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Gas Workers Defend the Next Generation, As Lockout Enters Fourth Month

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?>There’s a reason his employer wants to eliminate pensions for new hires, said corrosion technician Andy Colleran: “National Grid is trying to break the union from within.”
Colleran is one of 1,200 members of Steelworkers Locals 12003 and 12012 in Massachusetts who have been locked out since June, after the unions refused a two-tier contract.
National Grid is a British-based utility company that provides gas and electric service in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. The locked-out union members work on gas lines.

UPS Vote Count Tonight, As Union Brass Threatens to Overrule the Members

October 05, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>This article will be updated as more news becomes available. –Editors.
Votes will be counted tonight on the controversial tentative agreements covering 260,000 workers at the package giant UPS and 12,000 at UPS Freight.
Concessions in the deals have sparked widespread anger. A no vote looks very possible. However, the company and union officials have both been campaigning hard for a yes.

Five percent of all U.S. workers in K-12 public education walked out on strike this spring. It’s by far the biggest spike in teacher strikes in a quarter-century.
The strike wave this spring was by far the biggest spike in teacher strikes in a quarter-century.

Election Landslide Raises Hopes for Mexican Labor

October 04, 2018 / Jeffery Hermanson<?
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?>The landslide victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (“AMLO”) in the Mexican presidential election in July has raised workers’ hopes for a revitalized and democratized labor movement.
Independent unions have formed a new federation. They hope to win progressive labor law reform and finally end the reign of corrupt, pro-employer unions.

It was a decisive moment in the West Virginia teachers strike. State union leaders, presenting a deal that would leave out some public sector workers, were greeted with a chorus of “back to the table!”
Those educators refused to be talked into a compromise. And, after days out on strike, they knew they had the power to back up that demand.

Union women are leading labor forward. You can see it in the flurry of teacher strikes—Los Angeles teachers were the latest to authorize one—and in the September walkout by McDonald’s workers in many major cities, an anti-sexual harassment action linked to the Fight for $15.

NAFTA 2.0: What's the Deal?

September 28, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio<?
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?>What does a renegotiated NAFTA mean for workers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico? At best, it might stem some of the bleeding.
The presidents of the U.S. and Mexico announced on August 27 that they had reached a deal. A month later, Canada is still out of the agreement, though negotiations are likely to continue over the next few months. Text of the draft deal between the U.S. and Mexico may be published as soon as today.

Effort to Form Union in China Meets Ferocious Repression

September 25, 2018 / Elaine Hui<?
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?>A group of workers in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen tried something very rare this summer—they attempted to follow the legal process to set up a union.
University students lent tremendous support. But their employer and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detention, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.

Are Los Angeles Teachers Next?

September 25, 2018 / Samantha Winslow<?
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?>Who’s next to join the strike wave? The nation’s second-largest teachers local, in Los Angeles, kicked off the school year with a strike authorization vote.
With 81 percent of teachers voting, 98 percent backed a strike if mediation fails this fall.
After working hard to get out the vote across L.A.’s 900 schools and 35,000 members, this landslide result was “the best feeling ever,” said teacher and union rep Karla Griego.
For 18 months, bargaining has gone nowhere.

It's Down to the Wire in Tense Talks at Health Care Giant Kaiser

September 21, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>Bargaining between health care giant Kaiser Permanente and a new union alliance representing 38,000 of its employees has come down to the wire.
“Kaiser is playing hardball,” said Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Practitioners President Adrienne Enghouse, a 21-year nurse.
The unions that split from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions this year to form the Alliance of Health Care Unions have emphasized their commitment to continuing a friendly partnership with the employer.