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The Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 are on strike for class size caps, fair wages, support for homeless students, affordable and sustainable housing, a nurse in every school and more counselors and librarians – and more!
We’ve learned that they have reached a tentative agreement that includes naptime for Pre-K students. Yes, we need to strike to get little ones naptime.
This webinar was held on Thursday October 24, 2019 at 9 PM EST. Discussion was facilitated by Labor Notes staff writer and organizer Barbara Madeloni.

How Seven Thousand Quebec Workers Went on Strike against Climate Change

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?>With a crowd of 500,000, Montreal’s march for the climate was the largest in the world during the September 20-27 week of climate action. Yet it was also noteworthy for another reason.
Despite provincial labor laws preventing unions from striking over political issues, 11 locals representing 7,500 workers formally voted to go on strike for a day.

Within the massive and stunningly persistent social insurgency in Hong Kong against authoritarian domination, thousands of unionized workers are risking white terror... the threat of constant surveillance, discipline and loss of livelihood. Teachers, social workers, civil servants, and - most visibly - airline staff have joined protests and publicly shown support for the goals of political liberties. The response of the Chinese government - carried out by local agents in government, business, and organized crime gangs - has been direct suppression.

Forty-nine thousand auto workers are on strike at General Motors in the largest private sector strike since the last time union and company clashed, in 2007. Now, there is a tentative agreement with the company.
In this webinar, rank-and-file autoworkers debated whether to support the agreement and go back to work, or vote it down and stay out on the picket lines in the hope of achieving something better.

The Detroit Free Press did its bit Friday toward convincing GM workers to vote yes on their proposed contract.

Auto Workers Ask: If We Can’t Win It Now, When Will We?

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?>“They always say it will take multiple agreements to reach equality—we can’t win it all in one go,” said Sean Crawford, a second-tier worker at Flint Truck Assembly in Michigan.
For Crawford, the GM strike, the longest at a Big 3 company in 50 years, was the best chance the union had to put an end to the many tiers that have fractured the workforce.

Labor Notes and International Labor Rights Forum co-hosted a webinar on October 17, 2019 on how labor activists across Asia are building power in the face of multinational corporations.
What are the opportunities and challenges for strengthening solidarity across the region? How can we organize in our own unions to build a movement that can tackle rising inequality across borders? How is state repression impacting how activists organize? These were some of the questions discussed with activists from Japan, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines.

At the 2019 NECA Tradeshow and Convention, Southwire showcased a few excellent products. One that was exceptionally innovative was the Maxis XD6 Puller. This mid-range workhorse puller was made in America and designed for difficult environments. It has on-board wheels and axle, a low voltage foot switch for a hands-free operation, and an on-board tension indicator. It also has an extension arm available for additional length, which can be used for difficult set ups.
Southwire’s other product, the Maxis 10K tensiometer is untethered and battery-powered for maximum adaptability. Its wireless design allows for remote monitoring, pull speed, and distance pull. It has a USB port for easy data extraction, a touch screen with easy control settings, and it easily inserts into rope-line without having to be dissembled.
To learn more about Southwire, visit their website.
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Why Strikes Matter

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>Strikes are where our power is. Without a credible strike threat, workers are at the boss's mercy.

How to Strike and Win
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How Strikes Win

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes<?
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?>Assess all the types of leverage the union can bring to bear: how will you make the employer cry uncle?

How to Strike and Win
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