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Striking workers at Columbia University built a more democratic union and won big gains

Student workers at Columbia University in New York City ended the largest active strike in the country on Jan. 7 after the union secured a…

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Teachers fighting for school safety are not the enemy

With the omicron variant spreading like wildfire, COVID-19 cases around the country have shattered previous highs. The federal government has essentially given up on trying…

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Whatever Happened to ‘Eight hours for what you will’?

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on Dec. 22, 2021. It is shared here with permission. When Frank Carrico talks about why he and…

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A socialist high-school teacher looks to shake up PA State Senate race

With election season coming up, we’re re-launching our Working People series “Working-Class Politics,” where we talk to working-class people running for elected office at all…

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‘We need help’: Hospitality workers are overworked, underpaid

Hospitality workers around the country have faced some of the worst layoffs in any industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNITE HERE, a labor union representing…

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A player lockout puts Major League Baseball’s labor issues on full display

Ending 26 years of “labor peace,” Major League Baseball is in the midst of a national lockout. With league owners failing to address the core…

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‘I am proud to be union’: Workers describe what being in a union means to them

“What does the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) mean to you?” That is the question I started with when this project began. With union density…

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Europe is finally recognizing that platform workers aren’t self-employed

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on Dec. 13, 2021. It is shared here with permission. Sometimes change comes from the most unlikely of places….

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Can today’s labor militancy become a transformative political force?

2021 has been a pivotal year for the labor movement. As we have covered extensively here at TRNN, through strikes, unionization campaigns, protest actions, and…

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How unionizing Starbucks workers took on a corporate giant

Starbucks is the world’s largest coffeehouse chain and one of the most recognizable consumer brands in existence. In the US alone, Starbucks has nearly 9,000…

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Auto workers win direct democracy in referendum

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on Dec. 1, 2021. It is shared here with permission. The members of the United Auto Workers appear…

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Win for Alabama workers as NLRB orders new union vote after Amazon’s alleged misconduct

In a victory for employees at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, a federal labor official on Monday formally directed a new union election following…

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Student workers lead rank-and-file revolt at Columbia University

Back in the spring, we spoke with three graduate student workers at Columbia University who were on strike with the Student Workers of Columbia union,…

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Opinion | Nurses unions around the world mobilize against Big Pharma

This story originally appeared in Progressive International on Nov. 29, 2021. It is shared here with permission. The pandemic rages on—not by accident, but by…

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Hungarian teachers’ unions join forces against the Orban government’s refusal to improve working conditions

This story originally appeared in Mérce on Oct. 5, 2021, and is shared with permission via the Progressive International’s Wire. It is translated by Attila Piróth….

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Organize students, organize everyone, and fight like hell

In the years following the Great Recession, Republican Gov. Scott Walker led an all-out assault on unions and public sector workers in Wisconsin. In response,…

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The Hoffa era is over, and the Teamsters are ready to fight

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters just held a pivotal leadership election that will set a new course for one of the most storied unions in…

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Baltimore museum workers are fighting for a ‘wall-to-wall’ union

In this video installment of Battleground Baltimore, TRNN Editor-in-Chief Maximillian Alvarez sits down with Laura Albans and Matt Papich, two workers at the renowned Baltimore…

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Kellogg’s strikers hold the line and prepare for winter

It remains to be seen what will become of the surging labor unrest that brought us Striketober and a corresponding swell of public fanfare and…

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Biden’s electric vehicle tax credit is good for unions. So, naturally, Manchin opposes it

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Nov. 15, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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Ten years after Act 10, Wisconsin teachers are still fighting to rebuild from the rubble

Ten years ago, the landscape for workers’ rights and organized labor in the state of Wisconsin changed dramatically with the passage of Act 10 under…

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The miners take Manhattan

On Nov. 4, 2021, the streets of New York City were flooded with a sea of camouflage. A crackle of excitement warmed the chilly morning…

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