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Advocates of Social Security are holding informational pickets today at 100 Social Security offices in 22 states. They’re led by workers from inside the offices themselves, who know firsthand how much the monthly check means to retirees and people with disabilities.

Laundry workers at Portland Hospital Services had been scheduled the same way for 30 years, but last fall the laundry announced it was switching everyone. Unfortunately, the contract gave the company a right to change the schedule. And the plant’s only steward had recently been wrongfully fired.

by Jane Slaughter

Workers who make underbodies for the Mustang pulled off a mini-strike and work-to-rule last Friday. These are the sorts of wildcat actions that were frequent in the United Auto Workers’ early days—and a lot faster than the “obey now, grieve later, wait months for a solution” grievance procedure.

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By Alex Wassell

Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit has just adopted a new schedule that evades overtime pay and ruins weekends. In two stamping plants nearby, workers are pushing their union to resist.

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By Alexandra Bradbury

Laundry workers at Portland Hospital Services had been scheduled the same way for 30 years: four days on, three days off, 10-hour shifts. But last fall the Oregon laundry announced it was switching everyone to a five-day schedule of eight-hour shifts. The worst part was that a third of the workers would have their days off split apart, like Sunday and Wednesday.

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By Rosalie Sorrels

Aunt Molly Jackson defines folk songs once and for all.

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by Frank Hammer

Activists protested at the steps of GM’s world headquarters in Detroit yesterday, chanting “down with exploitation, up with mediation!” Jorge Parra, former GM worker from Colombia, in the eighth day of his third hunger strike, led the demonstration.

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By Samantha Winslow

Teachers across Hawaii are getting the attention of school officials and their state legislature by exercising an old union tactic, work-to-rule. Two years after an imposed contract stuck them with wage and benefit cuts, the teachers are building momentum to win a better deal.

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IBEW Photo Contest: You Pick the Best!

IBEW Photo Contest: You Pick the Best!