Dec. 2, a bill was signed by President Biden ending a threatened strike by railroad workers nationwide. For anyone with any interest in Labor Relations generally, this is an opportunity to get a notion of issues and how they are resolved. The railroad legislation is well summarized here.
As one whose full-time job was Labor Relations, for 27 years, every labor issue is, from the advocates point of view, ‘clear’. But different constituencies have differing points of view, on virtually every issue, every time. The railroad issue is no different; only the scale is much greater.
On a similar note, in mid-November a colleague sent along a recent and interesting video about the 1970 Minneapolis Teachers Strike, presented from the point of view of then-leaders and members of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers.
I forwarded the video to former staff and teacher union colleagues with some personal comments relating to Labor Relations in the public school teacher sector back then. If you are a former teacher, particularly in Minnesota, particularly if you were active in either Association or Federation back then, this writeup and the video may be of interest to you.
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