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Larry Hanley spent 40 years in the Amalgamated Transit Union, and he died at his post on May 7 after serving almost nine years as the international president.
Larry will be remembered by a lot of people for a long time. The members will mourn, and the employers will breathe a momentary sigh of relief. He was truly a trade union force of nature, the kind of leader largely absent from today’s staggered and dazed labor movement.

Rest In Power, Larry Hanley

May 17, 2019 / Bruce Hamilton<?
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?>“How many more funerals do we have to have before we put a stop to assaults on bus drivers?” Larry Hanley asked in 1978. “Managers show up at every funeral with boxes of Kleenex, and then do nothing until the next funeral.”
Larry said this a thousand times between 1978—when he went to work driving a city bus in Brooklyn—and his last Amalgamated Transit Union General Executive Board meeting this spring.

The IBEW Hour Power Apprentice of the Year is Cory Davis from IBEW Local 1.
Cory is a hardworking person who always has his mind on the task. He embodies everything an IBEW member should be. He proves himself everyday on the job, with a smile on his face. At IBEW Local 1 Cory’s a fifth year apprentice, and he is deaf.
Frank Jacobs, Business Manager, IBEW Local 1, said, “When you get someone like Cory who tries to get into our apprenticeship program, it shows me this is really what he wants to do. He wasn’t looking for a job; he was looking for a career. Once he got to put his hands on electric work he proved he was meant to do this.”
Cory loves the brotherhood because it feels like a bond to him. Although his job can be a little stressful sometimes, he puts in hard work and shows them what he’s able to do. Not only is he part of the IBEW, but he’s also a very family oriented person who would do anything for his wife and children.
Cory’s wife, Rebecca Davis said, “I was just so proud of him because he fought for his dream. It was finally able to come true for him. I’m just beyond proud of him.”
Cory is the embodiment of the perfect apprentice. He...

Commuters and Bus Drivers Unite

May 16, 2019 / Leah Samuel<?
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?>The following excerpt from A Troublemaker's Handbook 2 documents the work of the late Larry Hanley.
The transit deregulation of the 1980s had trickled down from the airline industry to city buses. By 1989, union density among Staten Island-Manhattan express bus drivers was down to 60 percent, from a 1980 high of 90 percent. These figures, plus high bus fares, decreasing ridership, private companies threatening their jobs, and budget cuts, pushed Staten Island bus drivers to take action.

Dan Clawson, Presente!

May 13, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>Dan Clawson, labor organizer, scholar, and activist, died suddenly of a heart attack on May 7. We had just come off of our Massachusetts Teachers Association annual meeting, where Educators for a Democratic Union, the caucus Dan helped to form, beat back attempts to strip the budget of organizing funds and won a motion calling for a national teachers’ strike for the Green New Deal. In our caucus meetings throughout the weekend, Dan was clarifying strategy and reminding us that we shouldn’t back away from conflict when taking a principled stand.

Being on strike is “kinda scary,” said one picketing nurse in Toledo, Ohio—but “kinda empowering,” broke in another. “We’re doing this for nurses across the board.”
After 58 bargaining sessions totaling 450 hours since last summer, nearly 1,900 hospital workers at Mercy Health St. Vincent walked off the job Monday, marching from union headquarters to line the street in front of the hospital.

The ivory tower of academia does not protect its workers. Across the country, austerity politics are bleeding colleges and universities dry, opening the door for the corporate takeover of higher education. But, like their colleagues in elementary and secondary education, higher education workers are fighting back.
Labor Notes staff member Barbara Madeloni led a conversation with higher education activists on on Tuesday, May 7.

IBEW Local 160 sister, Crystal Rourke wants to show her kids every decision she makes, every example she sets is to show them they can choose their own path.
Chrissy Rusnak, wife of IBEW Local 673 brother John Rusnak knows the difficulties of being married to someone who is active duty. She believes, although it’s a challenge, you survive and do the best you can.
IBEW Local 103 sister, Doreth Kuhlman believes as a mother, if her kids do better than she’s done then she’s succeeded.
We’re thankful for all the hard work our moms do and dedication they have! Whether it’s working in the IBEW themselves or supporting someone they love in the IBEW, it’s clear they go above and beyond. Thanks moms! We love and appreciate you today and everyday.
To watch more videos about the moms, click here for Crystal’s story, here for Chrissy’s story, and here for Doreth’s story.
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Tennessee Janitors Convince Target To Drop Dirty Cleaning Contractor

May 09, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar<?
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?>Retail janitors organizing with a Tennessee worker center got Target to drop a crooked cleaning contractor at all the state’s stores. Now they're pressing Target to stop using Diversified Maintenance nationally.
“Diversified is a contractor that specifically targets the immigrant community,” said Cruz (a janitor who prefers to use a single name) through an interpreter. “It offers us these jobs and then abuses us and does not pay us our fair wages.”

Eric Blanc’s Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics offers a sharp summary of the lessons of last spring’s teacher insurgencies. He drives home the points that (1) strikes are the source of our power and (2) if it can happen there, it can happen here.