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Viewpoint: This Election Shows Labor's Ground Game Matters (Especially During a Pandemic)

November 10, 2020 / Meredith Schafer and Martí GarzaDespite record turnout, the razor-thin margins that ousted Trump in the recent election sharply illustrate the important role of field work—in-person conversations and timely personal follow-up by trained canvassers—particularly when expanding the electorate with Black and Latino working class voters.

Now that Biden and Harris have won a decisive victory, not only in the popular vote but also in the electoral college, it is more important than ever for workers and their organizations to remain vigilant and not de-mobilize while making sure every vote is counted.

Note: This article was posted at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 4, as results from around the country were still coming in.
Like everyone else today, we’re anxiously watching for updates on the presidential vote-count and consequential down-ballot races. Those results could have significant implications for the battlegrounds for labor in the years ahead.
But there were also several ballot initiatives worth keeping an eye on. Here’s how they fared, or are faring so far.

Massachusetts Teachers Sick Out for Six Feet

November 03, 2020 / Barbara MadeloniToday 915 of the 1,000 union educators in Brookline, Massachusetts, took part in a sickout demanding a six-foot distance between people in classrooms.
The district previously agreed to this safety requirement in a memorandum of understanding. But now it wants to allow the superintendent to change it.
“When they tried to give the superintendent unilateral control to change the distance, they tore up the MOU,” said Brookline Educators Union President Jessica Wender-Shubow.

During this election cycle, companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash—the so-called “gig economy” giants—have spent a record-breaking $200 million to pass Proposition 22 in California. The proposition would exempt these companies from basic labor law.
While the initiative is opposed by the California Federation of Labor and many Democratic elected officials, its fiercest adversary is a little-known “start-up” union, Rideshare Drivers United.

Here's How to Join Labor's Anti-Coup Network

November 02, 2020 / Barbara MadeloniIt’s election eve and anxious voters are wondering not only who will receive the most votes, but also: Will those votes be counted? Will the people or the Supreme Court select the next president? Will Trump supporters move beyond intimidation to violence to suppress the vote?
Will we face a president who refuses to accept the results of the vote? Will we have to defend against a coup?

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American unions are stuck in a trap, and it’s partly of our own making. How did we get here, and how do we spring the trap’s jaws? In Tell the Bosses We’re Coming: A New Action Plan for Workers in the 21st Century, Shaun Richman draws on his experience as a union organizer, plus a great deal of labor history, to suggest answers to these questions.

Us vs. Them: Organizing for Worker Power
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“It can’t happen here.” That is the complacent mantra that a society with long-standing “democratic” institutions couldn’t possibly succumb to authoritarian dictatorship.
Sinclair Lewis used the phrase as the title for his 1935 novel imagining the rise of a fascist dictatorship in the United States. Even as the aspiring dictator rises in prominence and mobilizes a paramilitary army, many of the characters refuse to believe it.