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

Magazine Stories - 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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Viewpoint: Employment-Based Health Care Is an Anchor around the Neck of the U.S. Working Class

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-02-14 13:34
Viewpoint: Employment-Based Health Care Is an Anchor around the Neck of the U.S. Working Class February 14, 2020 / Mark Dudzic<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Last June at the House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Medicare for All, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas lamented, “That great health care plan that your union negotiated for you? It’s gone. Banned under Medicare for All.”

A right-wing congressman with a 7 percent lifetime voting score from the AFL-CIO crying crocodile tears for union health care plans can easily be dismissed as just another absurdity of America’s political dysfunction.

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Viewpoint: Employment-Based Health Care Is an Anchor around the Neck of the U.S. Working Class

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-02-14 13:34
Viewpoint: Employment-Based Health Care Is an Anchor around the Neck of the U.S. Working Class February 14, 2020 / Mark Dudzic<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Last June at the House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Medicare for All, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas lamented, “That great health care plan that your union negotiated for you? It’s gone. Banned under Medicare for All.”

A right-wing congressman with a 7 percent lifetime voting score from the AFL-CIO crying crocodile tears for union health care plans can easily be dismissed as just another absurdity of America’s political dysfunction.

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Who Corrupted the Auto Union? Criminal Employers Did

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-02-13 13:22

Officials in the Auto Workers (UAW) have been working arm in arm with the Big Three automakers since the 1980s to increase productivity. So perhaps it was inevitable that union officials’ hands would find their way into the employers’ deep pockets.

Now some UAW officials and corporate executives are behind bars. A federal investigation has revealed that Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) funneled millions of dollars into the UAW.

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Who Corrupted the Auto Union? Criminal Employers Did

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-02-13 13:22

Officials in the Auto Workers (UAW) have been working arm in arm with the Big Three automakers since the 1980s to increase productivity. So perhaps it was inevitable that union officials’ hands would find their way into the employers’ deep pockets.

Now some UAW officials and corporate executives are behind bars. A federal investigation has revealed that Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) funneled millions of dollars into the UAW.

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University of California Intimidating International Students to Defeat Wildcat Strike

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-02-10 19:24

University of California President Janet Napolitano proudly touted her opposition to Trump’s racist immigration policies before he even moved into the Oval Office. Now she’s following in Trump’s footsteps, threatening international students with actions that could lead to their deportation in an attempt to smash a wildcat strike at the university’s Santa Cruz campus.

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University of California Intimidating International Students to Defeat Wildcat Strike

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-02-10 19:24

University of California President Janet Napolitano proudly touted her opposition to Trump’s racist immigration policies before he even moved into the Oval Office. Now she’s following in Trump’s footsteps, threatening international students with actions that could lead to their deportation in an attempt to smash a wildcat strike at the university’s Santa Cruz campus.

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Facing Skyrocketing Rents, Santa Cruz Grad Students Extend Wildcat Strike

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-02-07 14:59
Facing Skyrocketing Rents, Santa Cruz Grad Students Extend Wildcat Strike February 07, 2020 / Yulia Gilich and Tony Boardman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Protesting low wages in one of the most unaffordable cities in the country, graduate students at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) went on a wildcat grading strike in December and are now organizing for a full strike, beginning February 10.

Graduate student workers at the 10 UC campuses across the state receive the same wages—$2,434 a month, which after taxes amounts to just over $18,000 a year, given that we are only paid for nine months.

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Facing Skyrocketing Rents, Santa Cruz Grad Students Extend Wildcat Strike

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-02-07 14:59
Facing Skyrocketing Rents, Santa Cruz Grad Students Extend Wildcat Strike February 07, 2020 / Yulia Gilich and Tony Boardman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Protesting low wages in one of the most unaffordable cities in the country, graduate students at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) went on a wildcat grading strike in December and are now organizing for a full strike, beginning February 10.

Graduate student workers at the 10 UC campuses across the state receive the same wages—$2,434 a month, which after taxes amounts to just over $18,000 a year, given that we are only paid for nine months.

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Viewpoint: 'The Irishman' May Win an Oscar, But It Shouldn't Win Union Members' Hearts

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-02-05 14:50
Viewpoint: 'The Irishman' May Win an Oscar, But It Shouldn't Win Union Members' Hearts February 05, 2020 / Barry Eidlin<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Martin Scorsese’s movie The Irishman—up for best picture at the Oscars this weekend—is sparking interest in union president Jimmy Hoffa, 45 years after he disappeared.

Few have embodied the tough “labor boss” more than Hoffa, who headed the Teamsters from 1958 to 1967, when he went to federal prison for bribery and jury tampering.

There’s something to admire about Hoffa, who improved the lives of millions through strong contracts and solid benefits. Compared to an empty suit like disgraced former Auto Workers President Gary Jones, he looks pretty good.

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Viewpoint: 'The Irishman' May Win an Oscar, But It Shouldn't Win Union Members' Hearts

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-02-05 14:50
Viewpoint: 'The Irishman' May Win an Oscar, But It Shouldn't Win Union Members' Hearts February 05, 2020 / Barry Eidlin<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Martin Scorsese’s movie The Irishman—up for best picture at the Oscars this weekend—is sparking interest in union president Jimmy Hoffa, 45 years after he disappeared.

Few have embodied the tough “labor boss” more than Hoffa, who headed the Teamsters from 1958 to 1967, when he went to federal prison for bribery and jury tampering.

There’s something to admire about Hoffa, who improved the lives of millions through strong contracts and solid benefits. Compared to an empty suit like disgraced former Auto Workers President Gary Jones, he looks pretty good.

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Teacher Strikes Boost Fight for Racial Justice in Schools

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-02-04 14:23
Teacher Strikes Boost Fight for Racial Justice in Schools February 04, 2020 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

One year ago, Los Angeles teachers on strike were demanding an end to random searches where students were yanked out of class to be frisked. By the time they walked back into work, they had won a partial victory.

Now these searches are coming to an end districtwide—landing a blow against racism in the schools.

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Teacher Strikes Boost Fight for Racial Justice in Schools

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-02-04 14:23
Teacher Strikes Boost Fight for Racial Justice in Schools February 04, 2020 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

One year ago, Los Angeles teachers on strike were demanding an end to random searches where students were yanked out of class to be frisked. By the time they walked back into work, they had won a partial victory.

Now these searches are coming to an end districtwide—landing a blow against racism in the schools.

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Eight Thousand Hospital Workers Strike in Seattle

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-01-31 14:28
Eight Thousand Hospital Workers Strike in Seattle January 31, 2020 / Steve Leigh<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

After nine months of fruitless negotiations, 8,000 hospital workers in the Swedish Medical Center chain in Seattle walked out January 28 on a three-day strike.

The strikers include everyone from nurses and medical assistants to orderlies and janitors. They are represented by SEIU 1199NW.

The strike was over unfair labor practices. The union alleges that Swedish management has fired workers for union activity and has failed to engage in good-faith bargaining.

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Eight Thousand Hospital Workers Strike in Seattle

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-01-31 14:28
Eight Thousand Hospital Workers Strike in Seattle January 31, 2020 / Steve Leigh<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

After nine months of fruitless negotiations, 8,000 hospital workers in the Swedish Medical Center chain in Seattle walked out January 28 on a three-day strike.

The strikers include everyone from nurses and medical assistants to orderlies and janitors. They are represented by SEIU 1199NW.

The strike was over unfair labor practices. The union alleges that Swedish management has fired workers for union activity and has failed to engage in good-faith bargaining.

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Review: The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-01-28 17:55
Review: The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland January 28, 2020 / John Lepley<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“Irresponsible radicals.” That’s what International Harvester (IH) President John McCaffrey called the leadership of the Farm Equipment and Metal Workers Union (FE) in the midst of a 1947 strike. Clearly, he didn’t care much for the FE. Frank Mingo, an FE member who worked at IH’s Tractor Works in Chicago, felt differently: “The rank and file loved that union,” he said.

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Review: The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-01-28 17:55
Review: The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland January 28, 2020 / John Lepley<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“Irresponsible radicals.” That’s what International Harvester (IH) President John McCaffrey called the leadership of the Farm Equipment and Metal Workers Union (FE) in the midst of a 1947 strike. Clearly, he didn’t care much for the FE. Frank Mingo, an FE member who worked at IH’s Tractor Works in Chicago, felt differently: “The rank and file loved that union,” he said.

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TV Review: A Slowdown and a Strike Get the Goods on Bob's Burgers

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-01-28 13:07

This is the latest installment in an occasional series where we evaluate the “union episode” of a television show.

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