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Marriott Workers Strike, Spanning Seven Time Zones

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-10-19 09:42
Marriott Workers Strike, Spanning Seven Time Zones October 19, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Seven thousand hotel workers across the U.S. are on strike against Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain. A strike that started with seven hotels in Boston quickly spread to San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Detroit, and Hawaii.

Marriott’s profits have doubled in five years. In 2016, the hotel chain expanded its empire when it acquired Starwood’s 1,200 properties, including the Westin and Sheraton hotel chains.

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Marriott Workers Strike, Spanning Seven Time Zones

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-10-19 09:42
Marriott Workers Strike, Spanning Seven Time Zones October 19, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Seven thousand hotel workers across the U.S. are on strike against Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain. A strike that started with seven hotels in Boston quickly spread to San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Detroit, and Hawaii.

Marriott’s profits have doubled in five years. In 2016, the hotel chain expanded its empire when it acquired Starwood’s 1,200 properties, including the Westin and Sheraton hotel chains.

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Updated: Teamster Brass Overrule Member 'No' Vote at UPS

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-10-18 16:16
Updated: Teamster Brass Overrule Member 'No' Vote at UPS October 18, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

This article, originally published October 5, was updated October 8 and October 18 to reflect the results of the vote count and subsequent developments. –Editors.

Exploiting a constitutional loophole, Teamsters brass have declared that the controversial tentative agreement covering 243,000 workers at the package giant UPS is ratified, despite members voting it down by 54 percent.

Package Division Director Denis Taylor weirdly claimed that he planned to keep negotiating to improve the deal—but also that members wouldn't get a chance to vote on any further changes.

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Updated: Teamster Brass Overrule Member 'No' Vote at UPS

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-10-18 16:16
Updated: Teamster Brass Overrule Member 'No' Vote at UPS October 18, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

This article, originally published October 5, was updated October 8 and October 18 to reflect the results of the vote count and subsequent developments. –Editors.

Exploiting a constitutional loophole, Teamsters brass have declared that the controversial tentative agreement covering 243,000 workers at the package giant UPS is ratified, despite members voting it down by 54 percent.

Package Division Director Denis Taylor weirdly claimed that he planned to keep negotiating to improve the deal—but also that members wouldn't get a chance to vote on any further changes.

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Getting a Fair Contract Vote

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-10-18 11:27
Getting a Fair Contract Vote October 18, 2018 / Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

With UPS Teamsters steaming after their union brass declared a contract ratified despite a 54 percent vote to reject it, we thought this was a good time to reprint this excerpt from the Labor Notes book Democracy Is Power about common obstacles to a democratic vote, and how to do it right. –Editors

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Getting a Fair Contract Vote

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-10-18 11:27
Getting a Fair Contract Vote October 18, 2018 / Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

With UPS Teamsters steaming after their union brass declared a contract ratified despite a 54 percent vote to reject it, we thought this was a good time to reprint this excerpt from the Labor Notes book Democracy Is Power about common obstacles to a democratic vote, and how to do it right. –Editors

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Lessons from Teachers on How to Strike and Win

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-10-15 10:26

Teachers across the country this year are breathing new life into the strike—galvanizing members and winning gains.

These strikes are fueled by rank-and-file anger. Many were coordinated not from above by the official union leadership but by networks of activists. The size of the mobilizations and level of organization have caught many by surprise.

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Lessons from Teachers on How to Strike and Win

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-10-15 10:26

Teachers across the country this year are breathing new life into the strike—galvanizing members and winning gains.

These strikes are fueled by rank-and-file anger. Many were coordinated not from above by the official union leadership but by networks of activists. The size of the mobilizations and level of organization have caught many by surprise.

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Chicago Teamsters Mull Strike at UPS

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-10-12 15:49
Chicago Teamsters Mull Strike at UPS October 12, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

If UPS keeps stonewalling in upcoming bargaining, members of Chicago-area Teamsters Local 705 will take a strike vote in early November, for a possible walkout the week after Thanksgiving. That’s peak season at UPS.

Stewards greeted this morning’s announcement from Secretary-Treasurer Juan Campos, the union’s principal officer, with “lots of rounds of applause,” said bargaining team member and UPS feeder driver Dave Bernt.

There’s one bargaining session left, October 25-26, and Bernt said the union is approaching it in good faith.

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Chicago Teamsters Mull Strike at UPS

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-10-12 15:49
Chicago Teamsters Mull Strike at UPS October 12, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

If UPS keeps stonewalling in upcoming bargaining, members of Chicago-area Teamsters Local 705 will take a strike vote in early November, for a possible walkout the week after Thanksgiving. That’s peak season at UPS.

Stewards greeted this morning’s announcement from Secretary-Treasurer Juan Campos, the union’s principal officer, with “lots of rounds of applause,” said bargaining team member and UPS feeder driver Dave Bernt.

There’s one bargaining session left, October 25-26, and Bernt said the union is approaching it in good faith.

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Beyond $15 at Amazon

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-10-11 11:18

“Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago.

Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. workforce and also raising wages in England.

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Beyond $15 at Amazon

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-10-11 11:18

“Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago.

Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. workforce and also raising wages in England.

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Gas Workers Defend the Next Generation, As Lockout Enters Fourth Month

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-10-10 11:25
Gas Workers Defend the Next Generation, As Lockout Enters Fourth Month October 10, 2018 / Joe Ramsey and Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

There’s a reason his employer wants to eliminate pensions for new hires, said corrosion technician Andy Colleran: “National Grid is trying to break the union from within.”

Colleran is one of 1,200 members of Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012 in Massachusetts who have been locked out since June, after the unions refused a two-tier contract.

National Grid is a British-based utility company that provides gas and electric service in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The locked-out union members work on gas lines.

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Gas Workers Defend the Next Generation, As Lockout Enters Fourth Month

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-10-10 11:25
Gas Workers Defend the Next Generation, As Lockout Enters Fourth Month October 10, 2018 / Joe Ramsey and Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

There’s a reason his employer wants to eliminate pensions for new hires, said corrosion technician Andy Colleran: “National Grid is trying to break the union from within.”

Colleran is one of 1,200 members of Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012 in Massachusetts who have been locked out since June, after the unions refused a two-tier contract.

National Grid is a British-based utility company that provides gas and electric service in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The locked-out union members work on gas lines.

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Teacher Strike Wave: By the Numbers

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-10-04 16:18

Five percent of all U.S. workers in K-12 public education walked out on strike this spring. It’s by far the biggest spike in teacher strikes in a quarter-century.



The strike wave this spring was by far the biggest spike in teacher strikes in a quarter-century.

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Teacher Strike Wave: By the Numbers

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-10-04 16:18

Five percent of all U.S. workers in K-12 public education walked out on strike this spring. It’s by far the biggest spike in teacher strikes in a quarter-century.



The strike wave this spring was by far the biggest spike in teacher strikes in a quarter-century.

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Election Landslide Raises Hopes for Mexican Labor

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-10-04 10:25
Election Landslide Raises Hopes for Mexican Labor October 04, 2018 / Jeffery Hermanson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The landslide victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (“AMLO”) in the Mexican presidential election in July has raised workers’ hopes for a revitalized and democratized labor movement.

Independent unions have formed a new federation. They hope to win progressive labor law reform and finally end the reign of corrupt, pro-employer unions.

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Election Landslide Raises Hopes for Mexican Labor

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-10-04 10:25
Election Landslide Raises Hopes for Mexican Labor October 04, 2018 / Jeffery Hermanson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The landslide victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (“AMLO”) in the Mexican presidential election in July has raised workers’ hopes for a revitalized and democratized labor movement.

Independent unions have formed a new federation. They hope to win progressive labor law reform and finally end the reign of corrupt, pro-employer unions.

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Let Members Lead

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-10-02 13:35

It was a decisive moment in the West Virginia teachers strike. State union leaders, presenting a deal that would leave out some public sector workers, were greeted with a chorus of “back to the table!”

Those educators refused to be talked into a compromise. And, after days out on strike, they knew they had the power to back up that demand.

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Let Members Lead

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-10-02 13:35

It was a decisive moment in the West Virginia teachers strike. State union leaders, presenting a deal that would leave out some public sector workers, were greeted with a chorus of “back to the table!”

Those educators refused to be talked into a compromise. And, after days out on strike, they knew they had the power to back up that demand.

Categories: Labor Notes
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