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Tell Cesar Millan to Be the 'Pack Leader' and Stick Up for Producers Denied Overtime at ITV Studios

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ITV Studios, the company that produces Cesar Millan’s new show "Cesar 911" for Nat Geo Wild, this week reported that in 2013 they posted a 27% increase in profits. ITV Studios says it expects to continue raking in more profits in 2014.  

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Touch of Irony: Workers at Haslam-Owned Travel Center Vote for Union

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When the workers at the Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Bloomsbury, N.J., voted Monday to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 108 (RWDSU/UFCW), maybe a touch of karmic justice was involved.

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UAW Files Appeal with NLRB on Outside Interference During Chattanooga Volkswagen UAW Election

UAW Files Appeal with NLRB on Outside Interference During Chattanooga Volkswagen UAW Election

It's hard enough to form a union without politicians and special interest groups interfering and using scare tactics. Which is exactly what happened in Chattanooga, Tenn., when Volkswagen workers narrowly voted against representation with UAW by 44 votes. 

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Make Peacock Workers Proud: Tell MSNBC Anchors to Speak Out for Workers’ Rights

Make Peacock Workers Proud: Tell MSNBC Anchors to Speak Out for Workers’ Rights

Peacock Productions workers went to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," in Manhattan today to deliver petitions with more than 10,000 signatures to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, urging them to meet with workers and speak out against the company’s anti-worker tactics.

You can help persuade the MSNBC anchors to join in solidarity with the Peacock workers. Click here to send them an email and tell them to meet with workers and publicly support their right to organize at Peacock.

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Sutter Nurses, Sports Broadcasters and More Join AFL-CIO Unions

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Nurses at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus in San Francisco officially had their voices heard—and recognized—when the National Labor Relations Board certified their December vote to join California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU).

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Trumka: ‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ Played Role in VW Vote

Trumka: ‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ Played Role in VW Vote

After unprecedented interference from politicians and out-of-state extremists like Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers, workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted 712–626 against representation by the UAW that would have led to the establishment of a works council, the first such model of labor-management relations in the United States.

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The Final Countdown: Snow Doesn't Stop Volkswagen Workers from Voting Union 'Yes' with UAW

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., are braving snow and extreme winter conditions this week to ensure their voice is heard on a union vote to be represented by UAW. Polls close tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST and the final count is expected to be announced at 10:30 p.m. EST. 

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GOP Denies Workers’ Rights to Unionize

The GOP is all about freedom—for corporations, that is. Republicans believe, for example, that business should be free from the kind of government regulation that would prevent chemical companies from spewing poison into West Virginia drinking water.

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Spreading the Gospel of Trade Unionism to the Next Generation

Spreading the Gospel of Trade Unionism to the Next Generation

Working people know that the American economy doesn’t work for us. When we see corporate greed taking our voice at work away from us again and again, it becomes harder to hold on to hope. The share of workers who have union membership is less than 12% now, at its lowest rate in nearly 100 years. Given this equation, how much power can unions have to improve the lives of working families? When unions are mentioned in the media, we are painted as lazy, greedy and only fighting for ourselves. Why would anyone want to join a group like that? That is, if the general public knows about their rights at all. How can you join a union if you don’t even know that having a voice at work is possible?

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White Shirt Day and the American Works Council

White Shirt Day and the American Works Council

Feb. 11, 1937, is one of the most glorious days in the storied history of American labor, the day the famous UAW sit-down strike in Flint was settled in a victory for the workers. General Motors recognized the UAW as the bargaining agent for all the union members in skilled and production positions in its plants, and industrial unionism was on the map. 

It would lead to broad-based collective bargaining across a vast and successful swath of the American economy, and to the establishment of the middle class. The idea that the average working person could and should be able to afford a decent life for his or her family became something that seemed normal. Nothing fancy in many cases, but a chicken in every pot.

Eleven years later, on Feb. 11, 1948, in the midst of a post-war boom fueling optimism and a sense that even more was possible, UAW Local 598 in Flint began a tradition that spread across the UAW: "White Shirt Day." 

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