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Toledoans Rally behind Hospital Strikers

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-05-10 14:49

Being on strike is “kinda scary,” said one picketing nurse in Toledo, Ohio—but “kinda empowering,” broke in another. “We’re doing this for nurses across the board.”

After 58 bargaining sessions totaling 450 hours since last summer, nearly 1,900 hospital workers at Mercy Health St. Vincent walked off the job Monday, marching from union headquarters to line the street in front of the hospital.

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Toledoans Rally behind Hospital Strikers

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-05-10 14:49

Being on strike is “kinda scary,” said one picketing nurse in Toledo, Ohio—but “kinda empowering,” broke in another. “We’re doing this for nurses across the board.”

After 58 bargaining sessions totaling 450 hours since last summer, nearly 1,900 hospital workers at Mercy Health St. Vincent walked off the job Monday, marching from union headquarters to line the street in front of the hospital.

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VIDEO: Fighting Austerity and the Boss in Higher Education

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-05-10 11:41

The ivory tower of academia does not protect its workers. Across the country, austerity politics are bleeding colleges and universities dry, opening the door for the corporate takeover of higher education. But, like their colleagues in elementary and secondary education, higher education workers are fighting back.

Labor Notes staff member Barbara Madeloni led a conversation with higher education activists on on Tuesday, May 7.

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VIDEO: Fighting Austerity and the Boss in Higher Education

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-05-10 11:41

The ivory tower of academia does not protect its workers. Across the country, austerity politics are bleeding colleges and universities dry, opening the door for the corporate takeover of higher education. But, like their colleagues in elementary and secondary education, higher education workers are fighting back.

Labor Notes staff member Barbara Madeloni led a conversation with higher education activists on on Tuesday, May 7.

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Tennessee Janitors Convince Target To Drop Dirty Cleaning Contractor

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-05-09 14:54
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Retail janitors organizing with a Tennessee worker center got Target to drop a crooked cleaning contractor at all the state’s stores. Now they're pressing Target to stop using Diversified Maintenance nationally.

“Diversified is a contractor that specifically targets the immigrant community,” said Cruz (a janitor who prefers to use a single name) through an interpreter. “It offers us these jobs and then abuses us and does not pay us our fair wages.”

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Tennessee Janitors Convince Target To Drop Dirty Cleaning Contractor

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-05-09 14:54
Tennessee Janitors Convince Target To Drop Dirty Cleaning Contractor May 09, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

Retail janitors organizing with a Tennessee worker center got Target to drop a crooked cleaning contractor at all the state’s stores. Now they're pressing Target to stop using Diversified Maintenance nationally.

“Diversified is a contractor that specifically targets the immigrant community,” said Cruz (a janitor who prefers to use a single name) through an interpreter. “It offers us these jobs and then abuses us and does not pay us our fair wages.”

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Book Review: Red State Revolt

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2019-05-07 15:32

Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics offers a sharp summary of the lessons of last spring’s teacher insurgencies. He drives home the points that (1) strikes are the source of our power and (2) if it can happen there, it can happen here.

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Book Review: Red State Revolt

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2019-05-07 15:32

Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics offers a sharp summary of the lessons of last spring’s teacher insurgencies. He drives home the points that (1) strikes are the source of our power and (2) if it can happen there, it can happen here.

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From the Archives: Mass Action Backs Up Stewards on Grievances

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2019-05-06 13:28
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(Editor's Note: A version of this article first appeared in Labor Notes #67, August 1984.)

Our local keeps the company on the defense by fighting many grievances with direct action, membership involvement, group stewarding, and an uncompromising demand for respect.

Steelworkers Local 8751 represents 550 school bus drivers working for a large conglomerate (ARA Services) under contract with the City of Boston. Our workforce is divided between three geographically separate yards and our contract calls for one working steward per 25 drivers.

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From the Archives: Mass Action Backs Up Stewards on Grievances

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2019-05-06 13:28
From the Archives: Mass Action Backs Up Stewards on Grievances May 06, 2019 / Gene Bruskin<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

(Editor's Note: A version of this article first appeared in Labor Notes #67, August 1984.)

Our local keeps the company on the defense by fighting many grievances with direct action, membership involvement, group stewarding, and an uncompromising demand for respect.

Steelworkers Local 8751 represents 550 school bus drivers working for a large conglomerate (ARA Services) under contract with the City of Boston. Our workforce is divided between three geographically separate yards and our contract calls for one working steward per 25 drivers.

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Trump Labor Board Postpones VW Vote While Company Manufactures Climate of Fear

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2019-05-03 17:24
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The National Labor Relations Board has ruled to postpone a planned union election vote at Volkswagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where plant management spent the week waging war against union supporters.

In an unexpected victory for Volkswagen, the company has evaded another plantwide union election thanks to a ruling from the Republican-dominated Labor Board. The election, petitioned for by the Auto Workers (UAW) on April 9, has been put off indefinitely.

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Trump Labor Board Postpones VW Vote While Company Manufactures Climate of Fear

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2019-05-03 17:24
Trump Labor Board Postpones VW Vote While Company Manufactures Climate of Fear May 03, 2019 / Chris Brooks<? if(isset($entity->premium) and $entity->premium == 1) { echo "Print Only"; } ?>

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled to postpone a planned union election vote at Volkswagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where plant management spent the week waging war against union supporters.

In an unexpected victory for Volkswagen, the company has evaded another plantwide union election thanks to a ruling from the Republican-dominated Labor Board. The election, petitioned for by the Auto Workers (UAW) on April 9, has been put off indefinitely.

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