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By Rick Kahlenberg & Moshe Marvit

The prospects for labor law reform may seem laughably remote this Labor Day. All the more reason to rethink strategy now, before the next chance. After 60 years of law tilted toward employers, it’s time to make labor organizing a civil right.

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Pittsburgh-area Local Strikes Historic Electrical Equipment Plant

By Ry Cooder

Satan comes for a Koch brother.

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by Mark Brenner

Workers at the New York City delicatessen Hot and Crusty got a jump start on labor day this year, storming one of the chain’s Manhattan locations this afternoon—and refusing to leave.

The mostly immigrant workforce was joined by dozens of activists from Occupy Wall Street and the recently formed Laundry Workers Center, occupying the Upper East Side store for over an hour before police ejected the demonstrators.

Five protesters were arrested for refusing to leave the store.
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By Immanuel Ness

An Indian auto plant wracked by violence reopened, but barred almost all 2,500 full-time and casual workers. The union and community allies are protesting, calling on Suzuki to reinstate fired workers and release jailed union activists.

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By Jane Slaughter

A coalition of Massachusetts worker centers, unions, and pro-worker organizations has won a new law that will force temporary staffing agencies to disclose to workers basic information about their jobs.

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by Michelle Crentsil

Union organizers have heard all the myths about unions. “They’re bankrupting us and destroying the economy.” “Unions are corrupt and mobbed up.” Bill Fletcher busts 21 such myths and explores where we have to go succinctly and superbly.

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By Theresa Moran

Chicago teachers starting back to work this week might not want to get too comfortable in their classrooms. After weeks of stalled talks, the teachers union is moving toward a strike to secure appropriate services for all schools.

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by John Walsh

The three-week-old hunger strike of injured GM workers in Colombia was ended August 22 when workers and company signed an agreement in Bogotá on a framework for mediation to resolve their conflict.

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By Leonard Gentle

Thirty-four South African platinum miners were killed by police last Thursday, we are told, because of an an inter-union spat. The reality is that the massacre reveals far more troubling fault lines.

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