Labor Notes

What's Coming for Unions Under President Trump

With the election of Donald Trump as president and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, we are entering a period of existential crisis for unions and our organized power. The coming months and years are going to call for a spirit of maximum solidarity.

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Where to Find Better Candidates? Oregon Unions Are Growing Their Own

Election night 2016 was bittersweet for me. I spent most of the day with Oregon legislative candidate Teresa Alonso Leon, a Service Employees (SEIU) member.

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Chattanooga Auto Workers to Host Strike Meeting

At its monthly meeting this weekend, United Auto Workers Local 42 will be informing Volkswagen workers about their right to strike and access to strike benefits.

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How Minnesota Public Employees Stood Up for Paid Parental Leave

Many unions agonize over how to get young workers involved. At the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees (MAPE), we did it with a fight over an issue that mattered to younger members—paid parental leave.

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Five Ways to Defend Immigrants in America

As the reality of a Donald Trump presidency sets in, unions and workers centers are gearing up for a massive fight to defend immigrant members, building on lessons from the past decade.

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All Tricks, No Treat in Peeps Candy Strike

After three weeks on strike, the 400 workers who make Mike and Ikes, Hot Tamales, and that Easter basket staple, marshmallow Peeps, were driven back to work September 28—still without a contract.

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There's Another Important Election You Aren't Hearing About: Can a 'Pissed-off Teamster' Take Down the Incumbent?

At last, November’s election deadline is almost here—clinching a dramatic race that featured a nail-biter of a nomination contest, a raucous convention, and an email scandal. Few undecided voters are left. The candidates have painted starkly different visions for the future of jobs, health care, retirement, and democracy itself. Now the outcome depends on how effectively each side can turn out its votes.

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The Chinese Working Class Is the Most Strike-Prone in the World: A New Book Details a Movement You Probably Haven't Heard Much About

The editors of China on Strike must be encouraged by July’s news from Walmart. Not only did workers in at least five Chinese stores strike against flexible scheduling, they did so with the aid of the Walmart Chinese Workers’ Association, a loose cross-workplace group established in 2014 by two former Walmart workers.

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'Superstore' Is the Realest Retail Sitcom Yet

Ever wanted to know what it’s really like to work in retail? “Superstore” is the show to watch.

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