Labor Notes

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

Magazine Stories - 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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Paraeducators Join the National Uprising of School Employees

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:50
Paraeducators Join the National Uprising of School Employees January 24, 2020 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Teachers around the country have been schooling us all with their strike wave. But schools depend on more than just classroom teachers. Recently paraeducators, a vital—and criminally underpaid—part of the public school workforce, are starting to rise up too.

Paraeducators assist individual students with a range of learning issues, including physical disabilities, problems focusing, and difficulties managing emotions. They aid classroom teachers and are often called on to provide support in managing the day-to-day of school life for these students.

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Paraeducators Join the National Uprising of School Employees

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-01-24 13:50
Paraeducators Join the National Uprising of School Employees January 24, 2020 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Teachers around the country have been schooling us all with their strike wave. But schools depend on more than just classroom teachers. Recently paraeducators, a vital—and criminally underpaid—part of the public school workforce, are starting to rise up too.

Paraeducators assist individual students with a range of learning issues, including physical disabilities, problems focusing, and difficulties managing emotions. They aid classroom teachers and are often called on to provide support in managing the day-to-day of school life for these students.

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Strikes Are Hard Work

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-01-13 11:38

They stood on a picket line at the entrance to the school parking lot: seven educators out on strike for the first time.

Public sector strikes are illegal in Massachusetts. But the night before, after two years of fruitless negotiations, the 300 members of the Dedham Education Association had voted overwhelming to walk out.

Now educators lined the main street from the high school to the middle school, celebrating each passing car that honked support.

“I’m nervous,” said one. “I am a new teacher, two years in the district.”

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Strikes Are Hard Work

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-01-13 11:38

They stood on a picket line at the entrance to the school parking lot: seven educators out on strike for the first time.

Public sector strikes are illegal in Massachusetts. But the night before, after two years of fruitless negotiations, the 300 members of the Dedham Education Association had voted overwhelming to walk out.

Now educators lined the main street from the high school to the middle school, celebrating each passing car that honked support.

“I’m nervous,” said one. “I am a new teacher, two years in the district.”

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Can Workers Still Use the National Labor Relations Board under Trump?

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-01-09 15:28
Can Workers Still Use the National Labor Relations Board under Trump? January 09, 2020 / Gabrielle (Gay) Semel<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

For those following labor law issues, each week seems to bring a new horror story about the Trump Labor Board dismantling rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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Can Workers Still Use the National Labor Relations Board under Trump?

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-01-09 15:28
Can Workers Still Use the National Labor Relations Board under Trump? January 09, 2020 / Gabrielle (Gay) Semel<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

For those following labor law issues, each week seems to bring a new horror story about the Trump Labor Board dismantling rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

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How We Organized The Oakland Teachers Strike

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-01-07 18:43
How We Organized The Oakland Teachers Strike January 07, 2020 / Keith D. Brown, Ismael Armendariz, Chaz Garcia<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

We organized a seven-day strike last February and March that united 3,000 Oakland public school educators with parents and community against a billionaire-backed school board.

By striking, we forced our boss to double the compensation offer, take all concessions off the table, and admit that privatization was hurting our kids.

Here’s how we organized a shutdown seven months into our first year in office.

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How We Organized The Oakland Teachers Strike

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-01-07 18:43
How We Organized The Oakland Teachers Strike January 07, 2020 / Keith D. Brown, Ismael Armendariz, Chaz Garcia<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

We organized a seven-day strike last February and March that united 3,000 Oakland public school educators with parents and community against a billionaire-backed school board.

By striking, we forced our boss to double the compensation offer, take all concessions off the table, and admit that privatization was hurting our kids.

Here’s how we organized a shutdown seven months into our first year in office.

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Amazon Warehouse Workers Deliver Christmas Walkout

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-01-03 15:49
Amazon Warehouse Workers Deliver Christmas Walkout January 03, 2020 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Workers at Amazon’s DSM1 warehouse in Sacramento celebrated Christmas in their own fashion—by walking out. It was the latest move in their campaign for paid time off.

Night-shift workers delivered a petition with 4,015 signatures to management during their 2:30 a.m. break on December 23. After reading out loud their demands for a meeting with management and paid time off, 36 of the 100 night-shift workers clocked out at 2:45 a.m. and walked off the job mid-shift.

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Amazon Warehouse Workers Deliver Christmas Walkout

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-01-03 15:49
Amazon Warehouse Workers Deliver Christmas Walkout January 03, 2020 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Workers at Amazon’s DSM1 warehouse in Sacramento celebrated Christmas in their own fashion—by walking out. It was the latest move in their campaign for paid time off.

Night-shift workers delivered a petition with 4,015 signatures to management during their 2:30 a.m. break on December 23. After reading out loud their demands for a meeting with management and paid time off, 36 of the 100 night-shift workers clocked out at 2:45 a.m. and walked off the job mid-shift.

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2019 Year in Review: Workers Strike Back

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-12-20 16:17
2019 Year in Review: Workers Strike Back December 20, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall, Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

2018 could have been a tough act to follow. It’s not every year that a grassroots movement of teachers captures the nation’s attention.

But workers across the country rose to the occasion, making 2019 one of the most exciting years for the labor movement in recent memory.

TEACHERS KEPT AT IT

In terms of the number of workers who went on strike, 2019 is on pace to match 2018.

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2019 Year in Review: Workers Strike Back

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-12-20 16:17
2019 Year in Review: Workers Strike Back December 20, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall, Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

2018 could have been a tough act to follow. It’s not every year that a grassroots movement of teachers captures the nation’s attention.

But workers across the country rose to the occasion, making 2019 one of the most exciting years for the labor movement in recent memory.

TEACHERS KEPT AT IT

In terms of the number of workers who went on strike, 2019 is on pace to match 2018.

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A Busy Year for Labor Notes!

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-12-20 15:24

Labor Notes has been at it for 40 years. But 2019 will go down as one of our busiest and most productive yet.

In addition to putting out our monthly magazine, we crisscrossed the country joining picket lines, organizing Troublemakers Schools, and meeting with workers to help them chart a path forward in their unions and workplaces.

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A Busy Year for Labor Notes!

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-12-20 15:24

Labor Notes has been at it for 40 years. But 2019 will go down as one of our busiest and most productive yet.

In addition to putting out our monthly magazine, we crisscrossed the country joining picket lines, organizing Troublemakers Schools, and meeting with workers to help them chart a path forward in their unions and workplaces.

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Six UAW Locals Back Direct Elections of Top Officers

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-12-18 18:39
Six UAW Locals Back Direct Elections of Top Officers December 18, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

United Auto Workers activists are making a push for a specially called national convention to amend the union’s constitution and mandate that its top positions be elected by a direct vote of the members.

So far six UAW locals have passed resolutions, including four that participated in the recent strike at General Motors—Locals 774 and 259 in New York, Local 1853 in Tennessee, Local 838 in Iowa, and Local 167 in Michigan—plus the National Writers Union, Local 1981. Together they represent an estimated 10,000 members.

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Six UAW Locals Back Direct Elections of Top Officers

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-12-18 18:39
Six UAW Locals Back Direct Elections of Top Officers December 18, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

United Auto Workers activists are making a push for a specially called national convention to amend the union’s constitution and mandate that its top positions be elected by a direct vote of the members.

So far six UAW locals have passed resolutions, including four that participated in the recent strike at General Motors—Locals 774 and 259 in New York, Local 1853 in Tennessee, Local 838 in Iowa, and Local 167 in Michigan—plus the National Writers Union, Local 1981. Together they represent an estimated 10,000 members.

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Review: Longtime Labor Reporter Describes the Decline of Worker Power

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-12-18 17:38

Early in his new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse makes a striking observation. He writes, “There’s a hugely important but often overlooked phenomenon that goes far to explain why so many bad things are happening to American workers, and that is the decades-long decline in worker power, both in the workplace and in politics and policy.” The purpose of this book seems to be to make sure this phenomenon is no longer overlooked.

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Review: Longtime Labor Reporter Describes the Decline of Worker Power

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-12-18 17:38

Early in his new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse makes a striking observation. He writes, “There’s a hugely important but often overlooked phenomenon that goes far to explain why so many bad things are happening to American workers, and that is the decades-long decline in worker power, both in the workplace and in politics and policy.” The purpose of this book seems to be to make sure this phenomenon is no longer overlooked.

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Challenger Wins Re-Run Vote to Head NewsGuild

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-12-13 10:16

After a much-contested election process, the largest union of journalists in North America has chosen a 32-year-old reporter at the Los Angeles Times to be its new leader.

Jon Schleuss helped win union recognition and a historic first contract at the Times (a non-union paper for 136 years) before ousting NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer, a three-term incumbent twice his age.

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