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Using 'Just Cause' to Defend Against Unfair Discipline

January 15, 2019 / Robert M. Schwartz<?
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?>The principle of “just cause” is the keystone of the collective bargaining agreement. By imposing rigorous qualifications for discipline, the just-cause standard protects everyone in the union.
If an employer could fire workers for trivial or manufactured reasons, it could easily rid itself of militant officers, stewards, and rank and filers.

Los Angeles Teachers Strike to Defend Public Schools from the Privatizers

January 14, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>Last spring a teacher uprising swept the red states. Today it reached the West Coast, as the 34,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles began a long-anticipated strike in the nation’s second-largest school district.
Teachers, parents, students, and community supporters hit the picket lines in their fight against the budget cuts and privatization being pushed by the school board and Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former investment banker.

Interview: Why We Occupied Our General Motors Factory in Oshawa, Canada

January 11, 2019 / Tony Leah<?
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?>General Motors has announced it will end production at five North American plants, just a decade after the company received billions of dollars in U.S. and Canadian taxpayer money and won sweeping concessions from auto unions as part of the bailout.
All told, about 6,700 hourly and salaried employees stand to lose their jobs as the lines stop at Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan, and Lordstown Assembly in Ohio. Meanwhile the company is posting billions in profits.

The new long-nose wire strippers were designed for electrical and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, HVAC, applications. Klein Tools wanted to incorporate the accurate stripping range that both fields would use.
The features on this tool include the Klein Kurve handle design, insulated and non insulated terminals, 10 to 20 stripping holes, and the long-nose with a tight grip.
The long-nose with a tight grip helps when grabbing thermostat wires, and there is a rib on it to reinforce the head. The rib is an engineering feature that helps the tool not flex as much. It adds rigidity so the tool lasts longer.
This new tool is more compact than older versions, and with all the new features makes it a superior product and a better value for users. To learn more about, visit Klein Tools’ website.
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For anyone who cares to know why thousands are fleeing Central America alone and in caravans, what role the U.S. has played in creating the crisis there, and how unions, workers, and popular organizations are fighting back, historian Dana Frank’s new book is a must-read.

Three Unions Show There’s Life Beyond Dues Checkoff

January 07, 2019 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>Employers are always looking for sources of leverage. One way they may hit a union in the wallet is by targeting dues checkoff—an agreement that requires the employer to deduct dues from union members’ paychecks.
Anti-union politicians have already banned dues checkoff for public sector union members in Wisconsin and for teachers in Alabama and Michigan—and have threatened to do so in many more states, including Indiana, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. Their goal is to make the administration of the union as cumbersome as possible, sapping time and energy.

Klein Tools recently released their new product, the Hybrid Pliers. These pliers are an all in one solution for electricians because they cut, strip, twist, sheer bolts, and crimp, without sacrificing any quality.
The features on this tool include a full length knife, the most valuable stripping holes, a plier head that grabs and twists wires well, a crimper, and bolt sheers.
Klein Tools set out on a mission to make sure they made a tool that satisfied the electrician. They have a lot of pride in this tool and it was made in their Heritage facility in Mansfield, Texas.
To learn more about this tool, visit Klein Tools’ website.
 
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How Four Roses Bourbon Strikers Fought Off Two-Tier

January 03, 2019 / Richard Becker<?
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?>Workers at the Four Roses bourbon distillery and bottling plant chose their moment well.
Just as their industry was preparing to welcome thousands of visitors for September’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival, they walked out on strike—in defense of workers they hadn’t even met yet.
“This is a family company,” said Matt Stone, a leader in Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 10D. “Grandfathers, fathers, sons all work here for generations, and my family may be working here one day. We want to take care of the next guy.”

Labor Notes is thrilled to welcome two new staffers, Saurav Sarkar and Joe DeManuelle-Hall, who started in our New York office in December.
Saurav Sarkar joins our editorial team as an Assistant Editor. For the past year he was the research coordinator for the Poor People’s Campaign at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He has also been a staff writer for the business daily Mint in New Delhi, India, and has worked on race, LGBTQ, and other equality issues at the National Union of Teachers in the United Kingdom.