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At Labor Notes trainings I hear lots of reasons why union members think their co-workers aren’t involved: They don’t understand labor history. They don’t appreciate all the union has done for them. They watch Fox News. They’re scared or apathetic.
I always say, “Remember what inspires people to organize a union in the first place. They join and stay involved when they experience what it means to wield collective power.”

Striking Wireless Workers Make Their Voices Heard

June 22, 2017 / Dan DiMaggio<?
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?>“Retail workers are basically told their entire lives that they’re never going to have any power in any way, in any facet of their lives,” says Will Blum, who works at an AT&T Mobility store in Boston.
But tens of thousands of cell-phone retail workers proved otherwise in May when they walked out on strike for three days, fighting for new contracts with the tenth-largest company in the U.S.

Challenging work and aggressive deadlines are no match for the men and women of the IBEW.
In this edition of IBEW Hour Power, we head to Craig, Colorado to watch the IBEW turnaround a 428 megawatt, coal-fired, steam electric generating unit!
This project was so small feat, but the IBEW was the right team for the job. Not only because we are the most highly trained and skilled electricians in the industry. It is pride in working safely, pride in doing the job right the first time, pride in earning a fair wage for a hard days work. Pride is what sets the IBEW apart from the rest.
 
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Craig Power Plant Turnaround
We all know that routine maintenance is a necessity but we all get a little frustrated with the time that it takes. Even if it is just 15 minutes to get an oil change. So imagine what it takes when the maintenance is on a 428 megawatt, coal-fired, steam electric generating unit!
Let’s head to Craig, Colorado and see what the men and women of the IBEW are doing to keep the electricity flowing.
In the Yampa River Valley on the Western Slope of Colorado sits the city of Craig. The lifeblood of...

Campus Workers Smell a Rat

June 19, 2017 / Kevin Mahoney<?
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?>When students and faculty at Pennsylvania’s Kutztown University returned to campus in January after winter break, Lytle Hall became the building to avoid. It stunk. The moment you entered the main doors of the building, you were greeted by the overwhelming stench of a rotting animal.

Some unions are ready to jump on Trump's "Buy American" bandwagon. In an op-ed last week, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, Auto Workers (UAW) President Dennis Williams, and Machinists President Robert Martinez, Jr., applauded the president's “Buy American and Hire American” executive order and urged Congress to do more.

On June 12 Teresa Schloth, a Brooklyn dialysis nurse for 32 years, walked out on her first-ever strike. She and her co-workers are battling a billion-dollar corporation that’s trying to wring greater profits out of kidney patients by skimping on staffing and shifting jobs out of the unions.
People with chronic kidney failure—the technical name is end-stage renal disease—qualify for Medicare regardless of age. Three times a week they go in for dialysis, where they spend hours hooked up to a machine that cleans their blood.

The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, or EWMC, meets every January to promote equal opportunity and employment, cultivate leadership skills, encourage minorities to become activists within their own communities, give back to the local community, and so much more.
Whether you are a first time attendee or have been going since the EWMC started, everyone who attends leaves inspired and energized. All are welcome and encouraged to join the EWMC. To learn more, visit www.ibew-ewmc.org.
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The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus
Hi, thanks for stopping in for an IBEW Hour Power News Brief, I’m Matthew Walton.
The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, known as the EWMC, is a great organization that promotes equal opportunity and employment for minorities at all levels of the IBEW structure.
The EWMC Conferences foster leadership development and empower minorities to become active participants and leaders in the IBEW.
This year’s conference was in Anaheim, California and we were able to spend a little time a couple of the attendees.
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“Those melons are contaminated by exploitation.” That’s what one melon worker in Choluteca, Honduras, told me she would say to a U.S. consumer thinking about buying the fruit grown, harvested, and distributed under the control of the multinational Sumitomo and marketed under the brands Fyffes and Sol.
“They don’t use that money to pay us well,” she said. “What happens is they wind up with their pockets full, and we wind up with our bellies empty.”

How to Orient New Members to the Union

June 09, 2017 / Heather Roe<?
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?>Labor history, it’s vital to remember, is still being made. The people hired today will shape our movement’s future. That’s one reason why it’s so important for unions to connect with new hires as soon as possible.

Fighting for justice in our classrooms, schools, and communities has lately been a particularly overwhelming venture. It helps to step back and take the long view.
In his new book Educational Justice: Teaching and Organizing against the Corporate Juggernaut, Howard Ryan analyzes the corporate assault on public education, chronicles struggles and successes, and crafts a vision for the schools that our communities deserve.