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A Tumultuous Week for Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers

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?>In a week of frenzied developments in the organizing drive at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the National Labor Relations Board tossed out the union's election petition, the Auto Workers (UAW) immediately refiled it, and the company announced it is removing the plant's unpopular CEO.
The Labor Board's decision gives the German automaker even more time to engage in the scorched-earth anti-union tactics commonly deployed by U.S. employers.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. It’s also a day we honor those who died fighting for our freedoms. This year, we encourage you to take a moment from your holiday to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Many of the fallen heroes are directly connected to our IBEW brothers and sisters. Like all veterans, they deserve nothing less than our utmost respect.
Thank you those who served us, and have a great Memorial Day holiday.
To see more videos of our IBEW veterans, watch our first, second, or third episode of our Band of Brotherhood series.
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Controversial Settlement Divides New York Nurses

May 23, 2019 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>After a strike threat and a contentious ratification vote, 13,000 members of the New York State Nurses Association settled a contract that achieved gains but fell short of the union’s goal of winning safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.
The four-year agreement includes annual pay increases of 3 percent, increased tuition reimbursement, retiree health benefits for nurses who retire early, and a new process to enforce staffing levels.

Originally published at rankandfile.ca.
On Tuesday, May 14, the majority of Winnipeg Transit drivers, members of Transit (ATU) Local 1505, did not enforce payment from transit riders. This “fare strike” is the first time the ATU has done this type of action in North America.

Larry Hanley spent 40 years in the Amalgamated Transit Union, and he died at his post on May 7 after serving almost nine years as the international president.
Larry will be remembered by a lot of people for a long time. The members will mourn, and the employers will breathe a momentary sigh of relief. He was truly a trade union force of nature, the kind of leader largely absent from today’s staggered and dazed labor movement.

Rest In Power, Larry Hanley

May 17, 2019 / Bruce Hamilton<?
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?>“How many more funerals do we have to have before we put a stop to assaults on bus drivers?” Larry Hanley asked in 1978. “Managers show up at every funeral with boxes of Kleenex, and then do nothing until the next funeral.”
Larry said this a thousand times between 1978—when he went to work driving a city bus in Brooklyn—and his last Amalgamated Transit Union General Executive Board meeting this spring.

The IBEW Hour Power Apprentice of the Year is Cory Davis from IBEW Local 1.
Cory is a hardworking person who always has his mind on the task. He embodies everything an IBEW member should be. He proves himself everyday on the job, with a smile on his face. At IBEW Local 1 Cory’s a fifth year apprentice, and he is deaf.
Frank Jacobs, Business Manager, IBEW Local 1, said, “When you get someone like Cory who tries to get into our apprenticeship program, it shows me this is really what he wants to do. He wasn’t looking for a job; he was looking for a career. Once he got to put his hands on electric work he proved he was meant to do this.”
Cory loves the brotherhood because it feels like a bond to him. Although his job can be a little stressful sometimes, he puts in hard work and shows them what he’s able to do. Not only is he part of the IBEW, but he’s also a very family oriented person who would do anything for his wife and children.
Cory’s wife, Rebecca Davis said, “I was just so proud of him because he fought for his dream. It was finally able to come true for him. I’m just beyond proud of him.”
Cory is the embodiment of the perfect apprentice. He...

Commuters and Bus Drivers Unite

May 16, 2019 / Leah Samuel<?
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?>The following excerpt from A Troublemaker's Handbook 2 documents the work of the late Larry Hanley.
The transit deregulation of the 1980s had trickled down from the airline industry to city buses. By 1989, union density among Staten Island-Manhattan express bus drivers was down to 60 percent, from a 1980 high of 90 percent. These figures, plus high bus fares, decreasing ridership, private companies threatening their jobs, and budget cuts, pushed Staten Island bus drivers to take action.

Dan Clawson, Presente!

May 13, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>Dan Clawson, labor organizer, scholar, and activist, died suddenly of a heart attack on May 7. We had just come off of our Massachusetts Teachers Association annual meeting, where Educators for a Democratic Union, the caucus Dan helped to form, beat back attempts to strip the budget of organizing funds and won a motion calling for a national teachers’ strike for the Green New Deal. In our caucus meetings throughout the weekend, Dan was clarifying strategy and reminding us that we shouldn’t back away from conflict when taking a principled stand.

Being on strike is “kinda scary,” said one picketing nurse in Toledo, Ohio—but “kinda empowering,” broke in another. “We’re doing this for nurses across the board.”
After 58 bargaining sessions totaling 450 hours since last summer, nearly 1,900 hospital workers at Mercy Health St. Vincent walked off the job Monday, marching from union headquarters to line the street in front of the hospital.