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The new Klein-Kurve® Wire Stripper/Crimper Multi-Tool, made in Mansfield, Texas, was developed for the low voltage technician. Klein Tools received feedback that the technicians didn’t have one tool with the right range of stripping holes or crimping dies they needed, so they were carrying two tools with them. They decided this was the perfect opportunity to help the technicians save space in their tool belt by creating a tool with everything they need.
Klein Tools combined the stripping range needed, anything from 10 to 26, and they integrated four different crimpers on the tool including one for B connectors, one for insulated and non-insulated terminals, and one for IDC terminals.
Creating one wire stripper with all the different features technicians needed was a no-brainer for Klein Tools, and they put a lot of pride into it.
To learn more about this new tool, visit Klein Tools’ website.
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Labor Notes: Forty Years of Troublemaking

January 29, 2019 / Jane Slaughter<?
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?>Everyone knows organized labor is on the decline. And yet bright spots keep flaring up.
Verizon workers in 2016 walked out on the biggest strike in years, proving that corporate giants can still be beaten with old-fashioned solidarity.
Chicago teachers struck in 2012, touching off a wave of teacher militancy that’s still washing over the U.S. Now all eyes are on Los Angeles.

Labor Notes is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. We’ll periodically be sharing material from our archives, as well as organizing events across the country to commemorate 40 years of troublemaking—starting with our anniversary party in New York City on Friday, February 1.
The below piece, which ran on the front cover of Labor Notes #1 in February 1979, explains our founding mission, which guides us to this day.

Auto workers and supporters from three countries rallied last week outside a charity gala at the Auto Show in Detroit. We’re demanding that General Motors reverse its decision to close five North American plants, and possibly more.
And if GM refuses, we’re calling on local governments use eminent domain provisions and call for worker/community meetings to strategize about what is the best way to use the facilities for a possible Green New Deal.

Auto workers and supporters from three countries rallied last week outside a charity gala at the Auto Show in Detroit. We’re demanding that General Motors reverse its decision to close five North American plants, and possibly more.
And if GM refuses, we’re calling on local governments use eminent domain provisions and call for worker/community meetings to strategize about what is the best way to use the facilities for a possible Green New Deal.

I spent an exhilarating week in the midst of the Los Angeles teachers strike—the first strike in 30 years by the second-largest teacher union in the country.
Of course wages and benefits were central to the teachers’ fight. But like many successful strikes, theirs was about something bigger—that the district should invest in public education as a public good, rather than stripping schools of their value and selling them off as parts.

I spent an exhilarating week in the midst of the Los Angeles teachers strike—the first strike in 30 years by the second-largest teacher union in the country.
Of course wages and benefits were central to the teachers’ fight. But like many successful strikes, theirs was about something bigger—that the district should invest in public education as a public good, rather than stripping schools of their value and selling them off as parts.

Who will pay for a 5 percent raise, smaller classes, and more nurses, librarians, and counselors for the Chicago public schools? “Rich people,” Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Gates told the press.
Their contract expires in June. Meanwhile, fresh off the first charter school strike in history, the union set a February 5 strike date at another Chicago charter network.

Who will pay for a 5 percent raise, smaller classes, and more nurses, librarians, and counselors for the Chicago public schools? “Rich people,” Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Gates told the press.
Their contract expires in June. Meanwhile, fresh off the first charter school strike in history, the union set a February 5 strike date at another Chicago charter network.

L.A. Teachers Win Big and Beat Back Privatizers

January 24, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>In a joyful, rain-drenched strike, 34,000 Los Angeles teachers won things no union has ever won.
They forced Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former investment banker, to accept concessions even on topics he had previously refused even to bargain over.
L.A. will reinstate limits on class size—and for most classes, reduce those limits by four students by 2022.
Despite a pro-charter school board majority, the nation’s second-largest school district agreed to move a board resolution to support a statewide moratorium on new charter schools