Labor Notes #462

UPDATE, February 2018: As we feared when we published the below article in September 2017, the Trump NLRB wasted little time before overruling the Lutheran Heritage standard. On December 14, 2017, by a 3-2 majority, the Board announced that it would henceforth apply a balancing test to determine the legality of work rules which, although neutral on their face, are likely to deter employees from engaging in concerted activity.

Last year personal trainers at Canada’s largest chain of gyms became the first fitness workers in North America to unionize, joining Workers United.

Since then, 650 trainers at GoodLife Fitness in Toronto and two nearby cities have been fighting for a first contract, and waging fights for better conditions club by club.

With teachers facing similar attacks in school districts across the country, it makes sense to share strategies for fighting back. That’s the goal of the United Caucuses of Rank-and-File Educators (UCORE), a growing network of locals and caucuses within the teachers unions.

Seventy-five educator activists met in Los Angeles August 4-6, representing school districts from Philadelphia to Oakland and statewide groups from Hawaii, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

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