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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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IAM Members at Boeing Agree to Contract Extension, Maintain 777X Production

Photo courtesy of Boeing Co. Seattl

Machinists (IAM) at the Boeing Co. voted to accept an eight-year contract extension Friday that ensures production of Boeing’s 777X will remain in Washington State. The 51% to 49% vote also means Boeing will maintain production of its 737 MAX in Renton through 2024. Analysts estimate the two programs could account for as many as 20,000 direct and indirect jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity.

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It's a New Year and a New Opportunity to Do This

We can accomplish so much when we link arms and come together to make a difference. 

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BART, Unions Reach Tentative Agreement

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tentative agreement between management and the two unions representing some 2,500 workers at Bay Area Rapid Transit was announced Saturday. 

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Is That a Union Nutcracker?

Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Ballet

Here in the holiday season and stretching into the New Year, a lot of folks decide it’s a good time for a night at the theater or to take in a concert. A lot of us want to look for the union label, too. Here are some links that might help.

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