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“Put your faith in the rank and file” was the advice that famed longshore union organizer Harry Bridges used to give. But instead of turning to union members for the bold ideas we need, some labor leaders are taking cues from the corporate world.
Take the Service Employees (SEIU), which recently posted a job for an “Innovation Specialist.”

Avoiding a DFR Charge under Tougher New Rules

October 23, 2018 / Richard de Vries<?
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?>An internal National Labor Relations Board directive issued in September has raised the bar for how diligently unions must pursue grievances.
A union can now be found guilty of violating the duty of fair representation (DFR) for losing track of a grievance or failing to promptly return a member’s phone calls about it.
That’s a departure from long-established standards. Until now, you put the union at risk only if your treatment of a case was arbitrary, discriminatory, or in bad faith—not if the steward or union rep simply made a mistake, or did a poor job.

Taxi drivers, nurses, construction workers, teachers, UPS workers, musicians, Verizon line workers, journalists—you name it, they were there.
Four hundred troublemakers gathered September 29 in New York City for a full day of skill-building, education, and strategy discussions. Labor Notes has been hosting Troublemakers Schools around the country for years, but this one was the largest in our history.

Marriott Workers Strike, Spanning Seven Time Zones

October 19, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<?
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?>Seven thousand hotel workers across the U.S. are on strike against Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain. A strike that started with seven hotels in Boston quickly spread to San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Detroit, and Hawaii.
Marriott’s profits have doubled in five years. In 2016, the hotel chain expanded its empire when it acquired Starwood’s 1,200 properties, including the Westin and Sheraton hotel chains.

IBEW Local 130 Building Additions to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
What brings visitors to a city? Figuratively speaking, it’s the food, music, architecture, history, and rich one-of-a-kind culture. Literally speaking…the airport.
IBEW Local 130 has the distinct honor of working on the additions to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Once finished, the 1-billion dollar project will consist of a new 35-gate terminal, airfield lighting, new FAA navigation system, a new storm and water pump station, and a new on-airport roadway system.
IBEW Local 130 members are proud to be working on “the gateway to the South”. A world-class city like New Orleans needs a world-class airport and thanks to IBEW Local 130, they are going to get it.
 
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Getting a Fair Contract Vote

October 18, 2018 / Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle<?
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?>Contract ratification directly determines how the union fulfills its purpose: power on the job. A local that denies members the right to ratify or that doesn’t protect the legitimacy of ratification votes is guaranteed to have an undemocratic culture. The UFCW constitution, for example, allows local executive boards to sign contracts that have been voted down if a strike was not also approved by at least two-thirds.
In most unions members do have the right to ratify, but often they face ratification practices that frustrate their right to a real choice.

Teachers across the country this year are breathing new life into the strike—galvanizing members and winning gains.
These strikes are fueled by rank-and-file anger. Many were coordinated not from above by the official union leadership but by networks of activists. The size of the mobilizations and level of organization have caught many by surprise.

Chicago Teamsters Mull Strike at UPS

October 12, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>If UPS keeps stonewalling in upcoming bargaining, members of Chicago-area Teamsters Local 705 will take a strike vote in early November, for a possible walkout the week after Thanksgiving. That’s peak season at UPS.
Stewards greeted this morning’s announcement from Secretary-Treasurer Juan Campos, the union’s principal officer, with “lots of rounds of applause,” said bargaining team member and UPS feeder driver Dave Bernt.
There’s one bargaining session left, October 25-26, and Bernt said the union is approaching it in good faith.

The 2018 NECA Show had PLENTY of Show Stoppers this year – the first one we are choosing to feature on IBEW Hour Power is from Werner, Weather Guard, and Knaack. Not only did the Knaack Cart Armour make us stop in our tracks, but it will also do the same for anyone with “sticky fingers” on the job site.
The Knaack Cart Armour fits on three sizes of Rubbermaid carts: 4520, 9T66, and 9T67. The panels go on without any drilling making your cart a locking storage box.

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“Power concedes nothing without a demand,” abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass declared 161 years ago.
Last week saw that truth on broad display as Amazon, facing growing political and organizing pressure, announced it was setting a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. workforce and also raising wages in England.