Labor spotlight

June 6, 2019

Oregon walkout results in school funding boost

A week after tens of thousands of Oregon educators walked out of their classrooms on May 8 for a statewide “day of action,” the state's governor signed a $2 billion funding package into law to pay for smaller class sizes and more educational programs.


April 4, 2019

Chicago musicians stop the music over contract

About 100 musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have traded their instruments for picket signs, striking to demand a contract that protects their pension plan and provides fair wages.

February 7, 2019

Community backing key to LA teachers’ successful strike

One of the most distinctive elements of the successful nine-day teachers’ strike in Los Angeles in January was the powerful level of community support the teachers had. That was the result of a deliberate effort by United Teachers Los Angeles, the 32,000-member American Federation of Teachers affiliate, to build mutually respectful alliances with parents and community groups around a common agenda.


December 6, 2018

Trouble in paradise

Nearly 8,000 hospitality workers took to the picket lines at Marriott-owned hotels in nine major U.S. cities this fall — the latest coordinated multi-city strike wave to hit the country amid skyrocketing inequality.

October 4, 2018

Trump torments federal workers

Federal workers are in the president’s crosshairs. 
Right before Labor Day, and just days after a judge foiled Donald Trump’s attempt to hurt those workers and their unions through executive orders, Trump fired back with a plan to cancel their scheduled pay raise.


July 5, 2018

Union-hating billionaires bankrolled case

The plaintiff in the anti-union Supreme Court case known as Janus v. AFSCME was Mark Janus, a child support specialist for the Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services. But Janus wasn’t fighting alone. 
The case against the union representing Illinois state workers has been bankrolled by anti-union billionaires.


May 3, 2018

As Janus verdict looms, Albany group aims to attack union membership

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision due in June in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT members should brace for a campaign by right-wing forces looking to degrade the value of union membership, UFT President Michael Mulgrew recently told union delegates.

March 1, 2018

Trump deregulation efforts hurt workers

Government regulations protect workers by ensuring safe workplaces and fair wages and by preserving their right to join a union. President Trump is determined to deregulate.

January 4, 2018

The union advantage

With working people under attack from Republicans in Washington, D.C., and pervasive anti-labor sentiment, there's no better time to take stock of the benefits you have as a union member — benefits worth fighting to protect.

December 7, 2017

Iowa teachers choose to keep their union

Iowa teachers, defying a hostile political climate, are reaffirming their belief in organized labor and voting to maintain their union representation in the face of new collective bargaining laws that have stripped their rights.


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