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Labor Notes

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On August 13, 2011
1. Thirteen unions are boycotting the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte because North Carolina is a “right to work” state. These are mostly the building trades, for whom using union labor has traditionally meant a lot more for than most of the other unions. It perhaps seems a bit petty or poor strategy, but […]

Recent Union Victories

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On August 11, 2011

There’s been a surprising number of union victories of late. I discuss several of them in my new piece at Alternet and consider their possible implications. With all of this pretty good to great

Verizon Strike

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On August 10, 2011

Over 45,000 Verizon workers in nine eastern states, under the leadership of the Communication Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have gone out of strike. This i

The Wisconsin Recalls

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On August 9, 2011
The Dems — who need three wins to take over the state Senate from the reactionary and anti-labor Republicans –are 2 out of 5 so far, and are leading (but probably more likely to lose than not) in the one outstanding race.   Even replacing two legislators is an impressive achievement, but it would be deeply […]

Labor Notes

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On July 22, 2011

A lot of interesting labor stories out there right now: 1. Sarah Jaffe has an excellent piece on unemployment at Alternet. Unlike all too many (almost all) reports on the unemployed, she actually focu

Labor Notes

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On July 15, 2011

Some labor notes for your Friday: 1. Verizon is attacking its own workers, attempting to force 45,000 workers to tie pay to performance and pay into their own health care plans. The CWA and IBEW are o

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