In late 2018, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers went on strike, fighting for a new contract that would reduce workplace injuries, end forced overtime, and gain pay equity for women workers. On November 27th, the Canadian government forced postal workers back to work, defying Canada’s Charter of Human Rights. As the Canadian postal workers and their domestic and other international allies fight back, members of the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers are rallying today at 12:30 p.m.
This past November, workers in Alexandria’s DASH bus system voted overwhelmingly to join the ATU. Last week, however, the company fired LaTonya Robinson, “probably our best leader during the organizing drive,” reports ATU Field Mobilization Specialist John Ertl. “They got her on two technical infractions of very broadly-written work rules,” Ertl says, noting that “This is a crisis for us as we are just about to enter bargaining, and the company is hoping that her termination may have a chilling effect on the workforce.” Reinstatement of Robinson is now one of the union’s key goals, along with continuing to expose DASH’s anti-union activities (click here to see ATU’s Chris Townsend’s remarks at last week’s DASH Board meeting). Meanwhile, Robinson’s coworkers at DASH haven’t taken her firing sitting down, circulating a petition demanding her reinstatement. “If management thinks this is going to stop us from organizing, they’re wrong because it’s had nothing but the opposite effect,” declared fellow DASH driver and union activist Tyler Boos.
photo: ATU Local 689 activists and DASH drivers
Thirty-four thousand teachers in Los Angeles are out on strike to defend public education against the privatization agenda of Austin Beutner, the former investment banker and current Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is demanding class size limits, more funding for counselors, social workers, and nurses, and a moratorium on charter school expansion. The school district is hoping to hold on to its $1.9 billion in reserves and continue defunding, dismantling, and privatizing the city’s 900 public schools.
Join Labor Notes Education Coordinator Barbara Madeloni on Tuesday, January 15, at 6 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. EST for a video conference call with a few of the teachers who are leading the fight for the schools all Los Angeles students deserve.
• Karla Griego is a teacher at Sotomayor Learning Academies.
• Mark Ramos is a teacher at Franklin High School.
• Gillian Russom is a teacher at Roosevelt High School.
This event is free and open to the public. Participants can join by phone or computer. Space is limited. You must register to participate in this call.
Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action begins February 4, 2019. The Edgewood College School of Education invites you to a special event on Sunday, January 27, at 12:30 p.m. with Rethinking Schools editor Jesse Hagopian to discuss Teaching for Black Lives and the Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action. This event will be held Sunday, January 27, at 12:30 p.m. at Predolin Hall, Edgewood College (959 Edgewood College Dr, Madison, WI).
A limited number of books will be available for purchase at the event. To purchase your copy before the event, click here to order Teaching for Black Lives. Take 25% off when you use the code “GOT4BL25” at checkout.
The discussion will be followed by networking, refreshments, and a workshop for teachers, students, parents, and community members to plan lessons and events that center around anti-racist education and affirm the lives of Black students.
Be one of the first 50 people to register online and receive a FREE Teaching for Black Lives sticker at check-in.
Thank you for your interest in Fighting for Justice, Teaching for Black Lives.
To register, please complete the short form below. For questions, please contact Anita Simansky at email@example.com or 608-239-2218.
For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/2FgzL5H.
UE fully supports the UTLA strike.
Teachers are on the front lines of defending public education, and reversing the decades-long attempt to starve the whole public sector.
United Teachers Los Angeles has been in contract negotiations with LAUSD for almost two years. In August, 98 percent of union members voted to authorize a strike. With class sizes that are too high and not enough resources in their classrooms and attacks to their profession, teachers are fighting for a profound reinvestment in Los Angeles schools.
Read more from UTLA: https://www.utla.net/news/utla-will-strike-monday