Labor Notes

Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga

Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga June 14, 2019 / Chris BrooksIt was a bad sign. On the day voting began at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the shift change suddenly turned blue. Throngs of workers were passing through the factory turnstiles in both directions,...

Steward’s Corner: Pennies for Evelyn

Steward's Corner: Pennies for Evelyn June 06, 2019 / Patrick Weisansal IIAn issue doesn’t need to violate contract language to spark a winning fight, as this story from my union demonstrates. Just before Christmas last year, management told one of our members at Buffalo General Hospital that...

Less Messaging, More Action

You’re at a union meeting, brainstorming for a campaign, when a hand shoots up. “What we need is better messaging. Can we get a billboard? Maybe we could make a meme.” We’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve said it yourself. It seems like common sense that if...

Strike by Drivers Disrupts Uber Launch

Strike by Drivers Disrupts Uber Launch May 30, 2019 / Joe DeManuelle-HallRideshare drivers around the world rallied and struck May 8, the day Uber went public. Joined by unions in London and in Melbourne, Australia, drivers from at least 12 U.S. cities participated in the first...

Strike Empties the Shelves at Stop & Shop

Strike Empties the Shelves at Stop & Shop May 28, 2019 / Griffin BuellThirty-one thousand workers at New England grocery giant Stop & Shop struck for 11 days in April, beating back concessions with a display of power that took management by surprise. Members of five Food...

UE Faces Down Two Tier in Erie

Members of Electrical Workers (UE) Locals 506 and 618 rallied with supporters May 17 in Pittsburgh outside the Wabtec shareholders’ meeting. Wabtec, which completed its acquisition of GE Transportation in February, is still demanding a two-tier contract that would slash the average wage by $12 an...