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The Movement for Black Lives And Labor’s Revival

October 27, 2020 / Tim Schermerhorn and Lee SustarThe police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis ignited the most widespread series of protests in U.S. history. Working people—not only Black, but people of all races—were the driving force. Even labor leaders who are usually reluctant to weigh in on hot social issues spoke out.
The challenge now is to bring the militancy and energy of this year’s revived Black struggle into the workplace—amid the coronavirus-driven economic crisis.

Bernie Sanders: Build a Compassionate Nation

October 26, 2020 / Bernie SandersOver the past 40 years, corporate America and the billionaire class have been waging a war against the trade union movement in America, causing devastating harm to the middle class and working class.
When oligarchs like Donald Trump tell us that the economy is “booming,” they are right—the economy is booming for the extremely rich and extremely profitable corporations in America—who, by the way, pay nothing or next to nothing in federal income taxes.

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We Finally Won Just Cause Protection at The New Yorker after AOC and Warren Refused to Cross Our Picket Line

October 23, 2020 / Hannah Aizenman, Stefanie Frey, and Mai SchotzAfter 95 years, at-will employment is over at The New Yorker. Our union finally won just cause in our first contract. Securing this protection took strong organizing and strategic mobilization—on top of nearly two years of negotiations.
What changed the tide was a digital picket of the New Yorker Festival, a weeklong annual event where celebrities, politicians, and various experts discuss timely topics. The opening night was to feature Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Elizabeth Warren talking about “the future of progressivism.”

Steward's Corner: A Path Out of Fear

October 22, 2020 / Ellen David FriedmanWhat’s the greatest gift the labor movement offers? It’s not the ability to bargain a contract, protect yourself on the job, or win higher wages, though those are important.
The greatest gift is a path out of fear. Once we can see that path under our feet, the real fightback can begin. But the question is, how do we find it—especially at this dire moment?

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump dissed a Gold Star family that had lost a son in Iraq. He called Senator John McCain, America’s most famous prisoner of war, a “loser” for being captured in Vietnam. When asked about widespread sexual assault in today’s military, he dismissed it as a problem. He had to be publicly shamed into making a promised donation to veterans’ charities.


When you’re sitting in your car waiting for a train to safely pass by before continuing on your commute, you might not think much about how the signals work to safely pass a train, but there’s a lot of coordination that occurs behind the scenes.

The Traffic Signal Division of IBEW Local 111 in Denver, Colorado is hard at work testing traffic signals for an intersecting Union Pacific Railroad track. Traffic Signal Technicians are working with the city and BNSF Railway to test new railroad signals that have been installed as part of the Central 70 Project, a reconstruction of a 10-mile stretch of road on I-70, one of the major highways in the mile-high city.

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In his article "With City's Economic Future in Doubt, Can New York Unions Stop the Cuts?," Chris Maisano analyzes the looming effects of the pandemic on public workers and the services they provide in New York City. The city has cut $5 billion from its budget, with accompanying cuts to services and the workforce. Twenty-two thousand more workers could be laid off if the municipal unions don’t come up with $1 billion in givebacks.

Part 1: The Name of the Game Is Class Struggle
It’s no secret that, over the last 40 years, income inequality has soared in the United States.
In the late 1970s, the top 10 percent of the U.S. population, ranked by income, received about one-third of total U.S. income. They now receive about half of total income.

After 500 Issues, A Look at Labor Notes Then and Now

October 19, 2020 / Jane SlaughterHow was Labor Notes #1, from February 1979, different from Labor Notes #500, the issue we just sent to the printer? There’s the obvious: