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NLRB Rules Employees Can Use Work Email for Organizing

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Workers were given a potentially significant tool when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that employees can use work email accounts in union organizing activities, as long as they do it on their own time. The decision reversed a 2007 decision. Workers also are allowed to use work email to discuss wage and other workplace issues. The three Democrats on the board voted yes on the ruling, while the two Republicans abstained.

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NLRB Issues New Union Election Rule

NLRB Issues New Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today adopted a final rule that would alleviate the delays, inefficiencies, abuse of process and unnecessary litigation that plague the current system for workers who want to vote on whether to have a union. It will take effect on April 14. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

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Bobo: A Career of Focusing the Faith Community on Low-Wage Workers

Bobo: A Career of Focusing the Faith Community on Low-Wage Workers

As the founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, Kim Bobo has spent years rallying the faith community in support of low-wage workers, particularly those who are targets of wage theft and other employer abuses. In a new interview with Political Research Associates, Bobo details her efforts that have often come in the face of strong opposition from corporate and right-wing religious interests.

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Bike-Share Employees Reject Walmart Model, Vote to Unionize

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Wanted: skilled employees willing to work in a hazardous, low-wage environment without training, benefits or a predictable schedule.

This isn’t an ad for working at Walmart. Rather, it’s a list of the reasons that workers at a bike-share venture in Boston voted to unionize with the Transport Workers (TWU) in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board conducted on Thursday. The election drew in 95% of eligible voters and led to an overwhelming three-fourths vote for union representation in a clear repudiation of practices that are becoming more common in technology-driven ventures.

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Serving Solidarity on Thanksgiving

Serving Solidarity on Thanksgiving

Thanks to some holiday solidarity and support from their fellow union members, about 135 families of Machinists (IAM) Local 219 members who have been on an unfair labor practices strike since Oct. 1 were able to enjoy full Thanksgiving dinners. The workers are employed by government sub-contractor AllSource Global Management at Bluegrass Army Depot, south of Lexington, Ky.

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Support Walmart Workers

Walmart. On one hand we have the Walton family—Walmart’s owners. With almost $150 billion in wealth, they are the richest family in the nation. On the other hand, we have Walmart workers, most of whom work for less than $25,000 a year. Most are women. And this Thanksgiving, more than 1 million of them have to go to work instead of spending the full day with their families. The following day—Black Friday—thousands of Walmart workers and community allies will be striking and protesting all over the country, calling on Walmart to end retaliation for workers who speak out for better working conditions and pay.

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Is FairPoint Offering Strikebreakers $300,000 a Year?

Is FairPoint Offering Strikebreakers $300,000 a Year?

Nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) have been on strike against FairPoint Communications since Oct. 17. Now some suspect the company may be offering replacement workers more than $300,000 a year to perform the same jobs the striking workers did for less than a third of that.

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Hear It Straight from a Former Walmart Worker Why You Should Get Involved on Black Friday

Hear It Straight from a Former Walmart Worker Why You Should Get Involved on Black Friday

I was thrilled to be a Walmart employee until I realized the simplicity of Walmart’s major issue: The company doesn’t care about its employees.

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Black Beans, Guac and Respect

Black Beans, Guac and Respect

In Los Angeles, more than 100 supporters rallied yesterday at a local Chipotle restaurant to ask it to intervene with its supplier, Huhtamaki.

Workers who make the packaging for Chipotle’s burrito bowls work at Huhtamaki, a giant Finland-based company, earn less than $15 per hour.

Stand with Huhtamaki workers and sign their petition today

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'I Miscarried on Walmart's Property'

Courageous current and former Walmart workers are calling on the mega retailer to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers including lighter duties where medically necessary and being able to drink water or sit down while at work. They formed a group called "Respect the Bump," which made huge strides earlier this year when Walmart announced it would make accommodations for workers with complicated pregnancies, including lighter duties when medically necessary. 

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