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December 06, 2019 / Robert M. Schwartz<?
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?>Practically speaking, one of the most useful parts of U.S. labor law is the obligation of employers to furnish records and other information needed to investigate and process union grievances.
Although this duty is not explicit in the National Labor Relations Act, the U.S. Supreme Court has construed it from Section 8(d) of the Act, which requires employers and unions to “bargain collectively.”

IBEW member Curtis Shepard demonstrates how to quickly eliminate a dogleg in this job tip.
Step 1 – Identify the dogleg. 
Step 2 – Apply pressure with your foot or hand near the dog leg. 
Step 3 – Insert the screwdriver into the conduit to gain leverage. 
Step 4 – Pull up on the screwdriver and release. 
Step 5 – Verify the dogleg has been eliminated. 
By using this tip you will quickly eliminate a dogleg. For more helpful tips, click here.
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Labor Notes is in the midst of our year-end fundraising drive. Below is the text of our fundraising letter, which will hit supporters' mailboxes in the first half of December. Donate to support our ongoing efforts to put the movement back in the labor movement at labornotes.org/donate.
This year workers hit the picket lines all over the country. Here’s what Labor Notes means to them and why we're asking for your support:

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.

Amazon is today’s most high-profile corporate villain. It’s the devil incarnate to activists concerned with labor standards, climate change, public subsidies, and the deportation machine.
But for all the condemnation of CEO Jeff Bezos, why have no U.S. Amazon workers managed to unionize?
Much like Uber, Amazon grew under labor's inattentive eye. By the time unions and worker centers saw the threat it posed, it was already a formidable opponent. It now threatens union bastions like supermarkets, UPS, and the Postal Service.

The IBEW is growing, and that’s something we’re all thankful for. As the membership increases, we’re especially thankful for Henry Miller.
In 1890 workers around the U.S. traveled to St. Louis to work on a national exposition with electricity, but the jobs came with a cost. One out of every two linemen were killed on the job. Back then, there weren’t apprenticeships or a Code of Excellence. Workers were interchangeable parts. Henry Miller stepped in and created a local union in St. Louis with a few other lineman. Together, they traveled across the U.S. working on the first organizing drive and the IBEW was born.
Henry Miller’s dream lives on in the IBEW today. Thanksgiving is a day for reflecting on what we’re thankful for, so raise a glass to him and all the men who stood with him. They started it all, and it’s our job to continue their legacy.
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Teachers and Public Workers in Argentina: Four Months of Strikes and Pickets

November 26, 2019 / Julia Soul and Leandro Rodríguez<?
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?>Teachers and public workers in an Argentinian province have been striking, blockading roads, marching by the thousands, occupying buildings, and even attacking and burning the provincial parliament building, in a fight to defend their contracts and their bargained wage increase.
For the last four months, these workers in Chubut province battled their provincial government, which is supported by transnational corporations and by the national leadership of the oil workers union—a key political player in the country’s main oil region.

The morning of November 30, 1999, was unseasonably warm as I jumped in my car to meet up with my fellow members of the Inlandboatmen’s Union at our headquarters in Seattle. At the time I was a business agent for tugboat workers and running for national president of the IBU, the marine division of the Longshore union (ILWU).

Gary Jones Just Resigned as UAW President—Now Questions Arise about Acting President Rory Gamble

November 21, 2019 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>As news broke yesterday that United Auto Workers President Gary Jones was resigning over allegations of corruption, questions arose whether Acting President Rory Gamble was also mired in the unsavory culture that has become a way of life in the upper reaches of the union.

While qualified electricians are above and willing to go beyond the call, some jobs require specific experience. That’s why the IBEW and ESFi know it’s important to stop and reassess a situation if there’s ever doubt about a job task.. If a new issue arises on the job, an additional safety planning and job briefing should occur before resuming work. The most important thing on the job is to be able to go home after a fair day’s work.
To stay safe on the job, it’s crucial to ask the following questions:

Have I been properly trained to safely complete this job task? Have I worked on this task before?
Do I have the right training and experience?
Do I have the proper tools for this job?
Is the hierarchy of risk controls being followed to ensure that preventive and protective risk controls are being implemented?
Has a proper risk assessment been performed?
Are all conductors and circuit parts in an electrically safe working condition?
Are these parts properly guarded to reduce the likelihood of electrical contact or arcing faults? Are all applicable job planning procedures completed?
Am I confident about completing this job...