Labor Notes

Review: Labor and the Class Idea in the U.S. and Canada

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-09 14:35

In 1965, in both Canada and the U.S., about 30 percent of the workforce was represented by unions. This figure, called union density, had been close between the two countries for 50 years. Often, density in the U.S. was a little bit higher than in Canada.

But starting in the mid-1960s, our paths diverged. Union density in the U.S. began to fall, while in Canada it kept climbing.

Canada’s union density peaked at 38 percent in the early 1980s. By 2017 it had fallen to 28.6 percent—but that’s still substantially higher than the 10.7 percent in the U.S.

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Review: Labor and the Class Idea in the U.S. and Canada

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-09 14:35

In 1965, in both Canada and the U.S., about 30 percent of the workforce was represented by unions. This figure, called union density, had been close between the two countries for 50 years. Often, density in the U.S. was a little bit higher than in Canada.

But starting in the mid-1960s, our paths diverged. Union density in the U.S. began to fall, while in Canada it kept climbing.

Canada’s union density peaked at 38 percent in the early 1980s. By 2017 it had fallen to 28.6 percent—but that’s still substantially higher than the 10.7 percent in the U.S.

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Missouri Voters Overwhelmingly Reject ‘Right to Work’

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-08-08 15:36

Unions in Missouri are declaring victory after voters shot down a Republican-backed “right-to-work” law by a hefty 2 to 1.

The final vote count was 937,241 against the legislation to 452,075 in favor.

Missouri became the 28th state with a right-to-work law on the books in February 2017, when Republican Governor Eric Greitens signed the law at a ceremony in an abandoned factory.

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Missouri Voters Overwhelmingly Reject ‘Right to Work’

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-08-08 15:36

Unions in Missouri are declaring victory after voters shot down a Republican-backed “right-to-work” law by a hefty 2 to 1.

The final vote count was 937,241 against the legislation to 452,075 in favor.

Missouri became the 28th state with a right-to-work law on the books in February 2017, when Republican Governor Eric Greitens signed the law at a ceremony in an abandoned factory.

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Viewpoint: How to Talk with Nonunion Workers about ‘Right to Work’

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2018-08-07 15:11

Today Missouri voters are at the polls in a referendum to repeal the state’s “right-to-work” law, thanks to the heroic efforts of union members and allies who gathered 310,657 signatures last year to block implementation of the anti-union law until voters could decide. Legislative Republicans pushed the referendum date back to August, instead of the November ballot, to suppress turnout.

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Viewpoint: How to Talk with Nonunion Workers about ‘Right to Work’

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2018-08-07 15:11

Today Missouri voters are at the polls in a referendum to repeal the state’s “right-to-work” law, thanks to the heroic efforts of union members and allies who gathered 310,657 signatures last year to block implementation of the anti-union law until voters could decide. Legislative Republicans pushed the referendum date back to August, instead of the November ballot, to suppress turnout.

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Tech Workers and Flight Attendants Resist Immigrant Family Separation

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-08-06 14:15
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The brutal and wildly unpopular Trump administration policy that separated thousands of children from their immigrant parents triggered widespread protests.

It also provoked resistance from workers whose jobs are crucial to carrying it out.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) don’t operate in a vacuum. They depend on a host of products and services—including technology produced by software engineers and travel assisted by flight attendants.

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Tech Workers and Flight Attendants Resist Immigrant Family Separation

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-08-06 14:15
Tech Workers and Flight Attendants Resist Immigrant Family Separation August 06, 2018 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The brutal and wildly unpopular Trump administration policy that separated thousands of children from their immigrant parents triggered widespread protests.

It also provoked resistance from workers whose jobs are crucial to carrying it out.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) don’t operate in a vacuum. They depend on a host of products and services—including technology produced by software engineers and travel assisted by flight attendants.

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South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-02 18:19
South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back August 02, 2018 / Yi San<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

After 12 years of campaigns and protests against unjust layoffs, 180 female attendants at South Korea’s premier train service are getting their jobs back. These tenacious women workers defeated a ham-handed privatization effort and corrupt political collusion.

The KTX is South Korea’s answer to bullet trains. The country’s Railroad Administration launched it in 2004 and selected 351 female attendants, all in their twenties, from a pool of 4,600 applicants who dreamed of becoming “flight attendants on the ground.”

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South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-02 18:19
South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back August 02, 2018 / Yi San<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

After 12 years of campaigns and protests against unjust layoffs, 180 female attendants at South Korea’s premier train service are getting their jobs back. These tenacious women workers defeated a ham-handed privatization effort and corrupt political collusion.

The KTX is South Korea’s answer to bullet trains. The country’s Railroad Administration launched it in 2004 and selected 351 female attendants, all in their twenties, from a pool of 4,600 applicants who dreamed of becoming “flight attendants on the ground.”

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Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-02 10:30
Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too August 02, 2018 / Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Especially for professional workers, when your main strike issue is pay, attracting public support can be a challenge.

Savvy employers paint union members as spoiled. They like to point out that you’re already making more than many of your nonunion neighbors.

Yet when 1,800 nurses and technical staff struck for better wages July 12-13 at the state’s second-largest employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the people of Burlington came out in force to back them up.

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Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-02 10:30
Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too August 02, 2018 / Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Especially for professional workers, when your main strike issue is pay, attracting public support can be a challenge.

Savvy employers paint union members as spoiled. They like to point out that you’re already making more than many of your nonunion neighbors.

Yet when 1,800 nurses and technical staff struck for better wages July 12-13 at the state’s second-largest employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the people of Burlington came out in force to back them up.

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Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2018-08-02 10:22
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Another big nurse strike this summer drew momentum from a surprising source—a hard-fought internal union election that ended in a toss-up between two factions.

At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, 2,400 nurses and other professionals walked off the job July 23. After enduring a 10-year freeze on starting pay, they want a raise to help attract more nurses.

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Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-02 10:22
Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike August 02, 2018 / Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Another big nurse strike this summer drew momentum from a surprising source—a hard-fought internal union election that ended in a toss-up between two factions.

At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, 2,400 nurses and other professionals walked off the job July 23. After enduring a 10-year freeze on starting pay, they want a raise to help attract more nurses.

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T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2018-08-01 13:04
T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses August 01, 2018 / Anne Jackson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Stewards and active rank and filers at the University of Michigan Hospital have been working hard to engage a membership that has not had to fight for a contract in seven years. It was slow going at first, trying to get 5,800 nurses at maize and blue U of M to wear red to show our union solidarity as we bargain.

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T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2018-08-01 13:04
T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses August 01, 2018 / Anne Jackson<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Stewards and active rank and filers at the University of Michigan Hospital have been working hard to engage a membership that has not had to fight for a contract in seven years. It was slow going at first, trying to get 5,800 nurses at maize and blue U of M to wear red to show our union solidarity as we bargain.

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UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2018-07-30 16:59
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There are no flashy special effects in Tyler Binder’s 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!”

No stirring soundtrack, no animation, no laugh track. It’s just him and his whiteboard, explaining in plain language how the tentative agreement would affect every group of workers.

But the video went viral. Just two weeks after he uploaded it, it had 90,000 views on Facebook and 50,000 on YouTube.

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UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2018-07-30 16:59
UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier July 30, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

There are no flashy special effects in Tyler Binder’s 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!”

No stirring soundtrack, no animation, no laugh track. It’s just him and his whiteboard, explaining in plain language how the tentative agreement would affect every group of workers.

But the video went viral. Just two weeks after he uploaded it, it had 90,000 views on Facebook and 50,000 on YouTube.

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Viewpoint: Any Janus Solution That Ignores Free Riders Is Star-Crossed and Unfair

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2018-07-27 12:03

Chris Brooks has written an important critique of the direct reimbursement proposal that I and others have sugges

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Viewpoint: Any Janus Solution That Ignores Free Riders Is Star-Crossed and Unfair

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2018-07-27 12:03

Chris Brooks has written an important critique of the direct reimbursement proposal that I and others have sugges

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