Status of Union Stewards

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-04-13 08:44
The Special Status of Union Stewards April 13, 2018 / Robert M. Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Standing up to bosses is essential to being a steward. On the shop floor and in grievance meetings, you must defend the actions of members and contest those of management.

In many cases you should be able to make your points temperately, practicing “quiet diplomacy.” But occasions will undoubtedly arise when you will want to raise your voice, challenge a supervisor's credibility, or argue your case in other vigorous ways.

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50 Years after Memphis: Black Jobs Crisis Continues

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-04-04 22:10
50 Years after Memphis: Black Jobs Crisis Continues April 04, 2018 / Steven Pitts<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

On February 1, 1968, Echol Cole and Robert Walker left their homes for their jobs as Memphis sanitation workers. They never returned alive. They were crushed by a malfunctioning garbage truck. Their deaths sparked a strike by their 1,300 union brothers.

The strike was victorious only after months of protests, strong community support, the intervention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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50 Years after Memphis: Black Jobs Crisis Continues

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-04-04 22:10
50 Years after Memphis: Black Jobs Crisis Continues April 04, 2018 / Steven Pitts<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

On February 1, 1968, Echol Cole and Robert Walker left their homes for their jobs as Memphis sanitation workers. They never returned alive. They were crushed by a malfunctioning garbage truck. Their deaths sparked a strike by their 1,300 union brothers.

The strike was victorious only after months of protests, strong community support, the intervention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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Interview: Reviving the Poor People's Campaign

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-04-03 09:55
Interview: Reviving the Poor People's Campaign April 03, 2018 / Rev. Nelson Johnson and Joyce Johnson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The Poor People's Campaign was born out of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, a clergy-led drive that beginning in 2013 united faith leaders, union members, LGBT activists, and immigrant rights advocates in mass marches and civil disobedience.

Their goals were broad because a right-wing state legislature was moving on all fronts to strip away rights—labor, voting, education, abortion, environmental, unemployment benefits—and the Governor was refusing to accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

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Interview: Reviving the Poor People's Campaign

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-04-03 09:55
Interview: Reviving the Poor People's Campaign April 03, 2018 / Rev. Nelson Johnson and Joyce Johnson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The Poor People's Campaign was born out of the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina, a clergy-led drive that beginning in 2013 united faith leaders, union members, LGBT activists, and immigrant rights advocates in mass marches and civil disobedience.

Their goals were broad because a right-wing state legislature was moving on all fronts to strip away rights—labor, voting, education, abortion, environmental, unemployment benefits—and the Governor was refusing to accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

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The Only Way to Survive Janus

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-03-30 15:04
The Only Way to Survive Janus March 30, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The snows were still flying, but for unionists, spring came early this year. West Virginia’s teacher uprising burst onto the scene like rhododendrons opening: first one walkout, then another, and before you knew it a statewide strike was in full bloom.

The strikes were born at the grassroots, and that’s how they spread. Classroom teachers passed the word on Facebook, organized school votes, and rallied at the capital. Union leaders followed their members, but never took the reins.

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The Only Way to Survive Janus

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-03-30 15:04
The Only Way to Survive Janus March 30, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The snows were still flying, but for unionists, spring came early this year. West Virginia’s teacher uprising burst onto the scene like rhododendrons opening: first one walkout, then another, and before you knew it a statewide strike was in full bloom.

The strikes were born at the grassroots, and that’s how they spread. Classroom teachers passed the word on Facebook, organized school votes, and rallied at the capital. Union leaders followed their members, but never took the reins.

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Book Review: Wobblies of the World: A History of Globetrotting Troublemakers

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-03-30 10:35

Despite the “World” in its name, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has largely been viewed as an American or North American union. Indeed, the proposed name “Industrial Workers of America” was considered and rejected at its first convention.

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Book Review: Wobblies of the World: A History of Globetrotting Troublemakers

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-03-30 10:35

Despite the “World” in its name, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has largely been viewed as an American or North American union. Indeed, the proposed name “Industrial Workers of America” was considered and rejected at its first convention.

Categories: Labor Notes

West Virginia Teachers Learned from 1970s Miners

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-03-28 16:18

As rank-and-file teachers waged their audacious strike in my home state, lots of people cited West Virginia’s stirring labor heritage: the epic mine wars in the 1920s, including the Battle of Blair Mountain, when planes dropped bombs on striking miners, fighting to unionize and end the dictatorship of the coal barons. Teachers proudly wore the miners’ red bandanas as a nod to that history.

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West Virginia Teachers Learned from 1970s Miners

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-03-28 16:18

As rank-and-file teachers waged their audacious strike in my home state, lots of people cited West Virginia’s stirring labor heritage: the epic mine wars in the 1920s, including the Battle of Blair Mountain, when planes dropped bombs on striking miners, fighting to unionize and end the dictatorship of the coal barons. Teachers proudly wore the miners’ red bandanas as a nod to that history.

Categories: Labor Notes

Book Review: From Mission to Microchip: Rethinking California's Labor History

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-03-27 12:38

A recent New York Times article detailed the ways California as a state has become the Trump administration's bête noire. According to reporter Tim Arango, the morning after Trump was elected, "Kevin de León, the State Senate leader, and his counterpart in the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, said they 'woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land.'"

Categories: Labor Notes

Book Review: From Mission to Microchip: Rethinking California's Labor History

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-03-27 12:38

A recent New York Times article detailed the ways California as a state has become the Trump administration's bête noire. According to reporter Tim Arango, the morning after Trump was elected, "Kevin de León, the State Senate leader, and his counterpart in the Assembly, Anthony Rendon, said they 'woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land.'"

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Teacher Strike Fever Spreads

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-03-23 14:34
Teacher Strike Fever Spreads March 23, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio and Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It started with a few hundred West Virginia teachers and school employees pulling one-day walkouts. It became an unqualified victory in that state, which educators elsewhere were quick to emulate.

Teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Kentucky are now striking, sicking out, rallying, and Facebooking to push officials to raise their salaries and defend their benefits.

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Teacher Strike Fever Spreads

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-03-23 14:34
Teacher Strike Fever Spreads March 23, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio and Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

It started with a few hundred West Virginia teachers and school employees pulling one-day walkouts. It became an unqualified victory in that state, which educators elsewhere were quick to emulate.

Teachers in Oklahoma, Arizona, and Kentucky are now striking, sicking out, rallying, and Facebooking to push officials to raise their salaries and defend their benefits.

Categories: Labor Notes

Inspired by West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red for Ed Movement across Arizona

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-03-15 19:58
Inspired by West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red for Ed Movement across Arizona March 15, 2018 / Rebecca Garelli<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

While Oklahoma teachers and school employees gear up for a possible statewide strike starting April 2, a teacher uprising is also brewing in Arizona. Teacher pay in Arizona ranks last in the country by some measures. Educators there, inspired by their counterparts in West Virginia, are rapidly organizing to change that.

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Inspired by West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red for Ed Movement across Arizona

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-03-15 19:58
Inspired by West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red for Ed Movement across Arizona March 15, 2018 / Rebecca Garelli<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

While Oklahoma teachers and school employees gear up for a possible statewide strike starting April 2, a teacher uprising is also brewing in Arizona. Teacher pay in Arizona ranks last in the country by some measures. Educators there, inspired by their counterparts in West Virginia, are rapidly organizing to change that.

Categories: Labor Notes
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