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You Don’t Want to Miss These ‘Worker Wins’ Stories of 2015

Image via Culinary Union Local 226

Working people won big in 2015. Whether it was coming together and voting “union yes,” or winning legislation for paid sick and family leave, we can say it was a very good year. 

We’ve covered many of these “worker wins” stories over the last year on the AFL-CIO Now Blog. Here are some highlights you don’t want to miss (after the jump).

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Union Summer: Turning Organizing Theory into Practice

Lesley Salinas, a Union Summer intern, practicing house calls with the Oregon School Employees Assocation (OSEA).

Organizing and mobilization, in theory, is one thing; it’s a whole different ballgame in practice.

After a week of orientation at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., Union Summer interns in Portland, Ore., are applying the theories they learned to the hands-on work they do on-site.

Intern Lesley Salinas explains:

The time spent in Washington I classify as 'theory’ versus the hands-on training that I have been involved in locally in the community. During the training, I was given a lot of information that has been truly useful during these Union Summer weeks.

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One Big Union: Q and A with SAG-AFTRA’s Gabrielle Carteris

SAG-AFTRA joined forces early this year.

This is a cross-post from Labor's Edge by Rebecca Band of the California Labor Federation.

For decades, performers have been coming together in unions to bargain for fair protections and decent working conditions. And this year, actors and performers took their collective voice to the next level by voting overwhelmingly to merge the two biggest entertainment and media industry unions—Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)—into one big union, SAG-AFTRA. Actress Gabrielle Carteris, who starred as Andrea Zuckerman on the original series Beverly Hills, 90210, has been actively involved with the merger for nearly two years, a process which she describes as “exciting, challenging, inspiring and historic.” Carteris spoke with Labor's Edge for a Q and A on the merger and her involvement in the labor movement. 

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Law Students Connect with Workers, Community in Summer of Service

Law students pose outside AFL-CIO's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Check out the AFL-CIO's new Innovators website feature, "Law Students Connect with Workers, Community in Summer of Service" here.

As participants in the AFL-CIO’s Law Student Summer (LSUS) program, Mehta, Callahan and 10 others “are learning, hands-on, how they can make a difference in people’s lives,” says AFL-CIO Associate General Counsel Nancy Schiffer, who coordinates LSUS. 

LSUS’ sister initiative, the Minority Outreach Program, taps into the extensive network of some 1,900 union attorneys who belong to the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee(LCC) and encourages law students of color to apply for summer clerkship opportunities at LCC law firms and legal departments throughout the country.

The LSUS and the Minority Outreach Program internships are no fillers for vacationing office support staff. They are all about boots on the ground, with interns fanning out across the country to help workers gain a voice on the job and help unions represent members and contribute to the community.

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More St. Louis Nurses Vote for NNU

Registered nurses at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis voted by a 2-to-1 margin to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri), an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU). The Des Peres nurses are the second unit of nurses at a St. Louis Tenet Healthcare hospital to vote NNOC-Missouri this month, joining 600 nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital who chose the union.

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Alabama Poultry Workers Buck Anti-Union Campaign, Choose RWDSU

RWDSU photo

In one of the largest union elections in Alabama in the past decade, workers at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant in Russellville voted last week by a better than two-to-one margin to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The main reason the 1,200 workers sought a union voice was to be able to exercise more control over their work lives, said workers and union leaders.

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St. Louis Nurses Vote for NNU

By a landslide of 76 percent, registered nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital voted Thursday night to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri), an affiliate of the National Nurses United (NNU). Lesa Dustman, an intensive care unit RN, says the 600 nurses at the hospital:

now have a vehicle to negotiate for improved patient care.

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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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