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Striking Kellogg’s workers show the country what solidarity looks like

Like Frito-Lay, Nabisco, John Deere, and Heaven Hill Distillery, cereal giant Kellogg’s has seen consumer demand skyrocket during the pandemic, reporting profits of $1.25 billion…

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It’s Striketober, baby! Nearly 100,000 workers authorize work stoppages

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Oct. 13, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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Kellogg’s strike: Cereal plant workers fight to raise the floor for all employees as sales soar

“I barely get to see you,” Emma Gbuchta, 9, said to her father as they stood together on the picket line last weekend outside the…

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Immigration law firm uses ‘gig economy’ model to bludgeon union drive

While the ‘gig economy’ was originally pitched as a way to boost pay and flexibility for workers, it has long been criticized as a method…

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IATSE members vote to authorize historic entertainment industry strike

Tens of thousands of members of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) just voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. With 89.66% of eligible…

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A once-in-a-generation chance to revive the UAW is coming

This article originally appeared in Labor Notes on Sept. 27, 2021. It is shared here with permission. United Auto Workers members will soon vote in…

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Picket-line portraits: Nabisco workers on strike

On Aug. 10, 2021, about 200 members of Local 364, in Portland, Oregon, walked off the job and began picketing outside the plant—initiating the first…

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No justice? No bourbon! Distillery workers in Kentucky go on strike

Around 400 union distillery workers in Bardstown, Kentucky, hit the picket line yesterday after rejecting a contract offer from Heaven Hill Distilleries, which included healthcare…

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The industrial working class is not dead

It’s a common refrain that “we just don’t make things in the US anymore.” Implied in this refrain is the notion that practically all manufacturing…

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Living and dying in coal country

100 years ago at the Battle of Blair Mountain, twenty thousand armed miners in West Virginia marched on the coal bosses and were met with…

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High-rise window cleaners risk their lives every day—now they’re on strike

Rappelling down skyscrapers to clean windows is already a very dangerous job. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, high-rise window cleaners with SEIU Local 26 in…

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Co-ops are democratizing the food chain

Millions went hungry when the pandemic hit, but at the Black-owned cooperative Brooklyn Packers, workers rose to the challenge by packing thousands of meals a…

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A business without bosses

ChiFresh Kitchen, located in Chicago, is owned and operated by formerly incarcerated women of color. Launched just as the pandemic hit, its five worker-owners mobilized…

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The forgotten worker

Homecare is an essential service, yet many workers lacked PPE during the pandemic, emblematic of the industry’s poor treatment. Co-ops are showing it doesn’t have…

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Worker cooperatives prove your job doesn’t have to be hell

Is there really a “worker shortage,” or are frontline workers just tired of risking their lives for substandard pay, protections, and benefits? During the COVID-19…

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Woke-washing the US military meat grinder

In this special episode of “Working People,” we talk with three veterans about how the military and the class system (in the U.S. and around…

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Taharka Bros: Ice cream with a side of worker ownership

Transcript Jaisal Noor: The coronavirus now has one in four Americans living in lockdown.Almost 100,000 small businesses permanently closed since the pandemic. Vinny Green: We…

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Striking Alabama coal miners are prepared for a long fight

Citing unfair labor practices at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, 1,100 coal miners with the United Mine Workers of America went on strike on…

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A small-town hospital goes after its union nurses

On top of the typical stresses, intense work, and long hours common to the profession, nurses working at smaller hospitals in more remote parts of…

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Coal miners in Alabama are striking for their fair share

On Thursday, April 1, around 1,100 coal miners at Warrior Met Coal in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, went on strike. After the bargaining unit with the…

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Amazon workers in Bessemer have overthrown decades of anti-union culture

There’s a standoff in Bessemer, Alabama, right now, and the whole world is watching. For nearly the entirety of the past year, amid a deadly…

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After COVID-19, does higher education have a future?

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the world of higher education: forced campus reopenings have pushed many directly into harm’s way; colleges and universities have suffered…

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