Labor Notes

Bay Area Transit Workers Organize for Hazard Pay, Build toward Contract Campaigns

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-01-21 18:58

Oakland transit worker Connie McFarland drove home after a long shift last July 28 and logged onto Zoom for a board meeting of her employer, AC Transit. She joined a chorus of 40 workers and riders who held up the start of the agenda with nearly two hours of public comment.

Their demand: hazard pay for frontline transit workers.

Bay Area Transit Workers Organize for Hazard Pay, Build toward Contract Campaigns January 21, 2022 / Elana Kessler and Richard Marcantonio
Categories: Labor Notes

Bay Area Transit Workers Organize for Hazard Pay, Build toward Contract Campaigns

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-01-21 18:58

Oakland transit worker Connie McFarland drove home after a long shift last July 28 and logged onto Zoom for a board meeting of her employer, AC Transit. She joined a chorus of 40 workers and riders who held up the start of the agenda with nearly two hours of public comment.

Their demand: hazard pay for frontline transit workers.

Bay Area Transit Workers Organize for Hazard Pay, Build toward Contract Campaigns January 21, 2022 / Elana Kessler and Richard Marcantonio
Categories: Labor Notes

Mike Parker: A Labor Educator with Impact

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-01-20 20:24
Blog: Blog

Mike Parker, the author of four Labor Notes books and a close supporter and key strategist throughout our 43-year history, died January 15 of pancreatic cancer. Read more about Mike his contributions to the labor movement here. —Editors

While spending 30 years as a working auto worker, Mike Parker had as much or more influence on members of other unions than most full-time labor educators.

Categories: Labor Notes

Mike Parker: A Labor Educator with Impact

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-01-20 20:24
Blog: Blog

Mike Parker, the author of four Labor Notes books and a close supporter and key strategist throughout our 43-year history, died January 15 of pancreatic cancer. Read more about Mike his contributions to the labor movement here. —Editors

While spending 30 years as a working auto worker, Mike Parker had as much or more influence on members of other unions than most full-time labor educators.

Categories: Labor Notes

Rest in Power Mike Parker, 1940-2022

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-01-20 01:00
Author(s): Alexandra Bradbury

Mike Parker, the author of four Labor Notes books and a close supporter and key strategist throughout our 43-year history, died January 15 of pancreatic cancer. He will be hugely missed—remembered as a brilliant thinker, a humble and dedicated movement-builder, and a moral compass and mentor to generations of activists.

Rest in Power Mike Parker, 1940-2022 January 20, 2022 / Alexandra Bradbury
Categories: Labor Notes

Rest in Power Mike Parker, 1940-2022

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-01-20 01:00
Author(s): Alexandra Bradbury

Mike Parker, the author of four Labor Notes books and a close supporter and key strategist throughout our 43-year history, died January 15 of pancreatic cancer. He will be hugely missed—remembered as a brilliant thinker, a humble and dedicated movement-builder, and a moral compass and mentor to generations of activists.

Rest in Power Mike Parker, 1940-2022 January 20, 2022 / Alexandra Bradbury
Categories: Labor Notes

As Omicron Rages, Teachers and Students Fight for Safety Measures in Chicago and Elsewhere

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-01-13 16:54
Author(s): Barbara Madeloni

Chicago Teachers Union members voted by 77 percent on January 4 to go fully remote until effective Covid mitigations to protect educators and students were approved by members and enacted, or until the current Covid surge subsided.

Within a week they had a tentative agreement on mitigation measures. Members ratified it January 12 by 56 percent and returned to in-person teaching.

As Omicron Rages, Teachers and Students Fight for Safety Measures in Chicago and Elsewhere January 13, 2022 / Barbara Madeloni
Categories: Labor Notes

As Omicron Rages, Teachers and Students Fight for Safety Measures in Chicago and Elsewhere

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-01-13 16:54
Author(s): Barbara Madeloni

Chicago Teachers Union members voted by 77 percent on January 4 to go fully remote until effective Covid mitigations to protect educators and students were approved by members and enacted, or until the current Covid surge subsided.

Within a week they had a tentative agreement on mitigation measures. Members ratified it January 12 by 56 percent and returned to in-person teaching.

As Omicron Rages, Teachers and Students Fight for Safety Measures in Chicago and Elsewhere January 13, 2022 / Barbara Madeloni
Categories: Labor Notes

Steward's Corner: Using Pressure to Settle Grievances

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-01-05 17:18

What ultimately settles grievances? More often than not, it hinges on the union’s ability to pressure management to settle.

When managers look at the steward and the grievant across the table at a grievance meeting, they must clearly understand that they are dealing with more than just two people. They are dealing with the entire union. Management must also go to the grievance meeting feeling some immediacy, so they don’t drag the grievance out through all the steps.

Steward's Corner: Using Pressure to Settle Grievances January 05, 2022 / from the Union Steward's Complete Guide
Categories: Labor Notes

Steward's Corner: Using Pressure to Settle Grievances

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-01-05 17:18

What ultimately settles grievances? More often than not, it hinges on the union’s ability to pressure management to settle.

When managers look at the steward and the grievant across the table at a grievance meeting, they must clearly understand that they are dealing with more than just two people. They are dealing with the entire union. Management must also go to the grievance meeting feeling some immediacy, so they don’t drag the grievance out through all the steps.

Steward's Corner: Using Pressure to Settle Grievances January 05, 2022 / from the Union Steward's Complete Guide
Categories: Labor Notes

UPS Drivers Stage a Walk-in to Defend a Fired Co-Worker

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-12-23 01:00
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra Bradbury

To protest the unfair firing of a co-worker, on the morning of Tuesday, December 21 150 UPS drivers in Chicago took a simple action: they didn’t go into work early.

Instead, they gathered outside with an inflatable fat cat. They grilled food, played music, and then walked in together, right on time.

This departure from routine was enough to throw their management into a panic.

Categories: Labor Notes

UPS Drivers Stage a Walk-in to Defend a Fired Co-Worker

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-12-23 01:00
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra Bradbury

To protest the unfair firing of a co-worker, on the morning of Tuesday, December 21 150 UPS drivers in Chicago took a simple action: they didn’t go into work early.

Instead, they gathered outside with an inflatable fat cat. They grilled food, played music, and then walked in together, right on time.

This departure from routine was enough to throw their management into a panic.

Categories: Labor Notes

Christmas On Strike: Warrior Met Miners Stick It Out

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-12-22 18:11
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

This Christmas, as millions of families settle in to adorn fir trees, the children of striking coal miners in Alabama have asked mainly for practical gifts. Shoes and clothes top their lists, followed by Barbies and Rainbow High dolls, Legos, Nerf guns, and makeup kits.

Categories: Labor Notes

Christmas On Strike: Warrior Met Miners Stick It Out

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-12-22 18:11
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Luis Feliz Leon

This Christmas, as millions of families settle in to adorn fir trees, the children of striking coal miners in Alabama have asked mainly for practical gifts. Shoes and clothes top their lists, followed by Barbies and Rainbow High dolls, Legos, Nerf guns, and makeup kits.

Categories: Labor Notes

Whatever Happened to 'Eight Hours for What You Will'?

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-12-22 09:38
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Barbara Madeloni

When Frank Carrico talks about why he and his co-workers at the Heaven Hill distillery went on strike, he talks about family. “I missed out on my kids’ activities” because of forced weekend shifts, he says. “I missed out on a lot, and I don’t want the young people coming behind me to have that happen to them.”

When we spoke, the distillery workers had just come off a six-week strike demanding to maintain a 40-hour week, Monday-Friday, with overtime pay beyond that.

Categories: Labor Notes

Whatever Happened to 'Eight Hours for What You Will'?

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-12-22 09:38
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Barbara Madeloni

When Frank Carrico talks about why he and his co-workers at the Heaven Hill distillery went on strike, he talks about family. “I missed out on my kids’ activities” because of forced weekend shifts, he says. “I missed out on a lot, and I don’t want the young people coming behind me to have that happen to them.”

When we spoke, the distillery workers had just come off a six-week strike demanding to maintain a 40-hour week, Monday-Friday, with overtime pay beyond that.

Categories: Labor Notes

It's Awfully Convenient for Shippers that Longshore Workers Get Blamed for Delays, As Contract Fight Looms

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-12-21 11:49
Author(s): Saurav Sarkar

If you ordered a teddy bear or a designer picture frame as a holiday gift, you know that it likely took a lot longer to get here than in past years.

There have been problems getting things from point A to point B since the pandemic started. At one point in October, 77 percent of the world’s ports were experiencing long delays.

It's Awfully Convenient for Shippers that Longshore Workers Get Blamed for Delays, As Contract Fight Looms December 21, 2021 / Saurav Sarkar
Categories: Labor Notes

It's Awfully Convenient for Shippers that Longshore Workers Get Blamed for Delays, As Contract Fight Looms

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-12-21 11:49
Author(s): Saurav Sarkar

If you ordered a teddy bear or a designer picture frame as a holiday gift, you know that it likely took a lot longer to get here than in past years.

There have been problems getting things from point A to point B since the pandemic started. At one point in October, 77 percent of the world’s ports were experiencing long delays.

It's Awfully Convenient for Shippers that Longshore Workers Get Blamed for Delays, As Contract Fight Looms December 21, 2021 / Saurav Sarkar
Categories: Labor Notes

Who Might Strike in 2022? Hundreds of Big Contracts Will Be Up

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-12-20 14:55
Author(s): Dan DiMaggio

2021 saw high-profile strikes and contract battles that put unions in the public spotlight. And 2022 could potentially be more explosive.

Workers are already sensing their increased leverage in a tight labor market. They’ll be feeling the squeeze of record inflation while their employers rake in profits. There’s every reason to hold the line against concessions, or to win back what they gave away before.

Who Might Strike in 2022? Hundreds of Big Contracts Will Be Up December 20, 2021 / Dan DiMaggio
Categories: Labor Notes

Who Might Strike in 2022? Hundreds of Big Contracts Will Be Up

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-12-20 14:55
Author(s): Dan DiMaggio

2021 saw high-profile strikes and contract battles that put unions in the public spotlight. And 2022 could potentially be more explosive.

Workers are already sensing their increased leverage in a tight labor market. They’ll be feeling the squeeze of record inflation while their employers rake in profits. There’s every reason to hold the line against concessions, or to win back what they gave away before.

Who Might Strike in 2022? Hundreds of Big Contracts Will Be Up December 20, 2021 / Dan DiMaggio
Categories: Labor Notes
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