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Auto Workers to Form Chattanooga Local

UAW members didn't give up after a vote to unionize at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., barely missed passage in February. They continued to move forward, and the union announced Thursday that it had reached a consensus with VW and will form Local 42 for workers at the Chattanooga plant. While no formal agreement has been reached, UAW officials say they expect the automaker to recognize the union once enough of the plant's employees have signed up, although no specific threshold was announced.

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Union, Yes: Writer-Producers at Reality TV Production Company that Makes 'Swamp People' Vote to Join Writers Guild of America, East

Writers-Producers testify at New York City hearing about poor working conditions in the reality TV industry.

A majority of writer-producers at the New York-based nonfiction (reality) TV production company Original Media voted overwhelmingly to join the Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was 42 to 9.

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When Workers Come Together, We Win: Working Families Victory Roundup

Letter Carrier Michael Shea from Georgia. Photos via Letter Carriers, NALC.

Working people scored major victories over the past several months, organizing new workplaces and winning fights to raise wages.

Check out some highlights of recent working families victories after the jump. 

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Musicians Call on Lionsgate to Stop Taking Taxpayer Dollars to Score Movies Overseas

Photo courtesy the Conmunity on Flickr

Members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) are speaking out against movie studios that accept tax credits to film in the United States, then create the scores for those films overseas. Lionsgate, for instance, had revenue last year of $2.7 billion, millions of which came from tax credits—yet it paid musicians less money in Macedonia to score such films as the recent Kevin Costner film "Draft Day." AFM says its members’ total earnings from scoring movies have fallen by half since 2007.

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Pittsburgh Adjunct Faculty Votes to Join USW

Pittsburgh Adjunct Faculty Votes to Join USW

Part-time professors at Pittsburgh's Point Park University have voted to join the Adjunct Faculty Association of the United Steelworkers (AFA-USW). The votes were counted this morning by the National Labor Relations Board.

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Tell Nissan that Workers' Rights Are Human Rights

Tell Nissan that Workers' Rights Are Human Rights

Working families in Mississippi will be standing up for their rights Friday and telling automaker Nissan that workers deserve a fair union election and the right to bargain for fairness in the workplace. Actor and activist Danny Glover will participate in a student-led rally outside the Nissan plant in Canton, Miss. He will be joined by a coalition that includes Concerned Students for a Better Nissan, the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance, the UAW, the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan and civil rights veterans.

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Meet Some of the Women Attending the White House Working Families Summit

Meet Some of the Women Attending the White House Working Families Summit

Today more than 250 women workers and labor participants are in Washington, D.C., at AFL-CIO headquarters preparing to share their stories at the White House Working Families summit Monday. 

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Casa Latina Makes History, Becomes First Worker Center to Join Executive Board of State AFL-CIO Body

Casa Latina Makes History, Becomes First Worker Center to Join Executive Board of State AFL-CIO Body

In Washington State, Casa Latina made history in becoming the first worker center to join the executive board of the state AFL-CIO body. Cariño Barragan Talancon, a Casa Latina staff member, was appointed to the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) Executive Board as the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement representative. In May, she was sworn in and attended her first meeting. Casa Latina is a worker center and Seattle-based nonprofit that works to educate, assist and empower Latino and immigrant workers. The WSLC affiliated Casa Latina in 2009 and have worked closely in partnership for several years. Earlier this year, Casa Latina also joined forces with the Martin Luther King County Labor Council in Seattle.

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Support Long Island Rail Workers this Saturday

Photo courtesy Andrew Culverston on Flickr

On Saturday, June 21, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) workers, who have been without a contract for four years, and their supporters will rally in Massapequa, N.Y., telling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to bargain fairly with them. The LIRR workers are members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART). Their previous contract expired in 2010, and the MTA is demanding benefit cuts and other concessions and has rejected recommendations from federal mediators that would have ended the dispute. 

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Never Felt so Good: Michael Jackson's New Music Video with Justin Timberlake Features Dancers with a Union Contract

We already know Justin Timberlake is awesome for negotiating a fair union contract with the dancers on his 20/20 Experience World Tour—the first touring contract of its kind for SAG-AFTRA tour dancers—but now Dancers' Alliance informs us Michael Jackson's new music video with Timberlake, "Love Never Felt so Good," features dancers covered by a union contract. 

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