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Klein Tools ET250 is a solid-state, digital voltage and continuity tester. It measures AC/DC voltages up to 600V and tests for continuity. Additionally, the ET250 tests GFCI protected circuits to verify that the GFCI device is functioning appropriately. The tester includes a backlight and integrated flashlight for working in reduced ambient lighting conditions.
Klein Tool Model No. ET250

Automatically selects voltage or continuity; automatically powers on when any measurement is attempted
Backlit LCD display
CAT IV 600V modern solid-state design for safety
Tests GFCI protected circuits
Uses standard replaceable multimeter test leads
Features built-in test lead holders on back of meter
Integrated flashlight
9.8 ft. (3 m) drop protection
IP53 dust and water resistant

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Confronting Zero Tolerance

November 08, 2017 / Robert M. Schwartz<?
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?>Bosses are in love with zero tolerance policies. One arbitrator calls them “the last refuge of weak managers.”
Zero tolerance policies authorize employers to discharge workers who commit specified infractions without consideration of the surrounding circumstances, length of service, or the employee’s lack of prior discipline.

In Puerto Rico, Unions Lead in Hurricane Relief Efforts

November 07, 2017 / Stephanie Basile<?
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?>In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as Puerto Rico faces government neglect, unions’ relief efforts have been critical.
Teachers and students across the island have cleared debris off the roads and delivered medical supplies. On the outskirts of San Juan, communications and transport workers cooked and distributed hot meals. Union volunteers on Isla Verde drove door to door with water and supplies. And these are just a handful of stories among hundreds.

The 2017 NECA show in Seattle brought a lot of Show Stoppers this year.
Walk along with Matthew Walton to see a few of the unique products showcased in Seattle – ranging from smart home monitoring to tools you can use on the job!

Schneider Electric: Square D Quick Grip System
Slicknut: Threadless Pull Bushing
iToolco: Ground Rod Dawg
Schneider Electric: Wiser Energy

Want more 2017 NECA Show Stoppers? Check out the next edition of Electrical Contractor Magazine!

To download this video, click here.
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Ants among Elephants is an absorbing and moving history of modern India from the perspective of a family of Christian “untouchables.”
Author Sujatha Gidla, now a New York City subway conductor and member of Transport Workers Local 100, traces three generations of her family to describe life at the bottom rungs of caste society, the changes that came about—or didn’t—following Indian independence from Great Britain, and the country’s development in the second half of the 20th century.

After Harvey, Irma, and Maria, many thousands of homes have been lost and lives wrecked. People in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico need decent paying jobs while they try to put their lives back together, and the one industry that will be booming is construction.
The question is whether these will be good jobs for local residents. They can be good jobs only if prevailing wage laws are upheld—and local hire agreements are put in place.

NAFTA Talks: What's the Deal?

October 31, 2017 / Arthur Stamoulis<?
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?>As renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) chugs along rapidly behind closed doors, President Donald Trump will soon be forced to decide whether to keep or abandon his campaign pledge to make the pact “much better” for working people.
NAFTA’s renegotiation should be an opportunity to end its quarter-century legacy of job loss and wage suppression. Longtime fair trade advocates warn, however, that without increased public pressure, Trump could end up making NAFTA even worse for working people.

Bracing for Right to Work, Public Sector Unions Up the Ante

October 27, 2017 / Samantha Winslow<?
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?>The whole public sector will likely become “right to work” next year, barring another miracle at the Supreme Court.
Once the conservative majority rules in Janus v. AFSCME, likely before June, life will change for unions in the 23 states that till now have rejected right-to-work laws. Public sector unions in those states will no longer be able to collect “agency fees” from workers whom they represent but who choose not to join their locals.

The most important actions by union members this fall are happening on, of all places, the football field.
If other unions are smart, they'll take advantage of this moment. They'll use the fact that every single member knows about NFL players' protests for racial justice, and start conversations in their own locals.
Some might be tempted to shy away from this discussion, worrying it’ll divide us even further along racial or political lines, or that they’ll lose their seat in the next election.

Robert Elliot is here to share a quick tip on how to create a nipple to finish a job!

Step 1: Create an extra large thread.
Step 2: Take the same size coupling and put it on more than halfway.
Step 3: Thread your pre-cut size with the factory end (cut flat with a band saw to keep it from jamming) into your coupling
Step 4: Tighten everything down.
Step 5: Thread the other end.

Quick and easy. We hope this job tip helps you in the field!
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