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By Eduardo Soriano-Castillo

While opponents of Arizona's harsh anti-immigrant law went back to court last week, unions and community groups are not waiting for the courts—they're organizing to mitigate its worst effects now.

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By Mark Brenner

With summer storms looming, locked out utility workers are returning to work after a four-week standoff with Consolidated Edison, New York City’s electricity provider, after state politicians stepped into the high-profile dispute.

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by Theresa Moran

The Chicago Teachers Union won a major victory yesterday when the city halted its plans to increase teacher work hours.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago school board announced in April that they were unilaterally increasing the school day by 20 percent in the fall—without increasing teaching staff or providing proportional compensation for the additional hours.

Chicago teachers already work an average of 58 hours a week, according to a recent report. Under Illinois labor law, the board is not required to negotiate with teachers over work hours.
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By Howard Ryan

Teachers and labor activists nationally are watching high drama unfold in Chicago, where teachers have challenged “Mayor 1%” Rahm Emanuel with a stunning 90 percent vote to authorize a strike.

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By Jenny Brown

Hotel workers in 20 cities are planning pickets, civil disobedience, and other actions to this week to protest relentless efforts by Hyatt to drive workers harder and replace permanent jobs with temporary, lower-paid ones.

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By Mark Brenner

In an ominous late June ruling, the Supreme Court paved the way for rewriting the rules on how public sector unions collect dues. The result could curtail those unions’ spending on political action.

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IBEW, ATenamp;T Agree to One-Year Contract Extension

By Ruth Needleman

The approach of U.S. unions to global trade has often been contradictory, caught between the impulse for international solidarity and the urgent desire to save jobs at home.

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By Theresa Moran

The Chicago Teachers Union steps closer to a strike as it prepares to vote today on an arbitrator’s recommendations for the contract dispute with “Mayor 1%” Rahm Emanuel.

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By Mike Parker

The focus of political organizing has to be identifying, reducing, and then eliminating corporate control and power. But if national unions can’t be counted on to be the solid center of an anti-corporate movement, how do we get there?

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