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Ten reasons why fast food workers deserve a raise

There is a growing, industry-wide movement for the fast food economy to work for everyone. This Thursday, August 29th, workers have called for a national strike that is expected to cross company lines and reach dozens of cities. The fast food labor force has never been protected by collective bargaining power or labor scarcity, making…

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MLK: The dignity of labor

You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight that whenever you are engaged in work that serves…

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Forbes Names Walker’s Wisconsin One of the Worst States for Business

  Remember Governor Walker’s proud “Wisconsin is Open for Business” slogan? Turns out, Wisconsin in 2012 is bad for business, according to Forbes magazine. They are ranked at 42 out of 50 for best states to do business. In other words, in the top ten worst states to do business. Forbes notes that Wisconsin job growth is…

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IKEA’s war on the middle class

It will come as a surprise to many that IKEA is in a pitched battle to lower the pay of workers at its Richmond BC store, whose wages already fall below the poverty line in Vancouver. After all, IKEA has a reputation of being closely tied to the Swedish model where wages are high, standards…

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Why union members with Gmail accounts are no longer getting email from your union

Recently Gmail has made some changes to its email system that impact your union. These changes significantly effect your ability to communicate with your members and supporters of your union’s campaigns. In addition to a regular inbox, union members with Gmail accounts now have 2 separate inboxes called “Social” and “Promotions”.   The problem? 1.…

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Why More Young Workers are Joining Unions

Debra Moore is on the front lines of an upswing in union interest among younger workers. This year, eight of the baristas at one of her coffee shops in Halifax surprised her by joining Local 2 of the Service Employees International Union. The move came with some controversy: Two employees claimed they were fired for…

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UFCW to Rejoin AFL-CIO

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced today that it is affiliating with the AFL-CIO. UFCW President Joe Hansen said, “We join the AFL-CIO because it is the right thing to do for UFCW members, giving them more power and influence.” It is about fostering more opportunities for workers to have a true voice…

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