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Watts New: Milwaukee Tool One Key System
We all know Milwaukee Tool but we might not all be familiar with their “one key” technology.
The Milwaukee Tool One Key System is a digital platform for tools and equipment. First, you download the app to connect to your tools so that you can customize your drill to the settings that you prefer and need. It also keeps track of the location of your tools so that you never have to worry about losing the equipment that you have invested in. On the management side, you can assign certain tools to certain locations and use the app to manage where and how all of your tools are being used.
Connect. Track. Manage. That is the Milwaukee Tool One Key System.
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According to Kroger, sports partisanship on the job is OK but union partisanship is not.
The grocery chain has long allowed employees to wear team jerseys of their choice on designated “game days.” NASCAR and NFL teams are among the honorees.
But when Kroger workers in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio began wearing UFCW Local 400 jerseys to work on game day, as part of their campaign for a new contract, the company abruptly announced that only Kroger uniforms were allowed—nationwide.

Jane McAlevey’s No Shortcuts is an exciting book. It tells the stories of important struggles and it tackles the big questions facing the labor movement. McAlevey is a former staffer, organizer, and national leader of the Service Employees (SEIU) on the losing side of a power struggle, then an academic and now a consultant.

Canada GMers Strike, but Can’t Get Guarantee on Jobs

October 18, 2017 / Gerard DiTrolio and Doug Nesbitt<?
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?>As negotiators from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico carry out secretive talks aimed at fixing NAFTA, a strike at an Ontario auto plant shows how difficult it can be to challenge the power amassed by corporations thanks to the trade deal.
The 2,800 members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the job September 17 at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll seeking contract language to secure their jobs.

No Casting Couch for Low-Wage Women, But Lots of Sexual Harassment

October 13, 2017 / Jane Slaughter<?
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?>Sexual harassment doesn't happen just to glamorous women in glamorous industries. Since sexual harassment is about power, not sex, it’s not surprising that low-wage women in lousy jobs get a lot of it.

Time savings tips for the job site – in this job tip, Dave Thomas will demonstrate his “Instant Socket Adaptor” quick tip for working in the field.
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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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Labor's Stake in the Fight for Veterans' Health Care

October 12, 2017 / Suzanne Gordon and Ian Hoffmann<?
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?>In January President Trump delivered on his promise to shrink the federal government: he announced a hiring freeze, despite thousands of federal job vacancies.
As a candidate, Trump campaigned as a great friend of veterans. He pledged to make big improvements in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the arm of the Veterans Administration (VA) that operates the largest health care system in the country.
But Trump’s hiring freeze deepened an already existing staffing crisis at VHA hospitals and clinics throughout the U.S., where there are 49,000 vacant positions.

New York City-area movers packed up the inflatable rats—all three of them—and declared victory in late August. For two months, while members of Teamsters Local 814 were locked out of their jobs, they had mobilized in the streets to protest a local company’s decision to drop its unionized movers and warehouse workers.

Corporations are making the most headway on their anti-worker agenda by buying state legislatures, argues Gordon Lafer in his new book, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.
An excerpt from Chapter Two of the book, “Deunionizing the Private Sector,” is provided below. For more, see the full interview with Lafer on the Labor Notes website.

The Billionaire Battle Plan

October 06, 2017 / Gordon Lafer<?
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?>It's national politics that get the headlines, but corporations are making the most headway on their anti-worker agenda by buying state legislatures. So argues Gordon Lafer in his new book, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.
You may think you know how pervasive corporate money is in politics, but Lafer, a labor educator at the University of Oregon, reveals a nationally coordinated, corporate-funded strategy that's gained steam since 2010.