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Six UAW Locals Back Direct Elections of Top Officers

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?>United Auto Workers activists are making a push for a specially called national convention to amend the union’s constitution and mandate that its top positions be elected by a direct vote of the members.
So far six UAW locals have passed resolutions, including four that participated in the recent strike at General Motors—Locals 774 and 259 in New York, Local 1853 in Tennessee, Local 838 in Iowa, and Local 167 in Michigan—plus the National Writers Union, Local 1981. Together they represent an estimated 10,000 members.

Early in his new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor, former New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse makes a striking observation. He writes, “There’s a hugely important but often overlooked phenomenon that goes far to explain why so many bad things are happening to American workers, and that is the decades-long decline in worker power, both in the workplace and in politics and policy.” The purpose of this book seems to be to make sure this phenomenon is no longer overlooked.

After a much-contested election process, the largest union of journalists in North America has chosen a 32-year-old reporter at the Los Angeles Times to be its new leader.
Jon Schleuss helped win union recognition and a historic first contract at the Times (a non-union paper for 136 years) before ousting NewsGuild President Bernie Lunzer, a three-term incumbent twice his age.

The greatest value of any business or any industry is the people. A workforce is made up of dependable individuals that have families and friends. The mission of ESFi is to keep people, especially employees safe. 
While power makes enterprise possible, it can be deadly. It can’t be seen, smelt, or tasted, making electricity a leading cause for workplace injuries and fatalities.
Through ESFi’s state of the art programs, people are kept safe with innovative solutions. 
Safety is smart. Prevention is power. To watch more videos about safety, click here. 
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Grievance Information Rights

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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