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Puerto Rico: The Teacher Uprising the Media Is Ignoring

May 14, 2018 / Meghan Brophy, Jonah Furman<?
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?>You’ve read about the teacher strikes in West Virginia, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado… but what about Puerto Rico? Fighting to keep the island’s public schools open in the wake of Hurricane Maria, teachers there are boycotting standardized tests and even teaming up with parents to occupy their schools.

I Work with Mark Janus. Here’s How He Benefits from a Strong Union.

May 11, 2018 / Donnie Killen<?
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?>Like everyone else in the labor movement, I’m nervously awaiting the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which would weaken public sector unions by letting workers receive the benefits of representation without contributing toward the cost.
But I’ve got a unique vantage point: I work in the same building as the plaintiff, Mark Janus.

Congratulations to the 2017 IBEW Apprentice of the Year, Patrick Armet.
Patrick is from IBEW Local 570 in Tucson, Arizona where he originally worked as a cook. He realized his life wasn’t going anywhere and changed his outlook, attitude, and career.
Patrick’s friends and family describe him as an eager, driven, focused, professional, loyal, and humble person. He has loved the journey of becoming an electrician, including learning and going to school.
Jay Marr, Superintendent at Ashton Construction, IBEW Local 570, said of Patrick, “The reason he deserves it is because he doesn’t understand why he deserves it. He’s a dynamic guy, he’s willing to help anyone out, and he donates his time to the union and to other people in the community.”
Patrick won this award because he wants to be the best in everything he’s doing and that’s what makes him special.
To download the video, click here.
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Subway Woes? Don't Blame Workers

May 09, 2018 / Laura Gabby<?
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?>“Dirty, delayed, and dangerous.” That’s the slogan of a new ad campaign that blames New York City’s subway woes on construction unions.
The campaign plays on New Yorkers’ mounting frustrations with a system roiled by delays and overcrowding. It’s part of a volley of attacks on the city’s building trades unions by powerful developers and corporate mouthpieces.

The U.S. is quickly becoming an open-shop country. A majority of states now have “right-to-work” laws, and the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME is likely to make right to work the law of the land in the public sector. Many unions are bracing for an immediate exodus of dues- and fee-payers.

The final day of the 2018 Construction & Maintenance Conference was a strong one for sure. Scott Vance of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance spoke on the victories that the USA has accomplished throughout the year as well as what the organization is looking to do moving forward – conservation, community outreach, and growing their ranks.
Finally, the speaker that everyone was looking forward to took the stage. Rob O’Neill, retired Naval Special Warfare Development Group Team Leader and one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of our time, spoke at length about his experience and how important the concept of brotherhood is – no matter where you are.
It’s safe to say that this Construction & Maintenance Conference was one for the books.
To download the video on the 2018 Construction & Maintenance Saturday Session Recap, click here.

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Troublemaker Awards

Labor Notes handed out five Troublemaker Awards to those who have carried the banner of a fighting, bottom-up labor movement.

Viewpoints

Introduction: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?
Chris Brooks: Don’t Fall for the Members-Only Unionism Trap

Viewpoints

Introduction: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?
Chris Brooks: Don’t Fall for the Members-Only Unionism Trap

Viewpoints

Introduction: How Should Unions Deal With Free Riders?
Chris Brooks: Don’t Fall for the Members-Only Unionism Trap