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Getting a Fair Contract Vote

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?>Contract ratification directly determines how the union fulfills its purpose: power on the job. A local that denies members the right to ratify or that doesn’t protect the legitimacy of ratification votes is guaranteed to have an undemocratic culture. The UFCW constitution, for example, allows local executive boards to sign contracts that have been voted down if a strike was not also approved by at least two-thirds.
In most unions members do have the right to ratify, but often they face ratification practices that frustrate their right to a real choice.

Teachers across the country this year are breathing new life into the strike—galvanizing members and winning gains.
These strikes are fueled by rank-and-file anger. Many were coordinated not from above by the official union leadership but by networks of activists. The size of the mobilizations and level of organization have caught many by surprise.

Chicago Teamsters Mull Strike at UPS

October 12, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>If UPS keeps stonewalling in upcoming bargaining, members of Chicago-area Teamsters Local 705 will take a strike vote in early November, for a possible walkout the week after Thanksgiving. That’s peak season at UPS.
Stewards greeted this morning’s announcement from Secretary-Treasurer Juan Campos, the union’s principal officer, with “lots of rounds of applause,” said bargaining team member and UPS feeder driver Dave Bernt.
There’s one bargaining session left, October 25-26, and Bernt said the union is approaching it in good faith.

The 2018 NECA Show had PLENTY of Show Stoppers this year – the first one we are choosing to feature on IBEW Hour Power is from Werner, Weather Guard, and Knaack. Not only did the Knaack Cart Armour make us stop in our tracks, but it will also do the same for anyone with “sticky fingers” on the job site.
The Knaack Cart Armour fits on three sizes of Rubbermaid carts: 4520, 9T66, and 9T67. The panels go on without any drilling making your cart a locking storage box.

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“Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago.
Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. workforce and also raising wages in England.

Gas Workers Defend the Next Generation, As Lockout Enters Fourth Month

October 10, 2018 / Joe Ramsey and Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>There’s a reason his employer wants to eliminate pensions for new hires, said corrosion technician Andy Colleran: “National Grid is trying to break the union from within.”
Colleran is one of 1,200 members of Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012 in Massachusetts who have been locked out since June, after the unions refused a two-tier contract.
National Grid is a British-based utility company that provides gas and electric service in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The locked-out union members work on gas lines.

UPS Vote Count Tonight, As Union Brass Threatens to Overrule the Members

October 05, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>This article will be updated as more news becomes available. –Editors.
Votes will be counted tonight on the controversial tentative agreements covering 260,000 workers at the package giant UPS and 12,000 at UPS Freight.
Concessions in the deals have sparked widespread anger. A no vote looks very possible. However, the company and union officials have both been campaigning hard for a yes.

Five percent of all U.S. workers in K-12 public education walked out on strike this spring. It’s by far the biggest spike in teacher strikes in a quarter-century.
The strike wave this spring was by far the biggest spike in teacher strikes in a quarter-century.

Election Landslide Raises Hopes for Mexican Labor

October 04, 2018 / Jeffery Hermanson<?
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?>The landslide victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (“AMLO”) in the Mexican presidential election in July has raised workers’ hopes for a revitalized and democratized labor movement.
Independent unions have formed a new federation. They hope to win progressive labor law reform and finally end the reign of corrupt, pro-employer unions.

It was a decisive moment in the West Virginia teachers strike. State union leaders, presenting a deal that would leave out some public sector workers, were greeted with a chorus of “back to the table!”
Those educators refused to be talked into a compromise. And, after days out on strike, they knew they had the power to back up that demand.