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    Friends, please post and circulate. Thanks, Matt Noyes 1. Articles from the June/July issue of Union Democracy Review 2. New Links: ILA, IBEW, SEIU and more.
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      Friends, please post and circulate. Thanks, Matt Noyes

      1. Articles from the June/July issue of Union Democracy Review
      2. New Links: ILA, IBEW, SEIU and more.
      3. Rebels, Reformers, and Racketeers
      4. AUD is hiring.
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      1. Articles from Union Democracy Review #151:

      The fall of RISE in the Teamsters Union. "Most disturbing is
      Stier's conclusion that `we have substantial reliable information
      that organized crime again threatens the union.'"

      A double miscalculation ended RISE, by Herman Benson "Looking
      back now, after four years of effort and an expenditure of fifteen
      million dollars, how are we to assess the RISE experience?"

      Dockers campaign against ILA master contract, by Marsha Niemeijer and
      Carl Biers "Opponents' main complaint is that the contract does
      far too little to narrow the gap between the two tiers of longshore
      workers, even though their employers, international shipping and
      stevedoring companies, are immensely profitable."

      ATU drivers win two week strike "The strike was led by members of
      the Drivers Coalition, a rank-and-file caucus that organized to
      demand
      better representation in Amalgamated Transport Union Local 1181."

      Internet wins the race in IATSE 600 (internet only) by Matt Noyes
      "In April, the insurgent Coalition for a Democratic Union
      defeated the incumbent Unite 600 slate, winning all of the positions
      for which they ran a candidate, including five of seven national
      officers. Both sides attribute CDU's success to three main
      factorsÂ…"

      Court forces Ironworkers to democratize constitutions. "For
      Ironworkers, Judge Kessler's decision was a ringing reaffirmation of
      their rights. For the labor movement, it is a reminder of a
      persisting family closet scandal."

      See http://www.uniondemocracy.org/UDR/UDRhome.htm

      2. New links:

      Voice of the Membership (ILA 333); SEIU 888 Members' Democracy
      Campaign; Concerned ILA Rank-and-File members blog and website for
      longshore workers; Members for a Stronger Local Union, for IBEW local
      26 members; Union Members for a Better Union, for UAW Local 12
      members; CDU-TRC Blog for Tennessee carpenters.

      See http://www.uniondemocracy.org/Resources/AUDLinks

      3. Rebels, Reformers, and Racketeers: how insurgents transformed the
      labor movement, a new book by AUD founder Herman Benson, analyzes
      insurgent and reform activity in US unions from the 1950's to the
      present. For many of our supporters, it tells their own story.

      "Benson is a secular crusader whose passion, advocacy, and
      agitation have had a salutary impact on the lives of thousands of
      unionists and an indirect impress on many, many tens of thousands
      more. His story of the postwar fight for union democracy is an
      intrinsically fascinating, important -- and untold one -- and it
      merits a wide audience."
      --Nelson Lichtenstein, Professor of History University of California,
      Santa Barbara

      To read an excerpt online and see the complete table of contents, see
      http://www.uniondemocracy.org/UDR/64-Rebels%20excerpt.htm

      To order, contact AUD aud@....

      4. AUD is accepting applications for the new position of assistant
      executive director. We are looking for someone has the capability of
      moving up to executive director after some experience on the job.
      Qualifications include: dedication to building a strong labor
      movement and a commitment to civil liberties; strong ability to
      communicate AUD's mission; willingness to work for a modest, but
      secure, salary with benefits; fundraising/grant writing/experience a
      plus; women and people of color encouraged to apply.

      Send resume and cover to AUD: 104 Montgomery Street, Brooklyn, New
      York, 11225. aud@...
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