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After two passengers died in a horrific stabbing on a train in Portland, Oregon, the transit agency upped police presence. But the union is pushing for a different solution.
The May 26 incident began with a man yelling racist slurs at two young women of color. When three passengers defended the women, the man stabbed them.

A beloved 53-year old miner named Larry Marek was killed on the job at the Lucky Friday mine in Mullan, Idaho just a few years back. Steelworkers Local 5114 had been warning the company about the stability of a certain area called a stope. Management had Marek mine out the last piece of earth supporting the cavern for the ore it contained and the roof collapsed.
The consensus is that company greed for profit killed Larry Marek when the ceiling caved in. Now his picture stands on the 24-hour picket line in front of the mine, as 250 miners enter their fifth month on strike.

Job Tip: Instant Post Driver
Matthew Queen, IBEW brother, has a time saving job tip to use on the job site. Drive a post or pipe into the ground without using any special tools!
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to pound some stakes into the ground and you don’t want to use a sledgehammer above your head, use a bender instead! Slide the bender over your pipe and pound away.
 
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Ohio Teachers Win Back Regular Raises

July 27, 2017 / Myra Warne<?
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?>In 2014, members of the Maysville Education Association voted to accept a deal that would end our pay freeze, which dated back to 2011, in exchange for replacing our traditional pay scale with a new merit-pay system.
Local union leaders were warned by Ohio Education Association staff that a return to the step-and-ladder system of regular raises might be impossible—or require a strike. But this year, as the money for sweeteners and incentives dried up, a group of members committed to winning back our old pay scale.

How D.C. Grocery Workers Got Their Groove Back

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?>Grocery workers in the Washington, D.C., area have reversed concessionary bargaining in the industry for the first time in a generation. Last November 17,000 workers at Giant Food and Safeway stores ratified a contract that:

On the night of July 13 Katy Balaguer thought she was ready for what was coming next. She was no stranger to protests, to tear gas, to the cops’ batons and the sound they make when they hit the body of your co-workers. That day, from the roof of the PepsiCo factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she watched as her co-workers and their supporters were brutally beaten.

New Jersey Public Employees Stop State Shutdown

July 20, 2017 / Jim McAsey<?
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?>Lea Chilelli, a steward in the Division of Developmental Disabilities in New Jersey, felt blindsided when Governor Chris Christie ordered the state shut down July 2. “There was chaos,” she said. “All my members were texting me finding out what was going on and what they should do. Management was clueless and they were telling people all different things.”

“Evidence” is a critical element anyone uses when trying to make their case. It’s obviously important in a courtroom and there’s no good substitute for it in the business world either.
Hello brothers and sisters.
Over the last couple of years we have increased our efforts behind our relatively new Business Development Department.
And now, the evidence of their success is starting to roll in.
Working under the direction of Jerry Westerholm and Ray Kasmark, our team of 12 representatives spend every day working to get in front of owners and decision makers.
Whether that involves a thank you to current customers or an introduction to prospective new ones, the goal is always to build on the excellence and reputation of the IBEW brand.
Working directly with local leadership, here’s a very quick snapshot of some of the results we’re seeing.
Our efforts with Local 24 in Baltimore have spearheaded a new agreement with Sheetz Gas and Convenience Stores for a major expansion across multiple states.
In Detroit with Local 58 we’re building Little Caesar’s Arena – the new home of the Red Wings and Pistons. Our Code of Excellence program, which...

Creative Actions on Hot Issues Can Fuel a Contract Fight

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Trabajadores de B&H luchan en defensa de los trabajos de almacén

July 14, 2017 / Jorge Lora<?
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?>Tengo cuatro años trabajando para B&H Photo and Video, la compañía electrónica—no cadena—más grande de la ciudad de Nueva York, con una amplia historia en violaciones laborales, violaciones de seguridad y salud y abuso hacia los trabajadores. La fuerza laboral de los almacenes está compuesta por trabajadores latinos, en su mayoría mexicanos, guatemaltecos y dominicanos. Mi función es hacer envío de las órdenes y empacar la mercancía que llega al almacén.