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How Seven Thousand Quebec Workers Went on Strike against Climate Change

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-10-25 11:10
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With a crowd of 500,000, Montreal’s march for the climate was the largest in the world during the September 20-27 week of climate action. Yet it was also noteworthy for another reason.

Despite provincial labor laws preventing unions from striking over political issues, 11 locals representing 7,500 workers formally voted to go on strike for a day.

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How Seven Thousand Quebec Workers Went on Strike against Climate Change

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-10-25 11:10
How Seven Thousand Quebec Workers Went on Strike against Climate Change October 25, 2019 / Alain Savard<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

With a crowd of 500,000, Montreal’s march for the climate was the largest in the world during the September 20-27 week of climate action. Yet it was also noteworthy for another reason.

Despite provincial labor laws preventing unions from striking over political issues, 11 locals representing 7,500 workers formally voted to go on strike for a day.

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VIDEO: White Terror in Hong Kong; Union Leaders Fired and Beaten and... Fighting Back

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-10-22 12:14

Within the massive and stunningly persistent social insurgency in Hong Kong against authoritarian domination, thousands of unionized workers are risking white terror... the threat of constant surveillance, discipline and loss of livelihood. Teachers, social workers, civil servants, and - most visibly - airline staff have joined protests and publicly shown support for the goals of political liberties. The response of the Chinese government - carried out by local agents in government, business, and organized crime gangs - has been direct suppression.

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VIDEO: White Terror in Hong Kong; Union Leaders Fired and Beaten and... Fighting Back

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-10-22 12:14

Within the massive and stunningly persistent social insurgency in Hong Kong against authoritarian domination, thousands of unionized workers are risking white terror... the threat of constant surveillance, discipline and loss of livelihood. Teachers, social workers, civil servants, and - most visibly - airline staff have joined protests and publicly shown support for the goals of political liberties. The response of the Chinese government - carried out by local agents in government, business, and organized crime gangs - has been direct suppression.

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VIDEO: Rank-and-File Autoworkers Discuss the Tentative Agreement with GM

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-10-21 20:20

Forty-nine thousand auto workers are on strike at General Motors in the largest private sector strike since the last time union and company clashed, in 2007. Now, there is a tentative agreement with the company.

In this webinar, rank-and-file autoworkers debated whether to support the agreement and go back to work, or vote it down and stay out on the picket lines in the hope of achieving something better.

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VIDEO: Rank-and-File Autoworkers Discuss the Tentative Agreement with GM

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-10-21 20:20

Forty-nine thousand auto workers are on strike at General Motors in the largest private sector strike since the last time union and company clashed, in 2007. Now, there is a tentative agreement with the company.

In this webinar, rank-and-file autoworkers debated whether to support the agreement and go back to work, or vote it down and stay out on the picket lines in the hope of achieving something better.

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GM Contract: 'Not What We Struck For'

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-10-21 17:50

The Detroit Free Press did its bit Friday toward convincing GM workers to vote yes on their proposed contract.

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GM Contract: 'Not What We Struck For'

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-10-21 17:50

The Detroit Free Press did its bit Friday toward convincing GM workers to vote yes on their proposed contract.

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Auto Workers Ask: If We Can’t Win It Now, When Will We?

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:27
Auto Workers Ask: If We Can’t Win It Now, When Will We? October 18, 2019 / Chris Brooks, Jane Slaughter<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“They always say it will take multiple agreements to reach equality—we can’t win it all in one go,” said Sean Crawford, a second-tier worker at Flint Truck Assembly in Michigan.

For Crawford, the GM strike, the longest at a Big 3 company in 50 years, was the best chance the union had to put an end to the many tiers that have fractured the workforce.

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Auto Workers Ask: If We Can’t Win It Now, When Will We?

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-10-18 17:27
Auto Workers Ask: If We Can’t Win It Now, When Will We? October 18, 2019 / Chris Brooks, Jane Slaughter<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“They always say it will take multiple agreements to reach equality—we can’t win it all in one go,” said Sean Crawford, a second-tier worker at Flint Truck Assembly in Michigan.

For Crawford, the GM strike, the longest at a Big 3 company in 50 years, was the best chance the union had to put an end to the many tiers that have fractured the workforce.

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Video: Snapshots of Organizing Across Asia

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-10-18 11:45

Labor Notes and International Labor Rights Forum co-hosted a webinar on October 17, 2019 on how labor activists across Asia are building power in the face of multinational corporations.

What are the opportunities and challenges for strengthening solidarity across the region? How can we organize in our own unions to build a movement that can tackle rising inequality across borders? How is state repression impacting how activists organize? These were some of the questions discussed with activists from Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

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Video: Snapshots of Organizing Across Asia

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-10-18 11:45

Labor Notes and International Labor Rights Forum co-hosted a webinar on October 17, 2019 on how labor activists across Asia are building power in the face of multinational corporations.

What are the opportunities and challenges for strengthening solidarity across the region? How can we organize in our own unions to build a movement that can tackle rising inequality across borders? How is state repression impacting how activists organize? These were some of the questions discussed with activists from Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

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Why Strikes Matter

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:20
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Strikes are where our power is. Without a credible strike threat, workers are at the boss's mercy. How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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Why Strikes Matter

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:20
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Strikes are where our power is. Without a credible strike threat, workers are at the boss's mercy. How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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How Strikes Win

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:19
How Strikes Win October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>Assess all the types of leverage the union can bring to bear: how will you make the employer cry uncle? How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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How Strikes Win

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:19
How Strikes Win October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>Assess all the types of leverage the union can bring to bear: how will you make the employer cry uncle? How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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How Strikes Lose

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:15
How Strikes Lose October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>Any plan to revive the strike must take the risks seriously. There are good reasons not to strike too hastily. How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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How Strikes Lose

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:15
How Strikes Lose October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>Any plan to revive the strike must take the risks seriously. There are good reasons not to strike too hastily. How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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Pushing from Below

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:13
Pushing from Below October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>Rank and filers can organize from the bottom up to put on a contract campaign and strengthen a strike. How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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Pushing from Below

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-10-17 17:13
Pushing from Below October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>Rank and filers can organize from the bottom up to put on a contract campaign and strengthen a strike. How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide
labornotes.org/strikes

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