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The State of Alaska is more than 660,000 square miles… most of which is uninhabited, hard-to-get-to and extreme. But, every square inch is managed by the men and women of IBEW Local 1547 to ensure power remains uninterrupted.
One week, in the most populated city of Anchorage or the next week hopping in a small bush plane, followed by a snowmobile to work in a tiny remote village… 
Whether it’s construction or maintenance, inside or outside, the linemen, electricians or technicians are prepared for anything the conditions may present.
Being prepared to work safely and accomplish any task or project, in any weather condition, the brothers and sisters of 1547 keep on in spite of the challenges.
That’s The Alaskan Way.
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Milwaukee Letter Carriers Are Refusing to Comply with Mail Delays

August 19, 2020 / Travis AlbertThe most shocking aspect of the operational changes that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced July 10 was that the U.S. Postal Service would no longer commit to moving the mail if it would take too much overtime to do so.

‘Postmaster DeLay’ Takes One Step Back amid Media Scrutiny, Public Protest, and Worker Resistance

August 19, 2020 / Alexandra BradburyA looming presidential election and a pandemic-fueled demand for vote-by-mail have trained a sudden spotlight on new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and his sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service.
Clearly feeling the heat, “DeLay DeMail” DeJoy announced yesterday that he would pause operational changes till after November’s election. But it wasn’t immediately clear whether that meant undoing the outrageous changes he has already made—or just postponing further damage till the media scrutiny recedes.

Five years ago, it was hard to imagine a successful union drive on our campus at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. But this spring, as the COVID-19 shutdowns and conversions to online teaching began, the United Faculty Alliance bargained protections that were more than what seemed commonplace at other campuses.

Last week the United Electrical Workers (UE) published a new pamphlet, Them and Us Unionism, which argues that the labor movement needs to return to the class-struggle unionism that animated the founding of the industrial unions in the 1930s.

Educators Demand Virtual Schools as 'Least Bad' but Safe Option

August 17, 2020 / Barbara MadeloniAs the coronavirus continues to spread, teachers and school employees are being handed reopening plans that require them to be in their classrooms at the bell—and they are resisting.

Goodbyes are the worst. Labor Notes writer-organizer Chris Brooks is leaving our staff this month to become the mobilization director for the New York NewsGuild.
Chris joined the staff in 2016, in the run-up to that year’s conference. His first day in the office, as I recall, he helped proof the final manuscript of Secrets of a Successful Organizer. Then he plunged right into devising a system to schedule hundreds of volunteers into jobs and shifts.

More than 4,300 shipbuilders at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine struck for seven weeks from June to August in the largest private sector strike in the U.S. this year. On August 7 Machinists Local S6 reached a tentative agreement with BIW that keeps existing subcontracting language and protects seniority.

Job Tips are a quick and easy way to learn something new that will help you be more efficient while on the job.  Often times our job depends on the quality equipment we use.  This back splice tip will help you prevent fraying at the tip of your rope in whatever situation you’re in.
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Labor Notes is pleased to present a series of free webinars taught by veteran Boston labor lawyer Robert M. Schwartz and hosted by Labor Notes staffer Bianca Cunningham.
This webinar is entitled "Weingarten Rights" and is based on a chapter in the book The Legal Rights of Union Stewards by Bob Schwartz.