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In honor of Independence Day, we’re sharing the second episode of our Band of Brotherhood series.
John Rusnak from IBEW Local 673 chose to enlist in the Army because of the pride he has for his country. When he first met his brothers and sisters from Local 673, he impressed them right away.
Dan Mentor, Business Manager, IBEW Local 673, said, “He was so dedicated and loyal, and showed a lot of respect. After that it was, ‘Now he’s a part of us.’”
When John was deployed, his wife said just knowing Local 673 was around and available when she needed them was a huge source of comfort. His mind was at ease when he was away, knowing his brothers and sisters would be there to help his family.
John is someone you can always rely on, a great guy, and a good mentor to new apprentices. If you need a hand, he’s the first one to offer.
John said, “I try to be the best version of me I can be everyday. I try to give it a 110 percent and be the best husband and father. I take pride in my work. I know I’m not perfect, but I refuse to fail.”
Thank you to John and the countless other veterans who served our country! We appreciate you and your family’s sacrifices...

Labor Notes is thrilled to announce two fantastic new hires! Bianca Cunningham and Barbara Madeloni will be joining our staff this summer.
Bianca Cunningham will be our newest Staff Organizer. Bianca got her start in the labor movement as a Verizon retail worker—she was a leader in the 2014 drive that won a union at seven stores, breaking into wireless retail for the first time in company history. Those workers went on to win their first union contract when they joined landline workers in the electrifying 2016 Verizon strike.

Be Democratic

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?>Organizing in its best sense—helping people work together to achieve what they want—is at the root of union democracy.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America
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Fight the Boss

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?>You’re not asking co-workers to join a social club or an insurance plan. You’re asking them to join a fight over issues that matter.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America
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Turn Up the Heat

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?>To scale up and tackle big goals takes time and planning. A good campaign starts small and builds.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America
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Ask People to Join

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?>The best approach is to integrate the membership ‘ask’ into union routines and workplace campaigns.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America
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Count Noses

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?>You’ll need a system to track members and potential members, with maps and lists. Get to know the informal leaders in the workplace.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America
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Don't Go It Alone

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?>To succeed, your organizing has to combine action on the job with a fight for justice in the wider society.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America
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Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America: A Labor Notes Guide

July 02, 2018 / Labor Notes<?
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?>The moment you may have been dreading arrived June 27, when the Supreme Court imposed the open shop on the public sector nationwide with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME District 31.
Instead of the usual mix of articles, this month we’re sharing a special expanded issue of Labor Notes devoted to one topic: our survival guide for rebuilding power in open-shop America. (Are you in the private sector and think this won’t affect you? Don’t get too cozy.)

Quiz: Assess your Danger Level

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?>Take this self-assessment to get a snapshot of how your union’s current practices stack up and where you're vulnerable.

Rebuilding Power in Open-Shop America
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