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Scenes from the L.A. Teachers Strike

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-01-17 15:09

It’s day four of the Los Angeles teachers strike, and the big news is that the district and the union will meet today at noon to resume negotiations for the first time since the strike began. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been urging the district to come back to the table, will mediate.

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Scenes from the L.A. Teachers Strike

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-01-17 15:09

It’s day four of the Los Angeles teachers strike, and the big news is that the district and the union will meet today at noon to resume negotiations for the first time since the strike began. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been urging the district to come back to the table, will mediate.

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Here's Why Los Angeles Parents Are Standing with Striking Teachers against Billionaire-Backed Charters

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-01-16 21:05

Yesterday for the second day in a row, 50,000 people rallied in support of the striking teachers of Los Angeles.

This time our target was the California Charter School Association, the lobbying arm behind the rapid expansion of unregulated charter schools in Los Angeles. It’s funded by billionaires like Eli Broad and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

The CCSA has pursued a plan to move one million students from public schools into charter schools by 2022.

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Here's Why Los Angeles Parents Are Standing with Striking Teachers against Billionaire-Backed Charters

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-01-16 21:05

Yesterday for the second day in a row, 50,000 people rallied in support of the striking teachers of Los Angeles.

This time our target was the California Charter School Association, the lobbying arm behind the rapid expansion of unregulated charter schools in Los Angeles. It’s funded by billionaires like Eli Broad and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

The CCSA has pursued a plan to move one million students from public schools into charter schools by 2022.

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Here's Why Los Angeles Parents Are Standing with Striking Teachers against Billionaire-Backed Charters

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-01-16 21:05

Yesterday for the second day in a row, 50,000 people rallied in support of the striking teachers of Los Angeles.

This time our target was the California Charter School Association, the lobbying arm behind the rapid expansion of unregulated charter schools in Los Angeles. It’s funded by billionaires like Eli Broad and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

The CCSA has pursued a plan to move one million students from public schools into charter schools by 2022.

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Here's Why Los Angeles Parents Are Standing with Striking Teachers against Billionaire-Backed Charters

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-01-16 21:05

Yesterday for the second day in a row, 50,000 people rallied in support of the striking teachers of Los Angeles.

This time our target was the California Charter School Association, the lobbying arm behind the rapid expansion of unregulated charter schools in Los Angeles. It’s funded by billionaires like Eli Broad and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

The CCSA has pursued a plan to move one million students from public schools into charter schools by 2022.

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VIDEO: Striking for the Schools Los Angeles Students Deserve

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-01-16 12:55

Thirty-four thousand teachers in Los Angeles are out on strike to defend public education against the privatization agenda of Austin Beutner, the former investment banker and current Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is demanding class size limits, more funding for counselors, social workers, and nurses, and a moratorium on charter school expansion. The school district is hoping to hold on to its $1.9 billion in reserves and continue defunding, dismantling, and privatizing the city's 900 public schools.

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VIDEO: Striking for the Schools Los Angeles Students Deserve

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-01-16 12:55

Thirty-four thousand teachers in Los Angeles are out on strike to defend public education against the privatization agenda of Austin Beutner, the former investment banker and current Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is demanding class size limits, more funding for counselors, social workers, and nurses, and a moratorium on charter school expansion. The school district is hoping to hold on to its $1.9 billion in reserves and continue defunding, dismantling, and privatizing the city's 900 public schools.

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Using 'Just Cause' to Defend Against Unfair Discipline

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-01-15 13:01
Using 'Just Cause' to Defend Against Unfair Discipline January 15, 2019 / Robert M. Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The principle of “just cause” is the keystone of the collective bargaining agreement. By imposing rigorous qualifications for discipline, the just-cause standard protects everyone in the union.

If an employer could fire workers for trivial or manufactured reasons, it could easily rid itself of militant officers, stewards, and rank and filers.

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Using 'Just Cause' to Defend Against Unfair Discipline

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-01-15 13:01
Using 'Just Cause' to Defend Against Unfair Discipline January 15, 2019 / Robert M. Schwartz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The principle of “just cause” is the keystone of the collective bargaining agreement. By imposing rigorous qualifications for discipline, the just-cause standard protects everyone in the union.

If an employer could fire workers for trivial or manufactured reasons, it could easily rid itself of militant officers, stewards, and rank and filers.

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Los Angeles Teachers Strike to Defend Public Schools from the Privatizers

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-01-14 21:49
Los Angeles Teachers Strike to Defend Public Schools from the Privatizers January 14, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Last spring a teacher uprising swept the red states. Today it reached the West Coast, as the 34,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles began a long-anticipated strike in the nation’s second-largest school district.

Teachers, parents, students, and community supporters hit the picket lines in their fight against the budget cuts and privatization being pushed by the school board and Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former investment banker.

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Los Angeles Teachers Strike to Defend Public Schools from the Privatizers

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-01-14 21:49
Los Angeles Teachers Strike to Defend Public Schools from the Privatizers January 14, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Last spring a teacher uprising swept the red states. Today it reached the West Coast, as the 34,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles began a long-anticipated strike in the nation’s second-largest school district.

Teachers, parents, students, and community supporters hit the picket lines in their fight against the budget cuts and privatization being pushed by the school board and Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former investment banker.

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Interview: Why We Occupied Our General Motors Factory in Oshawa, Canada

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-01-11 16:21
Interview: Why We Occupied Our General Motors Factory in Oshawa, Canada January 11, 2019 / Tony Leah<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

General Motors has announced it will end production at five North American plants, just a decade after the company received billions of dollars in U.S. and Canadian taxpayer money and won sweeping concessions from auto unions as part of the bailout.

All told, about 6,700 hourly and salaried employees stand to lose their jobs as the lines stop at Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan, and Lordstown Assembly in Ohio. Meanwhile the company is posting billions in profits.

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Interview: Why We Occupied Our General Motors Factory in Oshawa, Canada

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-01-11 16:21
Interview: Why We Occupied Our General Motors Factory in Oshawa, Canada January 11, 2019 / Tony Leah<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

General Motors has announced it will end production at five North American plants, just a decade after the company received billions of dollars in U.S. and Canadian taxpayer money and won sweeping concessions from auto unions as part of the bailout.

All told, about 6,700 hourly and salaried employees stand to lose their jobs as the lines stop at Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan, and Lordstown Assembly in Ohio. Meanwhile the company is posting billions in profits.

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Interview: The Backstory to the Migrant Caravan Is Repression of Democracy and Labor in Honduras

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-01-10 17:21

For anyone who cares to know why thousands are fleeing Central America alone and in caravans, what role the U.S. has played in creating the crisis there, and how unions, workers, and popular organizations are fighting back, historian Dana Frank’s new book is a must-read.

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Interview: The Backstory to the Migrant Caravan Is Repression of Democracy and Labor in Honduras

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-01-10 17:21

For anyone who cares to know why thousands are fleeing Central America alone and in caravans, what role the U.S. has played in creating the crisis there, and how unions, workers, and popular organizations are fighting back, historian Dana Frank’s new book is a must-read.

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Three Unions Show There’s Life Beyond Dues Checkoff

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-01-07 13:16
Three Unions Show There’s Life Beyond Dues Checkoff January 07, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Employers are always looking for sources of leverage. One way they may hit a union in the wallet is by targeting dues checkoff—an agreement that requires the employer to deduct dues from union members’ paychecks.

Anti-union politicians have already banned dues checkoff for public sector union members in Wisconsin and for teachers in Alabama and Michigan—and have threatened to do so in many more states, including Indiana, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Their goal is to make the administration of the union as cumbersome as possible, sapping time and energy.

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Three Unions Show There’s Life Beyond Dues Checkoff

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-01-07 13:16
Three Unions Show There’s Life Beyond Dues Checkoff January 07, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Employers are always looking for sources of leverage. One way they may hit a union in the wallet is by targeting dues checkoff—an agreement that requires the employer to deduct dues from union members’ paychecks.

Anti-union politicians have already banned dues checkoff for public sector union members in Wisconsin and for teachers in Alabama and Michigan—and have threatened to do so in many more states, including Indiana, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Their goal is to make the administration of the union as cumbersome as possible, sapping time and energy.

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How Four Roses Bourbon Strikers Fought Off Two-Tier

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-01-03 13:38
How Four Roses Bourbon Strikers Fought Off Two-Tier January 03, 2019 / Richard Becker<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Workers at the Four Roses bourbon distillery and bottling plant chose their moment well.

Just as their industry was preparing to welcome thousands of visitors for September’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival, they walked out on strike—in defense of workers they hadn’t even met yet.

“This is a family company,” said Matt Stone, a leader in Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 10D. “Grandfathers, fathers, sons all work here for generations, and my family may be working here one day. We want to take care of the next guy.”

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How Four Roses Bourbon Strikers Fought Off Two-Tier

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-01-03 13:38
How Four Roses Bourbon Strikers Fought Off Two-Tier January 03, 2019 / Richard Becker<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Workers at the Four Roses bourbon distillery and bottling plant chose their moment well.

Just as their industry was preparing to welcome thousands of visitors for September’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival, they walked out on strike—in defense of workers they hadn’t even met yet.

“This is a family company,” said Matt Stone, a leader in Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 10D. “Grandfathers, fathers, sons all work here for generations, and my family may be working here one day. We want to take care of the next guy.”

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