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Each year, some of the best presents are the ones you don’t find under the Christmas tree. This might be the season for opening presents but it means a lot more to give than to receive. No one knows that better than our IBEW members.
All across America, IBEW members take a break from work and pick up the charity basket to help their communities. Our members know one of life’s great lessons: When you give back, you get back so much more.
President Lonnie Stephenson wants everyone to know how much the kindness of the IBEW members is appreciated. There are thousands of people who have depended on it in the past, and thousands more who will depend on it in the future.
From President Stephenson, his family, and the entire international staff, have a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.
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In the thousands of words spilled for the late George H.W. Bush, you won’t find the names of Argentine workers Pedro Troiani and Carlos Propato.
The two union activists were among those detained and tortured in 1976 at a Buenos Aires Ford plant and later at a secret detention facility run by a military dictatorship, a government supported by then-CIA Director Bush.
Days after Bush’s funeral, two elderly former plant executives were sentenced to prison for their role in kidnapping 24 union delegates.

Solidarity Pickets Protest Canada Post Strike Ban

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?>When government legislation ordered Canadian postal workers back to work, other unions and labor groups across the country organized picket lines to support postal workers and the right to strike.
Picketers stopped mail entering and exiting Canada Post processing centers, distribution facilities, and plants in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Edmonton, Mississauga, Ottawa, Oshawa, Whitehorse, Windsor, London, and twice each in Halifax and Hamilton.

Marriott Hotel Strikers Set a New Industry Standard

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?>After two months of strikes, workers at the largest hotel company in the world have won their biggest demands and set a new pattern for the hospitality industry.
The seven UNITE HERE locals in Hawaii, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Detroit, and Boston bargained separately, but similar contract expiration dates allowed 7,700 workers to strike Marriott at the same time.

Labor might be on the ropes, but it still knows how to throw a punch. 2018 saw thousands of teachers, campus workers, and hotel workers hit the streets in support of bold demands. What does it take to strike and win in the new Gilded Age?

Dear fellow Labor Notes supporter,
We made headlines with our spring strike wave... but did you know that Labor Notes played an essential behind-the-scenes role?
Two of us are writing to you together. Jay is a teacher in West Virginia, Rebecca is a teacher in Arizona. Our lives changed this past year when we helped organize statewide strikes and spark a national uprising that’s still unfolding.

IBEW member Jennifer Smith demonstrates how to make a good connection by using a stranded wire around a screw terminal.
The tools needed for this job tip are a piece of #12 THHN Stranded Wire, a receptacle, a Phillips screwdriver, a pair of wire strippers, and a pair of diagonal cutters.
Step 1 – Use the wire strippers to cut and strip an inch and a half on the wire off.
Step 2 – Twist the wire counterclockwise to tighten it.
Step 3 – Take the stripped wire and wrap it around the screw terminal on the receptacle.
Step 4 – Use the wire strippers to carefully pinch the wire around the screw.
Step 5 – Take the screwdriver and tighten the screw around the wire.

For more helpful tips like this, check out the Job Tips section of our website.
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Viewpoint: What’s Good for the Country? New Owners for GM

December 13, 2018 / Toni Gilpin<?
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?>Move over, Mr. Grinch: the executives at General Motors have you beat.
Just after Thanksgiving, GM declared that in 2019 it will close three major assembly and two smaller transmission facilities in North America. The bombshell announcement, which came despite GM’s recent robust profit reports, ensures unhappy holidays for some 6,000 production employees and their families, along with the communities where the assembly plants are located: Detroit-Hamtramck; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario.

I’ve never been tear gassed before. The smell is similar to fireworks and the effect is explosive—and effective. I immediately wanted to get as far away as I could from the noxious source of burning eyes and throat.
I was in Paris when France’s “yellow vest” (gilet jaune) movement shut down the center of the city.
There were thousands of demonstrators, all wearing the bright yellow safety vests drivers are required by law to have in their cars.

“How can we get young workers involved?”
That’s the question on everyone’s lips, with union density at near-record lows. Many unions have begun holding summits for young members or forming local committees, which is great.
But too often they’re missing a step that’s more essential: don’t sell young workers out.
When you settle a two-tier contract that puts new hires on a lower wage scale or trades away their pension, it sends a message: “This union is for us, not for you.”