Labor Notes

UAW Delegates Head to Convention and Prepare for First Direct Elections

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-07-19 17:43

This story was updated July 20 with additional info, including a new sidebar describing the federal monitor's latest report. —Editors

Auto Workers (UAW) members made history last November, winning direct elections of national officers (“one member, one vote”) in a membership referendum. Now delegates are headed to a Constitutional Convention where candidates will be nominated for the top slots.

The whole process will put to the test whether reformers can break the iron grip of the Administration Caucus, the one party that has ruled the union for 70 years.

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UAW Delegates Head to Convention and Prepare for First Direct Elections

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-07-19 17:43

This story was updated July 20 with additional info, including a new sidebar describing the federal monitor's latest report. —Editors

Auto Workers (UAW) members made history last November, winning direct elections of national officers (“one member, one vote”) in a membership referendum. Now delegates are headed to a Constitutional Convention where candidates will be nominated for the top slots.

The whole process will put to the test whether reformers can break the iron grip of the Administration Caucus, the one party that has ruled the union for 70 years.

Categories: Labor Notes

How Educators in Brookline, Massachusetts, Won an Illegal Strike

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-07-14 20:13

Striking has been illegal for public employees in Massachusetts since 1919. But in Brookline, a small suburb of Boston, we did it anyway.

Out of a membership of 1,100, more than 900 signed in on the picket lines May 16. The strike culminated with a thousand educators descending on town hall for a rally with allies from around the state.

Categories: Labor Notes

How Educators in Brookline, Massachusetts, Won an Illegal Strike

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-07-14 20:13

Striking has been illegal for public employees in Massachusetts since 1919. But in Brookline, a small suburb of Boston, we did it anyway.

Out of a membership of 1,100, more than 900 signed in on the picket lines May 16. The strike culminated with a thousand educators descending on town hall for a rally with allies from around the state.

Categories: Labor Notes

‘Direct Action Revitalized Our Union’: New Canadian Postal Veep Has a Plan to Revive Militancy Coast to Coast

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-07-14 00:00

A letter carrier who helped organize a militant campaign of refusing forced overtime has won national office in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, with the goal of taking that direct action approach nationwide.

Roland Schmidt, president of the local in Edmonton, Alberta, won a national election in May to became CUPW’s third vice president in charge of internal and external organizing.

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‘Direct Action Revitalized Our Union’: New Canadian Postal Veep Has a Plan to Revive Militancy Coast to Coast

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-07-14 00:00

A letter carrier who helped organize a militant campaign of refusing forced overtime has won national office in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, with the goal of taking that direct action approach nationwide.

Roland Schmidt, president of the local in Edmonton, Alberta, won a national election in May to became CUPW’s third vice president in charge of internal and external organizing.

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Welcome, Courtney, Alejandra, Angela, and Caitlyn!

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-07-13 20:41

We’re excited to welcome a new member to the Labor Notes staff: Courtney Smith!

Courtney worked on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in 2020 as a Black constituency organizer. She has also worked with families who were victims of police brutality, and as an organizer with the Lecturers’ Employee Organization at the University of Michigan.

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Welcome, Courtney, Alejandra, Angela, and Caitlyn!

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-07-13 20:41

We’re excited to welcome a new member to the Labor Notes staff: Courtney Smith!

Courtney worked on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign in 2020 as a Black constituency organizer. She has also worked with families who were victims of police brutality, and as an organizer with the Lecturers’ Employee Organization at the University of Michigan.

Categories: Labor Notes

Inflation and Your Next Union Contract

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-07-08 20:12

What’s going on with inflation? It’s a question that everyone is asking, and one that is particularly important for anyone entering bargaining this year.

We can’t predict what is to come, but the evidence from the past year hasn’t been good for workers. The Consumer Price Index rose by more than 8 percent, its fastest pace in 40 years. Essential expenses like housing, food, and gas have climbed especially fast.

Categories: Labor Notes

Inflation and Your Next Union Contract

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-07-08 20:12

What’s going on with inflation? It’s a question that everyone is asking, and one that is particularly important for anyone entering bargaining this year.

We can’t predict what is to come, but the evidence from the past year hasn’t been good for workers. The Consumer Price Index rose by more than 8 percent, its fastest pace in 40 years. Essential expenses like housing, food, and gas have climbed especially fast.

Categories: Labor Notes

‘A Loud, Magical Movement’: Strippers Fight for a Union

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-07-07 14:21

A typical picket line has picket signs, megaphones, and fed-up workers. But the picket line at Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood, California, has all that and more: taco carts, dance poles, and themed costume nights like Woodstock and the French Revolution.

Categories: Labor Notes

‘A Loud, Magical Movement’: Strippers Fight for a Union

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-07-07 14:21

A typical picket line has picket signs, megaphones, and fed-up workers. But the picket line at Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood, California, has all that and more: taco carts, dance poles, and themed costume nights like Woodstock and the French Revolution.

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Viewpoint: The NLRB is Underfunded and Understaffed—And That’s a Big Threat to the Current Organizing Wave

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-07-06 19:38

The budget for the National Labor Relations Board for fiscal year 2022 was $274 million, which might sound like a lot of money. But it is the same amount as the Board’s budget for Trump-era fiscal years 2021 and 2020, and that is a problem.

In fact, the NLRB has not had an increase in funding since 2014, the year that the Republicans took control of Congress during the Obama administration and reignited their decades-old campaign to deep-six workers’ rights to unionize.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: The NLRB is Underfunded and Understaffed—And That’s a Big Threat to the Current Organizing Wave

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-07-06 19:38

The budget for the National Labor Relations Board for fiscal year 2022 was $274 million, which might sound like a lot of money. But it is the same amount as the Board’s budget for Trump-era fiscal years 2021 and 2020, and that is a problem.

In fact, the NLRB has not had an increase in funding since 2014, the year that the Republicans took control of Congress during the Obama administration and reignited their decades-old campaign to deep-six workers’ rights to unionize.

Categories: Labor Notes

Spring of Discontent: Mexican Berry Pickers Strike for a Bigger Share of Profits

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-07-05 19:56

In a major agro-export region four hours south of the U.S-Mexican border, berry pickers went on strike May 28 to demand a bigger share of the profits they produce.

Over the following week, protests and strikes erupted on farms throughout the San Quintín valley, a major source of berries, tomatoes, chilies, and cucumbers.

A second wave of strikes began June 30.

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Spring of Discontent: Mexican Berry Pickers Strike for a Bigger Share of Profits

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-07-05 19:56

In a major agro-export region four hours south of the U.S-Mexican border, berry pickers went on strike May 28 to demand a bigger share of the profits they produce.

Over the following week, protests and strikes erupted on farms throughout the San Quintín valley, a major source of berries, tomatoes, chilies, and cucumbers.

A second wave of strikes began June 30.

Categories: Labor Notes

A New Sense of Possibility: Starbucks and Amazon Wins Inspire Organizing at Trader Joe's, REI, Target, and Apple

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-06-30 16:27

“Seven months ago if you asked me about a union I would’ve said, ‘I don’t know, cops have them?’” says Sarah Pappin, a shift supervisor at a Seattle Starbucks. But on June 6, she and her co-workers voted unanimously to join Starbucks Workers United, part of an upsurge of organizing by younger workers with little union experience that is breathing new life into the labor movement.

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A New Sense of Possibility: Starbucks and Amazon Wins Inspire Organizing at Trader Joe's, REI, Target, and Apple

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-06-30 16:27

“Seven months ago if you asked me about a union I would’ve said, ‘I don’t know, cops have them?’” says Sarah Pappin, a shift supervisor at a Seattle Starbucks. But on June 6, she and her co-workers voted unanimously to join Starbucks Workers United, part of an upsurge of organizing by younger workers with little union experience that is breathing new life into the labor movement.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: Two Contrasting Visions of the Labor Movement Were on Display in June

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-06-28 11:58

The rare planetary alignment in mid-June was accompanied by the equally rare alignment of the AFL-CIO convention and the Labor Notes conference. It’s not often there is the opportunity for such direct comparison of the top leadership and activist base of the labor movement.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: Two Contrasting Visions of the Labor Movement Were on Display in June

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-06-28 11:58

The rare planetary alignment in mid-June was accompanied by the equally rare alignment of the AFL-CIO convention and the Labor Notes conference. It’s not often there is the opportunity for such direct comparison of the top leadership and activist base of the labor movement.

Categories: Labor Notes
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