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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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Ignoring Workers, Minn. Senate Panel Passes 'Right to Work' Measure

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More than 1,500 Minnesota working men and women packed the state Capitol hallways Monday to protest a corporate-backed bill that would put a so-called right to work (RTW) state constitutional amendment on the November ballot. The state Senate Judiciary Committee passed the bill by a 7-6 vote.

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Southern Workers in Transition

Southern Workers in Transition

The familiar world of the post-World War II South has been changing. The textile and garment industries are now in a free fall. Agricultural employment has shrunk. Urban hubs such as Houston; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; and Northern Virginia have expanded as centers of information and research-based employment. Meanwhile, the South has become increasingly diverse.

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17,000 Workers at United Airlines Join IAM

17,000 Workers at United Airlines Join IAM

Passenger service and reservation workers at the new United Airlines voted to join the Machinists (IAM). The 17,000 new members represent the passenger service and reservation workers at United who previously were IAM members before the merger with Continental and the Continental workers who had no union prior to the merger.

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Judge Orders Hospital to Reinstate Union Supporter

Here’s one for the good guys. David Warrick, executive director of AFSCME Council 62, reports that a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge has ruled that Louisville, Ky.’s Our Lady of Peace psychiatric hospital must reinstate former employee Amanda Doyle, who was fired, says Warrick, for trying to form a union at the hospital.

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New York City Carwash Workers Launch Fight for Rights

NYC carwash workers

New York City carwash workers are following their Los Angeles counterparts to battle rampant mistreatment, wage theft and unsafe working conditions. Today the coalition, WASH New York, released a report—“The Dirty Business of Cleaning NYC’s Cars”—that details the long hours, low pay and dangerous conditions the city’s more than 5,000 carwash workers at some 200 carwashes face every day.

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Fired Up Young Workers Organize Our Future in Boston

Some 85 union members, community activists and students age 35 and younger took part in the 2nd Annual “Organizing Our Future” conference hosted by the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee at the Boston Teachers Union Hall.  The goal of the conference on Sunday was to empower, educate and connect young union members around Boston to be more knowledgeable and active in their local unions, in their communities and the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee.

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