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AUDIO: Labor Year in Review

Thu, 2023-11-30 15:39

Jenny Brown of Labor Notes discusses the Auto Workers, Teamsters, nurses, hotel workers and teachers who have been making waves this year. Listen on ‘Revolutions Per Minute,’ the podcast of the New York City Democratic Socialists of America. LISTEN HERE.

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Auto Workers Direct Momentum Toward Organizing Plants Across the U.S.

Thu, 2023-11-30 12:47

“The company knows that Toyota workers are watching,” said Auto Workers President Shawn Fain on November 3. “And when the time comes, Toyota workers and all non-union auto workers are going to be ready to stand up.”

That time has come—yesterday the UAW announced its plan, already in motion, to organize the whole auto sector. “Workers across the country, from the West to the Midwest and especially in the South, are reaching out to join our movement and to join the UAW,” said Fain in a new video.

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Auto Workers Call on Unions to Align Contract Expirations

Wed, 2023-11-22 10:42

Is it time for a big, united strike by millions of union members against the billionaire class?

We get pitched this idea sometimes at Labor Notes. Usually we dismiss it as coming from starry-eyed dreamers eager to pass over the hard work of organizing and skip ahead to the “general strike.”

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California Faculty Prepare for First Strike in 12 Years

Tue, 2023-11-21 15:32

Faculty at 23 California State University campuses are preparing to strike. They teach nearly half a million students.

After 95 percent of voting members authorized a strike on October 30, the 29,000-member California Faculty Association plans to roll out strikes at Cal Poly Pomona December 4, San Francisco State University December 5, Cal State Los Angeles December 6 and Sacramento State University December 7.

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Auto Workers Ratify New Contracts at the Big 3

Fri, 2023-11-17 17:16

A previous version of this article was published on October 31.

After a six-week escalating strike, the Auto Workers (UAW) ratified agreements with each of the Big 3 automakers. The deals are a sharp about-face from decades of concessions.

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VIDEO Ceasefire Now: Workplace Organizing for Palestine

Fri, 2023-11-17 15:11

On November 15, Labor Notes hosted a Zoom call to hear reports from workers who are organizing to stop an escalating genocide in Palestine. Many are also fighting against the repression of workers who are speaking up for a ceasefire and against Israel’s occupation. We heard speakers from unions in education, health care, construction, and others who have organized their co-workers into action.


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Health Care Workers Demand a Ceasefire in Gaza

Fri, 2023-11-17 14:53

At dusk on November 3—hours after Israel bombed ambulances outside Al Shifa hospital in Gaza, killing 15 and injuring dozens more—a crowd of people in hospital scrubs, many draped with keffiyehs, gathered outside New York City Hall.

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Steward’s Corner: New Law Protects Pregnant and Nursing Workers

Thu, 2023-11-16 15:23

Judy approached Chief Steward Amy over lunch one day with big news: she was three months pregnant! Amy congratulated her.

Then Judy said, “Amy, I’m a little worried about telling our boss. My doctor said there’s a new law that gives me permission to carry a water bottle at work and ask for extra bathroom breaks, but I know Bob doesn’t like to give any extra breaks. Do you know anything about this law? Can the union help me?”

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Welcome, Sindhu!

Wed, 2023-11-15 18:54

Labor Notes is happy to welcome our newest co-worker, Sindhu Sundar!

Sindhu is a seasoned journalist with a decade of legal reporting and labor coverage under her belt, and a contributor to the current resurgence of journalist unionism. She helped to organize and win first contracts in not one but two newsrooms where she worked, Law360 (an exemplary escalating campaign we covered here) and Insider.

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Auto Workers Debate Contracts: Tall Gains, Taller Expectations

Fri, 2023-11-10 12:47

On breaks between harnessing wires and bolting fenders, Auto Workers across the country are debating the contract offers their strike wrenched out of Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis.

Just a fraction of plants have voted, with the rest set to cast ballots in the next two weeks. Contract details are here.

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IATSE Members Launch Reform Caucus as Hollywood Strikes Wrap

Thu, 2023-11-09 19:34

After supporting screenwriters and actors through a months-long double strike, film and television crew workers are finally stepping into the spotlight themselves.

Dissatisfied with their union’s leadership and direction, a group of members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) is launching a reform caucus called CREW, or the Caucus of Rank-and-File Entertainment Workers.

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Steward’s Corner: How AA Flight Attendants Scored a Huge Strike Vote

Thu, 2023-11-02 11:38

Flight Attendants at American Airlines voted to strike by 99.47 percent at the end of August, with 93 percent turnout.

The 26,000-member union, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, has been in negotiations since 2019—and members have seen no raises since then. Understaffing and scheduling are also big issues. American, based in Dallas, is the largest airline in the world by passengers carried.

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First-Ever Strike for Portland Teachers Tackles Student Needs

Wed, 2023-11-01 15:56

The Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) walked out on strike today, closing 81 schools. The 4,500-member union is demanding more counselors, more planning time for teachers, more support for special education students, smaller class sizes, and increased salaries and cost-of-living adjustments.

The union’s demands “are a paradigm shift for the state of Oregon,” said ninth grade teacher Sarah Mykkanen. “We aren’t just reacting to something negative, we are demanding a whole new view of what schools do, of how schools give students what they need.”

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Despite Intimidation, Union Voices Get Louder for Ceasefire in Gaza

Tue, 2023-10-31 16:55

In the U.S. and across the world, hundreds of thousands of people have taken the streets to protest Israel’s assault on Gaza, which has killed at least 8,300 Palestinians, including 3,300 children, since October 7. On October 27, the United Nations called for an “immediate, durable and sustained humanitarian truce.”

In the U.S., those protesting Israel’s attacks have faced a wave of repression by employers.

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Minnesota Nurses Win Big, Then Walk Back Winning Model

Tue, 2023-10-31 13:05

Last fall, 15,000 nurses were part of a creative coordinated bargaining effort to reshape health care in Minnesota. They won new contract language on safe staffing and substantial raises—things they hadn’t thought possible.

But a year later, the Minnesota Nurses Association is riven with conflict. Members are being investigated on charges like “acting against the interests of the bargaining unit.” A candidate for vice president was removed from her elected positions and had her membership suspended, making her ineligible to run for office.

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Big 3 Buckled as Stand-Up Strike Spread

Tue, 2023-10-31 11:29

All three dominoes fell in a few days.

The Auto Workers (UAW) now have agreements with each of the Big 3 automakers. The new contracts are a sharp about-face from decades of concessions.

The tentative agreements go further than many thought possible on issues that the companies insisted were off the table. Stellantis agreed to reopen its idled Belvidere assembly plant. GM and Stellantis will include new battery plant workers in their master agreements.

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Ford Caves

Thu, 2023-10-26 16:11

Since 1979, union auto workers have endured round after round of concessions. That era is over. On Wednesday, the 41st day of the union’s Stand Up Strike against the Big 3, Auto Workers (UAW) President Shawn Fain announced a deal with Ford. The contract gains are substantial.

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After GM Boasts Higher Revenue, Auto Workers Strike Its Cash Cow

Tue, 2023-10-24 16:59

General Motors CEO Mary Barra started her day boasting to company investors how much car sales and revenues have recently climbed.

Two hours later, Auto Workers reminded her who made those revenues happen. The Auto Workers (UAW) struck GM’s most profitable plant, the massive Arlington Assembly, just outside Dallas.

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A Call for Openness in Letter Carriers Contract Negotiations

Tue, 2023-10-24 11:07

One striking feature of the current labor resurgence is a trend for greater openness during national contract negotiations. This year the Auto Workers (UAW) at the Big 3 and Teamsters at UPS have provided members with detailed information about their bargaining proposals.

But the Letter Carriers (NALC) has yet to embrace this modern approach. The union is still clinging to the outdated practice of closed-door negotiations.

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