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Tufts Students' Hunger Strike Seeks Justice and Jobs for Janitors

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Five students at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., are continuing their hunger strike that began May 3 to protest the university’s plan to cut its janitorial staff by 17%, by firing one in six janitorial workers in early June.

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Worker Wins Update: Workers Fly High, Win Big Through Major Organizing Efforts

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Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Worker Wins Update: April Showers Bring Big Wins for Workers

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Workers across the country have stood up in the past month to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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Walmart, Fast-Food Workers Lead Nationwide Fight for $15 Strike

Walmart, Fast-Food Workers Lead Nationwide Fight for $15 Strike

Today, tens of thousands of Walmart workers, fast-food, retail and other low-wage workers are engaged in a massive, nationwide strike in their fight for $15 an hour, consistent full-time hours and the right to join a union.

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Preparing for Negotiations with the ‘New’ American Airlines

Earlier this spring, Transport Workers Union (TWU) members from locals at American Airlines and US Airways met in Maryland for an intensive six-day contract negotiations training session to prepare for upcoming contract talks with the “new” American Airlines once the merger between American and US Airways is approved. See the video above for a closer look.

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Reminder: Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

Reminder: Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

On Wednesday, the working families behind OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart are taking action to make sure that the retail giant knows that its recent moves to increase wages for some workers isn’t enough. They want you to join them and fast-food and other low-wage workers in the Fight for $15 on April 15 at actions across the country. The organizations will continue their call for Walmart to raise wages to a minimum of $15 an hour and offer workers consistent full-time hours.

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NYU Grad Employees Ratify Historic Contract

Photo coutesty of GSOC UAW Local 2110

New York University graduate employees—members of Graduate Student Organizing Committee UAW Local 2110—successfully capped a struggle that began at the turn of this century when they ratified a five year contract with the university. Lily Defriend, a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department said:

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Unions Are a Woman's Best Friend

Planning at the AFL-CIO's Next Up Young Worker Summit

With National Women’s History Month behind us now, it’s still important to celebrate the great strides women have made over the past decades. It is equally important to remember how many women workers still don’t have the basic necessities they need to support themselves and their families. The labor movement views the struggle for women’s equality as a shared fight, especially considering women are the sole or primary breadwinners for 40% of families in the United States. Women of color, in particular, have a hard time getting good pay and benefits, and they make up a disproportionate share of low-wage workers.

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Strong Contracts Boost UAW Membership

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As a result of strong collective bargaining agreements in a rebounding auto industry, the number of UAW-represented workers has grown for five straight years, with the latest government figures showing an increase to 403,466 in 2014, compared to 391,415 in 2013. Said UAW President Dennis Williams:

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Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

Stand with Walmart Workers on April 15

While Walmart recently announced that it would raise its minimum wage for many workers, the working families behind the OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart campaigns say that victory, while a start, isn't enough and that they will continue to call on Walmart to raise wages to a minimum of $15 an hour and offer workers consistent full-time hours. Toward that end, the organizations are standing with fast-food and other low-wage workers across the country on April 15, and they want you to join them in strikes and protests in more than 200 cities in the Fight for $15. 

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