Labor Notes

Chicago Unions Demand to Defund Police and Fund Health Care for All

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-07-07 13:35

A coalition of Chicago unions and community organizations has come together around the call “Black Lives Matter, Health Care Justice Now.” The group is demanding that resources that currently go toward racist policing be redirected toward human services that improve health.

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Chicago Unions Demand to Defund Police and Fund Health Care for All

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-07-07 13:35

A coalition of Chicago unions and community organizations has come together around the call “Black Lives Matter, Health Care Justice Now.” The group is demanding that resources that currently go toward racist policing be redirected toward human services that improve health.

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They're Back: Concessions Are Coming

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-07-02 12:05
They're Back: Concessions Are Coming July 02, 2020 / Tom Juravich

Although COVID-19 is far from under control and reopening of the economy is stumbling, the airwaves are filled with people telling us how we should be thinking about economic recovery.

Far from a recovery, though, we are facing the worst economic crisis of a generation. The voice of workers and their unions has never been more important, because without us, we have a pretty good idea what’s going happen.

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They're Back: Concessions Are Coming

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-07-02 12:05
They're Back: Concessions Are Coming July 02, 2020 / Tom Juravich

Although COVID-19 is far from under control and reopening of the economy is stumbling, the airwaves are filled with people telling us how we should be thinking about economic recovery.

Far from a recovery, though, we are facing the worst economic crisis of a generation. The voice of workers and their unions has never been more important, because without us, we have a pretty good idea what’s going happen.

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Black Workers at Ohio Ford Plant Denounce Racist Taunts

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-06-30 14:09

After this article was published on June 30, some of those quoted in it became concerned about retaliation. Some names have been removed.

Workers organized two protests at Ford Motor Co.'s engine plant in Lima, Ohio, on June 19. One was a picket at shift change made up primarily of Black workers, objecting both to blatant racial insults and to a hierarchy that they allege keeps Black employees from moving up.

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Black Workers at Ohio Ford Plant Denounce Racist Taunts

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-06-30 14:09

After this article was published on June 30, some of those quoted in it became concerned about retaliation. Some names have been removed.

Workers organized two protests at Ford Motor Co.'s engine plant in Lima, Ohio, on June 19. One was a picket at shift change made up primarily of Black workers, objecting both to blatant racial insults and to a hierarchy that they allege keeps Black employees from moving up.

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Can Auto Workers Win the Right to Vote? Here's How Teamsters Did It

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-06-29 11:43
Can Auto Workers Win the Right to Vote? Here's How Teamsters Did It June 29, 2020 / Justin Mayhugh

After former Auto Workers President Gary Jones pleaded guilty in June to charges of embezzling more than $1 million in union funds, the years-long federal investigation into corruption by senior UAW officials is set to move to a new phase.

The government has named the UAW itself as a co-conspirator. That creates a probability that the Department of Justice will bring a case against the union under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act—a maneuver that could result in a government takeover of the union.

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Can Auto Workers Win the Right to Vote? Here's How Teamsters Did It

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-06-29 11:43
Can Auto Workers Win the Right to Vote? Here's How Teamsters Did It June 29, 2020 / Justin Mayhugh

After former Auto Workers President Gary Jones pleaded guilty in June to charges of embezzling more than $1 million in union funds, the years-long federal investigation into corruption by senior UAW officials is set to move to a new phase.

The government has named the UAW itself as a co-conspirator. That creates a probability that the Department of Justice will bring a case against the union under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act—a maneuver that could result in a government takeover of the union.

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Postal Day of Action: "We Need the Postal Service!"

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-06-26 17:25

Despite the pandemic, postal workers in at least 18 cities and towns rallied on foot, by car, and even by bicycle June 23 to demand federal funding to save the U.S. Postal Service.

While the House has passed a $25 billion rescue package, the Senate is not expected to take it up until after July 4.

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Postal Day of Action: "We Need the Postal Service!"

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-06-26 17:25

Despite the pandemic, postal workers in at least 18 cities and towns rallied on foot, by car, and even by bicycle June 23 to demand federal funding to save the U.S. Postal Service.

While the House has passed a $25 billion rescue package, the Senate is not expected to take it up until after July 4.

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How Phoenix Educators Used the ‘Red for Ed’ Momentum to Rebuild Our Local Union

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2020-06-25 15:31

Two years ago, the Red for Ed movement swept across Arizona. Seventy thousand educators flooded the capitol demanding higher wages and lower class sizes and a stake at the bargaining table.

For many locals in Arizona, the six-day walkout reinvigorated work that had been underway for years. But in the Phoenix Elementary Classroom Teachers Association (PECTA), we used the walkout to totally restart our local.

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How Phoenix Educators Used the ‘Red for Ed’ Momentum to Rebuild Our Local Union

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2020-06-25 15:31

Two years ago, the Red for Ed movement swept across Arizona. Seventy thousand educators flooded the capitol demanding higher wages and lower class sizes and a stake at the bargaining table.

For many locals in Arizona, the six-day walkout reinvigorated work that had been underway for years. But in the Phoenix Elementary Classroom Teachers Association (PECTA), we used the walkout to totally restart our local.

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After Labor Board Ruling, Unions Must Shut Door on Management Rights

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-06-24 13:33
After Labor Board Ruling, Unions Must Shut Door on Management Rights June 24, 2020 / Robert M. Schwartz

Since 2017, Republican appointees have firmly controlled the National Labor Relations Board. Not surprisingly, the agency has released a slew of decisions markedly reducing or eliminating union rights.

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After Labor Board Ruling, Unions Must Shut Door on Management Rights

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-06-24 13:33
After Labor Board Ruling, Unions Must Shut Door on Management Rights June 24, 2020 / Robert M. Schwartz

Since 2017, Republican appointees have firmly controlled the National Labor Relations Board. Not surprisingly, the agency has released a slew of decisions markedly reducing or eliminating union rights.

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Unions Take Up the Black Lives Banner

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-06-19 10:27

The Black Lives Matter uprising has prompted strong statements about racism and police accountability from top union officials, but the participation of the labor movement has been limited. Several internationals have, to their credit, encouraged their members.

More of the initiative to take action has come from below, with local unions and rank and filers organizing or participating in local demonstrations, pushing local governments and schools to shift resources from policing to community needs, and confronting racism in their own workplaces and industries.

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Unions Take Up the Black Lives Banner

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-06-19 10:27

The Black Lives Matter uprising has prompted strong statements about racism and police accountability from top union officials, but the participation of the labor movement has been limited. Several internationals have, to their credit, encouraged their members.

More of the initiative to take action has come from below, with local unions and rank and filers organizing or participating in local demonstrations, pushing local governments and schools to shift resources from policing to community needs, and confronting racism in their own workplaces and industries.

Categories: Labor Notes

Philly Sanitation Workers Rally, Join Demand for PPE, Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-06-16 15:52

It hasn’t taken long for workers to figure out that employers see an economic and public health crisis as an opportunity. But Philadelphia sanitation workers are not prepared to give up their safety without a fight.

City budgets everywhere have been devastated by COVID-19. Municipal governments are gearing up for another round of brutal austerity, and public workers will be on the chopping block—making it even more difficult to ensure safe workplaces during a pandemic.

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Philly Sanitation Workers Rally, Join Demand for PPE, Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-06-16 15:52

It hasn’t taken long for workers to figure out that employers see an economic and public health crisis as an opportunity. But Philadelphia sanitation workers are not prepared to give up their safety without a fight.

City budgets everywhere have been devastated by COVID-19. Municipal governments are gearing up for another round of brutal austerity, and public workers will be on the chopping block—making it even more difficult to ensure safe workplaces during a pandemic.

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It's Time to Make Black Lives Matter in Our Unions

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-06-15 16:42
It's Time to Make Black Lives Matter in Our Unions June 15, 2020 / Bianca Cunningham

The Movement for Black Lives is encouraging union members to plan "Labor for Black Lives" actions in their communities on Friday, June 19—Juneteenth. Actions will be part of M4BL's call to Defend Black Lives all across the world. Find an action in your town and join it, or organize your own and add it to the map.

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It's Time to Make Black Lives Matter in Our Unions

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-06-15 16:42
It's Time to Make Black Lives Matter in Our Unions June 15, 2020 / Bianca Cunningham

The Movement for Black Lives is encouraging union members to plan "Labor for Black Lives" actions in their communities on Friday, June 19—Juneteenth. Actions will be part of M4BL's call to Defend Black Lives all across the world. Find an action in your town and join it, or organize your own and add it to the map.

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