Wash State Legislative Staffers Strike – Iowa Machinists Strike, Inspired by John Deere – Colorado Springs Teachers Walk Out

Machinists strike in Davenport, Iowa (Quad City Times)

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360 Iowa Machinists Strike in Iowa

In Davenport, Iowa, 360 aerospace workers, members of the Machinists Union, went on strike today at Eaton, an aerospace parts supplier. 

After the company proposed that workers cut their pension plans as well as their health care plans, Machinists union members voted to strike with 98% of voters in favor. 

The strike in Davenport comes after workers at a nearby John Deere factory went on a strike that received national attention. 

“When you take a look at all the PR behind the John Deere strike, the Kellogg’s strike, KONE strike, I think that that plays an awful lot and it has kinda changed the mindset of the normal worker. They’re tired, they’re fed up with not getting a fair share,” John Herrig, directing business representative for Machinists District 6, told WQAD. 

For more, check out WQAD. 


Washington State Legislative Staffers Strike
In Washington state, over 50 legislative staffers went out on a sickout strike on Thursday as the legislation granting them the right to collectively bargain stalled in the State Senate. 

“For many decades, the State Legislature has diligently expanded the right to collectively bargain to many in our public workforce,” State Representative Marcus Riccelli told MyNorthwest. “These staff deserve the same rights.” 

For more, check out MyNorthwest.

Colorado Springs Teachers Hold Sickout Strike 

In the conservative bastion of Colorado Springs, hundreds of teachers went on a sickout strike today. 

The strike is to protest the school district removing teachers’ planning periods with the teaching of another class. Meanwhile, the school struggles to find staff. 

Teachers say they are fed up and have had enough. 

“We are already experiencing an exodus of veteran, highly-skilled teachers due to poor pay and benefits,” their union said in a statement.  “We are already unable to fill math and science positions with a qualified candidate, and the district is eliminating one of its last compelling benefits – increased plan time.”

For more, check out KRDO.

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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter, who covered everything from the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2015, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh but speaks Portuguese which he learned in journalism school in Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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