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Florida farmworkers score surprise Walmart agreement   |   April 3, 2014
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Last year was hard on Walmart's shiny brand. From Bangladeshi garment workers crushed in a building collapse while sewing for the chain, to...

 

Review: Where's the rebellion in '12 Years a Slave'?   |   March 25, 2014
By Marc Norton, Labor Notes "12 Years a Slave," the story of a free black man kidnapped by slave traders, has won an Oscar for Best Picture and a slew of other awards,...

 

Sexual harassment still 'normal' in low-wage jobs   |   March 7, 2014
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Since sexual harassment is about power, not sex, it's not surprising that low-wage women in lousy jobs get a lot of it. The Equal Employment...

 

Tens of thousands in North Carolina vow 'not now, not ever'   |   February 11, 2014
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Tens of thousands of marchers took to the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday to show their opposition to the extreme right-wing agenda...

 

Protests across North America aim to block 'NAFTA on steroids'   |   January 29, 2014
By Benjamin Gerritz, Labor Notes Workers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will unite in an Inter-Continental Day of Action Friday to stop a massive new trade agreement, the...

 

Kellogg's delivers Memphis a slap in the face   |   January 20, 2014
By Steve Payne, Labor Notes "I went to the 'Gold Palace,' Kellogg headquarters, last year," said Trence Jackson, an officer of BCTGM Local 252G. "They had a...

 

Auto Workers try a new angle at Volkswagen   |   October 29, 2013
 By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes  The United Auto Workers, so long frustrated in their attempts to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., may have found a...

 

Viewpoint: AFL-CIO convention repositions unions to speak for all workers   |   October 18, 2013
By Jeff Crosby and Bill Fletcher Jr., Labor Notes The AFL-CIO Convention in September took an important turn to reposition unions toward speaking for all working people in the...

 

Postal workers elect new leaders who pledge to build a movement   |   October 10, 2013
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes A diverse slate of local leaders pledging to take a firmer hand with management, increase transparency about contract details, collaborate with...

 

'Uh-oh, instead of defeating us they made us defiant'   |   September 24, 2013
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Since April North Carolina has made national and international news with a remarkable social movement that has gathered thousands to protest, with...

 

House of labor needs repairs, not just new roommates   |   September 17, 2013
By Steve Early, Labor Notes As AFL-CIO leaders packed up to leave their Los Angeles convention last Wednesday, they basked in the glow of favorable media coverage. Cribbing from...

 

A hundred arrested protesting Walmart firings   |   September 9, 2013
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes They didn't strike this time -- but Walmart workers and their allies marched, rallied, danced, blew horns, and took arrests in a...

 

After a pause, Walmart strikes back   |   July 31, 2013
In a coordinated purge, Walmart has lashed out against workers who walked out in early June. Sixty have been fired or disciplined so far, said Brandon Garrett, a worker from...

 

Secret TPP deal would void democracy   |   July 10, 2013
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Many people know NAFTA has cost U.S. workers 700,000 jobs. But how many know another effect was to drive Mexican small farmers out of business? In...

 

Union health plans will suffer under Obamacare   |   March 21, 2013
By James McGee, Labor Notes "From each according to his ability, and to each according to his need": does this sound like a model for health care reform? At a January...

 

Postal unions agitate to keep delivering the mail on time and on Saturday   |   March 13, 2013
By Jamie Partridge, Labor Notes The National Association of Letter Carriers is calling for a national day of action March 24 to save six-day delivery. Hundreds of actions, in...

 

Climate change is drowning out 'jobs vs. environment' debate   |   February 15, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes The old argument that unions must choose between jobs and the environment is losing its grip, as climate change becomes more evident and more urgent....

 

In Walmart and fast food, unions scaling up a strike-first strategy   |   February 5, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for...

 

Hostess workers take on private equity pirates   |   December 18, 2012
By Eric Blair, Labor Notes It was a depressingly familiar scenario. Decades of mismanagement had driven the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, and other Hostess treats into...

 

VOICES: Union rights should be civil rights   |   September 13, 2012
By Rick Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, Labor Notes After 60 years of labor law heavily tilted toward employers, it's time to rebalance the scales by making labor organizing a...

 

Lacking contracts, New Orleans teachers use old-school tactics   |   August 8, 2012
By Theresa Moran, Labor Notes Just months after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans fired all 7,500 of its teachers. After a seven-year legal battle, the teachers union won...

 

Nissan workers seek fair shake in Mississippi plant   |   August 3, 2012
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes United Auto Workers President Bob King says organizing foreign-owned auto plants is make-or-break for the shrinking union, but it's been 11...

 

VOICES: The labor law reform we need   |   July 13, 2012
By Rand Wilson, Labor Notes When the next opportunity for labor law reform arrives, union membership will be smaller and our political clout even more diminished. If we are to...

 

Farmworkers push tobacco giant Reynolds to the table   |   June 14, 2012
By Eduardo Soriano-Castillo, Labor Notes The perseverance of Farm Labor Organizing Committee activists in North Carolina paid off in early April when Reynolds American finally...

 

Restaurant workers set sights on Walmart wannabe: Darden   |   May 30, 2012
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Restaurant workers organizing with the Restaurant Opportunities Center have trained their sights on their most ambitious target yet -- a giant chain...