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In Iowa, Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing

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?>At a small liberal arts college in rural Iowa, students who work in the libraries, mailroom, and other campus workplaces have undertaken an ambitious organizing drive.
Two years ago, 350 dining-hall workers at Grinnell College made history when they formed the first union of undergraduate workers at a private college. Now hundreds of other student workers on campus are campaigning to join then.

My union, the United Federation of Teachers, representing 80,000 active school employees, has reached a new three-year agreement with New York City. It was announced over the weekend that the contract had been approved by an 87 percent vote. The Occupational and Physical Therapists chapter, however, voted it down.

Note: Mi Jiuping, one of the central worker-leaders of the Jasic union formation effort in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, is now a detainee at the Shenzhen Number 2 detention center for his labor activism. Mi is one of four workers against whom charges have been pressed for “disturbing social order” in the course of the Jasic struggle. They have been held in detention and denied access to their lawyers as they await trial.

The Jasic Workers' Struggle in China

November 05, 2018 / Labor Notes<?
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?>This summer, workers at the Jasic welding-equipment factory in China's manufacturing hub of Shenzhen were brutally repressed during their efforts to form a union. Their campaign drew support from university students and labor activists across the country, who flocked to Shenzhen to support the struggle. But Jasic and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detentions, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.

Teamsters who package and process raisins for Sun-Maid succeeded in “raisin” their wages with a two-week strike in September.
Sun-Maid, the largest raisin processing company in the world, keeps its headquarters in the small city of Kingsburg, California, just 20 miles south of Fresno. At the factory, workers represented by Teamsters Local 431 work on and coordinate assembly lines that receive, process, inspect, package, and ship raisins throughout the world.

The IBEW’s desire to grow the workforce and invest in the future was evident in the 2018 NECA Show and Convention in Philadelphia. More than 2,500 apprentices gathered to hear what it means to be a union electrician from IBEW International President Lonnie Stephenson, NECA President David Long, and other industry leaders.
President Stephenson talked about the event and said he sees the future of the IBEW in the NECA contractors.
Stephenson said, “They’re looking not only at the future, but the diversity of the crowd. Everyone is inclusive and part of our group to work with and part of the IBEW.”
After the initial general session the apprentices went to the NECA trade show. They saw all the things that support the industry, from craftsmen to contractor to manufacturer.
The apprentices all agreed the experience and what they were able to experience was really beneficial. The event confirmed to thousands of apprentices that they’ve made the right career choice.
Tiffany Jensen, IBEW Local 35, said, “I feel like I have a good direction. I feel like I’m working towards a goal. It feels really good to know I’m working to build a life, a lifestyle, and a...

Forty-eight Indianapolis janitors and supporters, including two Indianapolis City-County Council members, were arrested while staging a sit-in October 25 at the intersection next to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly, Indiana’s richest corporation.
The pharmaceutical giant is Indianapolis’s leading corporate philanthropist, currently spearheading a $13 million United Way campaign to alleviate poverty, in a city where 1 in 5 residents lives in poverty.

At first glance, one might be forgiven for thinking that A History of America in Ten Strikes is some kind of social-media-driven “listicle” book. Author Erik Loomis, a historian and union member at the University of Rhode Island, is a well-known blogger, and his excellent Twitter threads on labor history show he’s digitally savvy.

This IBEW Hour Power feature highlights one of the many NECA show stoppers from the 2018 NECA Show. The Greenlee Shear 30T increases efficiency to shearing strut and threaded rod. It features a laser-marked measuring system, die grooves, a quick die change system, automatic retraction, material rest, hydraulic hose through-hole, and a powerful 30-ton hydraulic ram. It’s a powerful, fast, safe, and precise tool, which is why it was chosen for the show stopper award.
Dale Speggen, Product Manager, said, “This is a tool designed for shearing strut, primarily right now, as well as threaded rod. Its benefits over a band saw or a chop saw are that there are no metal shavings and no deburring needed.”
To learn more about this product, visit Greenlee’s website.
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This IBEW Hour Power feature highlights one of the many NECA show stoppers from the 2018 NECA Show. The Greenlee Shear 30T increases efficiency to shearing strut and threaded rod. It features a laser-marked measuring system, die grooves, a quick die change system, automatic retraction, material rest, hydraulic hose through-hole, and a 30-ton hydraulic ram. It’s a powerful, fast, safe, and precise tool, which is why it was chosen for the show stopper award.
Dale Speggen, Product Manager, said, “This is a tool designed for shearing strut primarily right now, as well as threaded rod. Its benefits over a band or chop saw are that there are no metal shavings and no deburring needed.”
To learn more about this product, visit Greenlee’s website.
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