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Effort to Form Union in China Meets Ferocious Repression

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-09-25 12:01
Effort to Form Union in China Meets Ferocious Repression September 25, 2018 / Elaine Hui<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

A group of workers in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen tried something very rare this summer—they attempted to follow the legal process to set up a union.

University students lent tremendous support. But their employer and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detention, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.

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Effort to Form Union in China Meets Ferocious Repression

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-09-25 12:01
Effort to Form Union in China Meets Ferocious Repression September 25, 2018 / Elaine Hui<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

A group of workers in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen tried something very rare this summer—they attempted to follow the legal process to set up a union.

University students lent tremendous support. But their employer and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detention, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.

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Are Los Angeles Teachers Next?

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-09-25 10:47
Are Los Angeles Teachers Next? September 25, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Who’s next to join the strike wave? The nation’s second-largest teachers local, in Los Angeles, kicked off the school year with a strike authorization vote.

With 81 percent of teachers voting, 98 percent backed a strike if mediation fails this fall.

After working hard to get out the vote across L.A.’s 900 schools and 35,000 members, this landslide result was “the best feeling ever,” said teacher and union rep Karla Griego.

For 18 months, bargaining has gone nowhere.

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Are Los Angeles Teachers Next?

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-09-25 10:47
Are Los Angeles Teachers Next? September 25, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Who’s next to join the strike wave? The nation’s second-largest teachers local, in Los Angeles, kicked off the school year with a strike authorization vote.

With 81 percent of teachers voting, 98 percent backed a strike if mediation fails this fall.

After working hard to get out the vote across L.A.’s 900 schools and 35,000 members, this landslide result was “the best feeling ever,” said teacher and union rep Karla Griego.

For 18 months, bargaining has gone nowhere.

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It's Down to the Wire in Tense Talks at Health Care Giant Kaiser

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:12
It's Down to the Wire in Tense Talks at Health Care Giant Kaiser September 21, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Bargaining between health care giant Kaiser Permanente and a new union alliance representing 38,000 of its employees has come down to the wire.

“Kaiser is playing hardball,” said Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Practitioners President Adrienne Enghouse, a 21-year nurse.

The unions that split from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions this year to form the Alliance of Health Care Unions have emphasized their commitment to continuing a friendly partnership with the employer.

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It's Down to the Wire in Tense Talks at Health Care Giant Kaiser

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-09-21 11:12
It's Down to the Wire in Tense Talks at Health Care Giant Kaiser September 21, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Bargaining between health care giant Kaiser Permanente and a new union alliance representing 38,000 of its employees has come down to the wire.

“Kaiser is playing hardball,” said Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Practitioners President Adrienne Enghouse, a 21-year nurse.

The unions that split from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions this year to form the Alliance of Health Care Unions have emphasized their commitment to continuing a friendly partnership with the employer.

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Washington Walkouts Win Teachers Big Raises

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-09-20 16:43
Washington Walkouts Win Teachers Big Raises September 20, 2018 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Fifteen districts started the school year on strike in Washington state—the latest to ride the West Virginia wave.

“For my whole life I thought this was just the way it was, that I would have to struggle to have a sustainable life,” said Anna Cockrum, a teacher in Evergreen, out on her first picket line. “I teach students to stand up for themselves, and it is so cool to be living that.”

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Washington Walkouts Win Teachers Big Raises

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-09-20 16:43
Washington Walkouts Win Teachers Big Raises September 20, 2018 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Fifteen districts started the school year on strike in Washington state—the latest to ride the West Virginia wave.

“For my whole life I thought this was just the way it was, that I would have to struggle to have a sustainable life,” said Anna Cockrum, a teacher in Evergreen, out on her first picket line. “I teach students to stand up for themselves, and it is so cool to be living that.”

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West Virginia Teachers Launch Rank-and-File Caucus

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-09-19 11:28

A group of West Virginia teachers, including rank-and-file leaders of the nine-day strike earlier this year, have launched a cross-union caucus.

WV United aims “to keep people fired up and keep working together,” said Jay O’Neal, who teaches eighth grade in Charleston.

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West Virginia Teachers Launch Rank-and-File Caucus

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-09-19 11:28

A group of West Virginia teachers, including rank-and-file leaders of the nine-day strike earlier this year, have launched a cross-union caucus.

WV United aims “to keep people fired up and keep working together,” said Jay O’Neal, who teaches eighth grade in Charleston.

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Unionized Judges and Public Defenders Demand Due Process for Immigrants

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-09-10 16:31

Why have New York City public defenders been walking out of the courts in the middle of the day to hold spirited demonstrations in support of their clients?

The outcry began last November when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were reported to lurk in the vicinity of the courts, targeting people as they entered or exited court proceedings.

Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas Hernandez was meeting with his lawyer in Brooklyn when ICE agents grabbed him.

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Unionized Judges and Public Defenders Demand Due Process for Immigrants

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-09-10 16:31

Why have New York City public defenders been walking out of the courts in the middle of the day to hold spirited demonstrations in support of their clients?

The outcry began last November when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were reported to lurk in the vicinity of the courts, targeting people as they entered or exited court proceedings.

Legal Aid client Genaro Rojas Hernandez was meeting with his lawyer in Brooklyn when ICE agents grabbed him.

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Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:23
Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room September 05, 2018 / April Sims<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“In your union or workplace, what’s a situation where you’ve observed or experienced racism?” That’s the first question we ask people to discuss, in groups of three, as part of a Race and Labor training that our state labor council has offered for 29 local unions and labor councils so far in Washington state.

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Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-09-05 09:23
Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room September 05, 2018 / April Sims<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“In your union or workplace, what’s a situation where you’ve observed or experienced racism?” That’s the first question we ask people to discuss, in groups of three, as part of a Race and Labor training that our state labor council has offered for 29 local unions and labor councils so far in Washington state.

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How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-09-04 11:24
How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork September 04, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Collective bargaining is all but illegal for public sector workers in Wisconsin. So how did Milwaukee teachers not only block major cuts to public schools but also make gains on workload and health care?

At the height of the red-state teacher strikes in April and May, teachers and school employees in Milwaukee passed around a petition at school committing that to win their demands, they were ready to “do whatever it takes.”

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How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-09-04 11:24
How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork September 04, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Collective bargaining is all but illegal for public sector workers in Wisconsin. So how did Milwaukee teachers not only block major cuts to public schools but also make gains on workload and health care?

At the height of the red-state teacher strikes in April and May, teachers and school employees in Milwaukee passed around a petition at school committing that to win their demands, they were ready to “do whatever it takes.”

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Viewpoint: The Agenda of the Mexican Working Class

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-08-31 13:33

Earlier this week, the U.S. and Mexico announced an agreement to update parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Below we publish an English translation of a statement from Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president of Los Mineros (the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel, and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic), on the deal. Gómez Urrutia returned to Mexico to take his seat in the Senate this week, after 12 years in exile on bogus criminal charges filed by the Mexican government after he led vigorous protests following the deaths of 65 miners in an explosion.

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Viewpoint: The Agenda of the Mexican Working Class

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-08-31 13:33

Earlier this week, the U.S. and Mexico announced an agreement to update parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Below we publish an English translation of a statement from Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president of Los Mineros (the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel, and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic), on the deal. Gómez Urrutia returned to Mexico to take his seat in the Senate this week, after 12 years in exile on bogus criminal charges filed by the Mexican government after he led vigorous protests following the deaths of 65 miners in an explosion.

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Teamster Tackles Corporate Democrat in California Assembly Race

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-08-31 11:32

It has become a movement mantra, as labor suffers betrayal after betrayal by Democrats and Republicans alike: union members should run for office themselves.

Rhetoric on this subject is cheap and easy. But running successful candidates is not. Even labor activists with considerable skill and experience have found it difficult to win public office.

Yet in California’s “jungle primary” in June, a Teamster from Richmond astounded many observers by placing second in her state legislative race.

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Teamster Tackles Corporate Democrat in California Assembly Race

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-08-31 11:32

It has become a movement mantra, as labor suffers betrayal after betrayal by Democrats and Republicans alike: union members should run for office themselves.

Rhetoric on this subject is cheap and easy. But running successful candidates is not. Even labor activists with considerable skill and experience have found it difficult to win public office.

Yet in California’s “jungle primary” in June, a Teamster from Richmond astounded many observers by placing second in her state legislative race.

Categories: Labor Notes
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