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by Gene Grabiner

In his now-famous 47 percent speech, Mitt Romney wrote off almost half of Americans as deadbeats and hopeless dependents. But who actually generates society's wealth—is it the "job creators," or is it workers?

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By Alexandra Bradbury

Majorities of voters, even Republicans, support raising the minimum wage, and politicians who oppose it sound mean and out of touch. But no one is running on it this year.

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By Judy Ancel

The labor-community coalition Missouri Jobs with Justice is taking on low-wage employers, championed by the Missouri Restaurant Association, and the payday loan industry.

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By Jenny Brown

The U.S. presidential election has held up a decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, but in Canada, unions have joined environmentalists to battle another pipeline—this one headed for the pristine west coast of Canada.

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By Bruce Ridge

Orchestras are resorting to lockouts to try to force big pay cuts, with four just this fall. From management's behavior, you’d never know that the arts are still good business.

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Jerry Tucker, a hero in the troublemaking wing of the labor movement, passed away on October 19. Labor Notes asked three close co-workers why he will be so widely missed and what are the lessons for those who will continue his legacy.

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by Mike Parker and Margaret Jordan

“HEIST”: Who Stole the American Dream?
Feature documentary by Frances Causey and Donald Goldmacher, 2012
76 min. Order DVD from heist-themovie.com

“It’s the Economy, Stupid” has been the mantra for election strategy since Bill Clinton. It’s the economy that sets the context of our lives. Directly it determines our standard of living. Indirectly it determines how safe we feel: crime goes up when people can’t get decent jobs.
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by Mark Brenner

We learned with sadness that Jerry Tucker died this morning. We will be posting a fuller remembrance in the coming days, but wanted to share the following video from the 2012 Labor Notes conference. Jerry received a Troublemaker's Award for his lifetime of rabble-rousing, and below is what we wrote in the program book to honor his many achievements, together with his video acceptance.
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By Jenny Brown

Latino workers in the Phoenix area are fighting back against the bullying sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio. They’ve registered over 34,000 new voters for the November election.

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By Karl Kramer

Low-wage workers in California who had been organizing for expanded rights were stunned when Governor Jerry Brown vetoed pro-worker bills, citing the burden the protections would place on employers.

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