Labor Notes

Could We See a Rail Strike?

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-11-24 02:43

Despite fanfare from the White House and Secretary of Labor about averting a rail strike, some freight rail unions could walk out as soon as December 9.

Members of the SMART-Transportation Division, representing 28,000 workers, mainly conductors, this week became the latest union to vote down a tentative agreement. Meanwhile the next-biggest union, the Teamster-affiliated Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, was the latest to vote up its deal.

Categories: Labor Notes

Could We See a Rail Strike?

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-11-24 02:43

Despite fanfare from the White House and Secretary of Labor about averting a rail strike, some freight rail unions could walk out as soon as December 9.

Members of the SMART-Transportation Division, representing 28,000 workers, mainly conductors, this week became the latest union to vote down a tentative agreement. Meanwhile the next-biggest union, the Teamster-affiliated Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, was the latest to vote up its deal.

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This Year's Biggest Strike Is by 48,000 Academic Workers at the University of California

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2022-11-23 14:31

Across the prestigious University of California system, tens of thousands of workers walked off the job last week for the nation’s largest strike of 2022, and the largest strike of academic workers in U.S. history.

The energy was palpable as nearly 5,000 academic workers gathered at UC-Berkeley’s campus November 14 to launch our strike. Any last-minute worries dissolved as I stepped onto campus and heard my colleagues, strike captains, undergraduate students, and community members chanting, “48,000 workers strong, we can fight all day long!”

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This Year's Biggest Strike Is by 48,000 Academic Workers at the University of California

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2022-11-23 14:31

Across the prestigious University of California system, tens of thousands of workers walked off the job last week for the nation’s largest strike of 2022, and the largest strike of academic workers in U.S. history.

The energy was palpable as nearly 5,000 academic workers gathered at UC-Berkeley’s campus November 14 to launch our strike. Any last-minute worries dissolved as I stepped onto campus and heard my colleagues, strike captains, undergraduate students, and community members chanting, “48,000 workers strong, we can fight all day long!”

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Southern Service Workers Launch a New Union

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2022-11-22 15:00

Hundreds of service workers from across the South gathered in Columbia, South Carolina, November 17-19 to launch the Union of Southern Service Workers (USSW), taking their fight to a new level.

The new organization grows out of the Raise Up, the Southern branch of the Fight for $15 and a Union, a movement backed by Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In addition to fast food, members work in hotels, gas stations, retail, home care, sit-down restaurants, and more.

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Southern Service Workers Launch a New Union

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2022-11-22 15:00

Hundreds of service workers from across the South gathered in Columbia, South Carolina, November 17-19 to launch the Union of Southern Service Workers (USSW), taking their fight to a new level.

The new organization grows out of the Raise Up, the Southern branch of the Fight for $15 and a Union, a movement backed by Service Employees International Union (SEIU). In addition to fast food, members work in hotels, gas stations, retail, home care, sit-down restaurants, and more.

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'Above All, Don't Stay Quiet': Philly Immigrant Workers Organize to Change the Restaurant Industry

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-11-18 12:53

The first time Yuris Reyes asked for paid sick leave, she was turned down. “My bosses told me that paid sick leave was only for the managers and not something I was entitled to,” says the Philadelphia restaurant worker.

That didn’t sound right to Yuris, who is a member of El Comité de Trabajadorxs de Restaurante (the Restaurant Workers Committee), a local advocacy group. She filed an anonymous complaint about her employer with the city of Philadelphia, which has had a paid sick leave law on the books since 2015.

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'Above All, Don't Stay Quiet': Philly Immigrant Workers Organize to Change the Restaurant Industry

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-11-18 12:53

The first time Yuris Reyes asked for paid sick leave, she was turned down. “My bosses told me that paid sick leave was only for the managers and not something I was entitled to,” says the Philadelphia restaurant worker.

That didn’t sound right to Yuris, who is a member of El Comité de Trabajadorxs de Restaurante (the Restaurant Workers Committee), a local advocacy group. She filed an anonymous complaint about her employer with the city of Philadelphia, which has had a paid sick leave law on the books since 2015.

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Strike Wave Rocks Britain, as Unions Confront the Cost-of-Living Crisis

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-11-18 10:32

In Britain today, anyone asking a worker about the direction the country is headed will be unlikely to receive a printable answer.

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Strike Wave Rocks Britain, as Unions Confront the Cost-of-Living Crisis

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-11-18 10:32

In Britain today, anyone asking a worker about the direction the country is headed will be unlikely to receive a printable answer.

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‘No Contract, No Matisse’: Philadelphia Museum of Art Workers Win First Contract After Strike

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-11-17 11:58

After a 19-day strike, members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) union voted overwhelmingly in October to approve their first contract. Daily pickets had cut into the museum’s attendance and impacted preparation for an anticipated exhibit on the works of French painter Henri Matisse.

After two years of stalled negotiations, the 180 workers of AFSCME Local 397 forced the museum’s hand and attracted public support that placed the museum’s well-crafted reputation at risk.

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‘No Contract, No Matisse’: Philadelphia Museum of Art Workers Win First Contract After Strike

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-11-17 11:58

After a 19-day strike, members of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) union voted overwhelmingly in October to approve their first contract. Daily pickets had cut into the museum’s attendance and impacted preparation for an anticipated exhibit on the works of French painter Henri Matisse.

After two years of stalled negotiations, the 180 workers of AFSCME Local 397 forced the museum’s hand and attracted public support that placed the museum’s well-crafted reputation at risk.

Categories: Labor Notes

'I Get to Have a Life': Pilots Speak Out on Contract Fights

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-11-17 11:46

Airline labor is at a breaking point. The country’s four largest airlines are facing pilot labor conflicts, all centering on a mismanaged pandemic recovery.

The pilots, split among three unions, share grievances over grueling schedules. They say overwork has depleted their home lives while inflation eats into their paychecks.

Categories: Labor Notes

'I Get to Have a Life': Pilots Speak Out on Contract Fights

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-11-17 11:46

Airline labor is at a breaking point. The country’s four largest airlines are facing pilot labor conflicts, all centering on a mismanaged pandemic recovery.

The pilots, split among three unions, share grievances over grueling schedules. They say overwork has depleted their home lives while inflation eats into their paychecks.

Categories: Labor Notes

Undaunted by Fines, Massachusetts Teachers Defy Strike Ban

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2022-11-14 17:15

Two more illegal strikes have hit Massachusetts! On October 14, members of the Haverhill Educators Association voted to strike. Malden educators voted to strike just a few hours later.

After four days out, Haverhill educators won their demands for school safety and commitment for diverse hiring; those in Malden settled their contract with a one-day strike.

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Undaunted by Fines, Massachusetts Teachers Defy Strike Ban

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2022-11-14 17:15

Two more illegal strikes have hit Massachusetts! On October 14, members of the Haverhill Educators Association voted to strike. Malden educators voted to strike just a few hours later.

After four days out, Haverhill educators won their demands for school safety and commitment for diverse hiring; those in Malden settled their contract with a one-day strike.

Categories: Labor Notes

El movimiento sindical independiente de México: resumen de las victorias recientes y los desafíos

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2022-11-11 12:39

El régimen laboral del periodo neoliberal en México está en plena decadencia. Ya era una degeneración del exitoso sistema corporativista, una estructura política de un solo partido en la que el estado controlaba los sindicatos bajo el Partido Revolucionario Institucional, que gobernó durante mucho tiempo.

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El movimiento sindical independiente de México: resumen de las victorias recientes y los desafíos

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2022-11-11 12:39

El régimen laboral del periodo neoliberal en México está en plena decadencia. Ya era una degeneración del exitoso sistema corporativista, una estructura política de un solo partido en la que el estado controlaba los sindicatos bajo el Partido Revolucionario Institucional, que gobernó durante mucho tiempo.

Categories: Labor Notes

General Strike Threat Beats Ontario's Anti-Worker Law

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2022-11-10 19:06

Ontario workers delivered a spectacular blow to Premier Doug Ford’s government this week. Just four days after ramming through unprecedented anti-worker legislation, Bill 28, Ford appeared in a hastily called press conference on Monday morning to announce its full repeal.

Ford claimed this was a good-faith gesture to kickstart negotiations with Ontario’s 55,000 education workers, who had entered their second day of an “illegal” strike.

Categories: Labor Notes

General Strike Threat Beats Ontario's Anti-Worker Law

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2022-11-10 19:06

Ontario workers delivered a spectacular blow to Premier Doug Ford’s government this week. Just four days after ramming through unprecedented anti-worker legislation, Bill 28, Ford appeared in a hastily called press conference on Monday morning to announce its full repeal.

Ford claimed this was a good-faith gesture to kickstart negotiations with Ontario’s 55,000 education workers, who had entered their second day of an “illegal” strike.

Categories: Labor Notes
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