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Marriott Hotel Strikers Set a New Industry Standard

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?>After two months of strikes, workers at the largest hotel company in the world have won their biggest demands and set a new pattern for the hospitality industry.
The seven UNITE HERE locals in Hawaii, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Detroit, and Boston bargained separately, but similar contract expiration dates allowed 7,700 workers to strike Marriott at the same time.

Labor might be on the ropes, but it still knows how to throw a punch. 2018 saw thousands of teachers, campus workers, and hotel workers hit the streets in support of bold demands. What does it take to strike and win in the new Gilded Age?

Dear fellow Labor Notes supporter,
We made headlines with our spring strike wave... but did you know that Labor Notes played an essential behind-the-scenes role?
Two of us are writing to you together. Jay is a teacher in West Virginia, Rebecca is a teacher in Arizona. Our lives changed this past year when we helped organize statewide strikes and spark a national uprising that’s still unfolding.

IBEW member Jennifer Smith demonstrates how to make a good connection by using a stranded wire around a screw terminal.
The tools needed for this job tip are a piece of #12 THHN Stranded Wire, a receptacle, a Phillips screwdriver, a pair of wire strippers, and a pair of diagonal cutters.
Step 1 – Use the wire strippers to cut and strip an inch and a half on the wire off.
Step 2 – Twist the wire counterclockwise to tighten it.
Step 3 – Take the stripped wire and wrap it around the screw terminal on the receptacle.
Step 4 – Use the wire strippers to carefully pinch the wire around the screw.
Step 5 – Take the screwdriver and tighten the screw around the wire.

For more helpful tips like this, check out the Job Tips section of our website.
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Viewpoint: What’s Good for the Country? New Owners for GM

December 13, 2018 / Toni Gilpin<?
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?>Move over, Mr. Grinch: the executives at General Motors have you beat.
Just after Thanksgiving, GM declared that in 2019 it will close three major assembly and two smaller transmission facilities in North America. The bombshell announcement, which came despite GM’s recent robust profit reports, ensures unhappy holidays for some 6,000 production employees and their families, along with the communities where the assembly plants are located: Detroit-Hamtramck; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario.

I’ve never been tear gassed before. The smell is similar to fireworks and the effect is explosive—and effective. I immediately wanted to get as far away as I could from the noxious source of burning eyes and throat.
I was in Paris when France’s “yellow vest” (gilet jaune) movement shut down the center of the city.
There were thousands of demonstrators, all wearing the bright yellow safety vests drivers are required by law to have in their cars.

“How can we get young workers involved?”
That’s the question on everyone’s lips, with union density at near-record lows. Many unions have begun holding summits for young members or forming local committees, which is great.
But too often they’re missing a step that’s more essential: don’t sell young workers out.
When you settle a two-tier contract that puts new hires on a lower wage scale or trades away their pension, it sends a message: “This union is for us, not for you.”

Chicago Teachers Launch First Charter Strike in History

December 04, 2018 / Barbara Madeloni<?
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?>Chicago teachers are leading the way again. Today they launched the first charter school strike in U.S. history.
Members of the United Educators for Justice hit the picket lines this morning. The strike involves 550 teachers and paraprofessionals in all 15 Chicago charter schools in the Acero charter chain.
Strikers want to “put a check on privatization and the idea that schools are a business,” said Joanna Wax Trost, a seventh-grade English-language teacher at Acero’s Marquez Elementary School.

Klein Tools puts a lot of pride into the products they make. It’s not just the company name they put on their products, it’s their family name. Their customers are American people, who want American tools do their job.
Klein Tools knows electricians are the backbone of the American economy. They put a lot of pride into what they make. Their customers are American trades people, and Klein Tools knows they want American tools to do their job.
The Mansfield, Texas operations are the bulk of the American manufacturing that Klein Tools does. The facility is fast paced, high energy, and very organized. They have a talented group of people who run the machines and move material. When their employees make a pair of pliers, they want to make sure it’s the quality that electricians have come to know and trust.
Klein Tools is going to continue to be American Made because they understand the value their customers have in holding a pair of pliers that is made in the country. They want to make sure anything they put their name on is done well.
To learn more about Klein Tools American manufacturing, visit their website.
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The Troublemakers Union turns 40 next year! We’re planning a whole series of events to commemorate the occasion, from special magazine features to speaking tours and more.
As part of our celebration, we’re gathering memories of Labor Notes history, and we’d appreciate if you shared yours.
When was the first time you came across Labor Notes?
What role have Labor Notes and our supporters played in your organizing?