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Unions Predict a Great Awakening during a Biden Presidency

Megan Cassella Politico
Union leaders hope Biden will be able to enact policies to reinvigorate the labor movement, bringing in more members, money, and political influence while dramatically expanding collective bargaining rights and protections from workplace abuse.

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State Workers Seek to Protect Labor Rights as the Coronavirus Spreads

Rachel M. Cohen The Intercept
Workers worry that states, especially anti-labor ones, may use the coronavirus crisis as a pretext to undermine union rights. A recent executive order allows Minnesota to waive parts of collective bargaining agreements as it confronts the pandemic.

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Defying Predictions, Union Membership Isn't Dropping Post-Janus

Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene Governing
The Supreme Court’s ruling was expected to diminish union membership. But so far, many unions have actually increased their numbers since the verdict. Conservative groups are working to reverse that trend in the long run.

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The Ugly Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike

DeNeen L. Brown Washington Post
Jerry Wurf, the national president of the public workers union American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, considered the Memphis sanitation workers’ protest more than a strike; it became a social struggle, a battle for dignity. Wurf called the strike a “race conflict and a rights conflict.”

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Unions Rip Senate’s Obamacare-Repeal Move

Seven Wishnia Labor Press
"Several American labor unions reacted angrily to the Senate’s vote July 25 to take yet another crack at dismantling Obamacare. AFSCME President Lee Saunders called the vote “morally indefensible,” while Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers said it was “cruel and heartless.”

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Union Sues Over Iowa's New Collective Bargaining Law

Grant Rodgers and William Petroski The Des Moines Register
The new law bans public employee unions in most cases from negotiating over issues such as health insurance, evaluation procedures, staff reduction and leaves of absence for political purposes. Police officers and firefighters are exempted from that portion of the law, a move that AFSCME argues in the lawsuit violates the Iowa Constitution by creating "favored" and "disfavored" groups of government workers.

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Unions Push For Big Turnout In Ohio

Bruce Bostick People's World
In Ohio, United Steelworkers of America and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Workers rally in support of Secretary Hillary Clinton.
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