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What's Behind GM's Hardball Stance vs. UAW?

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-10-08 16:51

This is Day 23 for the United Auto Workers' strike vs. GM. Today’s Detroit Free Press says at least three items have not been resolved:

1. How long it takes “in-progression” workers (the second tier) to move up to their top level. It's currently eight years to move from $17 an hour to $28—and their ceiling still has a lower wage and benefit package than those who were hired before 2007.

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What's Behind GM's Hardball Stance vs. UAW?

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-10-08 16:51

This is Day 23 for the United Auto Workers' strike vs. GM. Today’s Detroit Free Press says at least three items have not been resolved:

1. How long it takes “in-progression” workers (the second tier) to move up to their top level. It's currently eight years to move from $17 an hour to $28—and their ceiling still has a lower wage and benefit package than those who were hired before 2007.

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Movie Review: American Factory

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-10-04 16:49

You’ve probably noticed that Hollywood doesn’t turn out many movies about unions. But, says film buff and labor historian Toni Gilpin, there are some overlooked movies out there that depict working people and their lives on the job even though they might lack scenes with picket lines. This is her latest installment in an occasional series of viewing suggestions.

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Movie Review: American Factory

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-10-04 16:49

You’ve probably noticed that Hollywood doesn’t turn out many movies about unions. But, says film buff and labor historian Toni Gilpin, there are some overlooked movies out there that depict working people and their lives on the job even though they might lack scenes with picket lines. This is her latest installment in an occasional series of viewing suggestions.

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In Week Three, GM Strikers Hold Firm for Making Temps Permanent

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-10-02 11:16

General Motors workers have been on the picket lines for 17 days now, and just picked up their first weekly strike pay of $250. Strikers wonder who will hold out the longest—a workforce seeking justice or an immensely profitable corporation demanding more concessions?

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In Week Three, GM Strikers Hold Firm for Making Temps Permanent

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-10-02 11:16

General Motors workers have been on the picket lines for 17 days now, and just picked up their first weekly strike pay of $250. Strikers wonder who will hold out the longest—a workforce seeking justice or an immensely profitable corporation demanding more concessions?

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Labor Notes Goes to Asia

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-09-30 16:57

At times it can seem like international solidarity is just a rallying cry, devoid of the oomph that would make it a force to build power among workers across borders. But this past August, we had the chance to witness international solidarity in action.

Chanting in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Tagalog, a multinational crowd of union activists rallied in the swampy heat of Taiwan’s capital in front of the headquarters of Foxconn, the notorious manufacturer of iPhones.

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Labor Notes Goes to Asia

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-09-30 16:57

At times it can seem like international solidarity is just a rallying cry, devoid of the oomph that would make it a force to build power among workers across borders. But this past August, we had the chance to witness international solidarity in action.

Chanting in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Tagalog, a multinational crowd of union activists rallied in the swampy heat of Taiwan’s capital in front of the headquarters of Foxconn, the notorious manufacturer of iPhones.

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Poultry Workers and Allies Organize in the Wake of Anti-Immigrant Raids

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-09-26 14:23
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On August 7 the poultry towns of central Mississippi suffered the largest workplace raid in the U.S. since 2006. Some 680 chicken-processing workers from seven factories were detained and incarcerated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Ten percent of the population in Morton, Mississippi, was either incarcerated or fired. Parents were detained the same day they had dropped their children off to their first day of school.

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Poultry Workers and Allies Organize in the Wake of Anti-Immigrant Raids

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-09-26 14:23
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On August 7 the poultry towns of central Mississippi suffered the largest workplace raid in the U.S. since 2006. Some 680 chicken-processing workers from seven factories were detained and incarcerated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Ten percent of the population in Morton, Mississippi, was either incarcerated or fired. Parents were detained the same day they had dropped their children off to their first day of school.

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Will the Teacher Strike Wave Hit Chicago Again?

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-09-25 15:54
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Update, September 27: The union announced the strike vote results last night: 94 percent of members voted to authorize a strike.

Twenty-five thousand Chicago teachers started the school year with a possible strike in their sights.

Chicago Teachers Union members leafleted and picketed with school employees and parents outside schools their first week back. A three-day strike vote wraps up tomorrow.

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Will the Teacher Strike Wave Hit Chicago Again?

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-09-25 15:54
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Update, September 27: The union announced the strike vote results last night: 94 percent of members voted to authorize a strike.

Twenty-five thousand Chicago teachers started the school year with a possible strike in their sights.

Chicago Teachers Union members leafleted and picketed with school employees and parents outside schools their first week back. A three-day strike vote wraps up tomorrow.

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Second Time’s the Charm: Denver Teacher Reformer Cements a Win

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2019-09-25 11:23

Joining a wave of reformers, high school teacher Tiffany Choi of the Caucus of Today’s Teachers just got elected president of the Denver teachers union—again. In a re-vote, Choi cemented her May defeat of a 10-year incumbent.

She ran on a platform that the union should partner with parents, involve members more in decision-making, and fight back against corporate education reform.

When the original vote was counted in May, Choi was leading by 16 votes. But the union’s board ordered a do-over, citing process issues.

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Second Time’s the Charm: Denver Teacher Reformer Cements a Win

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2019-09-25 11:23

Joining a wave of reformers, high school teacher Tiffany Choi of the Caucus of Today’s Teachers just got elected president of the Denver teachers union—again. In a re-vote, Choi cemented her May defeat of a 10-year incumbent.

She ran on a platform that the union should partner with parents, involve members more in decision-making, and fight back against corporate education reform.

When the original vote was counted in May, Choi was leading by 16 votes. But the union’s board ordered a do-over, citing process issues.

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Arrests, Presidential Candidates, and Electric Vehicles: Updates on the GM Strike

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-09-24 17:15
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The UAW strike against General Motors is heating up on the picket lines as the stand-off enters its second week. The first week saw union members arrested, presidential candidates march on the lines, and rumors floated that the strike could extend beyond a tentative agreement through the ratification vote.

(Ready to lend a hand? Click here for a list of picket line locations.)

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Arrests, Presidential Candidates, and Electric Vehicles: Updates on the GM Strike

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-09-24 17:15
Arrests, Presidential Candidates, and Electric Vehicles: Updates on the GM Strike September 24, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The UAW strike against General Motors is heating up on the picket lines as the stand-off enters its second week. The first week saw union members arrested, presidential candidates march on the lines, and rumors floated that the strike could extend beyond a tentative agreement through the ratification vote.

(Ready to lend a hand? Click here for a list of picket line locations.)

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Members Demand a Voice in Their Unions' Presidential Endorsements

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-09-23 16:07
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As the first union endorsements for president trickle in, union members and leaders are fighting to shape both the outcomes and the process of how endorsements are made.

Four years ago, by September 2015, seven national unions had made endorsements in the Democratic primary, though the AFL-CIO had requested that affiliates delay action.

Six—the Teachers (AFT), Machinists, Roofers, Plumbers, Bricklayers, and Carpenters—had endorsed Hillary Clinton. National Nurses United had endorsed Bernie Sanders.

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Members Demand a Voice in Their Unions' Presidential Endorsements

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-09-23 16:07
Members Demand a Voice in Their Unions' Presidential Endorsements September 23, 2019 / Jonah Furman<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

As the first union endorsements for president trickle in, union members and leaders are fighting to shape both the outcomes and the process of how endorsements are made.

Four years ago, by September 2015, seven national unions had made endorsements in the Democratic primary, though the AFL-CIO had requested that affiliates delay action.

Six—the Teachers (AFT), Machinists, Roofers, Plumbers, Bricklayers, and Carpenters—had endorsed Hillary Clinton. National Nurses United had endorsed Bernie Sanders.

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Lend a Hand: Here’s a List of General Motors Picket Lines

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-09-20 14:52

This week 49,000 auto workers are walking the picket lines at General Motors factories across the U.S. in the biggest private sector strike in more than a decade. And you can help!

Despite flush profits, the company wants workers to pay more for health care, accept a raise lower than inflation, and continue its system of unequal tiers of workers. But GM didn’t count on the solidarity of the rank and file. Strikers are making a stand for equality for temps and second-tier workers.

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Lend a Hand: Here’s a List of General Motors Picket Lines

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-09-20 14:52

This week 49,000 auto workers are walking the picket lines at General Motors factories across the U.S. in the biggest private sector strike in more than a decade. And you can help!

Despite flush profits, the company wants workers to pay more for health care, accept a raise lower than inflation, and continue its system of unequal tiers of workers. But GM didn’t count on the solidarity of the rank and file. Strikers are making a stand for equality for temps and second-tier workers.

Categories: Labor Notes
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