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Letters: Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-07-29 10:54
A Win Can Take Years
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Letters: Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-07-29 10:54
A Win Can Take Years
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From the Archives: Immigration Raids Make Latino Workers the Enemy

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-07-26 10:25
From the Archives: Immigration Raids Make Latino Workers the Enemy July 26, 2019 / Dan La Botz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

This article is presented as part of our ongoing series of stories from our archives. It originally appeared in Labor Notes # 40 published on May 26, 1982. -Editors.

James Gonzalez ran in panic from the agents of La Migra who raided the Boulder Valley Poultry Farm in Boulder, Colorado. He ran from the farm into the main road and was run down by a gravel truck and killed. Gonzalez’s real name turned out to be Jose Morales, an undocumented worker.

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From the Archives: Immigration Raids Make Latino Workers the Enemy

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-07-26 10:25
From the Archives: Immigration Raids Make Latino Workers the Enemy July 26, 2019 / Dan La Botz<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

This article is presented as part of our ongoing series of stories from our archives. It originally appeared in Labor Notes # 40 published on May 26, 1982. -Editors.

James Gonzalez ran in panic from the agents of La Migra who raided the Boulder Valley Poultry Farm in Boulder, Colorado. He ran from the farm into the main road and was run down by a gravel truck and killed. Gonzalez’s real name turned out to be Jose Morales, an undocumented worker.

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Baltimore Teacher Reformers' Win Upheld by National Union

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-07-25 10:46
Baltimore Teacher Reformers' Win Upheld by National Union July 25, 2019 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The reform slate in the Baltimore Teachers (BTU) overcame its first hurdle after being elected in May: an attempt by the incumbents to force a rerun was rejected by the national Teachers (AFT) leadership.

The incumbents, who had held office for 20 years, had challenged the results after being defeated by the “Union We Deserve” slate.

That slate was supported by two rank-and-file caucuses, the Baltimore Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (BMORE) and the Caucus of Educators for Democracy and Equity (CEDE).

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Baltimore Teacher Reformers' Win Upheld by National Union

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-07-25 10:46
Baltimore Teacher Reformers' Win Upheld by National Union July 25, 2019 / Samantha Winslow<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The reform slate in the Baltimore Teachers (BTU) overcame its first hurdle after being elected in May: an attempt by the incumbents to force a rerun was rejected by the national Teachers (AFT) leadership.

The incumbents, who had held office for 20 years, had challenged the results after being defeated by the “Union We Deserve” slate.

That slate was supported by two rank-and-file caucuses, the Baltimore Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (BMORE) and the Caucus of Educators for Democracy and Equity (CEDE).

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Volkswagen Declares Mission Accomplished

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-07-23 09:50

In the carrot and stick approach to union-busting, Frank Fischer was the carrot.

Fischer, a former plant executive whom many workers remembered fondly, parachuted in as interim CEO of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen plant at the end of May to help sway the plant’s 1,700 hourly workers to vote against unionization.

He replaced unpopular CEO Antonio Pinto. The point was to show workers that the company was listening to their concerns and making changes.

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Volkswagen Declares Mission Accomplished

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-07-23 09:50

In the carrot and stick approach to union-busting, Frank Fischer was the carrot.

Fischer, a former plant executive whom many workers remembered fondly, parachuted in as interim CEO of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen plant at the end of May to help sway the plant’s 1,700 hourly workers to vote against unionization.

He replaced unpopular CEO Antonio Pinto. The point was to show workers that the company was listening to their concerns and making changes.

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Taiwanese Flight Attendant Strike Cancels 2,250 Flights

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-07-22 15:37
Taiwanese Flight Attendant Strike Cancels 2,250 Flights July 22, 2019 / Brian Hioe<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Flight attendants at EVA Air have concluded the largest and longest strike in the history of Taiwan’s airline industry, from June 20 through July 10.

Strikers notched a partial victory against a notoriously anti-union company. Now they will have to consolidate their gains and fend off repression.

The strikers were all women—EVA does not hire male flight attendants, though it announced in the middle of the strike that it plans to. According to the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union (TFAU), 2,949 of the airline’s 4,600 cabin crew members participated.

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Taiwanese Flight Attendant Strike Cancels 2,250 Flights

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-07-22 15:37
Taiwanese Flight Attendant Strike Cancels 2,250 Flights July 22, 2019 / Brian Hioe<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Flight attendants at EVA Air have concluded the largest and longest strike in the history of Taiwan’s airline industry, from June 20 through July 10.

Strikers notched a partial victory against a notoriously anti-union company. Now they will have to consolidate their gains and fend off repression.

The strikers were all women—EVA does not hire male flight attendants, though it announced in the middle of the strike that it plans to. According to the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union (TFAU), 2,949 of the airline’s 4,600 cabin crew members participated.

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Viewpoint: As Big Three Negotiations Open, Which Way Forward for the Auto Workers?

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-07-19 14:32
Viewpoint: As Big Three Negotiations Open, Which Way Forward for the Auto Workers? July 19, 2019 / Dianne Feeley<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Why does the once-powerful United Auto Workers keep losing?

That question is on many lips after the union’s sad organizing defeat at Volkswagen in Tennessee; its unfolding corruption scandal; and its toothless response to the news that General Motors will close five plants.

The symbolism was clear last January when, instead of joining a spirited coalition demonstration at the International Auto Show, the UAW held a candlelight vigil nearby.

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Viewpoint: As Big Three Negotiations Open, Which Way Forward for the Auto Workers?

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-07-19 14:32
Viewpoint: As Big Three Negotiations Open, Which Way Forward for the Auto Workers? July 19, 2019 / Dianne Feeley<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Why does the once-powerful United Auto Workers keep losing?

That question is on many lips after the union’s sad organizing defeat at Volkswagen in Tennessee; its unfolding corruption scandal; and its toothless response to the news that General Motors will close five plants.

The symbolism was clear last January when, instead of joining a spirited coalition demonstration at the International Auto Show, the UAW held a candlelight vigil nearby.

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Prime Day for Amazon Protests

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-07-17 13:38
Prime Day for Amazon Protests July 17, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Amazon’s biggest shopping days of 2019 so far—”Prime Days,” July 15-16—saw walkouts and protests by workers in the U.S. and Germany. The protests were semi-coordinated, targeting Amazon when its warehouses are running at full clip and the company is in the media spotlight.

In Germany, Amazon workers organizing with the Ver.di union struck over the course of two days in an ongoing struggle over pay. The union claimed that 2,000 workers participated across seven facilities.

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Prime Day for Amazon Protests

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-07-17 13:38
Prime Day for Amazon Protests July 17, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Amazon’s biggest shopping days of 2019 so far—”Prime Days,” July 15-16—saw walkouts and protests by workers in the U.S. and Germany. The protests were semi-coordinated, targeting Amazon when its warehouses are running at full clip and the company is in the media spotlight.

In Germany, Amazon workers organizing with the Ver.di union struck over the course of two days in an ongoing struggle over pay. The union claimed that 2,000 workers participated across seven facilities.

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Amazon Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Taking Action

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-07-16 12:49
Amazon Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Taking Action July 16, 2019 / Terry Miller<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Amazon warehouse and tech workers around the country took action, including a strike in Minnesota, during the company’s much-hyped annual “Prime Day” discount frenzy July 15-16. Read more about those actions here. Here one warehouse worker from Chicago describes conditions on the job. Thirty night shift workers in his warehouse marched on their boss early this morning to demand air conditioning, health insurance, and Prime Week pay increases. –Editors

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Amazon Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Taking Action

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-07-16 12:49
Amazon Warehouse Worker: Why I’m Taking Action July 16, 2019 / Terry Miller<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Amazon warehouse and tech workers around the country took action, including a strike in Minnesota, during the company’s much-hyped annual “Prime Day” discount frenzy July 15-16. Read more about those actions here. Here one warehouse worker from Chicago describes conditions on the job. Thirty night shift workers in his warehouse marched on their boss early this morning to demand air conditioning, health insurance, and Prime Week pay increases. –Editors

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Bus Drivers Strike Reveals Inequality on Martha’s Vineyard

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-07-15 14:12

Twenty-five Martha’s Vineyard bus drivers are striking for a first contract, exposing the inequality that exists for working people on an island known as the summer home of the rich and famous.

The Florida-based company Transit Connection Inc. (TCI) receives public funds to operate the bus system relied on by vacationers and year-round residents alike. So during the strike, taxpayers are literally paying scab wages—contrary to the progressive values often associated with Martha’s Vineyard.

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Bus Drivers Strike Reveals Inequality on Martha’s Vineyard

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-07-15 14:12

Twenty-five Martha’s Vineyard bus drivers are striking for a first contract, exposing the inequality that exists for working people on an island known as the summer home of the rich and famous.

The Florida-based company Transit Connection Inc. (TCI) receives public funds to operate the bus system relied on by vacationers and year-round residents alike. So during the strike, taxpayers are literally paying scab wages—contrary to the progressive values often associated with Martha’s Vineyard.

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At an Autism Therapy Chain, Low-Wage Therapists Unionize

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-07-12 13:36

This story was first published by Northwest Labor Press. But there’s a Labor Notes connection—one of the workers who led the effort started by reading our book Secrets of a Successful Organizer. Get your copy here. —Editors

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At an Autism Therapy Chain, Low-Wage Therapists Unionize

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-07-12 13:36

This story was first published by Northwest Labor Press. But there’s a Labor Notes connection—one of the workers who led the effort started by reading our book Secrets of a Successful Organizer. Get your copy here. —Editors

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