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New FLOC Campaign Brings Justice to N.C. Tobacco Farm Workers

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Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) President Baldemar Velasquez’s appearance before British American Tobacco’s shareholders meeting in London on Wednesday kicks off a new intensive campaign to win justice and workers’ rights for thousands of farm workers in North Carolina.

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FLOC Takes Fight for U.S. Tobacco Workers' Rights to England

FLOC Takes Fight for U.S. Tobacco Workers' Rights to England

Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) President Baldemar Velasquez will be in London, England, on Wednesday to urge British American Tobacco to use its influence as a 42% stakeholder in Reynolds American Inc. (and a major customer) to persuade the company to respect and protect the human and workers’ rights of its migrant tobacco farm workers.

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In Unity, There’s Unity

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Nearly 100 workers at Unity Disposal & Recycling in Howard and Montgomery counties in Maryland recently voted to join Laborers (LIUNA) Local 657. The workers began their fight for a voice in October, when they went on strike after one worker was allegedly fired for advocating union representation.

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Northwestern Players on the Verge of History

Northwestern Players on the Verge of History

Football players at Northwestern University will make history this Friday that has nothing to do with yards gained, tackles made or touchdowns scored. They will be the first group of collegiate athletes—athletes who are the key to the $6 billion-a-year big-time college sports industry—to vote on joining a union.

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Workers Standing Up—from Evanston, Ill., to Mount Everest—for Fairness and Safety

Workers Standing Up—from Evanston, Ill., to Mount Everest—for Fairness and Safety

This week is a big one for workers fighting for a voice and fair treatment on the job. Northwestern football players are voting on union representation on Friday and Sherpas who work as guides for Mount Everest thrill seekers are on strike for safer conditions and fair pay. 

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JetBlue Pilots Vote to Take Off with ALPA

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The more than 2,600 pilots at JetBlue Airways have voted overwhelmingly to join the Air Line Pilots (ALPA), the National Mediation Board announced today.

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UConn Students Lead the Way on Collective Action

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From the classroom to the basketball court, the University of Connecticut community is widely embracing the concept of collective action. The school that set the standard for basketball excellence this year by winning both the men's and the women's national championships is making news as the college's students are stepping up and acting collectively to improve their lives.

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Sara Ziff: America’s Next Top Role Model

Sara Ziff: America’s Next Top Role Model

In the latest feature on the AFL-CIO’s Our Values @Work site, Ashley Lewis speaks with Sara Ziff, the founder of the Model Alliance that is bringing about dramatic change for models and other workers in the fashion industry. As a 14-year-old model barely out of middle school, Ziff found that sexual harassment and fighting for wages owed to her were all too common.

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AFL-CIO Stands with NFL Cheerleader and Oakland Raiderette Lacy T.

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Cheerleading for professional sports is more than sporting sparkly midriff-baring tops, white cowboy boots and zipping off to calendar shoots...it's a job. And it's demanding. 

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Workers’ Actions Bring Change to Walmart

Workers’ Actions Bring Change to Walmart

When workers at Walmart began mobilizing to make changes at the world’s biggest employer—one with the deserved reputation of disrespecting its workers and slapping down any attempt by workers to influence workplace policies—most folks’ initial reaction was “well, good luck with that.”

But it wasn’t good luck that brought about some recent workplace changes at Walmart. 

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