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In this job tip, IBEW brother Andy demonstrates how to thread a piece of conduit using rope. The rope holds the threader in place instead of physically holding it. This tip helps it become a one-man operation instead of a two-man one.
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UPS Vote No Activists Take Over Big Dallas Local

November 14, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>Reformers in the Teamsters have the wind at their backs. A rank-and-file slate swept to victory November 10 at Local 767 in Dallas, the largest UPS local in the South.
The 767 Teamsters United for Change won an outright majority in a four-way race. President-elect Brian “Smokewagon” Perrier, a 29-year UPS driver, got nearly twice as many votes as the incumbent president.

What Vermont Paraeducators and School Bus Drivers Learned When They Almost Went on Strike

November 09, 2018 / Emma Mulvaney-Stanak<?
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?>What do you do when your employer suddenly turns hostile? After years of relatively friendly labor relations, in 2015 the school board in rural Brandon, Vermont, shut down negotiations and imposed its terms: higher health care costs and minimal raises.

How did states with high-profile union fights fare in the 2018 midterms? The elections were a mixed bag.
Wisconsin union members (and yours truly!) got to vote out the state’s number one union-buster: Scott Walker. He survived a 2012 recall and a 2014 re-election, but the third time was the charm. The governor who rose to the national stage by kneecapping unions was narrowly ousted in a high-turnout election.

This Veteran’s Day, we’re sharing the story of Crystal Rourke, an Army veteran and IBEW Local 160 sister, for our third episode of our Band of Brotherhood series.
Crystal grew up in a rural farming community in Missouri. After moving around not only from house to house, but also family to family, she questioned where home was for her. After deciding to join the military, she finally found a sense of home, camaraderie, and brotherhood. She felt like she finally belonged somewhere, and it was something she never wanted to let go.
The military gave Crystal a lot of self-confidence and courage. It taught her to always find a way to accomplish any task. The camaraderie, trust, and bond really helped her solidify the kind of future job she was looking for outside the military. She feels she’s not truly happy in a profession unless she feels those same qualities.
After Crystal got out of the military, she started looking for jobs and found one as a line clearance tree trimmer. With that job came union membership with the IBEW. That job allowed her to become a direct hire as a senior groundsman, which is a job she loves.
John Rosckes, Crew Foreman, IBEW Local...

Hospitals Torch Safe Staffing Limits in Massachusetts

November 07, 2018 / Chris Brooks<?
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?>Massachusetts nurses suffered a devastating defeat at the polls yesterday as a union-led ballot initiative, Question 1, lost by more than 2 to 1.
Question 1 would have improved hospital care by limiting the number of patients that bedside nurses could legally be assigned.
The ballot question was shepherded by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents nurses at 70 percent of the hospitals in the state, including 47 private and five public hospitals.

In Iowa, Pioneering Undergrad Workers Union Keeps Growing

November 06, 2018 / Meghan Brophy<?
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?>At a small liberal arts college in rural Iowa, students who work in the libraries, mailroom, and other campus workplaces have undertaken an ambitious organizing drive.
Two years ago, 350 dining-hall workers at Grinnell College made history when they formed the first union of undergraduate workers at a private college. Now hundreds of other student workers on campus are campaigning to join then.

My union, the United Federation of Teachers, representing 80,000 active school employees, has reached a new three-year agreement with New York City. It was announced over the weekend that the contract had been approved by an 87 percent vote. The Occupational and Physical Therapists chapter, however, voted it down.

Note: Mi Jiuping, one of the central worker-leaders of the Jasic union formation effort in China’s manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, is now a detainee at the Shenzhen Number 2 detention center for his labor activism. Mi is one of four workers against whom charges have been pressed for “disturbing social order” in the course of the Jasic struggle. They have been held in detention and denied access to their lawyers as they await trial.

The Jasic Workers' Struggle in China

November 05, 2018 / Labor Notes<?
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?>This summer, workers at the Jasic welding-equipment factory in China's manufacturing hub of Shenzhen were brutally repressed during their efforts to form a union. Their campaign drew support from university students and labor activists across the country, who flocked to Shenzhen to support the struggle. But Jasic and the Chinese government cracked down on both the workers and the students with firings, detentions, surveillance, and the threat of jail sentences.