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Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

Yale Graduate Employees Rally for Recognition, Negotiations

More than 1,000 Yale University graduate student employees, their allies and elected officials rallied on the Yale campus last week calling on the university’s administration to recognize their union and negotiate.

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WaPo Rally: Workers Defend Career-Quality Jobs at Top-Tier Newspaper

WaPo Rally: Workers Defend Career-Quality Jobs at Top-Tier Newspaper

Scores of workers at The Washington Post rallied with a boisterous crowd of supporters, including a small marching band, on the sidewalk in front of the Post building on 15th Street, N.W., during the noon hour today.

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FairPoint Workers Receive Boost from Shuler

FairPoint Workers Receive Boost from Shuler

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined striking FairPoint Communications workers Wednesday on picket lines in Portland and Brewer, Maine. She called FairPoint’s demands for massive concessions “economic inequality in action. It’s a classic case of Wall Street and the richest 1% stomping on the rest of us.”

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1,000 Texas Workers Vote to Join IAM

A member of the Red River Army Depot workforce completes electronic work for the HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck). Army Material Command photo

Some 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, Texas, voted this week to join the Machinists (IAM). The workers voted by 61% for IAM representation in a daylong election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

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IBEW, CWA Members Strike for Fairness at FairPoint

Photo via Fairness at FairPoint on Facebook

Nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) struck FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont on Oct. 17 over what the unions say is the company’s unwillingness to bargain in good faith.

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Walmart Wouldn't Make a Dime Without Its Workers

Walmart Wouldn't Make a Dime Without Its Workers

A group of Walmart workers marched today from the AFL-CIO to the Washington, D.C., Walton Family Foundation's offices to deliver more signatures from 1,710 Walmart stores in all 50 states asking Walmart to publicly commit to pay $15 an hour and provide full-time hours. 

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T-Mobile a ‘Best Employer’? Ha!

Did you say "best employer"?

Hi, my name is Carolina Figueroa. I have worked eight years at a T-Mobile call center in Albuquerque, N.M. I am a union activist.

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Still Without a Contract, Golden Gate Ferry Captains Hold One-Day Strike

Golden Gate Bridge District photo via Facebook

The ferryboat captains—members of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)—who operate San Francisco’s commuter ferries between Sausalito, Larkspur and the city are holding a one-day unfair labor practice strike today. The action follows another round of negotiations with the Golden Gate Bridge District that failed to reach a settlement.

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APWU Victory: 9,000 New Jobs

APWU photo

Some 9,000 new postal clerk jobs are on the way, thanks to action by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU). The U.S. Postal Service in 2012 cut the hours of operation at small post offices around the country and filled new jobs at the offices with part-time, nonunion workers. APWU filed a grievance.

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At First, These Images Look Like a Bunch of Lazy Workers. But Then, You See They’re Actually Heroes

At First, These Images Look Like a Bunch of Lazy Workers. But Then, You See They’re Actually Heroes

The 1936 sit-down strike at General Motor’s Flint, Mich., plant was a pivotal event in the establishment of workers’ rights and power in the United States and the growth of the UAWThis installment of Upworthy’s miniseries on labor history examines the strike that it calls a turning point and game changer for workers and their unions. Read it here

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