Labor Notes #403, October 2012

Republicans in Congress are gnashing their teeth, but TSA workers are voting on their first contract, which would establish important labor rights for the 45,000 workers who screen passengers and baggage at airports.

Strikers have returned to work with full back pay at Walmart’s giant warehouse in Elwood, Illinois. They had struck for three weeks over their employer's illegal retaliation for on-the-job organizing.

A lackluster debate performance is not the worst disappointment of union members' last four years. Better choices won't happen without a thorough shake-up of labor's approach to electoral politics.

Union representatives can use their right to information not just to win grievances but to nudge the boss toward contract compliance.

Six hundred supporters of striking Walmart warehouse workers in Elwood, Illinois, upped the pressure Monday with civil disobedience that shut down the most important node in the company’s distribution network.

Though the Canadian Auto Workers say they "resisted concessions" to the Detroit 3, new hires will now have a 10-year “grow-in” to regular pay, starting at 60 percent. For all intents and purposes, two-tier is likely to be permanent.

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