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Saluting the Many on Labor Day Who Are Volunteering to Find and Help Harvey Victims

Watching helplessly as flood waters rose was not an option for Brandon Parker. This Texas refinery worker and member of the United Steelworkers union has a jacked-up Suburban and a friend with a boat. There was no way he was going to let family members, neighbors or strangers drown.

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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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From Company Town to Rebel City: Richmond, California Shows How Progressives Can Win

Rebel cities have long been laboratories for progressive policy experimentation. Specifically, the small Bay Area city of Richmond, California has stood out for its boldness. It’s now the subject of a new book by Steve Early, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, set to be released next Tuesday by Beacon Press.

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Kentucky’s Attack on Unions Provides a Glimpse into the GOP’s Impending War on Workers

hile Donald Trump supporters celebrated their candidate’s massive upset on Election Day, Kentucky Republicans were joyous for an additional reason: They had just seized control of what had been the last majority Democratic legislative chamber in the South. For 95 years—all the way back to 1921, when Warren G. Harding was president—Kentucky Democrats had maintained control of the state House of Representatives.

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Union Workers, Not Donald Trump, Pushed Fiat Chrysler Into Creating 2,000 Jobs

Great news: Fiat Chrysler has announced a $1 billion, 2,000-job investment in plants in Michigan and Ohio. Donald Trump didn’t quite claim credit in his predictable tweet about the news, but Reuters, for instance, reported the story with the headline “Fiat Chrysler ups the ante as automakers respond to Trump.” 

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Only Organized Labor Can Save Illinois from Crisis

Illinois is heading for a major crisis. It has been more than a year and a half since the state had an official budget that appropriated funds for basic services. And, as of this month, the coffers will dry up and a public sector already on life-support will quickly slip into critical condition.

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Kentucky Right-to-Work Law Now a Question of When, Not If

Elections have consequences.

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Why the Rise of Wearable Tech to Monitor Employees Is Worrying

An increasing number of companies are beginning to digitally monitor their employees. While employers have always scrutinised their workers’ performance, the rise of wearable technology to keep tabs has more of a dystopian edge to it. Monitoring has become easier, more intrusive and is not just limited to the workplace – it’s 24/7.

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From World Wrestling to the White House: Linda McMahon Has an Anti-Worker History

This month, President-elect Donald Trump continued his trend of appointing wealthy businessmen and women with little government experience to government posts by nominating former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) chief executive Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration (SBA).

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No, Donald Trump Did Not Just Save Jobs at Ford

Every time a company decides not to move jobs out of the United States, expect Donald Trump to claim credit and too many gullible reporters and, especially, headline writers to go along with it. Still more poisonous, expect some crafty CEOs to give Trump credit, knowing that he’ll eat it up … and maybe toss them a few favors later on.

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Ohio Republicans Advance Nationwide Wage-Suppression Campaign

n its lame-duck rush to push through a controversial legislative package, the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature made headlines by passing the “heartbeat bill,” an oppressive—and likely unconstitutional—anti-abortion measure that, if signed by Republican Governor John Kasich, would be the most restrictive law in the country. But there was another harsh measure in the mix that flew under the radar: a measure that would force Ohio localities to comply with state minimum-wage regulations that top out at $8.10 an hour.

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