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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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NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

NBC Workers Have a Special Delivery for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz

Peacock Productions workers are heading to NBC's headquarters, "30 Rock," this week to deliver petitions to MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Lawrence O'Donnell, asking them to meet with the workers and stand with the workers who are seeking union representation on the job. 

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Congressional Progressives Urge Kellogg's to End Lockout

Congressional Progressives Urge Kellogg to End Lockout

This is a cross-post on the Kellogg Company lockout from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM).

The continued inaction by the Kellogg Company on the lockout of more than 220 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., cereal plant has drawn the attention of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). The Congressional Progressive Caucus consists of 75 members of the U.S. House of Representatives from around the country and is the largest caucus within the House Democratic Caucus.

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Guess What Vice President Biden Said Was the Bedrock of Our Economy?

Vice President Joe Biden certainly has a way with words, sometimes lots of them. But today the loquacious veep boiled down the truth about the best way to build the middle class and spark the economy to less than 140 characters. Take a look after the jump.

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NLRB Issues 'Commonsense' Union Election Rule

NLRB Issues 'Commonsense' Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today issued a proposed rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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