Labor Notes

Farewell, 'Oil Can': Ed Sadlowski, 1938-2018

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00

The late 1960s and 1970s gave rise to grassroots movements for union democracy all over the United States. The ones in the Auto Workers and Mine Workers have been written about the most, but Steelworkers Fightback was no less momentous.

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Farewell, 'Oil Can': Ed Sadlowski, 1938-2018

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00

The late 1960s and 1970s gave rise to grassroots movements for union democracy all over the United States. The ones in the Auto Workers and Mine Workers have been written about the most, but Steelworkers Fightback was no less momentous.

Categories: Labor Notes

Nashville Painters Aim To Build Immigrant Base

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-06-14 09:36
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How can building trades unions organize workers in an area where they don’t have much of a foothold? You’ve got to become a fixture in the community, and be in it for the long haul.

That’s the commitment the Painters are making in Nashville, Tennessee, where they just launched the Alianza Laboral (Spanish for “labor alliance”) Worker Resource Center.

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Nashville Painters Aim To Build Immigrant Base

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-06-14 09:36
Nashville Painters Aim To Build Immigrant Base June 14, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

How can building trades unions organize workers in an area where they don’t have much of a foothold? You’ve got to become a fixture in the community, and be in it for the long haul.

That’s the commitment the Painters are making in Nashville, Tennessee, where they just launched the Alianza Laboral (Spanish for “labor alliance”) Worker Resource Center.

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Five Lessons from the History of Public Sector Unions

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-06-11 11:19
Five Lessons from the History of Public Sector Unions June 11, 2018 / Priscilla Murolo<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

As public sector unions contemplate losing key rights under the law, it’s worth remembering that for much of their history, such unions organized with no rights at all.

It wasn’t till 1958 that New York became the first city to authorize collective bargaining for city employees. Wisconsin did the same for state employees in 1959, and federal workers got bargaining rights in 1962.

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Five Lessons from the History of Public Sector Unions

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-06-11 11:19
Five Lessons from the History of Public Sector Unions June 11, 2018 / Priscilla Murolo<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

As public sector unions contemplate losing key rights under the law, it’s worth remembering that for much of their history, such unions organized with no rights at all.

It wasn’t till 1958 that New York became the first city to authorize collective bargaining for city employees. Wisconsin did the same for state employees in 1959, and federal workers got bargaining rights in 1962.

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Worksheet: Plan Your March on the Boss

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-06-07 15:13
How They Did It...

Auriana Fabricatore, a shop steward and member of UFCW Local 400, shared how she and her coworkers planned and executed a successful march on the boss, after getting the idea at the 2018 Labor Notes Conference. Read her story here.

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Worksheet: Plan Your March on the Boss

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-06-07 15:13
How They Did It...

Auriana Fabricatore, a shop steward and member of UFCW Local 400, shared how she and her coworkers planned and executed a successful march on the boss, after getting the idea at the 2018 Labor Notes Conference. Read her story here.

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How We Marched on Our Boss

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-06-07 13:09
How We Marched on Our Boss June 07, 2018 / Auriana Fabricatore<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?> March on Your Boss!

Ryan Olds, a labor and community organizer in the East Bay, California, co-taught the March on the Boss workshop at the 2018 Labor Notes Conference, where Auriana Fabricatore got the idea. Ryan developed this worksheet to help you plan a march on the boss in your workplace.

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How We Marched on Our Boss

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-06-07 13:09
How We Marched on Our Boss June 07, 2018 / Auriana Fabricatore<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?> March on Your Boss!

Ryan Olds, a labor and community organizer in the East Bay, California, co-taught the March on the Boss workshop at the 2018 Labor Notes Conference, where Auriana Fabricatore got the idea. Ryan developed this worksheet to help you plan a march on the boss in your workplace.

Categories: Labor Notes

Labor's New Terrain: Working On the Supply Chain Gang

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-06-05 14:34
Labor's New Terrain: Working On the Supply Chain Gang June 05, 2018 / Kim Moody<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

A factory fire recently illustrated just how vulnerable are the supply chains at the heart of the global economy. The fire was at a single supplier—yet it forced Ford to temporarily halt production of the nation’s bestselling truck, the F-150.

Think how much leverage workers could have if we acted like the fire.

This is exactly how large-scale organizing happened in the auto industry. In late 1936, members of the newly organized Auto Workers (UAW) struck several General Motors plants to win union recognition. A month later, GM still hadn’t budged.

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Labor's New Terrain: Working On the Supply Chain Gang

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-06-05 14:34
Labor's New Terrain: Working On the Supply Chain Gang June 05, 2018 / Kim Moody<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

A factory fire recently illustrated just how vulnerable are the supply chains at the heart of the global economy. The fire was at a single supplier—yet it forced Ford to temporarily halt production of the nation’s bestselling truck, the F-150.

Think how much leverage workers could have if we acted like the fire.

This is exactly how large-scale organizing happened in the auto industry. In late 1936, members of the newly organized Auto Workers (UAW) struck several General Motors plants to win union recognition. A month later, GM still hadn’t budged.

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Arizona Teachers Pull an All-Nighter to Seal the Deal

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-05-31 17:57

Arizona teachers struck statewide April 26 to May 3 over low pay and underfunding due to years of tax cuts.

Governor Doug Ducey had promised 20 percent raises heading into the strike, but teachers were skeptical that money would materialize. Their demands also included raises for other school employees and a return of funding to 2008 levels.

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Arizona Teachers Pull an All-Nighter to Seal the Deal

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-05-31 17:57

Arizona teachers struck statewide April 26 to May 3 over low pay and underfunding due to years of tax cuts.

Governor Doug Ducey had promised 20 percent raises heading into the strike, but teachers were skeptical that money would materialize. Their demands also included raises for other school employees and a return of funding to 2008 levels.

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Colorado Teachers Reach Their Boiling Point

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-05-31 17:44
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Pueblo teachers and paraprofessionals struck from May 7 to 11, the first school strike in Colorado in 24 years.

The teachers had been working without a new contract since the school year began. Their school district was refusing to grant them a 2 percent cost-of-living increase and to increase contributions to their health insurance, even after an independent factfinder recommended those modest improvements.

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Colorado Teachers Reach Their Boiling Point

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-05-31 17:44
Colorado Teachers Reach Their Boiling Point May 31, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Pueblo teachers and paraprofessionals struck from May 7 to 11, the first school strike in Colorado in 24 years.

The teachers had been working without a new contract since the school year began. Their school district was refusing to grant them a 2 percent cost-of-living increase and to increase contributions to their health insurance, even after an independent factfinder recommended those modest improvements.

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Before It All Melts Away

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-05-30 16:10

Will this spring’s wave of teacher strikes lead to stronger unions? Not if their unions return to business as usual.

The motor force behind the strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina is teachers’ deep frustration. Educators are feeling the pinch from decades of funding cuts that their unions have been unable to stop.

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Before It All Melts Away

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-05-30 16:10

Will this spring’s wave of teacher strikes lead to stronger unions? Not if their unions return to business as usual.

The motor force behind the strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina is teachers’ deep frustration. Educators are feeling the pinch from decades of funding cuts that their unions have been unable to stop.

Categories: Labor Notes

North Carolina Teachers Shut Schools and Flood the Capital for a Day

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-05-25 11:54
North Carolina Teachers Shut Schools and Flood the Capital for a Day May 25, 2018 / Michelle Gunderson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Thirty thousand educators and supporters descended on Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 16 for a protest that was unprecedented in its size and breadth.

Every year around this time, the union sponsors a lobby day. In the past teachers would take a personal day, come to the capitol, and make an appointment with their legislators. The North Carolina Association of Educators would give members a packet with talking points on pre-determined priorities.

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North Carolina Teachers Shut Schools and Flood the Capital for a Day

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-05-25 11:54
North Carolina Teachers Shut Schools and Flood the Capital for a Day May 25, 2018 / Michelle Gunderson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Thirty thousand educators and supporters descended on Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 16 for a protest that was unprecedented in its size and breadth.

Every year around this time, the union sponsors a lobby day. In the past teachers would take a personal day, come to the capitol, and make an appointment with their legislators. The North Carolina Association of Educators would give members a packet with talking points on pre-determined priorities.

Categories: Labor Notes
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