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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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Sen. Sanders and Rep. Pocan Continue Washington-Led Fight for Workers' Rights

Photo via the California Labor Federation

Working people across the country are making significant gains by speaking out for a better life, and Washington’s leaders are starting to listen.

Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) will unveil legislation that represents a leap forward for working people in their fight to have a greater voice in the workplace: the Workplace Democracy Act.

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Introducing the Seven Principles of Collective Action

Across the country, working people have spoken out in favor of better wages and fair treatment—and Wednesday’s White House Summit on Worker Voice is a positive step in the raising wages agenda.

The actions that drove us to this point were based on Seven Principles. These principles are universal and enjoy the support of anyone who supports collective action. 

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The Digital Domino Effect: Young Working People Continue to Organize in New Media

Alice Ollstein with her co-worker Dylan Petrohilos of Think Progress

Young working people organizing on the job will be a hot topic at the first ever, White House Summit on Worker Voice. To shed some light on the latest in a series of digital worker wins, I had a one on one with Alice Ollstein of Think Progress. Alice is a political reporter at Think Progress and has been writing for newspapers since her tween-years. She has always wanted to be a journalist, but today she sits on the other side, sharing her story on why she is a “union yes.” 

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Worker Stories: Dolly Winter

Worker Stories: Dolly Winter

On Oct. 7, the White House is holding a summit with leaders in the various movements to improve the lives of working people across the country, with a focus on how to make sure that economic growth is broad-based and that workers share in the benefits they help create with their labor. Until the summit begins, we'll be highlighting the stories of workers and their struggles to make sure their voices are heard on the job. Today, we take a look at Dolly Winter.

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Do U.S. Workers Really Have to Rely on Canadian and Mexican Negotiators to Look Out for Our Jobs?

Do U.S. Workers Really Have to Rely on Canadian and Mexican Negotiators to Look Out for Our Jobs?

Throughout 2014 and 2015, the Barack Obama administration and cheerleaders for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have bragged about the “job creation” effects of the TPP. Others have been more skeptical, including the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Economic and Policy Research

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New AFL-CIO Report: Landmark Year in Collective Bargaining Will Raise Wages for Millions

New AFL-CIO Report: Landmark Year in Collective Bargaining Will Raise Wages for Millions

Working people are achieving significant victories through the most expansive period of collective bargaining in modern labor history, according to a new report by the AFL-CIO’s Center for Strategic Research.

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