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After six weeks on the picket line, General Motors workers ratified an agreement that left many major areas unchanged, but one provision stood out as a true gain: the time it took to “grow in” to the top wage would be cut from eight years down to four.

Chile in Revolt: ‘It’s Not about 30 Pesos, It’s about 30 Years’

November 15, 2019 / Camilo Santibáñez Rebolledo<?
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?>In October, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, an entrepreneur and right-wing politician, proclaimed that “in the midst of this turbulent Latin America, our country is a true oasis.”
Six days later, high school students in the capital city, Santiago, began a protest against the rising cost of public transit through mass fare evasions.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we’re sharing the fourth episode of Band of Brotherhood, featuring Skyler Prochnow. Skyler is in the Idaho Army National Guard, as well as an apprentice from IBEW Local 354.
When Skyler was just 11 years old, his father was deployed to Iraq for 18 months. Despite the difficult situation, from that day on Skyler knew he was going to follow in his father’s footsteps. Skyler joined the Idaho Army National Guard to be in the same unit with his dad. His brother also joined, so all three of them are in the same battery and platoon.
The beauty of the national guard is that it allowed Skyler the opportunity to have a civilian career, which was the electrical trade. When he first found it, he didn’t know the difference between union and non-union. On the non-union side, he was bouncing from company to company, and the schedule was demanding. When Skyler put the time in and found the IBEW, it was a godsend for him. Not only did it fit in with his guard schedule, but it lifted financial burdens without having to work unreal hours.
Michael Lanoue, Assistant Training Director, Utah Electrical Training Alliance, said, “Bringing an attitude like...

If you stand on the corner of Pima Mine Road near ASARCO’s Mission Mine at sunset, you might feel a chilly breeze sweep across the desert. You’ll also smell a grill and hear the chants of ASARCO miners on strike as scabs cross their picket line for the evening shift change.

Somehow it was left out of the contract highlights the United Auto Workers prepared for members: the tentative new agreement with Ford will allow the company to use new technologies to take time-and-motion studies to a whole new level.
The new language falls under the heading of “production standards” and states that the union and company will choose “pilot locations” to use new technology tools such as “digital video recording and walk path mapping devices” as well as “motion tracking systems and additional productivity implementing tools.”

Fight for Racial Justice Fuels Little Rock Educator Strike Preparations

November 07, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>The site of struggle to defend unions and public education has moved quickly from Chicago to Little Rock.
The 1,800-member Little Rock Education Association began preparing for a potential strike after the Arkansas State Board of Education ended recognition of the union. Their demands: return collective bargaining rights to LREA, give full local control of the school district back to the people of Little Rock, and provide education support professionals with raises that were being negotiated at the time that the union was decertified.

Today we’d like to salute all military veterans and wish those who served a happy Veteran’s Day. We know one of the best places for military members is in the IBEW. That’s why that group gets so much recruitment attention from us.
The IBEW is very active recruiting veterans through a program called VEEP, Veterans Electrical Entry Program. This is where training is provided for active duty men and women before they leave. It also tackles a big problem relating to unemployment for service men and women. VEEP works to change that and guarantees them entry into the JATC of their home area.
Sometimes people confuse this day with Memorial Day, which honors those who died protecting our country. Veteran’s Day was originally Armistice Day, and it’s always been celebrated on November 11. That was the day World War I ended in 1918. After World War II, Armistice Day became Veteran’s Day.
Thanks to the United States veterans, citizens of this country have freedom, and that’s something we can never take for granted.
To all who served, have a very happy Veteran’s Day.
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The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). The agreement covers 30,000 workers at the university, including part- and full-time faculty, professional staff, lab technicians, graduate employees, and more. Below we publish a piece arguing for a no vote on the agreement. See the argument for a yes vote here.

The Professional Staff Congress, American Federation of Teachers Local 2334, reached a tentative agreement in October on a new contract with the City University of New York (CUNY). Below we publish a piece arguing for a yes vote on the agreement. See the argument for a no vote here.

Today the United Auto Workers announced that is has dropped its legal effort to save three General Motors plants from closure. It’s sad evidence that even a union contract doesn’t guarantee job security for auto workers.
After a large number of plant closings in the 1980s, the UAW bargained contract language that prohibited automakers from closing plants during the life of the agreement.
So the companies began to “idle” plants instead.