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When you get together with friends and family over the Labor Day holiday, take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of this special day.
Labor Day is more than a long weekend. It’s a day to remember the sacrifices of our brothers and sisters before us. It’s also a day to celebrate the millions of working class people who show up everyday to work hard for their pay.
From the start, the IBEW has led the battle for rights and dignities of workers in the United States and Canada. Not just for our wages, but also for our benefits and retirement. This gives us a stronger middle class and helps create the kind of lives we all deserve to live. On this holiday, let’s salute those who came before us, and remember, it’s up to everyone in the IBEW to keep that spirit alive.
Happy Labor Day everyone! Raise a glass to yourselves, to your fellow IBEW sisters and brothers, and to the best union. Stay safe and remember, every hour counts.
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Why are some union leaders saying public sector workers shouldn’t have the right to strike?
We expect it from conservatives like former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who told the Post that ending the state’s ban on public sector strikes would “turn New York into Venezuela.”

Teachers Carry Strike Spirit into New School Year

August 28, 2018 / Barbara Madeloni, Samantha Winslow<?
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?>As teachers, school employees, and students head back to school, what’s ahead for the #RedforEd movement?
This spring, teachers mobilized on an unprecedented scale in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina, and Colorado. They protested, walked out, and even held statewide strikes—in states with limited to no collective bargaining rights, where school unions have traditionally focused on state politics.

Vote No Sentiment Escalating at UPS

August 27, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>The movement for a no vote keeps growing at UPS.
Each UPS local sent two leaders to the union’s “two-person meeting” August 9 to hear the international union’s sales pitch and decide whether to recommend the agreement to the 270,000 affected members.
It’s typically a rubber-stamping, but this time local leaders had a lot of questions and criticisms. In a voice vote, roughly a third voted against recommending the deal.

Sabrina Kalsi, the Product Manager at Klein Tools was asked to review the new Aviation Snips.
She said the voice of the customer let them know what they had to do to make a better snip. They found a way to implement a cutter into the snip because the young apprentices weren’t cutting wires and nails with snip blades.
The snip has a side cutter, which gives it a longer life. It’s a differentiating feature for Klein Tools.
To learn more about the new tool, watch the video now!
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Missouri 'Right to Work' Goes Down in Flames

August 24, 2018 / Judy Ancel<?
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?>For years I used to say that when you looked at a map of Midwest “right-to-work” states, Missouri stuck into them like a thumb plugging a hole in a wall leaking sludge.
Then a flood of Trump votes netted us a hardcore anti-worker governor, Eric Greitens. The Republican-dominated legislature passed a right-to-work law almost immediately, and Greitens signed it in February 2017.
But Missourians have an unusual constitutional right to a “citizens’ veto” of unpopular laws. So unions began a petition drive to put it to a popular vote.

New York Taxi Workers Put the Brakes on Uber

August 23, 2018 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>This summer, the scrappy union representing 21,000 taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City scored two groundbreaking victories against the world’s most valuable start-up company.

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Building a Rapid-Response Network to Defend Immigrant Workers

August 16, 2018 / Dan DiMaggio and Pioneer Valley Workers Center Staff<?
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?>As the Trump administration cracks down on undocumented immigrants, it’s urgent for worker centers and unions to organize to defend immigrant members.
In Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center has created a rapid-response network it calls “Sanctuary in the Streets” (SiS). The worker center, founded in 2014, organizes restaurant workers and farmworkers in the area. Worker committees set the network's priorities.

Spirit AeroSystems, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, designs and builds both commercial defensive airplanes. The IBEW makes up a strong part of their employee work force, and they are dependent on them to help get the planes out the door.
They make the 737, 787, and 767 airplane, and have over 10,000 employees. The success of Spirit AeroSystems largely relies on their high volume production capabilities of fuselages, pylons, and wing components. They rely on members of IBEW Local 271 to ensure that a production factory is always running and up for the task.
Russell Kennedy, Business Manager, IBEW Local 271 said, “We have a relationship that goes back for several generations. The skill of our members and the technical expertise they bring is really what has built a strong relationship between Spirit AeroSystems and IBEW Local 271.”
What makes Spirit AeroSystems such a unique place for an IBEW journeyman to work is the incredible varieties of tasks they are ask to perform everyday.
Randy Megli, IBEW Local 271, Spirit AeroSystems said, “Spirit is the place to go. If you want cutting edge technology this is the place to be. Anything from heat treat to...