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Blog: BlogWhen our union announced a mass Zoom meeting, we knew members wouldn’t get the chance to participate in any meaningful sense.
There was a moderated question-and-answer session planned, but we did not know if there would be an open chat—and we certainly assumed there would be no discussion of a desperately needed strike authorization campaign.
So our merry band of rank-and-file activists decided to set up an alternative way for members to view and debate the meeting, using the live-streaming service Twitch.

Unifor President Jerry Dias called it “a home run.” The media headlines are all about “reopening the Oshawa plant.” If only it were true.
Unifor, the union that represents workers at the Detroit Three auto companies in Canada, announced a tentative agreement with General Motors Canada on November 5 that included a $1.3 billion investment to “restart” the Oshawa Assembly Plant.
GM had ended vehicle assembly there last year, eliminating the jobs of 5,000 assembly and supplier workers. The prospect of jobs returning is very welcome.General Motors Returns to Oshawa—But Offers Only Second-Tier Jobs in a ‘Pop-Up’ Plant

November 25, 2020 / Tony Leah and Rebecca Keetch

 
2020 has been a dark time for all of us, but you aren’t alone. The IBEW wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving, and is thankful for each of the members that make up our team!
Our members have been working tirelessly to provide light during a dark time, and going above and beyond to provide a helping hand to the community.
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Ten thousand union members who work for King County, where Seattle is located, have won a $9 million fund to cover emergency childcare expenses this school year. Now the union coalition is pushing to make the benefit permanent.
Childcare affordability was already a crisis for working parents—even before the pandemic. A typical single parent in Washington state spends more than half her income on childcare. The cost of childcare is often greater than college tuition.COVID Tipped the Scale: How King County Employees Made Childcare a Union Benefit

November 24, 2020 / Michael Laslett

Blog: BlogAt a time when activists and commentators are puzzling over the United States’ enduring conservatism, Michael Goldfield’s new book The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020) provides some perspective.

Author(s): Jane SlaughterThe story of mail ballots in 2020 is the story of a union postal workforce willing to go to extraordinary lengths to make sure that every vote got delivered.
Postal workers did this despite the deliberate holdups created by new Postmaster General Louis “Delay the Mail” DeJoy, and a workforce hit hard by COVID.How Postal Workers Saved the Election

November 20, 2020 / Jane Slaughter

Blog: BlogWorkers suffered a devastating defeat in California’s Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot measure in U.S. history. “Gig economy” giants Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and DoorDash spent $200 million to pass the measure, which exempts them from basic labor laws.
“It’s a disappointment, but it’s not surprising,” said driver Tyler Sandness. “$200 million is going to buy you a big voice.”

Will Urgent Care Doctors Be Forced to Strike in a Pandemic for the Right to Go Home?

November 17, 2020 / Zack PattinPhysicians at one of Washington state’s largest health care providers just announced their intent to strike, potentially shutting down 20 urgent care clinics across the Puget Sound region. They won recognition with the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) in 2018 after a two-year fight with MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care and have been battling for a first contract ever since.

On November 4, as the country was awaiting the results of the previous day's presidential election, my co-workers and I held our breath as we watched the proceedings of another election play out over Zoom. Our vote, for union recognition at Detroit's bikeshare company, was less controversial: the ballots were unanimous in favor of unionizing.
I work at Shift Transit, which operates the MoGo bikeshare system here in Detroit. Though Shift does not own the bikes, stations, or other equipment, we are responsible for maintenance, customer support, and day-to-day operations.

California’s Proposition 15, a labor-backed progressive tax measure, gave up the ghost on November 10 after a weeklong vote count. The measure had proposed to close a corporate tax loophole worth $10 to $12 billion a year for schools and services.