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Welcome, Bianca and Barbara!

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-07-03 14:32

Labor Notes is thrilled to announce two fantastic new hires! Bianca Cunningham and Barbara Madeloni will be joining our staff this summer.

Bianca Cunningham will be our newest Staff Organizer. Bianca got her start in the labor movement as a Verizon retail worker—she was a leader in the 2014 drive that won a union at seven stores, breaking into wireless retail for the first time in company history. Those workers went on to win their first union contract when they joined landline workers in the electrifying 2016 Verizon strike.

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Welcome, Bianca and Barbara!

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-07-03 14:32

Labor Notes is thrilled to announce two fantastic new hires! Bianca Cunningham and Barbara Madeloni will be joining our staff this summer.

Bianca Cunningham will be our newest Staff Organizer. Bianca got her start in the labor movement as a Verizon retail worker—she was a leader in the 2014 drive that won a union at seven stores, breaking into wireless retail for the first time in company history. Those workers went on to win their first union contract when they joined landline workers in the electrifying 2016 Verizon strike.

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Be Democratic

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 15:00
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Organizing in its best sense—helping people work together to achieve what they want—is at the root of union democracy.

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Be Democratic

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Organizing in its best sense—helping people work together to achieve what they want—is at the root of union democracy.

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Fight the Boss

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:55
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You’re not asking co-workers to join a social club or an insurance plan. You’re asking them to join a fight over issues that matter.

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Fight the Boss

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You’re not asking co-workers to join a social club or an insurance plan. You’re asking them to join a fight over issues that matter.

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Turn Up the Heat

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:50
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To scale up and tackle big goals takes time and planning. A good campaign starts small and builds.

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Turn Up the Heat

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To scale up and tackle big goals takes time and planning. A good campaign starts small and builds.

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Ask People to Join

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:45
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The best approach is to integrate the membership ‘ask’ into union routines and workplace campaigns

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Ask People to Join

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The best approach is to integrate the membership ‘ask’ into union routines and workplace campaigns

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Count Noses

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:40
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You’ll need a system to track members and potential members, with maps and lists. Get to know the informal leaders in the workplace.

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Count Noses

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You’ll need a system to track members and potential members, with maps and lists. Get to know the informal leaders in the workplace.

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Don't Go It Alone

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 14:35
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To succeed, your organizing has to combine action on the job with a fight for justice in the wider society.

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Don't Go It Alone

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To succeed, your organizing has to combine action on the job with a fight for justice in the wider society.

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Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:40
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The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

Instead of the usual mix of articles, this month we’re sharing a special expanded issue of Labor Notes devoted to one topic: our survival guide for rebuilding power in open-shop America. (Are you in the private sector and think this won’t affect you? Don’t get too cozy.)

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Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

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The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.

Instead of the usual mix of articles, this month we’re sharing a special expanded issue of Labor Notes devoted to one topic: our survival guide for rebuilding power in open-shop America. (Are you in the private sector and think this won’t affect you? Don’t get too cozy.)

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Quiz: Assess your Danger Level

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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Take this self-assessment to get a snapshot of how your union’s current practices stack up and where you're vulnerable.

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Jump-Start a Weak Union from Below

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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What if you’re caught in a union that's not doing a good job?

What if your union is mostly invisible, or only reaches out when there’s a crisis, or doesn’t fight for good contracts, or is too cozy with the boss? Perhaps when some rep comes around asking you to recommit, you and your co-workers are saying, “Really? Why should we?”

You might even be tempted to stop paying dues yourself, as a form of protest. Don’t do it. In your heart you know workers need a union to have any shot at building power on the job.

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The Anti-Union Game Plan

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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The open-shop offensive is part of a multipronged plan to ‘defund and defang’ the labor movement. Opt-out canvassers may show up on your doorstep next.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/openshop

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The Racist History of Right-to-Work

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-02 12:00
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“Right-to-work” laws originated in the 1940s as a strategy to maintain Jim Crow in the South.

The biggest pusher of the idea was Vance Muse—a well-heeled corporate lobbyist, white supremacist, anti-Semite, and professional anti-unionist from Texas who saw the New Deal as a Communist Jewish conspiracy.

According to Muse and his followers, the CIO was sending labor organizers to the rural South to inflame a contented but gullible African-American population and to force white workers to join unions together with Black workers and call them “brother.”

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