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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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Review: A Plant Closing War

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-07-11 13:35

Since last fall, protestors wearing yellow vests have commanded center stage in France. Their grassroots challenge to the neoliberal regime of President Emmanuel Macron draws on a long tradition of labor militancy, including factory closing fights. When these protestors still had blue collar jobs and belonged to unions, they probably looked a lot more like the red-vest-wearing strikers in At War.

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Review: A Plant Closing War

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-07-11 13:35

Since last fall, protestors wearing yellow vests have commanded center stage in France. Their grassroots challenge to the neoliberal regime of President Emmanuel Macron draws on a long tradition of labor militancy, including factory closing fights. When these protestors still had blue collar jobs and belonged to unions, they probably looked a lot more like the red-vest-wearing strikers in At War.

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Blue-Collar Workers: Let's All Support the Green New Deal

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-07-08 13:54

A recent article in Politico ("Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California,” June 6) alleged that blue-collar workers in California reject the Green New Deal.

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Blue-Collar Workers: Let's All Support the Green New Deal

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-07-08 13:54

A recent article in Politico ("Labor anger over Green New Deal greets 2020 contenders in California,” June 6) alleged that blue-collar workers in California reject the Green New Deal.

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Taiwan Flight Attendant Strikers Call for Solidarity

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-07-05 13:13

UPDATE, July 8: EVA Air flight attendants reached an agreement over the weekend to end the strike. Flight attendants will head back to work on July 10. Read more details of the agreement in this article from New Bloom.—Eds.

Thousands of flight attendants—all of them women—are on strike in what has now become the longest walkout by airline workers in Taiwan’s history.

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Taiwan Flight Attendant Strikers Call for Solidarity

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-07-05 13:13

UPDATE, July 8: EVA Air flight attendants reached an agreement over the weekend to end the strike. Flight attendants will head back to work on July 10. Read more details of the agreement in this article from New Bloom.—Eds.

Thousands of flight attendants—all of them women—are on strike in what has now become the longest walkout by airline workers in Taiwan’s history.

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How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-07-03 15:01
How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold July 03, 2019 / John Ertl<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Transit in the Washington, D.C., area is heavily unionized. But until recently there was one stubborn holdout—the DASH bus system in Alexandria, Virginia.

The city debuted DASH 35 years ago to create a cheaper, nonunion alternative to the regional MetroBus service. It was set up as a nonprofit corporation owned by the city so that it would technically be privately run, disqualifying workers from receiving the city pension.

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How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-07-03 15:01
How a Transit Union Triumphed in an Anti-Union Stronghold July 03, 2019 / John Ertl<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Transit in the Washington, D.C., area is heavily unionized. But until recently there was one stubborn holdout—the DASH bus system in Alexandria, Virginia.

The city debuted DASH 35 years ago to create a cheaper, nonunion alternative to the regional MetroBus service. It was set up as a nonprofit corporation owned by the city so that it would technically be privately run, disqualifying workers from receiving the city pension.

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Letter to the Editor: Subminimum Wage for Disabled Workers Must Go!

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-07-03 14:05

Note: The U.S. Department of Labor authorizes certain employers to pay people with disabilities a fraction of the minimum wage in what are called “sheltered workshops.” At last report there were 1,769 of these employers and 124,066 people getting the subminimum wage. Some workers are paid just a few cents an hour.

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Letter to the Editor: Subminimum Wage for Disabled Workers Must Go!

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-07-03 14:05

Note: The U.S. Department of Labor authorizes certain employers to pay people with disabilities a fraction of the minimum wage in what are called “sheltered workshops.” At last report there were 1,769 of these employers and 124,066 people getting the subminimum wage. Some workers are paid just a few cents an hour.

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Steward's Corner: Don't Complain, Organize!

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-07-01 11:29
Steward's Corner: Don't Complain, Organize! July 01, 2019 / Ellen David Friedman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Complaining isn’t the first step to organizing—it’s the graveyard of organizing. Just ask any union steward or rep who has listened to a member complain bitterly but refuse to take action.

If you’re a steward, officer, or rank and filer trying to fix problems on the job (or in the union), a good place to start is to rethink the role of complaining in your work culture.

There’s probably no easier way for co-workers to communicate with each other than by complaining. It’s the universal “go-to” for informal work chat:

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Steward's Corner: Don't Complain, Organize!

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-07-01 11:29
Steward's Corner: Don't Complain, Organize! July 01, 2019 / Ellen David Friedman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Complaining isn’t the first step to organizing—it’s the graveyard of organizing. Just ask any union steward or rep who has listened to a member complain bitterly but refuse to take action.

If you’re a steward, officer, or rank and filer trying to fix problems on the job (or in the union), a good place to start is to rethink the role of complaining in your work culture.

There’s probably no easier way for co-workers to communicate with each other than by complaining. It’s the universal “go-to” for informal work chat:

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Six-Month Retail Strike in Freezing Saskatchewan Didn’t Beat Two-Tier

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-06-28 12:20
Six-Month Retail Strike in Freezing Saskatchewan Didn’t Beat Two-Tier June 28, 2019 / Bianca Cunningham<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“Three years ago I was at a union meeting and a member stood up and asked why we got such good pay and benefits as Saskatoon Co-op employees,” said Jodi Smith, a member of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1400.

“Grant Wicks, now the general manager of the co-op, answered that the employees were worth it—they were trained well, customer service was excellent. We all left this meeting with tears in our eyes, feeling appreciated.”

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Six-Month Retail Strike in Freezing Saskatchewan Didn’t Beat Two-Tier

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-06-28 12:20
Six-Month Retail Strike in Freezing Saskatchewan Didn’t Beat Two-Tier June 28, 2019 / Bianca Cunningham<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“Three years ago I was at a union meeting and a member stood up and asked why we got such good pay and benefits as Saskatoon Co-op employees,” said Jodi Smith, a member of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1400.

“Grant Wicks, now the general manager of the co-op, answered that the employees were worth it—they were trained well, customer service was excellent. We all left this meeting with tears in our eyes, feeling appreciated.”

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Erie Locomotive Workers Avert Strike with New Contract at Wabtec

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-06-25 11:50
Erie Locomotive Workers Avert Strike with New Contract at Wabtec June 25, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Three months after the largest manufacturing strike of the Trump presidency so far, locomotive plant workers in Erie, Pennsylvania, have a deal. Electrical Workers (UE) Locals 506 and 618 ratified a four-year contract on June 12.

In a qualified victory, the 1,700 members conceded a two-tier wage structure with a 10-year progression for new hires to reach parity with current workers, but beat back the company’s demands for a harsher version of two-tier and numerous other concessions.

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Erie Locomotive Workers Avert Strike with New Contract at Wabtec

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-06-25 11:50
Erie Locomotive Workers Avert Strike with New Contract at Wabtec June 25, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Three months after the largest manufacturing strike of the Trump presidency so far, locomotive plant workers in Erie, Pennsylvania, have a deal. Electrical Workers (UE) Locals 506 and 618 ratified a four-year contract on June 12.

In a qualified victory, the 1,700 members conceded a two-tier wage structure with a 10-year progression for new hires to reach parity with current workers, but beat back the company’s demands for a harsher version of two-tier and numerous other concessions.

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South Korean Labor Leader Arrested after Clashes over Working Hours

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-06-24 17:56

UPDATE, June 27: Kim was released on 100 million won ($86,421) bail today, following a court ruling that his release would not constitute “a risk of evidence destruction.”—Eds.

The South Korean government has arrested the leader of the country’s largest independent union organization in a stunning break from its pro-labor rhetoric.

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South Korean Labor Leader Arrested after Clashes over Working Hours

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-06-24 17:56

UPDATE, June 27: Kim was released on 100 million won ($86,421) bail today, following a court ruling that his release would not constitute “a risk of evidence destruction.”—Eds.

The South Korean government has arrested the leader of the country’s largest independent union organization in a stunning break from its pro-labor rhetoric.

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