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L.A. Teachers Win Big and Beat Back Privatizers

January 24, 2019 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>In a joyful, rain-drenched strike, 34,000 Los Angeles teachers won things no union has ever won.
They forced Superintendent Austin Beutner, a former investment banker, to accept concessions even on topics he had previously refused even to bargain over.
L.A. will reinstate limits on class size—and for most classes, reduce those limits by four students by 2022.
Despite a pro-charter school board majority, the nation’s second-largest school district agreed to move a board resolution to support a statewide moratorium on new charter schools

The Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project was a complete IBEW effort. The 180-mile transmission line runs through the hills of Wisconsin, bringing renewable and cost efficient energy to the Midwest.
David Effertz, Manager of Construction, American Transmission Company, said, “The Badger Coulee project is a joint project with American Transmission Company, ATC, and Xcel Energy. The project started in Middleton, Wisconsin, then flows north to Black River Falls, and turns west and heads towards La Crosse, Wisconsin. It allows access to renewable energy sources and reliable electric power.”
The 580 million project was completely manned by the IBEW, a joint effort between outside locals 2150 and 953. Everybody that worked out in the field was union (IBEW).
Paul Hartgerink, Business Agent, IBEW 2150, said, “953 and 2150 are like sister locals. We all work under the same contract, except they (953) control the Western part of the state and we control the Eastern.”
With so many tasks as a full-scale job such as this, it’s the perfect learning environment for an apprentice as they are exposed to new experiences everyday.
Jim Stuebs, Superintendent,...

Last week we interviewed Oshawa, Canada, auto worker Tony Leah about the plant occupation that rank-and-file workers organized to protest the planned shutdown of their General Motors factory. Meanwhile their national union, Unifor, held a rally on January 11 in Windsor, described below and in a separate report by Labor Notes Business Manager Adrian Montgomery.

Last week we interviewed Oshawa, Canada, auto worker Tony Leah about the plant occupation that rank-and-file workers organized to protest the planned shutdown of their General Motors factory. Meanwhile their national union, Unifor, held a rally on January 11 in Windsor, described below and in a separate report by Labor Notes Business Manager Adrian Montgomery.

Last week we interviewed Oshawa, Canada, auto worker Tony Leah about the plant occupation that rank-and-file workers organized to protest the planned shutdown of their General Motors factory. Meanwhile their national union, Unifor, held a rally on January 11 in Windsor, described below by Labor Notes Business Manager Adrian Montgomery.

Last week we interviewed Oshawa, Canada, auto worker Tony Leah about the plant occupation that rank-and-file workers organized to protest the planned shutdown of their General Motors factory. Meanwhile their national union, Unifor, held a rally on January 11 in Windsor, described below by Labor Notes Business Manager Adrian Montgomery.

Federal Workers: Shutdown and Out

January 18, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar<?
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?>What would you do if management could force you to work without pay, lock you out with no consequences, and fire you for going on strike?
That’s the situation facing 800,000 federal workers—and their unions—during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Forty percent of the government’s civilian workforce besides postal workers are being deprived of money to pay for rent, gas, groceries, and car and student loan payments.
They include 420,000 workers who are being forced to work without pay and 380,000 who are locked out.

Federal Workers: Shutdown and Out

January 18, 2019 / Saurav Sarkar<?
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?>What would you do if management could force you to work without pay, lock you out with no consequences, and fire you for going on strike?
That’s the situation facing 800,000 federal workers—and their unions—during the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Forty percent of the government’s civilian workforce besides postal workers are being deprived of money to pay for rent, gas, groceries, and car and student loan payments.
They include 420,000 workers who are being forced to work without pay and 380,000 who are locked out.

Four Labor Notes staff members are in Los Angeles helping out with the strike by 34,000 teachers against the billionaire-backed school board's privatization agenda.
In this speech, Labor Notes staff organizer Bianca Cunningham tells L.A. teachers about her own experience on strike against Verizon for 49 days in 2016, during the largest private-sector strike of the decade.

Four Labor Notes staff members are in Los Angeles helping out with the strike by 34,000 teachers against the billionaire-backed school board's privatization agenda.
In this speech, Labor Notes staff organizer Bianca Cunningham tells L.A. teachers about her own experience on strike against Verizon for 49 days in 2016, during the largest private-sector strike of the decade.