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Race and Labor: Let’s Talk About the Elephant in the Room

September 05, 2018 / April Sims<?
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?>“In your union or workplace, what’s a situation where you’ve observed or experienced racism?” That’s the first question we ask people to discuss, in groups of three, as part of a Race and Labor training that our state labor council has offered for 29 local unions and labor councils so far in Washington state.

How Milwaukee Teachers Beat Back Cuts and Busywork

September 04, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<?
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?>Collective bargaining is all but illegal for public sector workers in Wisconsin. So how did Milwaukee teachers not only block major cuts to public schools but also make gains on workload and health care?
At the height of the red-state teacher strikes in April and May, teachers and school employees in Milwaukee passed around a petition at school committing that to win their demands, they were ready to “do whatever it takes.”

Earlier this week, the U.S. and Mexico announced an agreement to update parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Below we publish an English translation of a statement from Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president of Los Mineros (the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel, and Related Workers of the Mexican Republic), on the deal. Gómez Urrutia returned to Mexico to take his seat in the Senate this week, after 12 years in exile on bogus criminal charges filed by the Mexican government after he led vigorous protests following the deaths of 65 miners in an explosion.

It has become a movement mantra, as labor suffers betrayal after betrayal by Democrats and Republicans alike: union members should run for office themselves.
Rhetoric on this subject is cheap and easy. But running successful candidates is not. Even labor activists with considerable skill and experience have found it difficult to win public office.
Yet in California’s “jungle primary” in June, a Teamster from Richmond astounded many observers by placing second in her state legislative race.

When you get together with friends and family over the Labor Day holiday, take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of this special day.
Labor Day is more than a long weekend. It’s a day to remember the sacrifices of our brothers and sisters before us. It’s also a day to celebrate the millions of working class people who show up everyday to work hard for their pay.
From the start, the IBEW has led the battle for rights and dignities of workers in the United States and Canada. Not just for our wages, but also for our benefits and retirement. This gives us a stronger middle class and helps create the kind of lives we all deserve to live. On this holiday, let’s salute those who came before us, and remember, it’s up to everyone in the IBEW to keep that spirit alive.
Happy Labor Day everyone! Raise a glass to yourselves, to your fellow IBEW sisters and brothers, and to the best union. Stay safe and remember, every hour counts.
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Why are some union leaders saying public sector workers shouldn’t have the right to strike?
We expect it from conservatives like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told the Post that ending the state’s ban on public sector strikes would “turn New York into Venezuela.”

Teachers Carry Strike Spirit into New School Year

August 28, 2018 / Barbara Madeloni, Samantha Winslow<?
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?>As teachers, school employees, and students head back to school, what’s ahead for the #RedforEd movement?
This spring, teachers mobilized on an unprecedented scale in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina, and Colorado. They protested, walked out, and even held statewide strikes—in states with limited to no collective bargaining rights, where school unions have traditionally focused on state politics.

Vote No Sentiment Escalating at UPS

August 27, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>The movement for a no vote keeps growing at UPS.
Each UPS local sent two leaders to the union’s “two-person meeting” August 9 to hear the international union’s sales pitch and decide whether to recommend the agreement to the 270,000 affected members.
It’s typically a rubber-stamping, but this time local leaders had a lot of questions and criticisms. In a voice vote, roughly a third voted against recommending the deal.

Sabrina Kalsi, the Product Manager at Klein Tools was asked to review the new Aviation Snips.
She said the voice of the customer let them know what they had to do to make a better snip. They found a way to implement a cutter into the snip because the young apprentices weren’t cutting wires and nails with snip blades.
The snip has a side cutter, which gives it a longer life. It’s a differentiating feature for Klein Tools.
To learn more about the new tool, watch the video now!
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Missouri 'Right to Work' Goes Down in Flames

August 24, 2018 / Judy Ancel<?
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?>For years I used to say that when you looked at a map of Midwest “right-to-work” states, Missouri stuck into them like a thumb plugging a hole in a wall leaking sludge.
Then a flood of Trump votes netted us a hardcore anti-worker governor, Eric Greitens. The Republican-dominated legislature passed a right-to-work law almost immediately, and Greitens signed it in February 2017.
But Missourians have an unusual constitutional right to a “citizens’ veto” of unpopular laws. So unions began a petition drive to put it to a popular vote.