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Panera Workers Vote for Representation by Bakery Workers Union

This is a cross-post from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union

Kalamazoo, MI. – If you drive by a Panera Bread Café on any given morning, you will be treated with the decadent smell of freshly baking bread and sweet goods, thanks to the artful skills of Panera Bread bakers. These bakers work from 10 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning making sure fresh bread, rolls, cakes and other baked goods are carefully molded and baked in time for the early morning Café opening. And if you were in Kalamazoo early [March 23], you may have heard the joyful screams of the Panera bakers celebrating their union victory after they voted by a two-to-one margin to be represented by the BCTGM.

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D.C. Safeway Workers Protest Replacement Worker Hiring Sites

Photo by Chris Garlock

It was Safeway worker Vivian Sigouin’s day off, but at noon on Tuesday she was walking through the Piney Branch Safeway in northwest Washington, D.C.,  passing out union buttons and lanyards to her fellow Safeway workers.

Sigouin and other Safeway workers leafleted at three pop-up storefront hiring halls set up next to company stores to recruit and train “replacement workers” or "scabs" to staff the supermarkets if the workers strike when their contract, which covers some 25,000 metro-Washington area Giant and Safeway workers, expires at the end of the month.

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St. Patrick Goes After Verizon’s Snakes

St. Patrick is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. This St. Patrick’s Day, he tried to drive the snakes out of Verizon.

Chanting “Good jobs for Boston,” about two dozen young members of the Greater Boston Labor Council’s (GBLC) Futures Committee staged a quick in-and-out march through a Boston Verizon Wireless store on St. Patrick’s Day. See the video.

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Sutter Nurses Vote to Join CNA/NNU for Better Patient Care

Registered nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in Northern California this week voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). The more than 150 nurses say they faced an aggressive anti-union campaign of surveillance and harassment. But according to many nurses who voted to join CNA/NNU, those tactics backfired, underscoring the need for union representation.

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AFL-CIO Council: Organizing, Bargaining Key to Reversing Inequality

Inequality in both wealth and income is greater than at any time since the early part of the last century. At the same time, says the AFL-CIO Executive Council, the best remedy to inequality and injustice—collective bargaining—is under increasing political attack in the private and public sectors. But workers across the country are fighting for their right to join a union.   

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Great Way to Get Involved: Be a Strategic Researcher

This is an exciting time to be part of the union movement and there are many ways to join us. Strategic researchers, for example, play a key role in helping unions gain a clearer understanding about corporate structure and finance and in finding ways to win against those who would deny us justice on the job and in our communities. 

An annual research summer school co-sponsored by the AFL-CIO and Cornell University has served as an effective stepping stone for students of all ages who are interested in working as union researchers. In its first 10 years, the program has placed hundreds of participants in research jobs at unions across the country. 

The summer school this year is June 10-15 in Ithaca, N.Y. The application deadline is May 17. Scholarships are available to individuals, based on need, if taking the course for credit. Access the application and obtain other information here, or contact Kate Bronfenbrenner at 607-254-4749 or [email protected].

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