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By Jenny Brown

A familiar cry for the 40-hour week has gone up, but among retail workers the meaning is new. Part-time workers are demanding an end to erratic scheduling and a chance to work enough hours to survive.

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by Jane Slaughter

When the Alliance for Retired Americans rallied at an Orlando Social Security office November 8, workers came out, spoke to the crowd, and said they would put up “Don’t Cut My Social Security” signs in their cubicles.
Social Security unionists see threats to the program from the inside, in some ways more subtle than benefit cuts, but just as insidious over the long run.

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By Jane Slaughter

If Congress and the President reach a “grand bargain” in the lame-duck session, seniors, the poor, and the disabled will pay for it—and it won’t be a good buy. Here are three ways politicians are hoping to cut your Social Security benefits.

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By Mark Brenner

The fiscal cliff doesn't need to be jumped. Panic-mongers are sounding the alarm so they can get away with cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and more. Breathe deep, do nothing, and the clock will run out on Bush’s tax cuts for the 1%.

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By Norine Gutekanst

The seven-day Chicago Teachers Union strike in September didn’t just beat back a mayor bent on imposing very bad “education reforms.” Our win was possible because of years of patient organizing, focused on getting members to step up.

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by Jane Slaughter

At the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) convention last week, local officers and rank and filers dissected bargaining now underway with UPS. Remarkably, members were focused not on concessions but on advances their union has vowed to win.

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By Samantha Winslow

Union-backed ballot measures, including minimum wage increases and taxes on the rich, fared well around the country yesterday, with an exception in Michigan and an uncertain outcome in Phoenix. Here's a round-up.

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By Samantha Winslow

Chicago Teachers Union leaders vowed that their seven-day strike was just one step in their fight to defend public education. Now teachers and community groups are demanding a moratorium on school closings. Ten were arrested Friday.

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By Jenny Brown

Plans for Black Friday walkouts at Walmart stores have spread dramatically, in what has been dubbed the first “viral strike.” Organizers suggest that protests may hit 1,000 stores, including what the group calls “marquee events” in nine cities.

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