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Ikea Workers Seek to Become the First to Unionize at One of the Company's U.S. Stores

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Yesterday, workers at the Stoughton Ikea store, in the Boston area, went on strike after the company refused to recognize their attempts to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and enter into contract negotiations. Last week, 75% of the workers in the bargaining unit signed a petition affirming their desire to join the union. National Labor Relations Board rules allow the company to voluntarily recognized the union if a majority express support, but Ikea has refused to do so to date, prompting the strike.

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It's Time to Stand Up and Fight Back

It's Time to Stand Up and Fight Back

Workers are under attack and it's time to stand up and fight back.

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In Historic Ruling, NLRB Says Tucson Taxi Drivers are Employees

Photo courtesy Marta Diarta on Flickr

In a groundbreaking ruling, the National Labor Relations Board in Tucson, Ariz., has determined that more than 200 taxi drivers employed by AAA Transportation/Yellow Cab are employees and therefore eligible for union representation.

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National Apprenticeship Week Story: Organizing Institute Alum and Workers Bring “Cooperative” Back to Food Front Co-op

Food Front Cooperative Grocery workers with Joyce Sinakhone, UFCW organizer and Organizing Institute alum on the right.

Food Front Co-op, a neighborhood grocery store in Portland, Ore., aims to connect the community with producers of regionally grown fresh food. With more than 10,000 member-owners, democratic governance is a stated foundational value of the co-op. For a while, it was a value the workers enjoyed too. 

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SAG-AFTRA: Hiring Skilled, Professional Performers is a Smart Investment

SAG-AFTRA: Hiring Skilled, Professional Performers is a Smart Investment

You see them every time you open your Instagram or Twitter account or click on a video on YouTube: digital ads designed to grab your attention (and sell you a product). They’re also in your Facebook news feed, shared by friends who might write “Must watch—hilarious!” These days, advertisers know consumers are spending more time on their smartphones and computers, so they’re producing some of their most creative, entertaining and sharable work specifically for those platforms. A new wave of digital agencies is among those changing the way we watch ads with innovative work that connects with consumers.

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When You Have to Remind Your Boss That You're a Human, Something Has to Change

Lafondra Brown wasn't a licensed welder, but her boss told her if she didn't finish up a welding job, she would be out of work. So Lafondra finished the project with no safety gear. Hours later, she was in the hospital, her eyes the size of golf balls. 

On top of a dangerous work environment, Lafondra dealt with sexual harassment, assault and racism in her construction job, where she was the only woman.

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Are Unions Useful Anymore?

From our Canadian brothers and sisters, a great video reminder that arguments against unions and a voice for working people are pretty stale. Happy "Throwback Thursday."

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Worker Wins Update: Scheduling Victories Edition

Worker Wins Update: Scheduling Victories Edition

Workers in retail, union members and unorganized workers have stood up in the past year to fight for scheduling reform that leads to a better life for working families.

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Al Jazeera America Journalists Latest Digital Newsroom to Organize

Al Jazeera America Journalists Latest Digital Newsroom to Organize

This week, an overwhelming majority of digital journalists working for Al Jazeera America (AJAM) voted to be represented by the The NewsGuild of New York, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 31003. AJAM joins a growing number of digital outlets that have recently organized, including The Guardian U.S.GawkerVice and Salon, This was the first of these organizing drives where management forced a government-supervised election, while other outlets have voluntarily recognized union organizing efforts. AJAM management initially challenged the voting eligibility of nine senior journalists, claiming they were supervisors. But a few hours after the ballots were counted and the lopsided outcome was announced, management dropped its objections and agreed they were part of the new bargaining unit.

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Help Toledo's Homies Train the Next Generation of FLOC Leaders

In Toledo, Ohio, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee runs the FLOC Homies program to train the city's Latino youth on how to overcome barriers to success. Young people are trained and taught how to form their collective voice, so they can start making positive changes for Latinos citywide. They are taught to utilize the strength of their numbers to mobilize community solidarity, and the program is most successful when the participants find good, unsubsidized jobs.

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