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From occupation to cooperative: workers fight for their jobs

"Everything is very democratic," says Melvin Maclin. "We operate by one man one vote. We run things just like in our local. Our fight is far from over. At least we have a base to work from."

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NY City Council passes family leave

By a 45-3 margin, the NYC Council on May 8 passed a bill mandating paid sick or family leave for millions of workers in thousands of businesses. The margin can override any threatened mayoral veto.

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Letter Carriers cite huge need in 21st annual food drive

Letter Carriers from coast to coast will collect non-perishable food on their 21st annual food drive, on Saturday, May 11. The food is distributed locally, to "free food" pantries, homeless shelters, and other institutions that feed the poor

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Thousands in San Jose call for immigration reform and workers' rights

Calls for justice for immigrants and rights for workers rang out all across San Jose as thousands marched three miles from predominantly Latino east San Jose to a rally at San Jose City Hall.

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Berkeley celebrates life of councilmember Maudelle Shirek

A crowd packed Berkeley City Hall to celebrate the life of Maudelle Shirek, an extraordinary woman dubbed "the conscience of the council."

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Veteran activists should check out social media

Older activists shouldn't feel that they have to use Facebook just because they feel have no other choice for staying in touch, but for their very real value to the community.

 

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Today in labor history: Mother Jones was born May 1, 1837

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a labor and community organizer. A fiery orator, brave and determined heroine to millions of workers.

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CPUSA leader talks strategy for defeating the extreme right

In a speech he delivered to a recent members conference of the CPUSA, Sam Webb, the party's chairman, acknowledged "it is easy to become frustrated with the pace and scale of change in recent years."

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Tar sands refinery expanding just south of Chicago

A Chicago Earth Day rally protested construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the threat tar sands oil poses to freshwater, air and climate. It was one of scores of actions held across the country.

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City Council funds jobs center for Oakland Army Base redevelopment

A major milestone was passed April 16 in the long struggle to win jobs for local workers in redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base.

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