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NAN Joins Growing List of Groups Urging Kellogg’s to End the Memphis Lockout

Photo courtesy of BCTGM's Facebook page.

The more than 220 workers who have been locked out of their jobs at a Kellogg’s Memphis, Tenn., plant since October picked up more support in their fight to return to work. The National Action Network urged Kellogg’s to end the lockout. 

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Striking for the Common Good

Photo by Cathy Sherwin

The wave of strikes and demonstrations by fast-food workers across 100 U.S. cities, as much as similar efforts by Walmart employees earlier, are only the most recent volley in the continuing struggle between proponents and opponents of labor unions. These strikes, focusing as they did on the right to organize, reflect a perennial debate in America's politics: Are unions good or bad for society?

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Private-Sector Union Membership Grows in 2013, but Attacks on Public Employees Take Toll

Private-Sector Union Membership Grows in 2013, but Attacks on Public Employees Take Toll

The number of workers in unions in 2013 rose by 162,000, with the increase of 281,000 workers in private-sector unions offset by the decrease of 118,000 public-sector union members, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Memphis MLK Day Actions to Support Locked-Out Kellogg’s Workers

Memphis MLK Day Actions to Support Locked-Out Kellogg’s Workers

More than 220 workers who have been locked out of their jobs at a Kellogg’s Memphis, Tenn., plant since October will be honored and supported as part of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day actions in Memphis.

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UAW's Bob King Talks About the Real 'Enemy' in the Fight to Restore Wages and Bargaining Power (and How We Can Stop It)

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The social compact is gone, said UAW President Bob King yesterday in Detroit, and if we want a growing middle class again, we need to restore it.

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Minnesota Orchestra Members Ratify New Deal to End Lockout

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Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will be back onstage soon after they and the orchestra board of directors have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will end the nearly 16-month lockout of the musicians. The agreement takes effect Feb. 1 and performances are expected to begin later that month.

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Sunoptics Workers Choose IBEW

Sunoptics workers and IBEW organizers celebrate the election victory. Photo by Eileen Purcell

In a classic union representation election that pitted anti-union managers and consultants against an energetic organizing team, workers at Sacramento-based Sunoptics chose to be represented by Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245.

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Meet the People Who Could Save the Labor Movement

Ai-jen Poo. Image via Women Together/Flickr

Women. 

Labor leaders like AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Emerita Arlene Holt Baker, National Taxi Workers Alliance Executive Director Bhairavi Desai and National Domestic Workers Alliance Director Ai-jen Poo are some of the women Bryce Covert mentions in her article for The Nation, How the Rise of Women in Labor Could Save the Movement.

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What Are You Willing to Do to Make Your Job Better?

Jess Kutch, founder of Coworker.org, a group that helps workers come together to make their workplaces better, gave a very powerful speech at the recent RootsCamp conference

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Are Unions Useful Anymore?

Tell me if you've heard this one before:

"Unions were good at one time, but haven't they outlived their usefulness?"

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