Posts Tagged ‘Union’

First Videos from Labor Notes 2014

Posted in Curated Links on April 10th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Labor Notes 2014 in Chicago was an incredible weekend of inspiration and activism. This was my first Labor Notes, and I hope to make in an annual ritual. Highlights, for me, were the Friday afternoon Chicago Labor history tour (conducted by the ILHS), the Saturday afternoon STOP Staples protest, and (of course) the Friday and Saturday night Folk Music singalongs, spearheaded by members of the Seattle Labor Chorus and Anne Feeney.

How could I forget to mention the incredible and boisterous impromptu singalong in the Crowne Plaza lobby into the wee hours of Sunday morning with young Wobblies and Occupy kids from Portland, Chicago and the Twin Cities?

Labor Notes has the first videos from the conference posted on their site now. I’m looking forward to more.

Need an inspiration fix? Here are a few video highlights for those who couldn’t make it to the record-breaking 2014 Labor Notes Conference—or those already ready to relive it.

See them here: First Videos from the 2014 Labor Notes Conference | Labor Notes.

“Stop Staples” Protest

Posted in News on April 7th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

It was one of the pleasures of my life to join together with union sisters and brothers on Saturday to protest the plan to outsource mail services to Staples stores.

Several hundred of us came to the Staples in Elmwood Park for the protest.

Follow these links for more information.

APWU Press Release

STOP Staples

Community and Postal Workers United

Remembering the Martyrs: A Social and Picnic

Posted in Curated Links on March 28th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Date: May 4, 2014

Time: 10:30am-3:45pm

Location: Forest Home Cemetery, Haymarket Martyr’s Monument

Join the IWW and many other radical, anti-capitalist, and labor organizations at Forest Home Cemetery to eat, drink, talk, and make new friends and connections. This will be a pot-luck style event so please bring food to share. This event is open to all who are interested and is family friendly.

Learn More: May Day Events 2014

Labor Notes Conference 2014 Schedule

Posted in Curated Links on March 27th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The full schedule of workshops, sessions, and performances for the 2014 Labor Notes Conference April 4-6, Chicago is now available online.

Get it here: Conference 2014 Schedule Now Available Online! | Labor Notes.

If you’ll be attending the conference, I’d love to meet you. Get in touch by email to

Southern Masculinity and the Anti-Union Campaign at VW

Posted in Curated Links on March 14th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Here’s another brilliant piece of reporting from Mike Elk.

During the nearly two years he worked at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., Ed Hunter, 43, spent his days bent over, crawling in and out of cars on the assembly line. He believes the posture slowly destroyed his body and led to an accident he suffered in June 2011. “When I got into the car I felt something go,” he says. “I just lost my foot—I couldn’t feel it.”

When he went to the doctor the next month, Hunter learned that he had ruptured several disks in his back. Despite this, Hunter says, his team leader called him a “pussy” for taking light duty. So Hunter sucked it up and worked through the pain.

Read More: The Battle for Chattanooga: Southern Masculinity and the Anti-Union Campaign at Volkswagen – Working In These Times.

New Leadership in the APWU Ready to Rock

Posted in Curated Links on March 13th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Newly elected APWU President Mark Dimondstein is determined to oppose creeping privatization by the Postal Service.

“If you put post offices in Staples stores and pay the workers $8 or $9 an hour, it’ll lead to closing post offices and a shift to non-union poverty-wage jobs from living-wage union jobs.”

Read More: New postal union leader seeks to halt latest privatization scheme » peoplesworld.

Understanding Education “Reform”

Posted in Curated Links on February 5th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

Deborah Meier writes at Talking Union about the greed behind the “new reform” movement in Education.

“Having failed time after time with vouchers—direct public funding of private schools, the new reformers saw a way around it. Their instincts also suggested that history favors reforms that make repeal difficult, almost impossible. So the motto is: move fast and thoroughly.”

Read the full article: Follow the money to understand education reform | Talking Union.

Why the Middle Should Care About the Bottom

Posted in Curated Links on January 10th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

The middle has to care about the bottom because it represents how far our society will let someone fall.

Read the article: A Real Movement of the 99%—Don’t Look Down | Talking Union.

The Catholic Labor Network

Posted in Curated Links, Resources on January 9th, 2014 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

I was very happy to run across a resource this morning for Catholic unionists and those who are interested in the Church’s teaching on economic justice. It’s called the Catholic Labor Network.

Here’s the description from their Website.

“The Catholic Labor Network hopes to be a place for those Catholics, lay, religious and clergy,  who are active in their churches and in unions to learn about their Church’s teachings as regards to labor issues, pray for those who are working for economic justice and share  information about events and struggles that may be taking place in their area. For over one hundred years, the Catholic Church has been a voice of support for workers, and a conscience to the body politic when it pondered issues dealing with the distribution of wealth and the condition of workers.”

Here are some links.

The Catholic Labor Network: Home Page

Catholic Labor Network Weblog

Catholic Labor Network on Facebook

The Place To Learn How To Fight

Posted in Video on December 20th, 2013 by Noebie – Be the first to comment

I’ll see you in Chicago.