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This fall the NewsGuild will rerun its hotly contested presidential election.
In May incumbent Bernie Lunzer narrowly beat challenger Jon Schleuss of the L.A. Times local, 1,282 to 1,081. The NewsGuild, an affiliate of the Communications Workers (CWA), has about 20,000 members in the U.S. and Canada.

Miners in Harlan County, Kentucky, have drawn national attention with their direct action—occupying a railroad track to halt a coal train until the miners get paid the wages they are owed for digging it up. Although these miners today have no union, the mines of Harlan County have a storied history of grassroots labor militancy. Cal Winslow takes a look back. –Editor

The annual East Coast motorcycle ride is about camaraderie, brotherhood, and a chance to give back. It proves the IBEW isn’t just about learning a trade, but about the union between its members.
This is a ride that has become so popular because it never disappoints. The 2019 ride started out in Charleston, and made a big, 163-mile loop through the rolling mountains of West Virginia. Almost every rider agrees how awesome the rolling roads in West Virginia are. You focus on the road, and all the stress of home or work is gone.
The fact that everyone comes together to raise money for a great cause makes the ride even better. It has become customary for the brotherhood to extend a hand to charity. This year, they raised over $25,000 for the Gary Sinise Foundation and their Snowball Express program, which serves the children of fallen military heroes.
Jerry Westerholm took a moment to honor and remember International President Ed Hill who passed away within the past year. Patches were distributed to honor President Ed Hill, as he was one of the originators of the ride back when it was just a handful of brothers, and a yearly participant.
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Bangladesh Accord Gets a Lifeline While Workers Organize Wildcat Strikes

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?>On April 23, 2013, a local television crew shot footage of cracks in the Rana Plaza factory complex in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The building was evacuated, but the owner of the building declared it safe and told workers to come back the next day. One Walmart supplier housed in the building, Ether Tex, threatened to withhold a month’s wages from any workers who didn’t return.
The building collapsed on April 24, and when the rubble was finally cleared, 1,134 people were found dead, with another 2,500 injured. It was the worst industrial disaster in the history of the garment industry.

Everyone loves a good story about an Amazon walkout. But when Labor Notes wades into more controversial waters—the pros and cons of a contract, for instance, or a race for union office—we can expect some angry letters.
“Let’s not criticize each other,” is a common refrain. “We get enough attacks from the boss! Airing disagreements gives ammo to union-busters.”

This is the latest installment in an occasional series where we evaluate the “union episode” of a television show.
The Simpsons debuted in 1989 and is the longest-running scripted primetime television series in the U.S. This animated show features the daily life of a working-class family—parents Homer and Marge, and their children Bart, Lisa, and Maggie—along with dozens of oddball residents of the town of Springfield.

‘We Believe in Ferries’: Alaskan Ferry Workers Walk Off the Job

August 01, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-Hall<?
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?>Four hundred workers who operate the 13 ferries in coastal communities along the Gulf of Alaska walked off the job on July 24, shutting down a key transportation network during peak season.
Members of the Inlandboatmen’s Union (IBU), including cooks, deckhands, engine workers, and pursers, tied up their ships in harbor and set up picket lines in ports like Ketichikan, Juneau, Kodiak, and Valdez. Some carried homemade signs with the IBU logo and the slogan, “We Believe in Ferries.”

Kentucky Miners Are Camped Out on Railroad Tracks, Blocking a Coal Train, Demanding Their Stolen Wages

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?>Harlan County, Kentucky, is probably best known for the hard-fought strikes in its coal mines in the 1930s and 1970s. Today the remaining mines are nonunion. But evidently the local spirit of militancy and solidarity is still kicking.
For three days now, miners and their families have occupied a railroad track, blocking a train that’s loaded up with coal that these workers dug out of the earth and never got paid for.

Bus Drivers Stand Up to Retaliation And Win First Contract

July 30, 2019 / John Ertl<?
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?>This is part two of the story of how bus drivers in Alexandria, Virginia, finally unionized after 35 years of trying. In part one, the workers withstood a barrage of antiunion pressure and won their election 97-13. But they still had to bargain a first contract with the hostile company. Here’s how they did it. –Ed.