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Racial Discrimination Has a Negative Impact on All Working People

Racial Discrimination Has a Negative Impact on All Working People

It would be an understatement to say that the past few years of witnessing public displays of racial injustice against black and brown communities have been devastating. From the public executions of Mike Brown, Walter Scott, Philando Castile and Renisha McBride, to the recent ban on Muslims enacted by newly elected Donald Trump, we find ourselves living in a time where racial anxiety and tensions are at an all-time high. While we relished the election of the first black president, Barack Obama, we were soon reminded of the deep racial divisions our country still has to overcome in the recent appointments of known white nationalists to the top White House positions, and the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions—who has a history of racial discrimination in his court rulings. Often, the issue of racial politics and discrimination is not seen as a central priority of the labor movement—but it is our duty to protect workers from racial discrimination in our work places and in our society. One of the labor movement’s most important challenges is to understand how racial discrimination hurts all working people and impedes our ability to protect workers' rights.

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Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Houston at Super Bowl 51. While the Super Bowl carries a union label, from players to broadcast crews to stadium workers—your Super Bowl party spread can, too, with union-made in America food and drinks.

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Download Your ‘Safe Workplace’ Poster Here (in English and Spanish!)

Download Your ‘Safe Workplace’ Poster Here (in English and Spanish!)

If you work in a safe workplace and want everyone to know, we have the sign(s) for you! Anxiety and fear are on the rise, and one way to combat them is to let people know that the workplace they are in is a place that doesn't tolerate hate and harassment. The sign makes it clear that your workplace will not tolerate racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia or transphobia.  

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Young Women Leading the Fight for Social Justice Recognized by Berger-Marks Foundation

Allysha Shin

The Berger-Marks Foundation has announced the winners of its 2017 awards, recognizing the leadership of young women in the fight for labor organizing, immigration, racial justice, prison reform, and the right for decent health care and working conditions. Of the winners, the Berger-Marks Foundation said: "The winners of the Edna Award for Social Justice and the Kate Mullany Courageous Young Worker Award have each stood up for justice and workers’ rights in the face of enormous odds." The recipients will be given their awards at a reception on Feb. 9 in Washington, D.C.

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