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Massachusetts Teachers Sick Out for Six Feet

November 03, 2020 / Barbara MadeloniToday 915 of the 1,000 union educators in Brookline, Massachusetts, took part in a sickout demanding a six-foot distance between people in classrooms.
The district previously agreed to this safety requirement in a memorandum of understanding. But now it wants to allow the superintendent to change it.
“When they tried to give the superintendent unilateral control to change the distance, they tore up the MOU,” said Brookline Educators Union President Jessica Wender-Shubow.

During this election cycle, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash—the so-called “gig economy” giants—have spent a record-breaking $200 million to pass Proposition 22 in California. The proposition would exempt these companies from basic labor law.
While the initiative is opposed by the California Federation of Labor and many Democratic elected officials, its fiercest adversary is a little-known “start-up” union, Rideshare Drivers United.

Here's How to Join Labor's Anti-Coup Network

November 02, 2020 / Barbara MadeloniIt’s election eve and anxious voters are wondering not only who will receive the most votes, but also: Will those votes be counted? Will the people or the Supreme Court select the next president? Will Trump supporters move beyond intimidation to violence to suppress the vote?
Will we face a president who refuses to accept the results of the vote? Will we have to defend against a coup?

Wire pulling is important and serious work. It is the kind of work that requires trust in the tools that are being used.
The Klein Tools 1625 Series Wire Rope Haven’s® Grips are designed for use when a light, compact grip is desired and where cable deformation is not a factor.
Available with a swing latch to help hold cable in the jaw. All Klein grips are manufactured from custom drop-forged steel that is machined and heat treated for excellent durability.
Each grip is individually hand inspected and actuated for proper function. Grips are also rigorously tested and pulled to rated load to ensure the highest quality and reliability.
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American unions are stuck in a trap, and it’s partly of our own making. How did we get here, and how do we spring the trap’s jaws? In Tell the Bosses We’re Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the 21st Century, Shaun Richman draws on his experience as a union organizer, plus a great deal of labor history, to suggest answers to these questions.

Us vs. Them: Organizing for Worker Power
Click here for a printable PDF of this puzzle.

“It can’t happen here.” That is the complacent mantra that a society with long-standing “democratic” institutions couldn’t possibly succumb to authoritarian dictatorship.
Sinclair Lewis used the phrase as the title for his 1935 novel imagining the rise of a fascist dictatorship in the United States. Even as the aspiring dictator rises in prominence and mobilizes a paramilitary army, many of the characters refuse to believe it.

As the recession deepens, unions will have to battle concession demands and budget cuts. But beyond these defensive fights there’s a demand whose time has come: let’s soak the rich.
Put another way: tax the hell out of them. Claw back the profits they’ve made off the backs of workers. Take that money, and put it to work expanding public services and giving people jobs.

No Excuses: Historic New Zealand Election Challenges Labor Movement

October 28, 2020 / Ian Hoffman and Justine Sachs“No Excuses!”
That’s the phrase union activists in New Zealand have been repeating since the Labour Party’s landslide victory in our national election on October 17.
Led by charismatic and media-savvy Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Labour took over 49 percent of the popular vote. The party will now have 64 of 120 seats in parliament. This is unheard of in New Zealand, where since 1996 we have had a mixed-member proportional (MMP) voting system that has always led to multi-party coalition governments.

Let’s take look back at some of the good news of the past few weeks celebrating our IBEW brothers and sisters going above and beyond for their communities during these difficult times.

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