Labor News

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Today in women’s and labor history: Teachers unite in NYC

The United Federation of Teachers was formed to represent New York City public school teachers on March 16, 1960.

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Roadblocks to organizing in a revived economy

With wages flatlining and the middle class shrinking, why is union membership in decline?

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Wisconsin rising against right to work for less

Walker's deception confronts overwhelming evidence that RTW will further hurt a low-wage state that needs more buying power.

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Today in African American history: Birthday of writer Alice Walker

The writer and activist Alice Walker was born on this day in 1944 in Putnam County, Georgia. 

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Unions added 48,000 members last year

Union density was 11.1 percent in 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, but the workforce grew even more.

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A steelworker’s thoughts on “democracy”

The fight for democracy is central to all of our struggles. However, these struggles are separated from the issue of "who controls the wealth" only at our ultimate peril!

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Home care ruling shows negative impact of courts on workers

A Dec. 22 decision showed that men and women in black robes can yank away what workers win in the executive branch, on Capitol Hill, or at the bargaining table.

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Jobless rate unchanged in Nov., businesses say they created 321K jobs

The number of unemployed actually rose by 115,000 in November, to 9.11 million, BLS said. But an equal number of workers found jobs, so the rate stayed unchanged.

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Economists weigh in as Walmart Black Friday protests approach

As the largest Black Friday strikes and protests scheduled for  Nov. 28 rapidly approach, the growing calls for change at Walmart continue.

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Today in labor history: Official claims “Robin Hood” was communist plot

The episode seems silly in retrospect. What was not so silly, however, was the political repression Communists faced.

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