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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Corporate Welfare Didn't Start with Trump's Carrier Deal: Its Been a Bipartisan Boondoggle for Decades

This article was first posted at Labor Notes.

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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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Here's How Zara's Retail Workers Just Won a Union

The high turnover in retail makes organizing a huge challenge. But a thousand workers at eight Zara stores in Manhattan beat the odds and unionized.

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Uber's Labor Deception: The Ride-Sharing Business Just Created an 'Immoral, Illegal, Unconscionable Company Union'

It’s called the Independent Drivers Guild—but the new organization for New York City’s estimated 35,000 Uber drivers is “independent” in name only.

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Battle on the Boardwalk: Trump Taj Mahal Workers Continue Strike

Bartenders, housekeepers, servers, cooks, and other casino workers at the Trump Taj Mahal have made history with the longest casino strike in Atlantic City since gambling became legal here more than 40 years ago.

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Growing Numbers of Union Activists Going to the Mat for Black Lives Matter

If you’ve attended a Fight for $15 rally or a Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago recently, chances are you’ve seen members of Future Fighters.

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Police Violence is a Racial Issue, But It's Also a Labor Issue

After the latest fatal police shootings of Black men, captured in horrifying video footage, many of us are asking ourselves tough questions.

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Wave of Walkouts at AT&T West

On the East Coast, union members just approved a contract at Verizon. Meanwhile the next big telecom storm is brewing out West.

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Three Recent Wins Prove Old-Fashioned Union Power Isn’t Dead Yet

Three big wins for workers in the last nine months arrived where you might least expect them: in the old, blue-collar economy. That’s the economy where unions are down to 6.7 percent, where wins are rare and workers are supposed to be on their way out.

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In China, Walmart Retail Workers Walk Out Over Unfair Scheduling

About 70 Walmart workers began a wildcat strike July 1 against an unpopular new flexible scheduling system. They are reacting against a campaign of intimidation by Walmart China, which has been trying to coerce store workers to accept the new schedules since May.

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5,000 Minnesota Nurses Go on Strike

Sometimes solidarity comes shaped like a popsicle. That’s what one nursing assistant, on her way in for the evening shift at United Hospital in St. Paul, delivered to nurses picketing in blazing 95-degree heat.

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Verizon Strike Shows Corporate Giants Can Be Beat

Thirty-nine thousand Verizon strikers returned to work June 1 with their heads held high, after a 45-day strike in which they beat back company demands for concessions on job security and flexibility, won 1,300 additional union jobs, and achieved a first contract at seven Verizon Wireless stores.

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Local Unions Take Lead in Verizon Strike Solidarity

As the strike by 39,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers continues into its third week, efforts are underway to broaden picketing at Verizon Wireless stores across the country. Workers at seven Wireless stores in Brooklyn, New York, and Everett, Massachusetts, are on strike, along with wireline workers from Massachusetts to Virginia.

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Chicago Teachers Union Plans a Major Strike

t’s not a general strike—not yet, anyway. But April 1 is shaping up to be a big moment for the Chicago labor movement, and once again, teachers are leading the charge.

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Chicago Teachers to Strike for Public Schools and Services

Just in time for the 2016 Labor Notes Conference, the Chicago Teachers Union is planning a one-day strike and citywide day of action April 1. The union’s governing body, the House of Delegates, gave its stamp of approval to the action last night.

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'Labor for Bernie' Activists Take the Political Revolution Into Their Unions

Last June a small group of volunteers kicked off a network called “Labor for Bernie.” Their goal was to build support inside their unions for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.

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Unsafe Conditions in Detroit Public Schools Spark Rolling Sickouts, and More

Detroit Public School teachers organized a slew of rolling sickouts this school year, culminating in a January 20 day of action that shut down 88 out of 97 schools.

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Mass Layoff at Sweet N' Low Factory - Because Developers Eye Greater Profits If Factory Were Converted to Condos

The workers who make Sweet’N Low started the new year with some bitter news. Their factory—in ever-gentrifying Brooklyn, New York—will shut down in the next few months, likely to make way for luxury condos.

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L.A. Teachers Take on Entire Charter School Chain to Fight For Union Rights

Teachers and counselors at Los Angeles’ largest charter school chain are thinking big.

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Take a Look at How One Factory 'Maximizes Production' from Workers -- It's Brutal and Beyond Inhumane

Amanda (not her real name) was hired fresh out of high school to work on the Volkswagen assembly line. But after two years in the Chattanooga plant, she had to go on leave to protect her health.

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Chicago Teachers Take on Mayor Emanuel and the Democratic Machine

This story first appeared at Labor Notes

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A Teacher Decodes the Common Core

Teachers, and some of their unions, are fired up about the new Common Core State Standards.

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