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How Oakland Teachers Took Control of Our Return to School

Mon, 2021-07-26 14:00

A union contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on if it isn’t enforced. And our boss has a spotty record when it comes to honoring agreements.

So after we bargained an agreement on a plan to reopen Oakland schools, we decided on an ambitious plan to conduct union-led safety walkthroughs at over 100 schools and early childhood education centers within three weeks.

How Oakland Teachers Took Control of Our Return to School July 26, 2021 / Shelby Ziesing and John Green
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At World’s Largest Hilton, Workers Fight for Jobs, Daily Cleaning

Mon, 2021-07-19 11:44
Blog: Blog

This is one of two articles from Hawaiian hotel workers. Read the other, "Hawaiian Hilton Workers Fear Permanent Layoffs As Recall Rights Expiration Nears," here.

Tourism drives Hawaii’s economy, and housekeepers are the heart of our hotels.

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Hawaiian Hilton Workers Fear Permanent Layoffs As Recall Rights Expiration Nears

Mon, 2021-07-19 10:50
Blog: Blog

This is one of two articles from Hawaiian hotel workers. Read the other, "At World’s Largest Hilton, Workers Fight for Jobs, Daily Cleaning," here.

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Frito-Lay Forced Overtime Frustrations Not Limited to Striking Topeka Plant

Sat, 2021-07-17 10:36
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Dan DiMaggio

UPDATE, Friday, July 23: Union members at the Topeka Frito-Lay facility are voting all day today on a new tentative agreement.

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Billionaires Can Have the Cosmos—We Only Want the Earth

Thu, 2021-07-15 13:50
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

Fleeing is what the rich do best. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz fled Texas last winter, abandoning millions to freezing temperatures. But some have tired of the Earth altogether.

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At a Convention Like No Other, Teamster Challengers Turn a Corner

Wed, 2021-07-14 17:32
Author(s): Alexandra Bradbury

This was a Teamsters convention like no other—and not just because it was held online, avoiding the usual Las Vegas spectacle where a few brave reformers run a gauntlet of booing red-vested delegates.

Even in person, the 2021 convention wouldn’t have gone down that way. The opposition slate didn’t just squeak past the 5 percent of delegates required to get on the ballot, as it often has before.

This time it pulled half the votes—reflecting a power shift in the union.

At a Convention Like No Other, Teamster Challengers Turn a Corner July 14, 2021 / Alexandra Bradbury
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Volvo Workers Forced to Vote Again on Contract They Just Rejected

Mon, 2021-07-12 17:52
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Jane Slaughter

UPDATE, July 15: Yesterday, workers voted narrowly (1,147 to 1,130) to accept the third tentative agreement, which had been defeated by a 60-40 margin five days earlier. Workers will report back to work next week.--Eds.

Auto Workers (UAW) officials are fed up with their striking members at Volvo Trucks in Virginia and are helping the company get them back to work under a contract members have rejected—three times.

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'We Want to See Our Families': Frito-Lay Workers Strike Over 84-Hour Weeks, Meager Raises

Sat, 2021-07-10 13:38
Author(s): Dan DiMaggio

Frito-Lay workers in Topeka, Kansas, have been on strike since Monday over low pay and forced overtime.

Some workers have been forced to work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, for weeks on end due to short staffing. They want to see that change.

'We Want to See Our Families': Frito-Lay Workers Strike Over 84-Hour Weeks, Meager Raises July 10, 2021 / Dan DiMaggio
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Viewpoint: Solidarity for the Tenet Nurses Strike Should Be Labor's Top Priority Right Now

Wed, 2021-07-07 11:43
Blog: Blog

Speaking on the recent National Solidarity Call in support of striking nurses at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, Our Revolution leader Joseph Geevarghese characterized the situation as “Biden’s PATCO moment.”

The call was convened by the Labor Campaign for Single Payer to help mobilize national support for the 800 nurses at the Tenet Healthcare-owned hospital who are now engaged in the longest nurses strike nationally in over a decade.

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Steward's Corner: How One Union Uses Kitchen Table Economics to Advance Medicare for All

Tue, 2021-07-06 09:38

Our union, the United Electrical Workers, represents a diverse range of workplaces. Our members manufacture locomotive engines in Erie, Pennsylvania, and soap in Orange County, California; work in the public sector in the South where largely Black workforces are fighting for collective bargaining rights; provide social services from Connecticut to Iowa to Los Angeles; and work in grocery stores from Vermont to Wisconsin. They also have a wide spectrum of political opinions.

Steward's Corner: How One Union Uses Kitchen Table Economics to Advance Medicare for All July 06, 2021 / Kari Thompson
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Review: White Workers Who Buy into Racism Are Shooting Themselves (and Everyone Else) in the Foot

Thu, 2021-07-01 17:30
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From liberals to democratic socialists, many people on the left agree that the key to addressing racial inequity in the U.S. is winning “universal demands,” such as Medicare for All and free tuition at public schools and universities.

This was a bedrock idea of the Great Society programs of the 1960s. It regained currency with the Bernie Sanders campaign for president in 2016; it forms part of the basis for a Green New Deal; and it is reflected in President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan.

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Employers Are Using the Crisis to Push Concessions They Don't Need

Wed, 2021-06-30 00:00
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra Bradbury

Employers never let a crisis go to waste. Like clockwork, after this awful year, here come the demands for concessions.

Steelworkers at Allegheny Technologies are on strike to defend their benefits. The company wants them to start paying more, though it’s flush with cash. If you ask why, you’re not thinking like an employer.

The mountain climber George Mallory, when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, supposedly answered, “Because it’s there.”

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Striking Alabama Miners Call Out NYC Hedge Funds for Bringing in Scabs

Mon, 2021-06-28 16:11

You take a six-dollar pay cut and what do you get? Five years older and no respect for the sacrifices you made to get your employer out of bankruptcy, say the striking Alabama coal miners who protested outside the Manhattan offices of three hedge funds on June 22.

Striking Alabama Miners Call Out NYC Hedge Funds for Bringing in Scabs June 28, 2021 / Steve Wishnia
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Defying Police Violence, Strikers across Colombia Are Demanding Transformational Change

Thu, 2021-06-24 11:55

What started as a Colombian protest against a regressive tax bill has become a national strike against police brutality and poverty.

The administration of President Ivan Duque has already pulled back the tax reform and the finance minister has resigned, but people are angry and marches and road blocks continue. Unions, student groups, and other organizations have formed a National Strike Committee which is negotiating with the government, demanding transformational change.

Defying Police Violence, Strikers across Colombia Are Demanding Transformational Change June 24, 2021 / Tom Power and Cruz Bonlarron Martínez
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'We Took Care of Each Other': A Maritime Union's Hidden History of Gay-Straight and Interracial Solidarity

Wed, 2021-06-23 14:00
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Decades before the modern LGBTQ+ movement, a small but militant union of maritime workers on the West Coast with openly gay members and leaders coined a slogan linking discrimination against gay men, racial discrimination, and red-baiting. For the better part of two decades, the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union fought discrimination on the ships where its members worked and in society, until it was crushed by the same corporate and government forces that tried to destroy the United Electrical Workers (UE) during the Cold War.

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Engines Out and Pickets Up to Stop Health Plan Downgrade by Cummins

Mon, 2021-06-21 13:53
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Thirty-three heavy-duty engine mechanics have been on an open-ended strike since June 8 at the Cummins service shop in San Leandro, California.

These technicians service the engines and generators that power Silicon Valley tech giants and buses for the Bay Area’s local public transit agencies. They worked through the pandemic, without adequate personal protective equipment, sanitizing procedures, or hazard pay. The shop was busier than ever.

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Dispersed but Undaunted, Chicago Amazon Workers Help Win Megacycle Pay Nationwide

Tue, 2021-06-15 11:28
Author(s): Joe DeManuelle-Hall

Chicago Amazon warehouse workers were put in a tough spot, and made the best of it.

In January, the company hit workers in Chicago’s DCH1 delivery station with a devastating one-two punch. First, Amazon was shutting down their workplace, so they would have to transfer to other facilities across the city. Second, workers at delivery stations nationwide were going to be forced onto a new shift called the “Megacycle,” where they would work four times a week from 1:20 to 11:50 a.m.

Dispersed but Undaunted, Chicago Amazon Workers Help Win Megacycle Pay Nationwide June 15, 2021 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall
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Striking ATI Steelworkers Hold the Line for Premium-Free Health Insurance

Mon, 2021-06-14 10:39

Across the country, steelworkers at nine plants of Allegheny Technologies, Inc. have been on strike for the last 11 weeks.

They want raises; to stop contracting out; to secure full funding of their retirement benefits; and to beat back management’s efforts to introduce health insurance premiums and a second tier of coverage for younger workers.

The Steelworkers union (USW) accuses ATI of unfair labor practices including bad faith bargaining, and of holding retiree benefits hostage for contract concessions.

Striking ATI Steelworkers Hold the Line for Premium-Free Health Insurance June 14, 2021 / Peter Knowlton
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New York City Workers with Disabilities Fight for Inclusion in Pandemic Recovery, Mayoral Race

Thu, 2021-06-10 16:43
Blog: Blog

Even before the pandemic, unemployment among disabled workers in New York City was at a crisis level—just 30 to 35 percent were employed. Over the past year, the situation has grown even worse.

Independent living centers, which help disabled residents find socio-economic stability, reported that more than 50 percent of their clients were let go from their jobs, the Center for an Urban Future found in a March 2021 report.

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New Jersey Welfare Workers Sound the Alarm on Safety

Tue, 2021-06-08 08:53
Blog: Blog

Welfare workers in Ocean County, New Jersey, won their best contract in years by taking a stand for Covid safety.

“After months of working in fear, and with Covid back on the rise, we decided that enough was enough,” human services specialist and Local 1088 steward Jessica Coffin told fellow members of the Communications Workers, District 1 (CWA) New Jersey in a recent training.

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