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Frontline physicians in LA can’t pay rent, so they threatened to strike

We all know that, even before the horrific, world-changing event of COVID-19, society would fall apart without hospital workers and medical staff. But like so…

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Louisiana dollar store workers can’t control air conditioning in their own stores

From Dollar General and Dollar Tree to Family Dollar, dollar stores are spreading rapidly throughout Louisiana and across the country, often strategically located in low-income…

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An oral history of the 10-month St. Vincent Hospital strike

The COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding failure at every level of government to prevent its spread dealt a devastating blow to healthcare workers. Nurses, doctors,…

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‘Definitely it’s retaliation’: Starbucks closes unionized store in Ithaca

In this urgent episode of Working People, we get an update on Starbucks’ escalating retaliation against pro-union workers and Starbucks Workers United. As Rina Torchinsky…

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Amazon is trying to destroy its Staten Island union by firing union supporters

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on June 11, 2022. It is shared here with permission. Amazon has now fired another key organizer of the…

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Kim Kelly: Workers make history, and so can you

The world is in a bleak state right now, and every day it feels a little more certain that the elite power brokers who control…

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The long, uphill battle to unionize workers at religious institutions

Adjunct faculty and lecturers at Santa Clara University, a private Jesuit university in Silicon Valley, have been working to organize a non-tenure track (NTT) faculty…

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As Western firms flee Russia, many workers’ futures are uncertain

This story originally appeared in openDemocracy on May 27, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons license. Until 24 February, it…

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‘Blatant act of war’: Workers fight back as Starbucks moves to close unionized shop

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on June 6, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons license. Starbucks workers are…

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These CA charter schools just unionized with the Industrial Workers of the World

Caliber Public Schools, a group of charter schools in Northern California, states on its website that its mission is “to achieve educational equity by shifting…

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Britain’s rail workers are poised to strike against austerity

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on May 31, 2022. It is shared here with permission. The history of the railway tells us much about…

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‘That’s why I’m sticking with Starbucks—to make it better’

On April 19, partners at the Maple Street Starbucks location in New Orleans filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold a…

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How 50 years of class war changed the state of Wisconsin

This is the final podcast installment of our special series of conversations with teachers, organizers, scholars, and activists in Wisconsin that TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez…

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‘They f*cked us’: Illinois Ironworkers laid off after unionizing

On Sept. 7, 2021, after a majority of employees had formally expressed interest in unionizing, workers at G&D Integrated LLC—a transportation, logistics, warehousing, and supply…

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Railroad workers are being ground to dust. Who will help them?

TRNN viewers may remember a recent interview we published at the beginning of February in which Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez spoke with retired railway engineer Jeff Kurtz about…

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Inflation, layoffs, and ‘workplace homicides’: Turkish workers hold mass demonstrations on May Day

Working people in Turkey are engulfed in a deep economic crisis. Facing an inflation squeeze and huge price hikes, the conditions and rights of workers…

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The historic, youthful, rank-and-file movement to unionize Starbucks

The rank-and-file effort to unionize Starbucks stores around the United States is one of the most head-spinningly historic worker-led movements in our generation. Since the…

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‘You’ve got to shut it down’: Lessons from Wisconsin’s 2011 worker uprising

With the passage of Act 10 in 2011, also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, Republican Gov. Scott Walker declared war on the labor…

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Workers at Maryland’s first unionized Starbucks describe their fight for workplace democracy

On Monday, April 25, the N. Charles cafe in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon neighborhood became the first Starbucks location in Maryland to unionize. The final election results, certified…

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The Amazon Labor Union is just getting started

After the independent and worker-led Amazon Labor Union made history by unionizing the JFK8 fulfillment center on Staten Island—the first Amazon facility in the US…

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‘Jeff Bezos, your time is coming!’: Amazon workers on Staten Island bring the noise ahead of second union vote

On Sunday, April 24, the independent Amazon Labor Union held a rally outside the JFK8 fulfillment center on Staten Island, New York, where, just one…

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‘The time is now to stand up to our oligarchy,’ Sanders tells Amazon workers on eve of union vote

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on April 24, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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