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Why Strikes Matter

Two UAW workers with picket signs
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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Strikes are where our power is. Without a credible strike threat, workers are at the boss's mercy.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:20 pm

How Strikes Win

October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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Assess all the types of leverage the union can bring to bear: how will you make the employer cry uncle?

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:19 pm

How Strikes Lose

Patco striker and child with picket sign
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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Any plan to revive the strike must take the risks seriously. There are good reasons not to strike too hastily.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:15 pm

Pushing from Below

Three workers from UIC GEO.
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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Rank and filers can organize from the bottom up to put on a contract campaign and strengthen a strike.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:13 pm

Ways to Strike

Two workers holding up signs.
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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Workers have invented a wealth of variations on the strike. Some are riskier than others. Some pack more punch.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:07 pm

Dealing with the Law

Worker calling out.
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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The law is stacked against strikes, so knowing the law and when and whether to break it is essential.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:01 pm

Ways to Not Quite Strike

Two UPS workers holding a document.
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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Strikes are the most powerful tool in labor’s arsenal, but they’re not always the right tool.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:00 pm

Turn Up the Heat

Two workers standing together holding signs.
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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Starting with milder actions and building up to more fiery ones will maximize involvement in your contract campaign.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 8:55 pm

Organize the Organized

Four roses workers picketed for a better contract.
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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You'll need an action team, and a communications network so information zips around fast.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 8:45 pm

Democracy: Who Owns the Strike?

Two UE picketers, one with a sign and the other with a flag.
October 17, 2019 / Labor Notes
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A powerful strike must belong to its members, from the beginning of the contract campaign to the day you declare victory.

How to Strike and Win

A Labor Notes Guide

Posted: October 17, 2019, 8:35 pm

Bargaining and Mobilization Update

Members at the Los Angeles Times reached a tentative agreement with management.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:53 pm

30,000 Jobs at Risk As Billionaire Takes Aim at AT&T

Billionaire Paul Singer's hedge fund Elliott Management has bought shares of AT&T and launched a campaign arguing for the company to cut costs by laying off workers.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:49 pm

Organizing Update

The Arizona Republic newsroom employees vote to join with CWA.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:43 pm

CWAers Call on Congress to Pass PRO Act to Build Union Member Power

On a National Day of Action on Wednesday, hundreds of CWA members across the country made phone calls to Congress to pressure them to pass the PRO Act.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:38 pm

Companies Putting Shareholders Ahead of Workers are Harming our Communities

CWAers briefed members of Congress and their staff this week on how the recent rise of stock buybacks is harming workers, communities, and the whole economy.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:29 pm

CWAers Building Support for Bills to Protect U.S. Jobs

It's time to stop making it easier and more profitable for companies to ship our jobs overseas.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:23 pm

Governor Newsom Makes Wrong Call By Vetoing California's Anti-Offshoring Call Center Bill

The Protect Call Center Jobs Act of 2019 would have protected California's working families and taxpayers.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:22 pm

CWAers Gear Up for 2020 Fight

CWA activists and local leaders held watch parties this week for the third Democratic Primary Debate.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:20 pm

Building Solidarity with Call Center Workers Around the World

A delegation of CWA members went on a fact-finding delegation to investigate the working conditions at call centers in the Philippines.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:16 pm

Save the Date: Safety and Health National Conference

Register today for this conference, December 3-5, focused on making workplaces safer today.

Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:04 pm

Trump Is Waging a War On Labor Unions, But You Wouldn’t Know It from CNN’s Dem Debate

Last night, CNN and the New York Times co-hosted a Democratic debate in Westerville, Ohio—and even by the standards of the mainstream media, the omissions were glaring. There were no questions about police violence, affordable housing, Israel, or the climate crisis. However, there was a softball question about friendship inspired by the bond between Ellen […]
Posted: October 17, 2019, 5:15 pm

How to Resolve the Chicago Teachers Strike? Tax the Rich.

The past year of bold worker action in Chicago—which included the nation’s first charter school strikes—is now headed towards a crescendo as teachers and support staff prepare to walk off the job on Thursday. Despite the city’s attempt to box negotiations into being just about salary, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is bringing a holistic approach to […]
Posted: October 17, 2019, 5:07 pm

UAW and GM reach a tentative deal to end monthlong strike

The monthlong strike by nearly 50,000 workers against General Motors may soon come to an end after GM and the UAW, the workers’ union, reached a tentative deal. Under the deal, workers will reportedly get $1,000 in profit sharing for every $1 billion in profit the company makes, with no cap, as well as a contract […]
Posted: October 17, 2019, 4:46 pm

The Supreme Court Case Testing the Limits of Gorsuch’s Textualism

In three cases argued last week—Bostock v. Clayton County, Altitude Express v. Zarda, and Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC—the Supreme Court confronted this question: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination “because of [an] individual’s … sex” forbid discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity? Several lower […]
Posted: October 16, 2019, 3:21 pm

National Hispanic Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: The San Antonio Pecan Strike

History has long been portrayed as a series of “great men” taking great action to shape the world we live in. In recent decades, however, social historians have focused more on looking at history “from the bottom up,” studying the vital role that working people played in our heritage. Working people built, and continue to build, […]
Posted: October 16, 2019, 3:19 pm

Chicago Teachers Won Public Support for Their Strike. Here’s How.

As 35,000 Chicago teachers, school support staff, and park district workers are set to begin a major strike on October 17, they boast the backing of students, parents, community organizations, and local unions who see the potential work stoppage as a crucial battle in the fight for a more just and equitable city. Thanks to […]
Posted: October 16, 2019, 3:16 pm

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Out of the Woods

‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Out of the Woods
Troy Jackson podcast

On the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-hosts Julie Greene Collier and Tim Schlittner talk to Maine Senate President Troy Jackson (IUPAT, IAM) about his path to power and the experiences that have shaped his life and career.

Listen to our previous episodes:

State of the Unions” is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/16/2019 - 10:38
Posted: October 16, 2019, 2:38 pm

Take Care of Yourself: What Working People Are Doing This Week

Take Care of Yourself: What Working People Are Doing This Week
What Working People Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

Actors' Equity:

There is one week remaining to vote on the recently negotiated Production Contract. The negotiating team and National Council recommend that members vote to ratify this contract. To read more about the 2019 Production Contract, visit the Member Portal -

— Actors' Equity (@ActorsEquity) October 8, 2019


“Just like we have a say in who should represent us in Congress, we deserve to have a say in matters that affect us in the workplace. That’s democracy.” #1u

— AFGE (@AFGENational) October 10, 2019


“It’s been a long road, but I’m pleased that we reached our first contract. It’s been a tremendous experience affiliating and working with @wfsec28 to secure a contract that will make a significant difference in improving the well-being of our AAGs.”

— AFSCME (@AFSCME) October 10, 2019


With smaller class sizes, students would receive more individual attention & assistance. That's part of why @CTULocal1 is fighting for a #FairContractNow.

— AFT (@AFTunion) October 10, 2019

Air Line Pilots Association:

ALPA congratulates Capt. Kurtis Ludwig (DAL) on his induction to the “Hall of Fame” at @ERAUPrescott for his work on behalf of the ALPA ACE Club to promote the pilot profession and mentor aspiring aviators. Thank you for your service to the aviation industry!

— ALPA (@WeAreALPA) October 7, 2019

Alliance for Retired Americans:

Drug prices are out of control. So today we're letting lawmakers across the country know that it's time for them to take action and put #PeopleOverPharma!

— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) October 10, 2019

Amalgamated Transit Union:

After security concerns, #MATA experiments with bus driver shield #publictransit #transit

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) October 10, 2019

American Federation of Musicians:

"They’re making billions & claiming poverty. People value music in movies," said @ChrisABmusic, an orchestrator, negotiating committee member, & #UnionMusician. #BandTogether #1u ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏽📽️🎬🎼 via @WSJ

— AFM (@The_AFM) October 8, 2019

American Postal Workers Union:

Interest arbitration hearings are continuing today and tomorrow at USPS Headquarters. #APWUnited

— APWU National (@APWUnational) October 10, 2019

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance:

🎉Announcing The APALA STORE LAUNCH! 🎉
Save the date for ✨Tuesday, November 15th✨ & pick up all new APALA merchandise & rep AAPI worker pride✊

Make sure to be following our social media to be updated including a secret #giveaway for a $20 value item. #APALAStoreLaunch

— APALA (@APALAnational) October 10, 2019

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:

ICYMI: Yesterday, @afa_cwa Hawaiian Airlines Flight Attendants & #labor allies took to the picket line in #HNL for a new contract. “We will not agree to concessions while Hawaiian Airlines makes record profits," said Sharon Soper, AFA Hawaiian President. #ContractNow #1u

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) October 10, 2019

Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers:

BCTGM retirees are outside the @WSJ #GlobalFoodForum to tell @dirkvandeput that corporate greed over the livelihood of American workers will not stand!

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) October 7, 2019


ATTN: #Boilermakers L-696 (Wisconsin) and Fincantieri Marinette Marine are partnering to hire skilled trades people 👨‍🏭⛴️ For more information and how to apply visit:

— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) October 10, 2019


GM has earned $35B in profits in the last 3 years, partly as a result of the concessions the workers made over a decade ago. But when it comes to reciprocity, the company adopted a hard-line approach in negotiations w/ workers. #UAWStrike #1u #solidarity

— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) October 10, 2019

California School Employees Association:

These are some pictures from one of last year's Maintenance & Operations Academies. It's important to attend trainings like this to stay up to date on workplace health and safety!

— CSEA (@CSEA_Now) October 10, 2019

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:

You are invited to join us to celebrate the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Thirty Third Annual Ernest and De Verne Calloway Awards Banquet.

DATE: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
Marriott Grand Hotel
LOCATION: 800 Washington Avenue St Louis, Missouri 63101

— CBTU STL (@cbtu_stl) October 1, 2019

Coalition of Labor Union Women:

.@Equalmeansequal has rented a house in Virginia & hitting the ground, giving out free ice cream until Nov 6th. Sign up to join the fun & ensure Virginia becomes the 38th state to ratify #ERA. Help USA women get equal rights under law. #iScream4Equality

— CLUW National (@CLUWNational) September 29, 2019

Communications Workers of America:

AT&T workers in PR & the Virgin Islands played a critical role in making sure people could reach their loved ones in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Now, instead of doing the right thing & investing in good jobs, AT&T is doing a billionaire’s bidding by abandoning these communities.

— CWA (@CWAUnion) October 9, 2019

Department for Professional Employees:

We stand with @WHYYunion! #1u

— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) October 10, 2019

Electrical Workers:

Canada can't afford to go backward when it comes to workers' rights. Vote!

— IBEW (@IBEW) October 8, 2019

Farm Labor Organizing Committee:

We are working with @OxfamAmerica to let you know the stories behind the food you buy @WholeFoods.

— Farm Labor Organizing Committee (@SupportFLOC) October 10, 2019

Fire Fighters:

On this #WorldMentalHealthDay, remember YOU matter. Contact the #IAFF Center for Excellence if you are struggling with depression, PTSD, anxiety or stress related issues

— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) October 10, 2019

Heat and Frost Insulators:

The HFIAW "Professional Craftsman Code of Conduct" (PCCC) is a program to promote jobsite excellence and customer satisfaction. Learn more about what makes the insulators quality of work so high here:

— Insulators Union (@InsulatorsUnion) October 10, 2019

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:

Incredible news!! Welcome to your union!! We look forward to bargaining a strong contract with @foodandwater and @fwaction!

— IFPTE (@IFPTE) October 10, 2019


The Iron Workers Local 155 in Fresno got involved in solar projects that popping up across the valley, fueled by federal and state tax incentives and California’s climate policies. #Cleanenergy #renewableenergy #ThursdayThoughts

— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) October 10, 2019

Jobs With Justice:

Once again, the NLRB has thwarted graduate employees from their freedom to join in union. They're still looking for ways to organize and earn a fair return on their work.

— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) October 10, 2019

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:

Register today and join @LCLAA, unions, labor organizations, and other supporters to advocate for #Trabajadoras on #LatinaEqualPay Day on 11/20. Recent data shows that Latinas only earn ¢53 to the $1 white non-Hispanic make for the same work.

— LCLAA (@LCLAA) October 7, 2019


#LIUNA in the news: Toronto’s construction industry is booming — creating a lot of potentially hazardous dust via @torontostar

— LIUNA (@LIUNA) October 10, 2019


ICYMI: Here’s an interesting story about a @MechLocal701 shop steward who’s fixing forklifts, and breaking the glass ceilings in the auto mechanics industry

— Machinists Union (@MachinistsUnion) October 10, 2019

Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

GE, Who Paid Its CEO $15 Million Last Year, Just Froze Workers’ Pensions

— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) October 7, 2019

Mine Workers:

UMWA on the picket line with our @UAW brothers and sisters at GM's Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky! United We Stand! #weareone #GMStrike #1u

— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) October 3, 2019

Musical Artists:

What is DANC? Dance Artists’ National Collective (DANC) – check out this article to see what this organization is doing to advocate for freelance dancers!#UnionYes #UnitedWeDance #UnionStrong

— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) October 7, 2019

National Air Traffic Controllers Association:

With the help of member donations and contributions, the @natcacharitable supported 34 backpack programs across the country. "We have given almost $65,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies," said NCF President Corrie Conrad. Give today:

— NATCA (@NATCA) October 10, 2019

National Association of Letter Carriers:

When his customer didn't collect her previous day's mail, our member, David Rink, was worried. The carrier alerted a neighbor, & when they both went to check on the woman, they heard faint cries for help. The woman was lying incapacitated on her floor. Paramedics arrived. #Heroes

— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) October 10, 2019

National Day Laborer Organizing Network:

No excuses for giving platforms for those enabling, promoting or serving as conduits to white supremacists. #ImmConf #NotToday #ElPasoFirme #AltoSheriffs #UnmaskHate

— NDLON (@NDLON) October 7, 2019

National Domestic Workers Alliance:

“We can make the biggest change by building coalitions and building power in the local communities where we live and where we work. And if we can make change at the local level, then we can help drive change at the national level.” @MonicaRamirezOH

— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) October 9, 2019

National Nurses United:

"No one should have to bargain for a human right."




Our for-profit health care system isn’t working for anyone — union or non-union. It's time for #MedicareForAll! #1u

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) October 10, 2019

The NewsGuild-CWA:

$300 million in cuts are expected if GateHouse & Gannett merge. The NewsGuild & @CWAUnion is passing out flyers at 50+ GH-owned papers in 14 states today.

Tell @GateHouse_News: Hold the line on corporate greed. Put local journalism first.

— NewsGuild (@news_guild) October 10, 2019

NFL Players Association:

You good?

Earlier this year we launched a comprehensive mental health and wellness committee with the @NFL that included adding a behavioral health clinician at each team facility and more on-the-go resources for players: #worldmentalhealthday

— NFLPA (@NFLPA) October 10, 2019

North America's Building Trades Unions:

Minneapolis... THANK YOU! What a great weekend for #TWBN2019!

Take a look back at some of the weekend's best posts 🔥✊

— The Building Trades (@NABTU) October 7, 2019

Office and Professional Employees:

Mergers & acquisitions don’t happen in a Wall Street vacuum—they happen in your backyard, costing you more & getting you less. We need #MedicareForAll to protect working people & those unable to work from attacks by Wall Street & insurance companies.

— OPEIU (@OPEIU) October 10, 2019

Painters and Allied Trades:

Do you have questions about your pension? Check out our new video series! First up: "What is a Pension?"

— GoIUPAT✊🏽 (@GoIUPAT) October 10, 2019

Plasterers and Cement Masons:

The #OPCMIA is proud to launch our Steel Edge Women web page. Please check it out here!

— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) October 10, 2019

Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:

FAA Admin Steve Dickson came to PASS HQ today, met w our Exec Board, including Natl Pres Perrone & Natl VP Aguirre. PASS looks forward to partnering w Dickson on issues critical to workers we represent at FAA, safety of aviation system & safety of flying public. @FAANews @USDOT

— PASS (@PASSNational) October 8, 2019

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:

RWDSU members at Valley View Nursing Home in Norwich, NY, have ratified their first union contract!

Workers secured annual pay increases, more time off and guaranteed scheduling protections. Great job team!

— RWDSU (@RWDSU) October 10, 2019


SAG-AFTRA to Hold Fourth National Convention Oct. 10-13 #unconventional

— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) October 8, 2019

Solidarity Center:

Happy to help support 1,117 #soccer players in #Colombia, women & men, seeking #rights and dignity at work through the Colombian Association of Professional Footballers (Acolfutpro). @AFLCIOGlobal #futbol

— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) October 9, 2019

Theatrical Stage Employees:

Why so serious? Because it's our job! Bruce Hutchinson, retired @Local_706
make-up artist, brought Cesar Romero's Joker to life for an episode of "Batman" in 1967. #Tbt

— IATSE (@IATSE) October 10, 2019

Transport Workers:

Day 2 of @JetBlue IFC Advocacy Training in Boston #AmericasFightingDemocraticUnion #OrganizeTheSkies

— TWU (@transportworker) October 10, 2019

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO:

TTD President Larry Willis: If lawmakers are serious about creating good jobs, buffering against an economic downturn, and boosting the U.S. economy, they should continue to look for opportunities to invest in #infrastructure. via @businessinsider

— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) October 4, 2019


We are standing up for:

✓Fair Wages
✓Affordable Quality Health Care
✓Our Share of Profits
✓Job Security
✓A Defined Path to Permanent Seniority for Temps

We stood up for GM and now it is their turn to stand with us! #Solidarity #UAWStrike #StandWithUS

— UAW (@UAW) October 9, 2019

Union Label and Service Trades Department:

Workers at Kickstarter have majority support for their union, but the company refuses to recognize them. The time for voluntary recognition is now! Sending much love and solidarity to Kickstarter United. #1u #UnionsForAll

— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) October 8, 2019

Union Veterans Council:

🚨UNION HIGHLIGHT🚨 @steelworkers International President & Union Vet Tom Conway hosted an incredible training & orginizing session with the newly launched #VetsOfSteel 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
If you’re a USW Union Vet drop a comment below 👇 #UnionVetMovement #1u

— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) October 10, 2019


We’re out in front of @DFWAirport Terminal D to show support to DFW Sky Chefs workers as they call on @AmericanAir to end poverty wages in the airline catering industry! #1job #AirportStrikeAlert

— UNITE HERE Local 23 (@unitehere23) October 9, 2019

United Food and Commercial Workers:

Happy #CustomerServiceWeek! We’re proud to represent #UFCW members from across the U.S. From grocery stores to department stores, the excellent customer service that they provide is the reason consumers return to their stores and continue putting money back into local economies.

— UFCW (@UFCW) October 7, 2019

United Steelworkers:

One thing we are proud of is our interaction w/ our members, just having conversations about what’s important to them. Thank you to our Cement Council for this amazing week. #USWUnity

— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) October 10, 2019

United Students Against Sweatshops:

“This is the biggest severance victory USAS has ever won and I’m both grateful and proud to be a part of the fight. However, Nike still needs to be held accountable for choosing profit over people in Indonesia. While the supplier paid the workers $4.5 million in owed severance...

— USAS (@USAS) October 4, 2019

United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers:

Today is National Depression Screening Day. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention provides free screenings for depression and other behavioral health disorders that can increase an individual’s risk for suicide. Go to

— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) October 10, 2019

Utility Workers:

— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) October 10, 2019

Working America:

It's our 16th birthday!🎂🎈Since '03, we've been organizing working people to build political power & make real economic change. Ahead of 2020, this mission is more important than ever. Send us a b-day gift so we can do this for another 16 years: #1u

— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) October 10, 2019

Writers Guild of America, East:

Our statement regarding @splinter_news.

— Writers Guild of America, East (@WGAEast) October 10, 2019
Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 10/16/2019 - 09:42
Posted: October 16, 2019, 1:42 pm

How Bernie Sanders would give power to workers in their companies

Bernie Sanders unveiled a multi-pronged plan Monday aimed at giving more power to workers in their companies, ending corporate greed, breaking up monopolies and increasing taxes on big businesses. “For more than 40 years, the largest and most profitable corporations in America have rigged the tax code and our economy to redistribute wealth and income […]
Posted: October 15, 2019, 3:05 pm

What’s at Stake in Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Whether Unions Can Bargain for the Entire Working Class

“Solving Chicago’s affordable housing crisis? What’s that got to do with a labor contract for educators?” That’s the question the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board asked last week as the city’s teachers and school support staff inched closer to an October 17 strike date, with little progress made in negotiations for a new contract. A standoff at the bargaining table […]
Posted: October 15, 2019, 3:02 pm

The coming Chicago teachers strike could be felt across the country

This week, 35,000 teachers and support staff in Chicago are set to walk off the job in a dramatic citywide strike. The strike—which is expected to begin on Thursday—comes on the heels of other mass walkouts by teachers in states from West Virginia to Arizona and California. And rather than simply bargaining around issues of […]
Posted: October 15, 2019, 2:59 pm

National Hispanic Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: The San Antonio Pecan Strike

National Hispanic Heritage Month Pathway to Progress: The San Antonio Pecan Strike

History has long been portrayed as a series of "great men" taking great action to shape the world we live in. In recent decades, however, social historians have focused more on looking at history "from the bottom up," studying the vital role that working people played in our heritage. Working people built, and continue to build, the United States. In our new series, Pathway to Progress, we'll take a look at various people, places and events where working people played a key role in the progress our country has made, including those who are making history right now. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, today's topic is the San Antonio pecan shellers strike.

In the 1930s, pecans grown in Texas accounted for half of all of the nation's production. San Antonio was the center of the industry in Texas, as half the state's commercial crop grew within 250 miles of the city. The dominant company was the Southern Pecan Shelling Co., which produced as much as one-third of the nation's entire crop, depending on the year.

Working people in the industry faced low wages (averaging between $2 to $3 a week) and terrible working conditions. Shelling factories suffered from inadequate ventilation, poor illumination and a lack of indoor running water or toilets. The pecans produced a fine brown dust that contributed to diseases like tuberculosis. San Antonio had one of the highest rates of TB in the country as a result.

Owners had little or no regard for workers. One owner said: “The Mexicans don’t want much money. Compared to those shanties they live in, the pecan shelleries are fine. They are glad to have a warm place to sit in the winter. They can be warm while they’re shelling pecans, they can talk to their friends while they’re working.... If they get hungry they can eat pecans.”

Pecan shellers soon joined the International Pecan Shellers Union No. 172, a chapter of the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America, which belonged to the newly formed Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). On Jan. 31, 1938, the workforce of shellers, mostly Hispanic women, walked off the job. The 12,000 workers engaged in a three-month strike. The strike began after the Southern Pecan demanded pay cuts for the workers. Shellers, who had previously earned 6 or 7 cents a pound, saw their wages cut to 5 or 6 cents a pound. Crackers went from 50 cents per 100 pounds to 40 cents. 

The strike was originally led by Emma Tenayuca, who was active in various efforts to combat discrimination against Mexican Americans. She joined the women's auxiliary of the League of United Latin American Citizens in high school and was first arrested for protesting when she was 16. After high school, she worked several jobs, but her true calling was organizing. She began to organize with the Workers Alliance before later helping the pecan shellers.

Local officials were not happy about the strike. Police Chief Owen Kilday believed that the strike was part of a Communist plot to gain control of the west side of San Antonio. Tenayuca was arrested as soon as the strike started. Kilday said of her: “The Tenayuca woman is a paid agitator sent here to stir up trouble among the ignorant Mexican workers.” She was neither, her family had deep roots in San Antonio and her strike efforts were unpaid.

Other leaders feared that Mexican American laborers would become aware of their own power and would become more active. Protesters picketed over 400 local factories, but Kilday cracked down, eventually making more than 700 arrests. Gov. James Allred urged the Texas Industrial Commission to investigate the strike and the industry's reaction and found that police interference with lawful assembly was unjustified.

In the end, both sides agreed to arbitration and the initial settlement was for a 7- to 8-cent wage. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was passed soon after that would establish a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour. The CIO was afraid that the big jump in wages would lead to massive layoffs, and they joined with employers to lobby Congress to give the pecan industry an exemption.The exemption was denied, however, and over the next three years, 10,000 shellers were replaced by machines. While the pecan strikers ultimately failed to sustain the industry, their efforts were pivotal in expanding both labor rights and justice for Hispanic working people, in Texas and beyond.

Learn more about Tenayuca and the pecan strike.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 10/15/2019 - 09:53
Posted: October 15, 2019, 1:53 pm

Equality and Electability

In 2015, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg advised Hillary Clinton to run on a promise to “level the playing field” and “rewrite the rules of the economy.”  She didn’t take his advice. Instead, she told voters she would “build on the … Continue reading
Posted: October 14, 2019, 11:52 am

No One Should Have to Bargain For Health Care

Nearly 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers are on strike, demanding that General Motors pay them their fair share of the billions in profits the company raked in last year. The response from General Motors was shocking. The automaker, which accepted billions in government bailouts during the last recession, cut off its payment of insurance premiums […]
Posted: October 11, 2019, 5:22 pm

Imagine a President Uniting People

Imagine a President Uniting People

Imagine a president lifting 40 million citizens out of the poverty he had struggled under. Imagine a president making it easier for people who had been excluded from their nation’s wealth to get decent jobs, basic public services, a college education or technical training. Imagine a president uplifting his country on the world stage as a model for shared prosperity and an economy that works for working people regardless of their race. Imagine that president leaving office after two terms with an approval rating over 80%. Where do you imagine that president should be nine years after leaving office?

Imagine it or not, the president described above is in jail, unjustly convicted to prevent him from running again in 2018—even though he led in all the polls. His name is Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) traveled to Curitiba, Brazil, this week, joining the global labor movement to demand Lula’s release and present the country’s former president the 2019 George MeanyLane Kirkland Human Rights Award. The AFL-CIO announced the award in March to recognize Lula’s lifelong work. In Brazil this week, the AFL-CIO extended its solidarity and support to Lula, the whole Brazilian labor movement, and the country’s vibrant social and political activists and groups who continue fighting for a better life and social justice.

Trumka said:

The AFL-CIO and its unions will work to engage American workers and their families who remember what it’s like to have a president who works for the people. The struggle to free Lula and defend democracy in Brazil is not just for Brazilians, but for all of us.

Lula Livre! Free Lula!

Lula said: 

They are talking about lightening my sentence or letting me finish it under house arrest, but I insist that I will stay right in this jail until I prove my innocence. I will not trade my dignity to get released. And I will keep fighting for all Brazilians and our democracy. We will prove that the judges and prosecutors and media lied to put me here and steal our democracy. We will take it back.

Lula is a political prisoner because of all the good he did to make development more equitable in Brazil, improving workers' rights, and the inclusion and access to social and human rights, in general. The AFL-CIO, its unions and the International Trade Union Confederation and the global labor movement are calling for Lula’s immediate release because of his life’s work for democracy and social justice and because of the many illegalities committed in the process that has put him in prison.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/11/2019 - 11:43
Posted: October 11, 2019, 3:43 pm

Brazilian and U.S. Workers Confronting Common Threat Build Solidarity in the Global Labor Movement

Brazilian and U.S. Workers Confronting Common Threat Build Solidarity in the Global Labor Movement

This week, the AFL-CIO joins much of the global labor movement in Brazil to participate in the 13th Congress of Brazil's largest labor organization, the Central Única dos Trabalhadores (CUT). Fred Redmond, AFL-CIO vice president and United Steelworkers vice president for human affairs, is leading the AFL-CIO delegation.

Addressing the entire congress, Redmond pointed out the many challenges workers face in both Brazil and the United States, calling for unity and solidarity to move forward. In particular, he denounced the anti-worker laws and policies being driven by right-wing presidents in Brazil and the United States to weaken unions and collective bargaining.

Redmond also lamented that the current presidents in both countries have risen to power and exercise it by increasing fear and hatred, especially racial prejudice, rather than by leading.

Finally, he rallied the hundreds of delegates to the global labor movement's call for the immediate release of Brazil's former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, unjustly imprisoned for the last year and a half. Redmond closed by announcing to the crowd the upcoming visit of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) to present the 2019 George MeanyLane Kirkland Human Rights Award to Lula in prison. The decision to give the award to Lula was announced in March.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/10/2019 - 13:26
Posted: October 10, 2019, 5:26 pm

A Seat at the Table: Worker Wins

A Seat at the Table: Worker Wins
OPEIU Local 40
OPEIU Local 40

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with nurses banding together to make patients' lives better and includes numerous examples of working people organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Registered Nurses Organize: Registered nurses at UChicago Medicine Ingalls voted 72% in favor of joining National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU). The hospital is in Harvey, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Cathy Vaughn, an RN in the special care nursery, said: "Nurses at Ingalls are so excited to have won a seat at the table! We are ready to begin advocating to improve standards for our patients. This victory means that decisions about patient care are made at the bedside, not in the boardroom."

El Paso Nurses Organize with NNOC/NNU: Registered nurses at the Providence East Campus in El Paso, Texas, vote to join NNOC/NNU, in an election certified by the National Labor Relations Board. Nearly 500 nurses will now be represented by NNOC/NNU. RN Lena Gonzalez said: “This victory is positive on so many levels. We won because nurses from throughout the hospital are ready to stand united as strong patient advocates. We know we can accomplish much more together as union members than any one individual ever could.” 

Google Contract Workers in Pittsburgh Vote to Join USW: Contract workers for Google in Pittsburgh voted to join the United Steelworkers. This is one of the first victories for the union, which is seeking to organize at Google and other tech companies. The Google workers say that the company does not provide sick days, pays substandard wages that aren't connected to inflation and that workers are forced to take vacation days during national holidays.

Kaiser Permanente Workers Avoid Strike After Reaching Tentative Agreement: Working people at Kaiser Permanente have won a new collective bargaining agreement after 85,000 employees from 11 unions threatened a nationwide strike. The new four-year deal comes after five months of bargaining. The tentative agreement, which must be approved by the members of the various unions, provides annual pay increases and new job training and educational opportunities for workers.

Fred Meyer Workers in Portland Win New Contract After Boycott: Portland employees at Fred Meyer stores have reached a tentative agreement with management. The workers, represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, still have to ratify the contract. In a statement, the union said: “Our boycott against Fred Meyer was highly effective, due to your hard work in building relationships with your communities, who stood strong and proud with us.”

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Members Agree to One-Year Contract: In advance of the concert season, members of the Musicians Association of Metropolitan Baltimore (Local 40-543 of the American Federation of Musicians) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra reached an agreement on a one-year contract. Orchestra members had engaged in a 14-week work stoppage, during which time the musicians were locked out and did not receive paychecks. Local 40-543 Secretary-Treasurer Mary C. Plaine said: “Baltimore Symphony Musicians and Local 40-543 are grateful to all of our AFM sisters and brothers who through their verbal and financial support helped us reach this agreement. It is good to know we can count on our colleagues as we continue our fight to preserve and grow the artistic legacy of the BSO.”

After a Year of Negotiations, Auburn Community Hospital Workers Win Contract: Ending almost a year of negotiations, health care workers at Auburn Community Hospital, represented by AFSCME Local 3124, voted overwhelmingly to approve a new contract that solidifies health insurance and increases wages, among other benefits. Maureen Coleman, president of AFSCME Local 3124, said: “Since negotiations began last fall, it’s been our priority to protect our health coverage by including it in our collective bargaining agreement. This will require ACH to negotiate the impact of any future changes to its employees’ health plan with us.”

Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino Workers Join Culinary Union: Workers at Fiesta Henderson Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas voted to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, affiliates of UNITE HERE. This is the seventh casino owned by Station Casinos Las Vegas to unionize since 2016. Culinary Workers Union Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline said: “We call on Station Casinos to immediately to negotiate and settle a fair contract for the workers at Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho, Sunset Station, Palms, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station and Boulder Station.”

Writers and Assistant Producers at WBBM Newsradio Agree to New Contract: News writers and assistant producers at WBBM in Chicago, WCBS in New York and KNX in Los Angeles have reached an agreement with Entercom Communications, which owns the CBS-affiliated stations. Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America, East, which represents the workers, said: “This contract was won with incredible solidarity across three geographically separate stations. Together, we were able to secure a contract that makes significant financial gains and guarantees important workplace protections.”

Southern California Grocery Store Workers Avert Strike After Reaching Agreement: Some 47,000 grocery store workers at Vons, Pavilions and Ralphs averted a strike after the parent companies (Albertons and Kroger Co.) of the three chains reached an agreement. The workers, represented by UFCW, had previously authorized the strike. UFCW Local 135, in San Diego, responded to the announcement: “We are proud to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with both companies. We know the road to get here has been a long one for you and your co-workers. Your dedication to standing up for good jobs⁠—engaging tens of thousands of customers with over 200 community rallies and store actions⁠—has been the driving force behind getting a deal that you can be proud to have stood up for. Because you are part of a union family, you have a voice, and a vote. Let’s make it count.” The membership has since ratified the contracts.

Employees at McLaren Macomb Hospital Join OPEIU: More than 300 employyes at McLaren Macomb hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan, have voted to join OPEIU. The vote to associate with Local 40 was successful by 172-113. The workers covered include clerical associates, couriers, critical care techs, dispatchers, lab assistants, patient access reps, patient sitters, pharmacy techs and several other classifications. Local 40 President Jeff Morawski said: “This is the proudest day in the history of Local 40. The workers’ voices were heard loud and clear, and I am excited and proud to welcome them to Local 40. When workers win an election to form a union, everyone wins.”

CWA Members Reach Deal with AT&T Southeast: More than 20,000 employees at AT&T in nine states have reached a "handshake deal" on a new collective bargaining agreement. CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt said: “CWA members’ spirit and solidarity over the last four days showed the company that we would not back down until they bargained with us in good faith. This was a historic strike that showed the power that working people have when they join together.”

Harvard Graduate Students Reach Tentative Agreement with University: After meetings throughout the summer, the Harvard Graduate Students Union (an affiliate of UAW), reached tentative agreements on three contracts. But the graduate students say there is still work to be done. Bargaining committee member Cole M. Meisenhelder said: “On many remaining issues, the administration has told us ‘we have nothing else to say.’ As long as the administration refuses to negotiate over the health plan or denies student workers a neutral process for cases of discrimination or harassment, we will not be able to come to tentative agreements on these issues. This includes the creation of funds totaling more than half a million dollars to assist bargaining unit members in covering the costs of dental and dependent health care, as well as child care. As the negotiations are ongoing, we look forward to continuing to work on these important issues at the bargaining table.”

Cathay Pacific Flight Attendants Vote Overwhelmingly to Join AFA-CWA: Flight attendants that work for Cathay Pacific Airlines voted by 97% to be represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson said: “We are so proud to welcome our sisters and brothers at Cathay Pacific who chose to join with AFA Flight Attendants around the world. Their Cathay Cabin Crew counterparts in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Canada all have contracts with higher pay, benefits and job security. It's past time for these hardworking U.S.-based Flight Attendants to have a contract that lifts up good American jobs. Cathay Pacific Cabin Crew will surely enrich AFA’s history that includes decades of Flight Attendants working together to raise the bar for our entire profession.”

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 10/10/2019 - 11:55
Posted: October 10, 2019, 3:55 pm

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Laborers

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: Laborers

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the Laborers.

Name of Union: Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Mission: To help working men and women unite for a stronger voice in the economies and governments of the United States and Canada. As an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and North America’s Building Trades Unions, LIUNA works predominantly to help construction craft laborers improve their lives through collective bargaining, organizing, training programs, safer job sites and the enforcement of workers’ rights.

Current Leadership of Union: Terry O’Sullivan became the general president of LIUNA in 2000 and has since been elected to three terms. He first joined the union in 1974. He served in several previous positions, including vice president and Mid-Atlantic regional manager; assistant to the general president; chief of staff; Tri-Funds administrator; assistant director of the Construction, Maintenance and Service Trades Department; and administrator of the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center. O’Sullivan is a San Francisco native. Armand E. Sabitoni serves as general secretary-treasurer and as New England regional manager. In addition to O’Sullivan and Sabitoni, LIUNA is governed by a 14-member general executive board.

Number of Members: 500,000

Work Members Do: Construction of highways, bridges, tunnels, transit systems, buildings, industrial plants and manufacturing facilities; construction and maintenance of energy infrastructure, including renewable energy projects, pipelines, and natural gas and nuclear plants; environmental remediation of lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials; weatherization and landscaping. In addition, the union represents 70,000 public service employees who provide health care services, maintain parks and, through the affiliated National Postal Mail Handlers Union, process mail.

Industries Represented: Construction and public service. These working men and women are employed by various agencies, including the Postal Service, the Indian Health Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Park Service. 

History: The first recognized union for laborers was formed in Philadelphia in 1836. In 1903, American Federation of Labor President Samuel Gompers called for a convention to establish an international union of construction laborers and the International Hod Carriers and Building Laborers' Union was founded. (A hod is a tray connected to a pole handle that is used to shoulder loads of construction materials, such mortar or brick.)

At its first convention, the union represented more than 8,000 laborers in 17 different cities, most of whom were immigrants seeking a better life. In 1912, the union changed its name to the International Hod Carrier's Building and Common Laborers of America. By the end of the decade, the union had nearly 550 locals and more than 96,000 members. As the union grew, it became a stronger voice for immigrant and African-American workers. In the 1920s, the union chartered its first public sector local.

Pensions were a key issue for laborers before World War II. Most members worked for multiple contractors during their careers, making it impossible to earn pensions. The union established portable multi-employer plans, which have helped secure retirement for millions of working people.

During World War II, the union suspended all dues and pledged full support for the National Defense Program. By 1941, membership neared 300,000. After the war, a massive construction boom helped membership exceed 430,000.

In 1965, the union changed its name to the Laborers' International Union of North America, or LIUNA for short. The union’s successful fights for healthcare and expanding pension coverage became vital organizing tools.

In the ensuing decades, the union expanded it's focus on member benefits, political organizing and training. Many locals began to offer additional services, from health clinics to drug and alcohol rehabilitation resources. Its political organizing strength became sought after by candidates for state, local and federal office. Its training programs grew to invest tens of millions of dollars each year to help new members develop careers and enable existing members to find additional opportunities. In this era, the union adopted its stylized LIUNA Feel the Power mark and recognizable orange brand.

Current Campaigns/Community Efforts: The union strives to harness the power of its half-million members by encouraging the aggressive use of mobilization, organizing and communications tools at each of its 400 local unions. The LIUNA Action Network mobilizes members to take a stand on important issues. See how every new member is equipped to be an integral and active part of the union with a Member Orientation Guide. Through the LIUNA Training and Education Fund, members have access to free world-class skills training, enabling them to expand their work opportunities. Through various organizing efforts, the union fights to help non-union workers improve their lives by uniting with the union and by defending the rights of all workers, whether immigrant or native born. LIUNA also supports constituency groups for women, African Americans and Latinos. To see the amazing work LIUNA members do, visit Great Projects. Check out LECET's labor-contractor initiative, which helps connect skilled workers with the contractors who need them. To learn how the union strives to make job sites safer and workers healthier, visit the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund and its publication Lifelines

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Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:08
Posted: October 7, 2019, 2:08 pm

Religious Freedom: Freedom to Discriminate?

On September 28, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson issued Executive Order 11246 directing the government “to provide equal opportunity in Federal employment for all qualified persons.” Not only would federal contractors not  “discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because … Continue reading
Posted: October 7, 2019, 11:49 am

Economy Gains 136,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Declines to 3.5%

Economy Gains 136,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Declines to 3.5%

The U.S. economy gained 136,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 3.5%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

In response to the September job numbers, AFL-CIO Chief Economist William Spriggs said: "It is surprising the rate of job creation has slowed, and the rate of labor force participation has stayed almost constant but this lower job growth is sufficient to keep the share of people with jobs rising slightly, and unemployment falling. It clearly reflects the slowing growth rate of the American workforce as the Baby Boom ages." He also tweeted:

The unemployment rate for white men and Latinos are virtually equal at 2.9 and 3.0% though because Latinos have a much higher labor force participation rate, a higher share of Latinos are working 77.6 compared to 69.7% for whites @Marietmora @UnidosUS_Econ @AFLCIO #JobsReport

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 4, 2019

The broadest measure of labor market slack fell to 6.9% in September.  With weak wage growth and moderate job growth, the labor market is still tightening.  But the Census report on record levels of inequality are showing employment a weak antidote to address that trend. @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 4, 2019

The "reference week" for the @BLS_gov September jobs report was just before the @UAW strike of GM, but employment in motor vehicle manufacturing slipped 4,000.  So, little evidence of a speed up to increase inventory ahead of the strike. #JobsReport @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 4, 2019

The lack of broad income growth leaves retail floundering despite low unemployment.  @BLS_gov reports over 11,000 jobs lost in September in retail.  This is another sign of how this recovery is weakened by growing inequality. #JobsReport @UFCW @AFLCIO

— William E. Spriggs (@WSpriggs) October 4, 2019

Last month's biggest job gains were in health care (39,000), professional and business services (34,000), government (22,000), and transportation and warehousing (16,000). Employment declined in retail trade (-11,000). Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, financial activities, and leisure and hospitality, showed little change over the month. 

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for teenagers (12.5%), blacks (5.5%), Hispanics (3.9%), adult men (3.2%), whites (3.4%), adult women (3.1%) and Asians (2.5%) showed little or no change in September.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) rose in September and accounted for 22.7% of the unemployed.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/04/2019 - 13:58
Posted: October 4, 2019, 5:58 pm

Working People Show Solidarity with GM/UAW Strikers

Working People Show Solidarity with GM/UAW Strikers
Shuler GM Strike

As the strike by UAW members at General Motors approaches three weeks, labor activists and their allies have shown their solidarity with the UAW members by joining them on the picket lines. Here are some highlights from those visits.

I had the opportunity to join striking @UAW members at the @GM Bedford Casting Operations plant in Bedford, Indiana this afternoon, I relayed to them that the 12.5M members of the @AFLCIO are supporting them and standing in solidarity with them. #1u #GMStrike

— Richard Trumka (@RichardTrumka) October 1, 2019

I was honored to be in Detroit this weekend walking the picket line with @UAW brothers and sisters—I'll be walking the line in spirit until GM workers get the fair deal and respect they deserve! #1u

— Liz Shuler (@lizshuler) September 23, 2019

Always proud to stand with UAW members fighting for good jobs and fair wages. I’m hopeful the UAW and GM can negotiate and ratify a contract quickly so Michigan’s autoworkers can get back on the job as soon as possible, as this is so important to our economy.

— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) September 16, 2019

As workers were on the picket lines Monday night, GM decided to terminate insurance coverage for thousands of UAW members and their families.

The UAW activated the strike fund to help fill the gap and ensure that no one loses their care.

— UAW (@UAW) September 18, 2019

We are standing together and standing up for our families, our communities, and our fellow workers. #StandWithUS #SolidarityForever

— UAW (@UAW) September 19, 2019

Thank you to @TheDemocrats Chair @TomPerez for joining striking workers yesterday at the Tonawanda Engine Plant #StandWithUS

— UAW (@UAW) September 19, 2019

At the @UAW strike in Detroit. An auto worker here has been at this picket line every day — and she has lost her voice. I let her know that I am here to be a voice for her. #UnionStrong #StandwithUS

— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) September 19, 2019

Today General President Jim Hoffa today joined UAW members on strike at the General Motors Lake Orion Assembly Plant... read more:

— Teamsters (@Teamsters) September 20, 2019

I’m always proud to support working Kansans, good jobs and fair wages. It’s important for GM and UAW to pursue swift resolution of differences and get employees back to work as soon as possible.

— Laura Kelly (@LauraKellyKS) September 19, 2019

I’m always proud to support working Kansans, good jobs and fair wages. It’s important for GM and UAW to pursue swift resolution of differences and get employees back to work as soon as possible.

— Laura Kelly (@LauraKellyKS) September 19, 2019

I stand with @UAW. Support unions!

— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) September 20, 2019

@UAW in Dallas demanding a CONTRACT! #uawstrike @TexasAFLCIO affiliates showing support for our sisters and brothers ✊🏾💥✊🏽👩🏾👨🏻🧔🏽👩🏼‍🦰🧒🏻

— Montserrat Garibay (@MontseTXAFLCIO) September 21, 2019

I was proud to stand with @UAW members at the Orion Assembly in #MI08. Cars were honking to show their support, and workers told me the public support they’ve felt from the community has been overwhelming.

— Rep. Elissa Slotkin (@RepSlotkin) September 21, 2019

Today, I proudly stood alongside @UAW members on strike in Kansas City as they fight for a fair contract. Everything that defines a middle class life is because of unions fighting for worker protections. I stand with you, and America stands with you.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 22, 2019

Today, I proudly stood alongside @UAW members on strike in Kansas City as they fight for a fair contract. Everything that defines a middle class life is because of unions fighting for worker protections. I stand with you, and America stands with you.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 22, 2019

The workers of @UAW are fighting for fair wages and good benefits—and I have their backs. When unions win, all workers win.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 22, 2019

Even kids understand you need to support your workers! NYSUT stand in solidarity with striking workers! @UAW @NYSAFLCIO @nysut @WilliamsvilleTA

— Michelle Licht (@MichelleLicht) September 22, 2019

We’re out on the picket line with @UAW in Arlington, Texas alongside @TheIronworkers, @transportworker and @TCCLC_AFLCIO. This is one of 12 gates where strikers are running picket lines 24/7 #StandwithUS #1u

— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) September 24, 2019

All workers have the right to stand up for fair wages, better working conditions, and investment in their local communities.

Honored to walk the picket line with @UAW in Parma today.

— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) September 23, 2019


— UAW (@UAW) September 24, 2019

Visiting with striking GM workers in Lordstown, Ohio.

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) September 25, 2019

Thank you to @RepDebDingell for standing with UAW members on strike for fair wages, quality health care and job security!

— UAW (@UAW) September 24, 2019

I stand with workers, not the corporations making record profits.

— Steve Bullock (@GovernorBullock) September 29, 2019

Ford workers in Kentucky are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their UAW brothers and sisters on the picket line. #SolidarityForever

— UAW (@UAW) September 26, 2019

CWA 1122 and 1115 members stood with UAW local 646 members today in solidarity #onedaylonger #1U #unionstrong

— CWA 1122 (@cwa1122buffalo) September 18, 2019

It’s past time corporations realize the heart of their business isn’t profit, it’s people. Proud to stand with our @UAW Local 239 family this morning in White Marsh, MD in their fight for quality health care.

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) September 28, 2019

SATURDAY: Join South Bend Mayor @PeteButtigieg on the picket line in Reno:

— UAW (@UAW) September 26, 2019

Standing with workers on picket lines is something I've done my entire life — that's what I do and what I believe. I was proud to stand with striking @UAW General Motors workers in Michigan. We're going to win the fight against corporate greed.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 26, 2019

Senator @KamalaHarris will stand with UAW members on the picket line at the Reno Distribution Center tomorrow! Join them to show your support:

— UAW (@UAW) October 2, 2019

✊🏼 @MOAFLCIO was out in force today at the Hold the Line Rally at the @UAW2250 hall this morning. #1u #GMStrike

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) September 27, 2019

.@UAW strikers at the Langhorne GM plant addressing the crowd!! #UAWStrike #UAW #Solidarity #UnionStrong #1u

— Philadelphia AFL-CIO (@PhillyAFLCIO) September 28, 2019

The Arlington TX NAACP continues to stand with UAW Local 276 and GM employees on Day 14 of the national strike.

If you would like to join us in marching, praying, and donating, we will continue on October 6th at 2PM.#SolidaritySunday@UAW @TCCLC_AFLCIO @AFLCIO @NAACP

— Arlington, TX NAACP (@ArlingtonNAACP) September 30, 2019

Proud to stand in solidarity with my @UAW brothers and sisters today. I hear you, I stand with you, and I believe in your fight for fairness and equity. 👊🏼

— Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) September 29, 2019

One day longer. One day stronger. #1u #GMStrike

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) September 27, 2019
Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:05
Posted: October 4, 2019, 4:05 pm

A New Era in Deindustrialization Studies?

Brexit, the election of Donald Trump as US President, and the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, have refocused attention on the connections between political events and deindustrialized working-class communities. Deindustrialization first emerged as an explanatory framework for the wrenching … Continue reading
Posted: September 30, 2019, 11:22 am

The News Media’s Blind Spots Covering the Working Class

At midnight on Sept. 15, 49,000 UAW-GM workers walked out on strike at locations across the country, a day after their 2015 collective bargaining contract with General Motors expired and the union declined to extend the provisions of the agreement. … Continue reading
Posted: September 23, 2019, 11:59 am

Memoir as Medium: Bridging the Class Divide

More than three years after its publication in 2016, Hillbilly Elegy and its author J.D. Vance continue to be lightning rods. A recent Washington Post opinion piece caused an uproar by insinuating that Vance lamented the declining white birth rate … Continue reading
Posted: September 16, 2019, 12:02 pm

Censoring the Working Class

Does the first amendment work the same for all Americans? What kind of freedoms do working people have to read, look at, and say what they want? The subject is on my mind this month as I gear up to … Continue reading
Posted: September 9, 2019, 11:23 am

Transnational Reach: 2019 Working-Class Studies Association Awards

As Donald Trump and his ilk on the world stage strip labor protections and human rights under the guise of faux populism,  writers, workers, artists, and activists have refused to submit to the chicanery. An international crisis requires an international … Continue reading
Posted: September 2, 2019, 7:19 am

Workers of the World Unite (At Last)

Neoliberal globalization presents many challenges to labor organizing. Increased mobility of capital has led to a sharp increase in relocation, outsourcing, and offshoring. Multinational corporations can threaten to close plants when workers request better wages, and executives can even pit … Continue reading
Posted: August 19, 2019, 12:08 am

Can the Working Class Trust the Democrats?

Two years ago, we compared the opioid epidemic to the mortgage crisis that nearly cratered the global economy, noting how both were caused by corporate greed. Recent reporting in the Washington Post and other media outlets reveals an important difference … Continue reading
Posted: August 12, 2019, 2:24 pm

Why the Democrats Need to Talk about Race AND Class

In their response to President Trump’s racist tweets telling them to “go back to where they came from,” the four female congressional representatives dubbed “The Squad” tried to shift the debate. Instead of battling over whether the tweets and the subsequent “Send … Continue reading
Posted: August 5, 2019, 1:22 pm