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Columbia—Can I Get a Grad-Worker-Union-Yes?

Photo Credit: Tiffany Yee-Vo, Graduate Workers of Columbia UAW

In a huge victory graduate workers at Columbia gave a booming #gradunionyes. This after the university denied even recognizing their graduate teaching and research assistants as workers. Yes, not only are graduate workers at Columbia workers, but more importantly, now they are organized workers.

It is the FIRST win for a graduate worker union at a private university won through an official NLRB election. Now they stand 3,500 strong.

This is BIG.

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Today’s Farm Workers Aren’t Free

Today’s Farm Workers Aren’t Free

Freedom to come together and negotiate in a union is pretty high on the list of the reforms working people are fighting for. This is even more important in the case of migrant farm workers. They work seasonal jobs that are not only dependent on their bosses, but for the very visa that gains them entrance into the country for their livelihood.

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'Women Can Build: Re-Envisioning Rosie' Art Exhibit Highlights Working Women at White House Summit

'Women Can Build: Re-Envisioning Rosie' Art Exhibit Highlights Working Women at White House Summit

On June 14, 5,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C., for the first-ever White House Summit focused on gender equity. Union women and allies from AFT, AFSCME, the Bricklayers (BAC), Coalition of Labor Union Women, Electrical Workers (IBEW), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, North America's Building Trades Unions, Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU), the United Steelworkers (USW), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and other unions stood united to make sure working women had a strong presence alongside the entrepreneurs that were being celebrated by corporate funders. As celebrities took center-stage, at the entrance all eyes were on working women.

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Organizing Institute Apprentices Gear Up with Autoworkers to Ask for a Little Respect

Organizing Institute Apprentices Gear Up with Autoworkers to Ask for a Little Respect

Organizing Institute apprentices have hit the ground running to help autoworkers build a union at the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi—a fight that has been brewing over the past decade. This is the largest class of OI apprentices to be part of any one campaign. It’s important because this is a historic campaign to show that union organizing is a civil right and to show that #BlackLivesMatter.

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One Union Summer Later, Three Found Their Calling as Organizers

Tarah Taylor, Patricia Recinos, Shaine Griffin, Lynda Berg

Meet Tarah Taylor, Lynda Berg and Shaine Griffin from the class of Union Summer 2014. These superstar summeristas are working alongside nurses, and one another, as union organizers with California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United in the fight for working people. Now the three of them work together in Southern California, and Shaine and Tarah are even roommates.

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