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AFL-CIO's Gebre Urges ITV Studios to Negotiate a Fair Deal with Reality TV Producers

AFL-CIO's Gebre Urges ITV Studios to Negotiate a Fair Deal with Reality TV Producers

It's been more than three years since producers and associate producers who write reality TV shows for the British-owned mega-corporation ITV Studios voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), but no progress has been made on contract negotiations that would offer health care and other basic benefits to freelance producers. 

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The Top 10 ‘Consequences’ of Unions on College Campuses

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Ever since the Northwestern football players’ fight to improve their playing conditions through union representation came across our radar, House Republicans seem downright fearful about the potential impact of unions on college campuses.

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Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen Unionized Carwashes

Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen Unionized Carwashes

With more than a dozen local carwashes now unionized, Los Angeles workers are leading the way for union carwashes. The 133 new unionized carwasheros are represented by the United Steelworkers Local 675. The carwash owners where these employees work also have agreed by contract to comply with all labor, health and safety regulations and give their workers a 2% raise. Workers are now able to enforce these working standards by themselves through a grievance procedure. 

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Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

Report: Women's Committees Still Valuable to Unions

A new report, Women’s Committees in Worker Organizations: Still Making a Difference, by Lois S. Gray and Maria Figueroa, concludes that labor organizations still have a need for women-centered programs and committees. Female union members and the labor unions themselves still gain significant benefits from maintaining internal organizations and programs for women. Gray and Figueroa collected data from both national and local unions, as well as alt labor groups.  They found that such programs, even in female-dominant unions or those headed by women, increase women's union activism, develop leaders, expand collective bargaining and help address issues like sexual harassment and pay inequality.

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Global Solidarity for Nissan Workers Organizing on the Job Shines this May Day

Nissan worker Morris Mock and UAW President Bob King present former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a photo of Calvin Moore and Chip Wells.

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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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