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Fight for Racial Justice Fuels Little Rock Educator Strike Preparations

November 07, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>The site of struggle to defend unions and public education has moved quickly from Chicago to Little Rock.
The 1,800-member Little Rock Education Association began preparing for a potential strike after the Arkansas State Board of Education ended recognition of the union. Their demands: return collective bargaining rights to LREA, give full local control of the school district back to the people of Little Rock, and provide education support professionals with raises that were being negotiated at the time that the union was decertified.

Today we’d like to salute all military veterans and wish those who served a happy Veteran’s Day. We know one of the best places for military members is in the IBEW. That’s why that group gets so much recruitment attention from us.
The IBEW is very active recruiting veterans through a program called VEEP, Veterans Electrical Entry Program. This is where training is provided for active duty men and women before they leave. It also tackles a big problem relating to unemployment for service men and women. VEEP works to change that and guarantees them entry into the JATC of their home area.
Sometimes people confuse this day with Memorial Day, which honors those who died protecting our country. Veteran’s Day was originally Armistice Day, and it’s always been celebrated on November 11. That was the day World War I ended in 1918. After World War II, Armistice Day became Veteran’s Day.
Thanks to the United States veterans, citizens of this country have freedom, and that’s something we can never take for granted.
To all who served, have a very happy Veteran’s Day.
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The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). The agreement covers 30,000 workers at the university, including part- and full-time faculty, professional staff, lab technicians, graduate employees, and more. Below we publish a piece arguing for a no vote on the agreement. See the argument for a yes vote here.

The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). Below we publish a piece arguing for a yes vote on the agreement. See the argument for a no vote here.

Today the United Auto Workers announced that is has dropped its legal effort to save three General Motors plants from closure. It’s sad evidence that even a union contract doesn’t guarantee job security for auto workers.
After a large number of plant closings in the 1980s, the UAW bargained contract language that prohibited automakers from closing plants during the life of the agreement.
So the companies began to “idle” plants instead.

Striking Teachers and Support Staff Forced Chicago's Mayor to Find Money She Said Wasn't There

November 01, 2019 / Samantha Winslow<?
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?>Today Chicago teachers returned to school triumphant, after an 11-day walkout that became a showdown between their union and the proclaimed progressive new Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
If you’re looking for an example of the power of the strike, look no further. The strikers accomplished what months of bargaining could not.
The mayor and her appointed school board had made all but no movement in the 10 months of bargaining that led up to the strike. (Lightfoot has only been mayor for five months, but she kept the previous bargaining team from former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.)

The first cordless 3K puller was showcased at the 2019 NECA Tradeshow and Convention. iTOOLco highlighted their Cordless Cannon 3K, a portable 3,000-pound puller. It’s designed to handle every day-to-day wire pulls.
This puller has a built-in switch, which automatically turns it on or off. Tug on the rope to start the pull, and slack off the rope to shut it down. One unique feature is you don’t have to take this up on lifts or rooftops. The puller delivers dynamic performance in remote locations where power might not even be available. A rechargeable battery also allows for long lasting power.
This is a puller that offers speed and versatility to its user, which means time and money saved.
To to learn more about this puller, visit their website. For more NECA Showstoppers, click here.
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GM Workers Ratify Contract Though 'Mixed at Best'

October 25, 2019 / Chris Brooks, Jane Slaughter<?
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?>The Auto Workers' strike against General Motors came to a close this weekend after six weeks on the picket lines, with workers voting to ratify a contract that was clearly unloved but accepted with a yes vote of 57 percent.

The 2019 NECA Tradeshow and Convention was a great time for the new Prazi Beam Cutter to be on display. The 12 inch beam cutter fits on any worm drive saw like the way you would change a blade. One of the biggest benefits of this cutter is it increases cutting capacity from 2 ½ inches to 12 inches. It allows for cutting 12 inches on a 90 and eight inches on a 45. There is also an 18 inch beam cutter on a cordless saw. This saw is unique because it turns the opposite direction of a chain saw, which allows for a perfect cut every time. The Prazi Beam Cutter is a tool every contractor should have for a circular saw. It’s truly a tool for everybody.
To learn more about the tool, click here.
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In Massachusetts, strikes are unlawful for public sector workers. That didn’t stop the Dedham Educators Association from walking out this morning after an overwhelming 248- 2 (out of 280 members) strike vote last night.
The educators in this Boston suburb are crying foul about health insurance costs that eat into their salaries, and district demands for more time on the clock and in professional development without any increase in compensation. Teachers are also demanding contract language that allows for real enforcement of sexual harassment policies.