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Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike

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?>Another big nurse strike this summer drew momentum from a surprising source—a hard-fought internal union election that ended in a toss-up between two factions.
At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, 2,400 nurses and other professionals walked off the job July 23. After enduring a 10-year freeze on starting pay, they want a raise to help attract more nurses.

The 2018 IBEW East Coast Ride was a time for catching up with old friends and creating stories with new ones, as IBEW members migrated to Morgantown, West Virginia.
Rich Kremsner from IBEW Local 134, “For us, it’s camaraderie and brotherhood. Brotherhood like you don’t see everywhere. With us being involved in motorcycles, there’s a brotherhood, but we also have the brotherhood with the IBEW.”
Jim Gillespie from IBEW Local 5 said the ride is special because he comes together with his brothers and sisters for a shared common interest: riding motorcycles.
That camaraderie and brotherhood tradition was stronger than ever as IBEW locals from over 15 different U.S. states and Canada attended this year’s ride.
Thomas Maloney from IBEW Local 96 said, “You know when you see that patch on your brothers back that he’s in tune with your thoughts and your beliefs about organized labor. So when you ride you know that’s your brother.”
John Holler from IBEW Local 3 said, “You go on these back roads and you can lean back and just enjoy the roads. That’s why we’re out here having fun.”
This year’s ride brought awareness to multiple myeloma, with half of the...

T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses

August 01, 2018 / Anne Jackson<?
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?>Stewards and active rank and filers at the University of Michigan Hospital have been working hard to engage a membership that has not had to fight for a contract in seven years. It was slow going at first, trying to get 5,800 nurses at maize and blue U of M to wear red to show our union solidarity as we bargain.

UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier

July 30, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>There are no flashy special effects in Tyler Binder’s 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!”
No stirring soundtrack, no animation, no laugh track. It’s just him and his whiteboard, explaining in plain language how the tentative agreement would affect every group of workers.
But the video went viral. Just two weeks after he uploaded it, it had 90,000 views on Facebook and 50,000 on YouTube.

Chris Brooks has written an important critique of the direct reimbursement proposal that I and others have sugges

Trump Launches War on Federal Unions

July 26, 2018 / Jim Campana<?
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?>Federal employees are at war with a presidential administration that’s bent on busting their unions. They rallied around the country July 25, their day in court as federal unions sue to halt three anti-union executive orders.
President Donald Trump’s push is the most antagonistic he’s ever seen under any president, said David Cann, director of bargaining for the Government Employees (AFGE). With 700,000 members scattered across 70 federal agencies, AFGE is the largest union of federal workers.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, a new approach to financing unions called “direct reimbursement” is gaining traction with Democratic politicians, academics, and even the New York Times editorial board.
It boils down to this: rather than public sector workers paying dues, their government employer would pay an equivalent amount directly to the union.

China has more strikes per year than any other country, many thousands. These strikes are often unplanned, spontaneous, even chaotic, and the bosses stop at nothing to suppress them: they lie, cheat, call in the police, and hire gangsters to intimidate strikers or even beat them up.
But the strikes keep happening—especially when it becomes clear, usually by the removal of machinery, that the owner is relocating the factory. These frequent relocations have one main cause: employers are moving to regions of China where the wages are lower.

This job tip comes from IBEW brother Joe Scott. He shows us how to put a spider on the end of fish tape.
Tools You Will Need:

Fish tape
Greenlee string
Linemans pliers
Electrical tape

Step 1: Use your greenlee string to create some loops.
Step 2: Once you have your loop and your excess to make your knot, then you cut it.
Step 3: Take the loop out and loop it around the fish tape. Make about three or four loops, and you want to try and get them as even as possible. Then, tie them together in a simple square knot.
Step 4: Tape up the knot with electrical tape, and cut off the excess with your pliers.
Step 5: Push the tape off to the side and tighten and tape it, making sure to leave a service end on the end of the tape.
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