Labor Notes

Strike by Drivers Disrupts Uber Launch

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-05-31 09:47
Strike by Drivers Disrupts Uber Launch May 31, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Rideshare drivers around the world rallied and struck May 8, the day Uber went public. Joined by unions in London and in Melbourne, Australia, drivers from at least 12 U.S. cities participated in the first globally coordinated protest against rideshare companies Uber and Lyft.

During the strike, Lyft’s stock dropped to its lowest value since going public. Uber’s stock market launch (known as an initial public offering, or IPO) lost more value in its first day than any other in U.S. history.

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Strike by Drivers Disrupts Uber Launch

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-05-31 09:47
Strike by Drivers Disrupts Uber Launch May 31, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Rideshare drivers around the world rallied and struck May 8, the day Uber went public. Joined by unions in London and in Melbourne, Australia, drivers from at least 12 U.S. cities participated in the first globally coordinated protest against rideshare companies Uber and Lyft.

During the strike, Lyft’s stock dropped to its lowest value since going public. Uber’s stock market launch (known as an initial public offering, or IPO) lost more value in its first day than any other in U.S. history.

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Strike Empties the Shelves at Stop & Shop

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-05-28 13:27
Strike Empties the Shelves at Stop & Shop May 28, 2019 / Griffin Buell<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Thirty-one thousand workers at New England grocery giant Stop & Shop struck for 11 days in April, beating back concessions with a display of power that took management by surprise.

Members of five Food and Commercial Workers locals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut walked out April 11 over company proposals to hike health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, kick 1,000 spouses off the company’s health plan, get rid of time-and-a-half on Sundays, and gut workers’ pensions.

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Strike Empties the Shelves at Stop & Shop

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-05-28 13:27
Strike Empties the Shelves at Stop & Shop May 28, 2019 / Griffin Buell<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Thirty-one thousand workers at New England grocery giant Stop & Shop struck for 11 days in April, beating back concessions with a display of power that took management by surprise.

Members of five Food and Commercial Workers locals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut walked out April 11 over company proposals to hike health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, kick 1,000 spouses off the company’s health plan, get rid of time-and-a-half on Sundays, and gut workers’ pensions.

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UE Faces Down Two-Tier in Erie

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-05-24 14:51

Members of Electrical Workers (UE) Locals 506 and 618 rallied with supporters May 17 in Pittsburgh outside the Wabtec shareholders’ meeting. Wabtec, which completed its acquisition of GE Transportation in February, is still demanding a two-tier contract that would slash the average wage by $12 an hour.

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UE Faces Down Two-Tier in Erie

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-05-24 14:51

Members of Electrical Workers (UE) Locals 506 and 618 rallied with supporters May 17 in Pittsburgh outside the Wabtec shareholders’ meeting. Wabtec, which completed its acquisition of GE Transportation in February, is still demanding a two-tier contract that would slash the average wage by $12 an hour.

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A Tumultuous Week for Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-05-24 11:32
A Tumultuous Week for Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers May 24, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In a week of frenzied developments in the organizing drive at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the National Labor Relations Board tossed out the union's election petition, the Auto Workers (UAW) immediately refiled it, and the company announced it is removing the plant's unpopular CEO.

The Labor Board's decision gives the German automaker even more time to engage in the scorched-earth anti-union tactics commonly deployed by U.S. employers.

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A Tumultuous Week for Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-05-24 11:32
A Tumultuous Week for Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers May 24, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

In a week of frenzied developments in the organizing drive at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the National Labor Relations Board tossed out the union's election petition, the Auto Workers (UAW) immediately refiled it, and the company announced it is removing the plant's unpopular CEO.

The Labor Board's decision gives the German automaker even more time to engage in the scorched-earth anti-union tactics commonly deployed by U.S. employers.

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Controversial Settlement Divides New York Nurses

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-05-23 15:03
Controversial Settlement Divides New York Nurses May 23, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

After a strike threat and a contentious ratification vote, 13,000 members of the New York State Nurses Association settled a contract that achieved gains but fell short of the union’s goal of winning safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.

The four-year agreement includes annual pay increases of 3 percent, increased tuition reimbursement, retiree health benefits for nurses who retire early, and a new process to enforce staffing levels.

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Controversial Settlement Divides New York Nurses

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-05-23 15:03
Controversial Settlement Divides New York Nurses May 23, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

After a strike threat and a contentious ratification vote, 13,000 members of the New York State Nurses Association settled a contract that achieved gains but fell short of the union’s goal of winning safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.

The four-year agreement includes annual pay increases of 3 percent, increased tuition reimbursement, retiree health benefits for nurses who retire early, and a new process to enforce staffing levels.

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Winnipeg Bus Drivers Go on One-Day Fare Strike

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-05-20 09:58

Originally published at rankandfile.ca.

On Tuesday, May 14, the majority of Winnipeg Transit drivers, members of Transit (ATU) Local 1505, did not enforce payment from transit riders. This “fare strike” is the first time the ATU has done this type of action in North America.

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Winnipeg Bus Drivers Go on One-Day Fare Strike

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-05-20 09:58

Originally published at rankandfile.ca.

On Tuesday, May 14, the majority of Winnipeg Transit drivers, members of Transit (ATU) Local 1505, did not enforce payment from transit riders. This “fare strike” is the first time the ATU has done this type of action in North America.

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Larry Hanley: A Union Force of Nature

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-05-17 12:14

Larry Hanley spent 40 years in the Amalgamated Transit Union, and he died at his post on May 7 after serving almost nine years as the international president.

Larry will be remembered by a lot of people for a long time. The members will mourn, and the employers will breathe a momentary sigh of relief. He was truly a trade union force of nature, the kind of leader largely absent from today’s staggered and dazed labor movement.

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Larry Hanley: A Union Force of Nature

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-05-17 12:14

Larry Hanley spent 40 years in the Amalgamated Transit Union, and he died at his post on May 7 after serving almost nine years as the international president.

Larry will be remembered by a lot of people for a long time. The members will mourn, and the employers will breathe a momentary sigh of relief. He was truly a trade union force of nature, the kind of leader largely absent from today’s staggered and dazed labor movement.

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Rest In Power, Larry Hanley

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-05-17 12:09
Rest In Power, Larry Hanley May 17, 2019 / Bruce Hamilton<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“How many more funerals do we have to have before we put a stop to assaults on bus drivers?” Larry Hanley asked in 1978. “Managers show up at every funeral with boxes of Kleenex, and then do nothing until the next funeral.”

Larry said this a thousand times between 1978—when he went to work driving a city bus in Brooklyn—and his last Amalgamated Transit Union General Executive Board meeting this spring.

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Rest In Power, Larry Hanley

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-05-17 12:09
Rest In Power, Larry Hanley May 17, 2019 / Bruce Hamilton<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

“How many more funerals do we have to have before we put a stop to assaults on bus drivers?” Larry Hanley asked in 1978. “Managers show up at every funeral with boxes of Kleenex, and then do nothing until the next funeral.”

Larry said this a thousand times between 1978—when he went to work driving a city bus in Brooklyn—and his last Amalgamated Transit Union General Executive Board meeting this spring.

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Commuters and Bus Drivers Unite: Larry Hanley's Staten Island Campaign

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-05-16 15:38
Commuters and Bus Drivers Unite: Larry Hanley's Staten Island Campaign May 16, 2019 / Leah Samuel<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The following excerpt from A Troublemaker's Handbook 2 documents the work of the late Larry Hanley.

The transit deregulation of the 1980s had trickled down from the airline industry to city buses. By 1989, union density among Staten Island-Manhattan express bus drivers was down to 60 percent, from a 1980 high of 90 percent. These figures, plus high bus fares, decreasing ridership, private companies threatening their jobs, and budget cuts, pushed Staten Island bus drivers to take action.

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Commuters and Bus Drivers Unite: Larry Hanley's Staten Island Campaign

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-05-16 15:38
Commuters and Bus Drivers Unite: Larry Hanley's Staten Island Campaign May 16, 2019 / Leah Samuel<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The following excerpt from A Troublemaker's Handbook 2 documents the work of the late Larry Hanley.

The transit deregulation of the 1980s had trickled down from the airline industry to city buses. By 1989, union density among Staten Island-Manhattan express bus drivers was down to 60 percent, from a 1980 high of 90 percent. These figures, plus high bus fares, decreasing ridership, private companies threatening their jobs, and budget cuts, pushed Staten Island bus drivers to take action.

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Dan Clawson, Presente!

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-05-13 16:43
Dan Clawson, Presente! May 13, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Dan Clawson, labor organizer, scholar, and activist, died suddenly of a heart attack on May 7. We had just come off of our Massachusetts Teachers Association annual meeting, where Educators for a Democratic Union, the caucus Dan helped to form, beat back attempts to strip the budget of organizing funds and won a motion calling for a national teachers’ strike for the Green New Deal. In our caucus meetings throughout the weekend, Dan was clarifying strategy and reminding us that we shouldn’t back away from conflict when taking a principled stand.

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Dan Clawson, Presente!

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-05-13 16:43
Dan Clawson, Presente! May 13, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Dan Clawson, labor organizer, scholar, and activist, died suddenly of a heart attack on May 7. We had just come off of our Massachusetts Teachers Association annual meeting, where Educators for a Democratic Union, the caucus Dan helped to form, beat back attempts to strip the budget of organizing funds and won a motion calling for a national teachers’ strike for the Green New Deal. In our caucus meetings throughout the weekend, Dan was clarifying strategy and reminding us that we shouldn’t back away from conflict when taking a principled stand.

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