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Stopping Sexual Harassment

February 23, 2018 / Camille Colatosti & Elissa Karg<?
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?>This article is adapted from Stopping Sexual Harassment: A Handbook for Union and Workplace Activists, published by Labor Notes in 1992.
While some things have changed since then, we’ve found much of the book’s advice is still quite relevant.
The book is available for $6 at labornotes.org/store. You’ll find workshops on confronting sexual harassment at the Labor Notes Conference in Chicago, April 6-8.
It’s hard enough to confront workplace sexual harassment when it’s coming from management. But what about harassment between co-workers?

West Virginia Teachers Launch Statewide Strike

February 22, 2018 / Jonah Furman and Dan DiMaggio<?
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?>Teachers and school service employees in West Virginia have launched a two-day statewide strike, riding a wave of indignation that has washed over the state.
They’re protesting health insurance changes that would result in pay cuts for many state employees. Governor Jim Justice’s initial proposal would have provided raises of just 1 percent a year for the next five years—while health insurance costs would rise significantly.

The mission of the Reach out and Engage Next-gen Electrical Workers (RENEW) initiative is to inspire the next generation of IBEW workers to become active in their local union by focusing on issues important to younger workers, providing education about the IBEW and the labor movement, and fostering relationships with members and local union leadership.
For some locals, this initiative is finally becoming a reality. Watch this feature on the RENEW program being implemented at IBEW Local 177 in Jacksonville, FL.
To download this video, click here.

News Brief: IBEW Local 177 RENEW Program
The IBEW RENEW program is all about getting our young workers more active and involved. And the success that IBEW Local 177 has had has been so good they’ve actually taken their story on the road.
RENEW, which stands for Reach out and Engage Next-generation Electrical Workers, is a program created by the IBEW to inspire younger apprentices and journeymen to become more active in their local union.
Local 177 has taken that to heart, and have seen massive strides in younger member participation.
Tyler Baxter: Journeyman, IBEW Local 177
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Cinco años después de que el gobierno mexicano aprobó una controvertida ley de "reforma educativa" sin discusión pública, los docentes del estado sureño de Oaxaca aún resisten su implementación.

Five years after the Mexican government passed a controversial
>“education reform” law with no public discussion, teachers in the southern state of Oaxaca are still resisting its implementation.


A swearing-in ceremony…music to the ears of IBEW leadership far and wide.
But in Bakersfield, CA, scenes like this have been happening with happy regularity. And the reason is, while different sectors of the energy industry live through changing – and challenging – times, the local has been up to the task.
When the price of oil dropped, a lot of non-union workers were laid off. At the same time, new demands for solar power were swinging the door wide open for the addition of new jobs in alternative energy.
Enter IBEW Local 428 who organized the non-union oil field workers and saving their jobs while also creating a new classification to capture work in solar and send even more new members to work in that field. Much of the local economy of Bakersfield has been built around energy…and it has been a wild ride.
As the price to fill up our gas tanks goes up and down, so does the need for people to work in the oil fields.
On the other side of the energy coin, you have companies capturing the power of the sun, and they are in need of a workforce to build the huge solar plants that maximize its energy.
All of this can have a whiplash effect...

After Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials terrorized undocumented workers by raiding 7-Elevens nationwide last month, and with 800,000 federal workers’ jobs on temporary shutdown over the status of the Dreamers, now’s a good time to take a look at how U.S. immigration policies affect the workplace.

Interview: Corruption and Collaboration in the UAW

February 12, 2018 / Bill Parker and Joe Richard<?
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?>What should we make of the widening federal corruption investigation that implicates officials from the Auto Workers (UAW) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCA)?

With less than two months to go, we’re happy to report that we’re on pace for the biggest Labor Notes Conference yet. We hope to see you in Chicago, April 6-8—and that you’ll be coming with a group!

Michael Wold is here to share a quick tip on how to use insulated side cutting pliers more efficiently.
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The IBEW Hour Power Job Tips channel is a forum for new tools, tricks, safety tips, and so much more. This channel is great for instructors to share in the classroom, for apprentices to use as study materials, and for experiences electricians and lineman to use on the job site.
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