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Teachers in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, walked out on strike December 2 for the first time since 1983.
Why now? The state was trying to privatize public education. The local school board was trying to balance the budget on our backs. Add to that a once-in-a-century pandemic.
A well-organized membership was determined not to bend to the pressure from all of the above.
PUSH TO PRIVATIZE
Ohio’s legislature, like others, enacted its own version of privatization with a piece of legislation passed in 2013 called Ed Choice.Cleveland Heights Teachers Strike in the Snow, Beating Austerity with Solidarity

December 11, 2020 / Tony Bifulco

Unions are hoping that President-elect Joe Biden quickly takes control of the National Labor Relations Board and launches a new era of federal labor policy.Will Biden Resuscitate the NLRB?

December 07, 2020 / Robert M. Schwartz

Blog: BlogAuthor(s): Alexandra BradburyHoliday toy production season got off to a chaotic start this year. Santa Claus at first resisted the elves’ demands for COVID safety measures—prompting a wave of sickouts around the toy workshop.
Many elves joined the sickouts, especially in candy striping and wrapping and ribbons, despite frantic efforts by Elves, Reindeer, and Candy Stripers Local 1224 President Zack Keebler to tamp down the risky resistance. The crisis peaked when a batch of candy canes was shipped out unstriped—an error unprecedented in polar history.

Blog: BlogNurses at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital struck this week over safety and staffing.
“We're petrified of a resurgence of COVID,” said registered nurse Kathy Santoiemma, a 43-year veteran of the hospital. “We lived through it. We were ground zero of the COVID pandemic. We had the first case in New Rochelle actually—we became a totally COVID hospital. And that's what we did for months.”

Not long before Donald Trump’s election in 2016, the Pacific Legal Foundation filed suit against California’s farmworker access rule in federal court on behalf of two companies—Cedar Point Nursery in Siskiyou County and the Fowler Packing Company in Fresno. The foundation is a conservative libertarian group that holds property rights sacred and campaigns against racial equity.Will the Supreme Court Overrule Farmworker Union Rights?

December 02, 2020 / David Bacon

The final phase of bargaining can be intense. A strike authorization vote has been taken, or maybe a strike has begun. Members are fully mobilized and your corporate campaign is in high gear. Suddenly the employer is throwing new proposals onto the table.
These are the moments when union bargainers can make major mistakes—mistakes that will follow the members for years and even generations.
How can you avoid such mistakes? A controlling factor will be the preparation your union did for contract drafting, prior to the first bargaining meeting.When You're Winning in the Streets, Don't Lose at the Bargaining Table

December 02, 2020 / Richard de Vries

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Since its founding 501 issues ago, Labor Notes has helped to educate generations of unionists in labor’s best traditions. It has worked to build a culture of resistance to the decades-long employer offensive, on the shop floor and in the union hall.

Author(s): Saurav SarkarThe COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have hammered the Latino community.
Latinos make up 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths after adjusting for age, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but only 19 percent of the population. This is the biggest disparity of any major ethnic or racial group.
Why the disproportionate impact? The reason is work.Work Is the Reason Latinos Are Getting Slammed So Hard by the Pandemic

November 30, 2020 / Saurav Sarkar

Now, more than ever, Klein Tools are essential to a successful project. With Klein Tool customers being essential workers, having high quality tools is so important. The success IBEW provides is paired with the quality of a Klein Tools product. The quality of the product brings the customer back to Klein Tools every time.

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Blog: BlogWhen our union announced a mass Zoom meeting, we knew members wouldn’t get the chance to participate in any meaningful sense.
There was a moderated question-and-answer session planned, but we did not know if there would be an open chat—and we certainly assumed there would be no discussion of a desperately needed strike authorization campaign.
So our merry band of rank-and-file activists decided to set up an alternative way for members to view and debate the meeting, using the live-streaming service Twitch.