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Three Unions Show There’s Life Beyond Dues Checkoff

January 07, 2019 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>Employers are always looking for sources of leverage. One way they may hit a union in the wallet is by targeting dues checkoff—an agreement that requires the employer to deduct dues from union members’ paychecks.
Anti-union politicians have already banned dues checkoff for public sector union members in Wisconsin and for teachers in Alabama and Michigan—and have threatened to do so in many more states, including Indiana, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Their goal is to make the administration of the union as cumbersome as possible, sapping time and energy.

Klein Tools recently released their new product, the Hybrid Pliers. These pliers are an all in one solution for electricians because they cut, strip, twist, sheer bolts, and crimp, without sacrificing any quality.
The features on this tool include a full length knife, the most valuable stripping holes, a plier head that grabs and twists wires well, a crimper, and bolt sheers.
Klein Tools set out on a mission to make sure they made a tool that satisfied the electrician. They have a lot of pride in this tool and it was made in their Heritage facility in Mansfield, Texas.
To learn more about this tool, visit Klein Tools’ website.
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How Four Roses Bourbon Strikers Fought Off Two-Tier

January 03, 2019 / Richard Becker<?
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?>Workers at the Four Roses bourbon distillery and bottling plant chose their moment well.
Just as their industry was preparing to welcome thousands of visitors for September’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival, they walked out on strike—in defense of workers they hadn’t even met yet.
“This is a family company,” said Matt Stone, a leader in Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 10D. “Grandfathers, fathers, sons all work here for generations, and my family may be working here one day. We want to take care of the next guy.”

Labor Notes is thrilled to welcome two new staffers, Saurav Sarkar and Joe DeManuelle-Hall, who started in our New York office in December.
Saurav Sarkar joins our editorial team as an Assistant Editor. For the past year he was the research coordinator for the Poor People’s Campaign at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He has also been a staff writer for the business daily Mint in New Delhi, India, and has worked on race, LGBTQ, and other equality issues at the National Union of Teachers in the United Kingdom.

Kaiser Clinicians Go on the Offensive for Patient Access

December 21, 2018 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>Rising suicide rates. The opioid epidemic. Mass shootings.
The United States is facing multiple public health crises, partly rooted in a lack of access to meaningful mental health care.
For the past decade, mental health clinicians in California represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) have been leading an offensive campaign to increase patients’ access to timely care.
Last week saw the latest development, as 4,000 mental health clinicians went on a five-day strike against Kaiser, the state’s largest HMO.

The biggest UPS local in the Northeast is back in the hands of reformers.
Teamsters in New York City’s Local 804 elected the Experience Matters slate far and away the winner in a four-way race December 20.
President-Elect Vincent Perrone, a 25-year UPS worker and former business agent, won with 1,269 votes to incumbent President Danny Montalvo’s 794.

On the night of December 11, Kim Yong-kyun, a 24-year-old worker, was killed at a thermal power plant in Taean, after being sucked into a coal conveyor belt that decapitated him.
Only four months into his temporary job, he was killed so that the belt could uninterruptedly run at a speed of 16 feet per second. Kim was the 15th worker to die at the Taean thermal plant since 2010.
All were temporary workers.

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.