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Auto Workers Ask: If We Can’t Win It Now, When Will We?

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?>“They always say it will take multiple agreements to reach equality—we can’t win it all in one go,” said Sean Crawford, a second-tier worker at Flint Truck Assembly in Michigan.
For Crawford, the GM strike, the longest at a Big 3 company in 50 years, was the best chance the union had to put an end to the many tiers that have fractured the workforce.

Labor Notes and International Labor Rights Forum co-hosted a webinar on October 17, 2019 on how labor activists across Asia are building power in the face of multinational corporations.
What are the opportunities and challenges for strengthening solidarity across the region? How can we organize in our own unions to build a movement that can tackle rising inequality across borders? How is state repression impacting how activists organize? These were some of the questions discussed with activists from Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

At the 2019 NECA Tradeshow and Convention, Southwire showcased a few excellent products. One that was exceptionally innovative was the Maxis XD6 Puller. This mid-range workhorse puller was made in America and designed for difficult environments. It has on-board wheels and axle, a low voltage foot switch for a hands-free operation, and an on-board tension indicator. It also has an extension arm available for additional length, which can be used for difficult set ups.
Southwire’s other product, the Maxis 10K tensiometer is untethered and battery-powered for maximum adaptability. Its wireless design allows for remote monitoring, pull speed, and distance pull. It has a USB port for easy data extraction, a touch screen with easy control settings, and it easily inserts into rope-line without having to be dissembled.
To learn more about Southwire, visit their website.
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Why Strikes Matter

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>Strikes are where our power is. Without a credible strike threat, workers are at the boss's mercy.

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How Strikes Win

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>Assess all the types of leverage the union can bring to bear: how will you make the employer cry uncle?

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How Strikes Lose

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>Any plan to revive the strike must take the risks seriously. There are good reasons not to strike too hastily.

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Pushing from Below

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>Rank and filers can organize from the bottom up to put on a contract campaign and strengthen a strike.

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Ways to Strike

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>Workers have invented a wealth of variations on the strike. Some are riskier than others. Some pack more punch.

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Dealing with the Law

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>The law is stacked against strikes, so knowing the law and when and whether to break it is essential.

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Ways to Not Quite Strike

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>Strikes are the most powerful tool in labor’s arsenal, but they’re not always the right tool.

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