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Teachers and Public Workers in Argentina: Four Months of Strikes and Pickets

November 26, 2019 / Julia Soul and Leandro Rodríguez<?
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?>Teachers and public workers in an Argentinian province have been striking, blockading roads, marching by the thousands, occupying buildings, and even attacking and burning the provincial parliament building, in a fight to defend their contracts and their bargained wage increase.
For the last four months, these workers in Chubut province battled their provincial government, which is supported by transnational corporations and by the national leadership of the oil workers union—a key political player in the country’s main oil region.

The morning of November 30, 1999, was unseasonably warm as I jumped in my car to meet up with my fellow members of the Inlandboatmen’s Union at our headquarters in Seattle. At the time I was a business agent for tugboat workers and running for national president of the IBU, the marine division of the Longshore union (ILWU).

Gary Jones Just Resigned as UAW President—Now Questions Arise about Acting President Rory Gamble

November 21, 2019 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>As news broke yesterday that United Auto Workers President Gary Jones was resigning over allegations of corruption, questions arose whether Acting President Rory Gamble was also mired in the unsavory culture that has become a way of life in the upper reaches of the union.

While qualified electricians are above and willing to go beyond the call, some jobs require specific experience. That’s why the IBEW and ESFi know it’s important to stop and reassess a situation if there’s ever doubt about a job task.. If a new issue arises on the job, an additional safety planning and job briefing should occur before resuming work. The most important thing on the job is to be able to go home after a fair day’s work.
To stay safe on the job, it’s crucial to ask the following questions:

Have I been properly trained to safely complete this job task? Have I worked on this task before?
Do I have the right training and experience?
Do I have the proper tools for this job?
Is the hierarchy of risk controls being followed to ensure that preventive and protective risk controls are being implemented?
Has a proper risk assessment been performed?
Are all conductors and circuit parts in an electrically safe working condition?
Are these parts properly guarded to reduce the likelihood of electrical contact or arcing faults? Are all applicable job planning procedures completed?
Am I confident about completing this job...

As voting on the Auto Workers’ agreement with Ford came to a close last week, a union official publicly expressed his contempt for locals that had voted against the pact.
Management should move production to locals that voted yes, wrote Michael Robison, an assistant director in the union’s National Ford Department.
“Everyone of them Locals should lose there product now and in the future. $1 Billion dollar investment in KTP [Kentucky Truck Plant] really. Ship Lima Engine to Dearborn Engine. Ship Chicago Assy’s work to Flat Rock,” Robison wrote Friday on Facebook.

After six weeks on the picket line, General Motors workers ratified an agreement that left many major areas unchanged, but one provision stood out as a true gain: the time it took to “grow in” to the top wage would be cut from eight years down to four.

Chile in Revolt: ‘It’s Not about 30 Pesos, It’s about 30 Years’

November 15, 2019 / Camilo Santibáñez Rebolledo<?
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?>In October, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, an entrepreneur and right-wing politician, proclaimed that “in the midst of this turbulent Latin America, our country is a true oasis.”
Six days later, high school students in the capital city, Santiago, began a protest against the rising cost of public transit through mass fare evasions.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we’re sharing the fourth episode of Band of Brotherhood, featuring Skyler Prochnow. Skyler is in the Idaho Army National Guard, as well as an apprentice from IBEW Local 354.
When Skyler was just 11 years old, his father was deployed to Iraq for 18 months. Despite the difficult situation, from that day on Skyler knew he was going to follow in his father’s footsteps. Skyler joined the Idaho Army National Guard to be in the same unit with his dad. His brother also joined, so all three of them are in the same battery and platoon.
The beauty of the national guard is that it allowed Skyler the opportunity to have a civilian career, which was the electrical trade. When he first found it, he didn’t know the difference between union and non-union. On the non-union side, he was bouncing from company to company, and the schedule was demanding. When Skyler put the time in and found the IBEW, it was a godsend for him. Not only did it fit in with his guard schedule, but it lifted financial burdens without having to work unreal hours.
Michael Lanoue, Assistant Training Director, Utah Electrical Training Alliance, said, “Bringing an attitude like...

If you stand on the corner of Pima Mine Road near ASARCO’s Mission Mine at sunset, you might feel a chilly breeze sweep across the desert. You’ll also smell a grill and hear the chants of ASARCO miners on strike as scabs cross their picket line for the evening shift change.

Somehow it was left out of the contract highlights the United Auto Workers prepared for members: the tentative new agreement with Ford will allow the company to use new technologies to take time-and-motion studies to a whole new level.
The new language falls under the heading of “production standards” and states that the union and company will choose “pilot locations” to use new technology tools such as “digital video recording and walk path mapping devices” as well as “motion tracking systems and additional productivity implementing tools.”