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UAW & GM Have an Agreement. Will Strikers Vote Yes?

October 16, 2019 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>On the 31st day of the longest auto strike in 50 years, General Motors and the United Auto Workers announced a tentative agreement.
The UAW's GM Council, made up of representatives from each GM local, will meet tomorrow. If they approve the pact, as expected, it will be submitted to strikers for a ratification vote.
The Council will also decide whether workers will stay out on strike during the vote or return to work immediately, as has been the union's practice in past strikes.

The GM strike jumped off suddenly September 16. At the start, it wasn't clear what the bargainers were going for—including to members themselves. Since then, judging by dozens of interviews on the picket lines, a remarkable consensus has developed among the Auto Workers rank and file: their top priority is wage equality, for second-tier workers and especially for the misnamed “temps.” Temps may work for years doing the same work as Tier 1 and Tier 2 workers, but with low pay and almost no rights.

Let's be honest: Picket lines can be tedious, especially if strikers simply repeat the same hackneyed chants over and over again.
But not always. To break up the monotony, workers often make up their own chants, dances and songs.
In the case of the Auto Workers members below, they went so far as to record their own rap tracks and music videos, which are provided here with our immense admiration.

How To Pull Off a Quickie Strike

October 11, 2019 / Russell Weiss-Irwin<?
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?>A few years ago I was working for Princeton University Campus Dining as a member of Service Employees (SEIU) Local 175, a small, tough local that represents most of the blue-collar staff at Princeton and no one else.
I had worked lots of food service jobs, ever since I was a teenager, from fancy restaurants to fast food. But at Princeton, because we had a strong contract and good stewards, the pace was more humane; we worked with better protections and more dignity. And we got paid a lot better!

The Bonneville-Hood Transmission Line was the pinnacle of electrifying America. It was originally built from 1939-1941, at the tail end of the Great Depression. During this time Franklin D. Roosevelt was creating a multitude of projects across the United States and this transmission line was one of them. The work of the forefathers in the IBEW demonstrated how successful IBEW labor in this country could be. Bonneville Power showed transmissions lines could be built anywhere they needed to be. There were no barriers to service towns and communities across America. Today, that standard lives on through the IBEW.
The current rebuild on the Bonneville-Hood Transmission Line is a 22.5 section of line. It starts from the Bonneville Dam Powerhouse, and runs all the way to Hood River. The line runs along the Pacific Crest Trail, which is both beautiful, yet rugged terrain.
Working on this line rebuild is a challenge that attracts a certain kind of lineman. There’s a lot of history behind this job, but there are also facets that make it interesting. The only way to get to the structure is by helicopter or an hour-long hike. Even to get equipment like excavators, they must be...

This is Day 23 for the United Auto Workers' strike vs. GM. Today’s Detroit Free Press says at least three items have not been resolved:
1. How long it takes “in-progression” workers (the second tier) to move up to their top level. It's currently eight years to move from $17 an hour to $28—and their ceiling still has a lower wage and benefit package than those who were hired before 2007.

You’ve probably noticed that Hollywood doesn’t turn out many movies about unions. But, says film buff and labor historian Toni Gilpin, there are some overlooked movies out there that depict working people and their lives on the job even though they might lack scenes with picket lines. This is her latest installment in an occasional series of viewing suggestions.

In five easy steps, IBEW member Marshall McGrady can walk you through marking your spot before going down into a crawl space. Accuracy, efficiency, and ingenuity – all in one simple tip!
For more job tips, visit the Job Tips channel!
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General Motors workers have been on the picket lines for 17 days now, and just picked up their first weekly strike pay of $250. Strikers wonder who will hold out the longest—a workforce seeking justice or an immensely profitable corporation demanding more concessions?

At times it can seem like international solidarity is just a rallying cry, devoid of the oomph that would make it a force to build power among workers across borders. But this past August, we had the chance to witness international solidarity in action.
Chanting in English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Tagalog, a multinational crowd of union activists rallied in the swampy heat of Taiwan’s capital in front of the headquarters of Foxconn, the notorious manufacturer of iPhones.