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2021 Year In Review: The Only Way Out Is Through

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2021-12-17 20:05
Author(s): Alexandra Bradbury

2021 reminds me of a riddle: What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm in your apple. What’s scarier than a year of pandemic? A second year of pandemic.

We’re on new terrain, but labor is finding its footing. This was the year of a sudden “labor shortage,” the year everyone learned the phrase “supply chain problems”—and also the year that many who had been called “essential” saw how quickly they went, in the words of Kellogg’s striker Trevor Bidelman, “from heroes to zeros.”

2021 Year In Review: The Only Way Out Is Through December 17, 2021 / Alexandra Bradbury
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2021 Year In Review: The Only Way Out Is Through

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2021-12-17 20:05
Author(s): Alexandra Bradbury

2021 reminds me of a riddle: What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm in your apple. What’s scarier than a year of pandemic? A second year of pandemic.

We’re on new terrain, but labor is finding its footing. This was the year of a sudden “labor shortage,” the year everyone learned the phrase “supply chain problems”—and also the year that many who had been called “essential” saw how quickly they went, in the words of Kellogg’s striker Trevor Bidelman, “from heroes to zeros.”

2021 Year In Review: The Only Way Out Is Through December 17, 2021 / Alexandra Bradbury
Categories: Labor Notes

Troublemakers Schooled in Detroit and Philly

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-12-16 15:39
Blog: Blog

“They called us essential workers, so we believed them.” The labor shortage taught workers we could use the crisis to our advantage. A hundred thousand American workers either went on strike or authorized strikes in Striketober. And on November 20, 210 union members and allies showed up for a Troublemakers School in Detroit, eager to learn how to build power in their workplaces. On December 11 similar numbers did the same in Philadelphia.

After a long in-person hiatus, Labor Notes’ famed local Troublemakers Schools were back in business, catering to pent-up demand.

Categories: Labor Notes

Troublemakers Schooled in Detroit and Philly

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-12-16 15:39
Blog: Blog

“They called us essential workers, so we believed them.” The labor shortage taught workers we could use the crisis to our advantage. A hundred thousand American workers either went on strike or authorized strikes in Striketober. And on November 20, 210 union members and allies showed up for a Troublemakers School in Detroit, eager to learn how to build power in their workplaces. On December 11 similar numbers did the same in Philadelphia.

After a long in-person hiatus, Labor Notes’ famed local Troublemakers Schools were back in business, catering to pent-up demand.

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Kellogg's Strikers: We Want a Clear Path Out of Two-Tier, Set in Stone

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-12-13 14:30
Author(s): Jane Slaughter

Update: On December 16, Kellogg's and the BCTGM reached a new tentative agreement. Workers will vote on the five-year deal on Sunday, with results expected by Tuesday.

In contract talks with its 1,400 workers this summer, Kellogg's proposed to remove the union logo from its cereal boxes.

Kellogg's Strikers: We Want a Clear Path Out of Two-Tier, Set in Stone December 13, 2021 / Jane Slaughter
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Kellogg's Strikers: We Want a Clear Path Out of Two-Tier, Set in Stone

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-12-13 14:30
Author(s): Jane Slaughter

Update: On December 16, Kellogg's and the BCTGM reached a new tentative agreement. Workers will vote on the five-year deal on Sunday, with results expected by Tuesday.

In contract talks with its 1,400 workers this summer, Kellogg's proposed to remove the union logo from its cereal boxes.

Kellogg's Strikers: We Want a Clear Path Out of Two-Tier, Set in Stone December 13, 2021 / Jane Slaughter
Categories: Labor Notes

Instead of Coal, These Nurses Gave Their Boss 900 Documented Incidents of Unsafe Understaffing

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-12-08 15:36
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Jane Slaughter

Since the Chief Nurse Executive was “in a meeting,” the nurses taped their petition to a door with a red bow...


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Instead of Coal, These Nurses Gave Their Boss 900 Documented Incidents of Unsafe Understaffing

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-12-08 15:36
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Jane Slaughter

Since the Chief Nurse Executive was “in a meeting,” the nurses taped their petition to a door with a red bow...


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Supply Chain Snafus Give Santa's Elves New Leverage

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-12-08 01:55
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra Bradbury

A new spirit of defiance is spreading on the wind that whips through the North Pole workshop complex. Elves are chafing against long hours and discovering their increased leverage—both resulting from a labor shortage that has jammed up critical points in the supply chain.

Polar warehouses are stacked to the rafters with gingerbread men no one has frosted and headless nutcrackers awaiting a delayed shipment from the parts plant.

Categories: Labor Notes

Supply Chain Snafus Give Santa's Elves New Leverage

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-12-08 01:55
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra Bradbury

A new spirit of defiance is spreading on the wind that whips through the North Pole workshop complex. Elves are chafing against long hours and discovering their increased leverage—both resulting from a labor shortage that has jammed up critical points in the supply chain.

Polar warehouses are stacked to the rafters with gingerbread men no one has frosted and headless nutcrackers awaiting a delayed shipment from the parts plant.

Categories: Labor Notes

Teachers Say Students Are Stressed and Fragile—While District Pushes Standardized Tests

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-12-07 12:53
Author(s): Barbara Madeloni

In mid-October six fights broke out in one day at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts. Police were called and arrests made. For those inside the school, this was shocking, but not surprising.

“The unrest is the students’ way of screaming out, ‘We need help,’” said high school English teacher Kristin Colucci. “Their social and emotional needs are not being met.”

Teachers Say Students Are Stressed and Fragile—While District Pushes Standardized Tests December 07, 2021 / Barbara Madeloni
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Teachers Say Students Are Stressed and Fragile—While District Pushes Standardized Tests

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-12-07 12:53
Author(s): Barbara Madeloni

In mid-October six fights broke out in one day at Lawrence High School in Massachusetts. Police were called and arrests made. For those inside the school, this was shocking, but not surprising.

“The unrest is the students’ way of screaming out, ‘We need help,’” said high school English teacher Kristin Colucci. “Their social and emotional needs are not being met.”

Teachers Say Students Are Stressed and Fragile—While District Pushes Standardized Tests December 07, 2021 / Barbara Madeloni
Categories: Labor Notes

The Supply Chain Disruption Arrives ‘Just in Time’

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2021-12-06 10:35

A global spectacle unfolded in March when the giant container ship Ever Given, bound for Rotterdam from Malaysia, got stuck in the Suez Canal for six days, stopping 150 ships in one day and backing up shipping traffic at an estimated cost of $1 billion (£750 million).

The Supply Chain Disruption Arrives ‘Just in Time’ December 06, 2021 / Kim Moody
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The Supply Chain Disruption Arrives ‘Just in Time’

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2021-12-06 10:35

A global spectacle unfolded in March when the giant container ship Ever Given, bound for Rotterdam from Malaysia, got stuck in the Suez Canal for six days, stopping 150 ships in one day and backing up shipping traffic at an estimated cost of $1 billion (£750 million).

The Supply Chain Disruption Arrives ‘Just in Time’ December 06, 2021 / Kim Moody
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Johnson Brothers Strikers Take Their Fight to the Customers

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2021-12-02 13:19
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Dan DiMaggio

For more ideas on taking your campaign to consumers, see the Steward's Corner by Robert M. Schwartz, "How to Picket Stores That Sell Your Employer's Products."

Striking delivery drivers in Rhode Island are providing a good example of what you can do with a small squad of roving picketers. The drivers, who deliver wine and liquor for Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island, have been targeting stores and restaurants that are accepting scab deliveries.

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Johnson Brothers Strikers Take Their Fight to the Customers

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2021-12-02 13:19
Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Dan DiMaggio

For more ideas on taking your campaign to consumers, see the Steward's Corner by Robert M. Schwartz, "How to Picket Stores That Sell Your Employer's Products."

Striking delivery drivers in Rhode Island are providing a good example of what you can do with a small squad of roving picketers. The drivers, who deliver wine and liquor for Johnson Brothers of Rhode Island, have been targeting stores and restaurants that are accepting scab deliveries.

Categories: Labor Notes

Auto Workers Win Direct Democracy in Referendum

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2021-12-01 19:55
Author(s): Jonah Furman

This article was originally published on December 1, but is being updated as results come in.

The members of the United Auto Workers have voted overwhelmingly to move to a direct voting system for choosing their union leadership—“one member, one vote.” With all votes counted as of December 2, direct elections had the support of 63.6 percent of voters.

It's a historic win for reformers in one of the nation’s most important unions, where members have pushed for this change for decades.

Auto Workers Win Direct Democracy in Referendum December 01, 2021 / Jonah Furman
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Auto Workers Win Direct Democracy in Referendum

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2021-12-01 19:55
Author(s): Jonah Furman

This article was originally published on December 1, but is being updated as results come in.

The members of the United Auto Workers have voted overwhelmingly to move to a direct voting system for choosing their union leadership—“one member, one vote.” With all votes counted as of December 2, direct elections had the support of 63.6 percent of voters.

It's a historic win for reformers in one of the nation’s most important unions, where members have pushed for this change for decades.

Auto Workers Win Direct Democracy in Referendum December 01, 2021 / Jonah Furman
Categories: Labor Notes

How to Picket Stores That Sell Your Employer's Products

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2021-11-30 16:13

Picketing stores that sell an employer’s products can publicize a strike and hurt earnings. It is also a good way to generate community support.

How to Picket Stores That Sell Your Employer's Products November 30, 2021 / Robert M. Schwartz
Categories: Labor Notes

How to Picket Stores That Sell Your Employer's Products

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2021-11-30 16:13

Picketing stores that sell an employer’s products can publicize a strike and hurt earnings. It is also a good way to generate community support.

How to Picket Stores That Sell Your Employer's Products November 30, 2021 / Robert M. Schwartz
Categories: Labor Notes
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