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How West Virginia Activists Organized a Solidarity Fund for the Uprising

June 19, 2018 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>Strikes are won by workers—often with a little help from their friends.
During their two-week strike, West Virginia’s salaried classroom teachers still got paid, because superintendents closed schools. The days missed were treated like snow days to be made up later. But workers paid by the hour or day—such as substitute teachers, teaching aides, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers—weren’t getting paychecks. Few had much savings to fall back on.

The late 1960s and 1970s gave rise to grassroots movements for union democracy all over the United States. The ones in the Auto Workers and Mine Workers have been written about the most, but Steelworkers Fightback was no less momentous.

Nashville Painters Aim To Build Immigrant Base

June 14, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio<?
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?>How can building trades unions organize workers in an area where they don’t have much of a foothold? You’ve got to become a fixture in the community, and be in it for the long haul.
That’s the commitment the Painters are making in Nashville, Tennessee, where they just launched the Alianza Laboral (Spanish for “labor alliance”) Worker Resource Center.

Five Lessons from the History of Public Sector Unions

June 11, 2018 / Priscilla Murolo<?
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?>As public sector unions contemplate losing key rights under the law, it’s worth remembering that for much of their history, such unions organized with no rights at all.
It wasn’t till 1958 that New York became the first city to authorize collective bargaining for city employees. Wisconsin did the same for state employees in 1959, and federal workers got bargaining rights in 1962.

How They Did It...

Auriana Fabricatore, a shop steward and member of UFCW Local 400, shared how she and her coworkers planned and executed a successful march on the boss, after getting the idea at the 2018 Labor Notes Conference. Read her story here.

How We Marched on Our Boss

June 07, 2018 / Auriana Fabricatore<?
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March on Your Boss!

Ryan Olds, a labor and community organizer in the East Bay, California, co-taught the March on the Boss workshop at the 2018 Labor Notes Conference, where Auriana Fabricatore got the idea. Ryan developed this worksheet to help you plan a march on the boss in your workplace.

In this job tip, Andy, a local IBEW member from Detroit shows us how to quickly connect a flex connector into a cut box. This tip will help alleviate some problems if you struggle to get a locknut connected to the underside of a junction box.
Tools You Will Need:

Cut-in box
Klein pliers
Klein screwdriver
Wire
Flex
Flex connector
Cut resistant gloves

Step 1: Hook your metal connector
Step 2: Slide metal cut-in box over the wire and fit it with the connector
Step 3: After fitting metal box, slide the locknut over the wire. Work it down to line up with the connector.
Step 4: Take Klein screwdriver and pliers and use it to secure the locknut.
For more helpful tips like this, visit IBEWHourPower.com.
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Labor's New Terrain: Working On the Supply Chain Gang

June 05, 2018 / Kim Moody<?
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?>A factory fire recently illustrated just how vulnerable are the supply chains at the heart of the global economy. The fire was at a single supplier—yet it forced Ford to temporarily halt production of the nation’s bestselling truck, the F-150.
Think how much leverage workers could have if we acted like the fire.
This is exactly how large-scale organizing happened in the auto industry. In late 1936, members of the newly organized Auto Workers (UAW) struck several General Motors plants to win union recognition. A month later, GM still hadn’t budged.

Arizona teachers struck statewide April 26 to May 3 over low pay and underfunding due to years of tax cuts.
Governor Doug Ducey had promised 20 percent raises heading into the strike, but teachers were skeptical that money would materialize. Their demands also included raises for other school employees and a return of funding to 2008 levels.

Colorado Teachers Reach Their Boiling Point

May 31, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio<?
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?>Pueblo teachers and paraprofessionals struck from May 7 to 11, the first school strike in Colorado in 24 years.
The teachers had been working without a new contract since the school year began. Their school district was refusing to grant them a 2 percent cost-of-living increase and to increase contributions to their health insurance, even after an independent factfinder recommended those modest improvements.