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In 1965, in both Canada and the U.S., about 30 percent of the workforce was represented by unions. This figure, called union density, had been close between the two countries for 50 years. Often, density in the U.S. was a little bit higher than in Canada.
But starting in the mid-1960s, our paths diverged. Union density in the U.S. began to fall, while in Canada it kept climbing.
Canada’s union density peaked at 38 percent in the early 1980s. By 2017 it had fallen to 28.6 percent—but that’s still substantially higher than the 10.7 percent in the U.S.

Unions in Missouri are declaring victory after voters shot down a Republican-backed “right-to-work” law by a hefty 2 to 1.
The final vote count was 937,241 against the legislation to 452,075 in favor.
Missouri became the 28th state with a right-to-work law on the books in February 2017, when Republican Governor Eric Greitens signed the law at a ceremony in an abandoned factory.

Today Missouri voters are at the polls in a referendum to repeal the state’s “right-to-work” law, thanks to the heroic efforts of union members and allies who gathered 310,657 signatures last year to block implementation of the anti-union law until voters could decide. Legislative Republicans pushed the referendum date back to August, instead of the November ballot, to suppress turnout.

Tech Workers and Flight Attendants Resist Immigrant Family Separation

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The brutal and wildly unpopular Trump administration policy that separated thousands of children from their immigrant parents has triggered widespread protests.
It has also provoked resistance from workers whose jobs are crucial to carrying it out.

South Korea: After 12 Years of Protests, Women Workers Get ‘Dream Jobs’ Back

August 02, 2018 / Yi San<?
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?>After 12 years of campaigns and protests against unjust layoffs, 180 female attendants at South Korea’s premier train service are getting their jobs back. These tenacious women workers defeated a ham-handed privatization effort and corrupt political collusion.
The KTX is South Korea’s answer to bullet trains. The country’s Railroad Administration launched it in 2004 and selected 351 female attendants, all in their twenties, from a pool of 4,600 applicants who dreamed of becoming “flight attendants on the ground.”

Vermont's Striking Nurses Want A Raise for Nonunion Workers Too

August 02, 2018 / Jonah Furman<?
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?>Especially for professional workers, when your main strike issue is pay, attracting public support can be a challenge.
Savvy employers paint union members as spoiled. They like to point out that you’re already making more than many of your nonunion neighbors.
Yet when 1,800 nurses and technical staff struck for better wages July 12-13 at the state’s second-largest employer, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the people of Burlington came out in force to back them up.

Union Election Invigorates Rhode Island Nurse Strike

August 02, 2018 / Jonah Furman<?
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?>Another big nurse strike this summer drew momentum from a surprising source—a hard-fought internal union election that ended in a toss-up between two factions.
At Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, 2,400 nurses and other professionals walked off the job July 23. After enduring a 10-year freeze on starting pay, they want a raise to help attract more nurses.

The 2018 IBEW East Coast Ride was a time for catching up with old friends and creating stories with new ones, as IBEW members migrated to Morgantown, West Virginia.
Rich Kremsner from IBEW Local 134, “For us, it’s camaraderie and brotherhood. Brotherhood like you don’t see everywhere. With us being involved in motorcycles, there’s a brotherhood, but we also have the brotherhood with the IBEW.”
Jim Gillespie from IBEW Local 5 said the ride is special because he comes together with his brothers and sisters for a shared common interest: riding motorcycles.
That camaraderie and brotherhood tradition was stronger than ever as IBEW locals from over 15 different U.S. states and Canada attended this year’s ride.
Thomas Maloney from IBEW Local 96 said, “You know when you see that patch on your brothers back that he’s in tune with your thoughts and your beliefs about organized labor. So when you ride you know that’s your brother.”
John Holler from IBEW Local 3 said, “You go on these back roads and you can lean back and just enjoy the roads. That’s why we’re out here having fun.”
This year’s ride brought awareness to multiple myeloma, with half of the...

T-Shirt Ban Energizes Michigan Nurses

August 01, 2018 / Anne Jackson<?
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?>Stewards and active rank and filers at the University of Michigan Hospital have been working hard to engage a membership that has not had to fight for a contract in seven years. It was slow going at first, trying to get 5,800 nurses at maize and blue U of M to wear red to show our union solidarity as we bargain.

UPS Teamsters Take On Two-Tier

July 30, 2018 / Alexandra Bradbury<?
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?>There are no flashy special effects in Tyler Binder’s 12-minute video, “Why the UPS 2018 contract sucks!”
No stirring soundtrack, no animation, no laugh track. It’s just him and his whiteboard, explaining in plain language how the tentative agreement would affect every group of workers.
But the video went viral. Just two weeks after he uploaded it, it had 90,000 views on Facebook and 50,000 on YouTube.