(Excerpted from AFL-CIO Publication № 81, revised April 1976)
What Officers Can Do To Improve the Meeting
1. Start promptly! Establish the practice of starting on time. Give notice that the next meeting will begin promptly at 7 (or 8) o’clock. Then speak to some of the officers and members and get them to promise to be there at the appointed time. If this happens once or twice other members will get the idea and show up on time.
2. End on time! It is a good rule to keep the meeting down to one-and-a-half hours. There are many things…
Many articles have been written by journalists and pundits in the aftermath of the RWDSU’s defeat at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer — including one coauthored by Peter Olney and myself. After the vote I asked an Amazon worker about the impact of the NLRB certification election on the organizing effort at the warehouse where he works in the NY metro area. He is affiliated with Amazonians United, a movement of workers organizing for dignity on their jobs.
“I talked with my coworkers a few times about the Bessemer organizing campaign. When the news about the NLRB filing broke in…
These are the 25 local names on the new Forbes’ billionaires list (from the Boston Globe):
№85 — Abigail Johnson, $20.9 billion
Johnson has served as the CEO of Boston-based Fidelity Investments since 2014 and owns an estimated 24.5 percent stake of the firm, according to Forbes. Her net worth is nearly double that of her father, the next Massachusetts billionaire on the list.
№219 — Edward Johnson, III, $10.3 billion
Johnson served as Fidelity Investments’ chief executive before his daughter Abigail took over. His father founded the company in 1946.
№380 — Jim Davis and Family, $6.9 billion The…
Rand Wilson and Peter Olney
The labor movement’s pundits and prognosticators ring in the New Year like commentators in every line of work. They make pronouncements about what “will” happen and what “should” happen to revitalize the shrinking U.S. trade union movement.
At 6.7 percent density in the private sector, U.S. unions aren’t even treading water; we are drowning. That makes it more imperative than ever to engage members to strengthen connections between our union struggles and build broader public support.
The best opportunity to involve union members in 2021 will be through the large-scale collective bargaining agreements that are…
By Peter Olney and Rand Wilson
There is no rest for the weary. The 2020 election triumph in the battleground states and the historic victory in the Georgia Senate races is fast becoming a fleeting memory. With the disappointing, but expected, results of the Senate impeachment trial, the public focus shifts to the Biden agenda for the pandemic and economic justice. If politics is the “art of the possible,” this is a tough moment for the dreams and aspirations of so many of us.
Lulled by media incantations about an expected Blue Wave, many progressives yearned for the legislative possibility…
After voting to form a union seven and a half years ago, Comcast technicians at the Fairhaven, Massachusetts, garage finally have a first contract. Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2322’s new two-year contract was ratified by 79 percent of the eligible membership on February 3.
In addition to significant wage and benefit improvements, new on-call benefits, and fairer distribution of overtime, the agreement improves job security by preventing layoffs if Comcast employs any contractors at the facility. …
North Andover Community Campaign, Merrimack Valley Building Trades
BAmazon Union: Anticipating the Battle in Bessemer, Alabama
“Free Shipping”, a review https://stansburyforum.com/2020/11/23/free-shipping-a-review…
After winning an NLRB union certification election on April 24, 2013, Comcast technicians at the Fairhaven Massachusetts garage have finally negotiated their first union contract with management. The new two-year contract with IBEW Local 2322 was ratified by 79 percent of the eligible membership on February 3, 2021.
The negotiations took place for over seven and half years. During that time, management attempted to decertify the union three times, but with each vote, support for collective bargaining and a union contract actually increased.
Seven and half years! What every Comcast technician wants to know is why it took so long…
By Peter Olney and Rand Wilson, originally published in Italian labor journal Sinistra Sindacale, January 21, 2021
On January 20, Joseph Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Fourteen days earlier, on the heels of the Democratic Party’s victory in the Georgia Senate run-off election, Americans and the world watched in shock as armed right-wing extremists overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol. Carrying confederate flags, the insurrectionists pranced in its hallowed halls and reveled in defiling statues, and other symbols of constitutional democracy. The scene might have reminded people around the world of previous U.S. …
Somerville Stands Together is a coalition of community and labor organizations. Below are some of the highlights of the coalition for 2020. More information about SST is on our website here.
Somerville City Council inauguration — Councilor, and friend of labor, Matt McLaughlin elected Council President
ORS City wide meeting (Jan. 12)
CAAS ratification vote (Jan. 23)
Somerville Stands Together Coalition meeting (Jan. 27)
Rand Wilson works as a union organizer and labor educator. He is a political activist in Somerville, MA.