NLRB Proposal for Union Elections Could Prove Substantial

By: Thursday February 6, 2014 12:07 pm

The National Labor Relations Board is studying a proposal to change the union election system to make it easier for workers to vote in a union at their workplace.


RIP: Pete Seeger

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Pete Seeger, folk singer and activist whose music and straight talk inspired generations of musicians and activists, has died. He was 94. Known for songs like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, Seeger–who joined the Young Communist League (YCL) in 1936 and the Communist Party USA in 1942, eventually drifting away from them in the early 1950s–performed for troops in the South Pacific during World War II. He was convicted of contempt of Congress after refusing to answer questions at the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Fast Food Strikes Taking Place Throughout America

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 11:22 am

Today workers in over one hundred American cities are protesting for higher wages. The wage target for the protesters is $15 but the protests are also contributing to the national conversation on raising the federal minimum wage.

At Least 116 Arrested in Planned Civil Disobedience at Walmart Stores on Black Friday

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 10:40 am

Protests planned by current and former Walmart Associates and a coalition anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UCFW) were held at various Walmart locations across the United States. Over 110 arrested were arrested while engaging in civil disobedience.

The Truth About California’s Pension Slashers

By: Thursday November 28, 2013 4:30 pm

In 2011, the UC Berkeley Center for Labor and Research and Education put out a study that should have sparked mass rallies up and down the Golden State. The report found that nearly half of California workers will retire in or near poverty. In other words, a state once synonymous with the American Dream of economic opportunity and security is on a path to become a purgatory for millions of seniors.

It’s hard to square this alarming fact with the revelation last month that a group of mostly ultra-conservative electeds and activists will try to place a statewide measure on the 2014 ballot that would slash the pensions of government workers.

Feb 23, 1903 Mother Jones and the Massacre of the Raleigh County Miners

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 4:00 pm

“Has anyone ever told you, my children, about the lives you are living…?”

Let us stop and consider, for a moment, what would cause thousands of miners to lay down their tools and go out on strike, when striking meant homelessness and hunger for themselves and their families. Striking also brought down upon them the terror of the company guards, heavily armed deputies (often one and the same), state militia, bullpens, raids, court injunctions, and the wrath of the capitalistic press.

Guitar Center Workers Rock the Shop Floor

By: Thursday October 24, 2013 5:30 pm

If your 9-to-5 job revolves around your life’s passion, the satisfaction of being surrounded by what you love can offset the daily grind. But such passion is often in short supply in retail work, which is generally defined by the quintessential boring sales job. At Guitar Center, however, one of the country’s largest instrument chains, workers’ love for music, combined with their disdain for The Man, is driving a valiant campaign for a union.

Celebrate Labor Day by Celebrating Labor

By: Monday September 2, 2013 3:00 pm

There is a reason why we have a day called “labor day” and not one called “corporation day.” We do not dedicate a day to the social and economic achievements of entities like Walmart or McDonald’s because they are not the workhorses that built the country. Organized labor created a way for workers to stand up against oppressive businesses and corporations who wished to exploit them.

Late Night: It’s Almost Like Workers Dislike Being Screwed

By: Monday July 15, 2013 8:00 pm

You mean people make an actual CONNECTION, like in their brainmeats, between having no power as workers and getting fucked over by their bosses? You mean that’s a thing we have done? ASTONISHING.

Walmart’s War Against Unions — and the U.S. Laws That Make It Possible

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 4:50 pm

For several years, Walmart’s annual shareholders meeting has been the staging ground for high-profile protests against the retail giant’s treatment of its employees. As Walmart workers from across the country — many of whom are on strike — once again converge this week on the corporation’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, one startling fact stands out: none of them, or any of the retail giant’s 1.4 million workers, are represented by a union.

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