Labor Notes

Support Labor Notes: A Special Message from West Virginia and Arizona Teachers

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-12-14 08:44
Dear fellow Labor Notes supporter,

We made headlines with our spring strike wave... but did you know that Labor Notes played an essential behind-the-scenes role?

Two of us are writing to you together. Jay is a teacher in West Virginia, Rebecca is a teacher in Arizona. Our lives changed this past year when we helped organize statewide strikes and spark a national uprising that’s still unfolding.

Categories: Labor Notes

Support Labor Notes: A Special Message from West Virginia and Arizona Teachers

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-12-14 08:44
Dear fellow Labor Notes supporter,

We made headlines with our spring strike wave... but did you know that Labor Notes played an essential behind-the-scenes role?

Two of us are writing to you together. Jay is a teacher in West Virginia, Rebecca is a teacher in Arizona. Our lives changed this past year when we helped organize statewide strikes and spark a national uprising that’s still unfolding.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: What’s Good for the Country? New Owners for GM

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-12-13 15:21
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Move over, Mr. Grinch: the executives at General Motors have you beat.

Just after Thanksgiving, GM declared that in 2019 it will close three major assembly and two smaller transmission facilities in North America. The bombshell announcement, which came despite GM’s recent robust profit reports, ensures unhappy holidays for some 6,000 production employees and their families, along with the communities where the assembly plants are located: Detroit-Hamtramck; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: What’s Good for the Country? New Owners for GM

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-12-13 15:21
Viewpoint: What’s Good for the Country? New Owners for GM December 13, 2018 / Toni Gilpin<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Move over, Mr. Grinch: the executives at General Motors have you beat.

Just after Thanksgiving, GM declared that in 2019 it will close three major assembly and two smaller transmission facilities in North America. The bombshell announcement, which came despite GM’s recent robust profit reports, ensures unhappy holidays for some 6,000 production employees and their families, along with the communities where the assembly plants are located: Detroit-Hamtramck; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario.

Categories: Labor Notes

Swept Up in France's Yellow Vest Protests

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-12-07 13:14

I’ve never been tear gassed before. The smell is similar to fireworks and the effect is explosive—and effective. I immediately wanted to get as far away as I could from the noxious source of burning eyes and throat.

I was in Paris when France’s “yellow vest” (gilet jaune) movement shut down the center of the city.

There were thousands of demonstrators, all wearing the bright yellow safety vests drivers are required by law to have in their cars.

Categories: Labor Notes

Swept Up in France's Yellow Vest Protests

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-12-07 13:14

I’ve never been tear gassed before. The smell is similar to fireworks and the effect is explosive—and effective. I immediately wanted to get as far away as I could from the noxious source of burning eyes and throat.

I was in Paris when France’s “yellow vest” (gilet jaune) movement shut down the center of the city.

There were thousands of demonstrators, all wearing the bright yellow safety vests drivers are required by law to have in their cars.

Categories: Labor Notes

Here's the Secret to Getting Young Workers Involved

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-12-06 17:50

“How can we get young workers involved?”

That’s the question on everyone’s lips, with union density at near-record lows. Many unions have begun holding summits for young members or forming local committees, which is great.

But too often they’re missing a step that’s more essential: don’t sell young workers out.

When you settle a two-tier contract that puts new hires on a lower wage scale or trades away their pension, it sends a message: “This union is for us, not for you.”

Categories: Labor Notes

Here's the Secret to Getting Young Workers Involved

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-12-06 17:50

“How can we get young workers involved?”

That’s the question on everyone’s lips, with union density at near-record lows. Many unions have begun holding summits for young members or forming local committees, which is great.

But too often they’re missing a step that’s more essential: don’t sell young workers out.

When you settle a two-tier contract that puts new hires on a lower wage scale or trades away their pension, it sends a message: “This union is for us, not for you.”

Categories: Labor Notes

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