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Inspired by West Virginia, Teachers Spread Red for Ed Movement across Arizona

March 15, 2018 / Rebecca Garelli<?
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?>While Oklahoma teachers and school employees gear up for a possible statewide strike starting April 2, a teacher uprising is also brewing in Arizona. Teacher pay in Arizona ranks last in the country by some measures. Educators there, inspired by their counterparts in West Virginia, are rapidly organizing to change that.

Well before the Trump era, U.S. presidents failed to address urban problems, or made them worse. Congress, state legislatures, and governors were the same. The job of fighting poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation shifted to the municipal level, where activist mayors have tried to mobilize the limited resources of local government on behalf of neglected constituents and causes.

“No capitulation!” That slogan sped around social media and appeared on picket lines this morning, after 42,000 academics and academic support staff at more than 60 British universities rejected a deal negotiated by their union that would have brought their 11-day strike to an end.
The strike will now continue until March 16, when most universities shut down for four weeks over the Easter break. It may well resume when teaching begins again in mid-April.

While I'm excited about seeing many of our regulars, I’m especially looking forward to meeting first-time attendees at what could be the biggest Labor Notes Conference yet, in Chicago April 6-8. Here's how I know they're going to like it.

IBEW member Jennifer Smith leads this weeks job tip by showing us how to drill into a junction box or panel without breaking your drill bit.
First, you will need a cordless drill, a half inch hole saw with a quarter inch pilot bit, a quarter inch fender washer, a center punch, a hammer, and, of course, all your necessary PPE.
Step 1: Lay out your marks.
Step 2: Center punch your marks.
Step 3: Drill the hole utilizing the washer and pre-made marks.
Thanks for demonstrating this job tip, Jennifer! We hope this is useful to all of our members next time you encounter this situation on the job.

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Chicago UPS Drivers Fight to Keep Talking

March 08, 2018 / Dave Bernt<?
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?>UPS tried to ban its tractor-trailer drivers from using CB radios and hands-free headsets, but Chicago-area drivers were having none of it—and they used the opportunity to draw attention to the real safety problems the company is ignoring.
Managers arriving at the massive Chicago Area Consolidated Hub (CACH) on January 30 were greeted by an inflatable rat and a fat cat 12 feet tall. Teamsters held a banner: “UPS Does Not Care about Employee Safety.”

The outrage is palpable in Dying to Work, the book to read if you want to know what’s happening with worker health and safety in these difficult times.

The West Virginia Option

March 07, 2018 / Joe Burns<?
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?>West Virginia teachers declared victory with a 5 percent raise and returned to their classrooms today. Their organizing and their 13-day strike not only forced the legislature to raise their rock-bottom pay; it backed off corporate-linked education “reformers” on a host of other issues: charter schools, an anti-seniority bill, preventing payroll deduction of union dues. The teachers unions say they've seen big upticks in membership.

Snow falls on the picket line by the main entrance to Loughborough University, in the English East Midlands. Those not handing out leaflets are huddled around the brazier (burn barrel), hands in their pockets. They include tenured professors, tenure-track faculty, teachers on short-term contracts, academic support staff, and students there to show support.

After 136 Years, L.A. Times Journalists Win Their Union

March 01, 2018 / Kristina Bui and Nastaran Mohit<?
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?>Journalists at the L.A. Times on January 19 received the news we had long awaited—with a landslide of 85 percent, the staff voted to unionize and join the NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers.