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Amazon union drive fails

Workers at the giant Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, declined to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in a historic vote.

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Chicago teachers' broad bargaining rights restored

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on April 2 restoring the Chicago Teachers Union's ability to bargain with the city on a broader range of issues, including class size, layoffs and the duration of the school year

Hunts Point Market workers win big raise

A weeklong strike at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx ended on Jan. 23 with workers winning their largest pay raise in decades and more money for health coverage. More than 1,400 workers, who have been working through the pandemic to help supply produce to New York City, has voted to strike.

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Amazon workers hold first union vote

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama began holding the corporation’s first union vote in the United States on Feb. 8. Amazon does not employ any union labor in the country and the approximately 5,800 fulfillment center employees are facing stiff opposition from the tech giant.

Trader Joe’s workers: Company skimping on safety

Study finds that Black, Latino and poor students are hurt the most by COVID-19.

Huge education benefits expected under Biden

With President-elect Joe Biden and the soon-to-be first lady, teacher Jill Biden, in the White House, sweeping changes in U.S. education policy may be on the horizon.

Safety first

The UFT’s 50-point school safety plan remains essential for students and staff working in school buildings. The DOE agreed to the plan as a condition of reopening the schools, but we need your help to keep our workplaces safe.

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Outcry over Amazon bid to hire anti-union monitors

Amazon posted two job listings over the summer for intelligence analysts in charge of monitoring “labor organizing threats” inside the company. After the job posts went viral on social media, eliciting backlash from workers’ rights advocates, Amazon withdrew the listings on Sept. 1.

Pandemic threatens to exacerbate teacher shortage

The ongoing pandemic and deepening recession are throwing new challenges at school districts trying to stanch teacher shortages across the country.

Members win discrimination suit

The New York City Department of Education has agreed to pay nearly $1.2 million to three African American teachers and an assistant principal to settle both a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by the U.S. Attorney as well as individual lawsuits brought by the affected employees.