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I Am a Union Worker, and I Want Medicare for All

Ashley Payne Jacobin
Rally with sign:  Medicare for All
My union is in a perpetual battle for decent health care coverage. It’s a tactic of our employers to prevent us from striking against our terrible work conditions. If we had Medicare for All, we could demand much more at the bargaining table.

Rex, the Mine Pony

Con Carbon, Minstrel of the Mine Patch Friday's Labor Folklore
Prior to engines being used by coal miners, little Shetland ponies, known as pit ponies, were used to pull carts loaded with coal through the low-roofed mines.  The last pony mine in America was the New Gladstone Coal Mine in Appanoose County, Iowa.

They Killed Frank Ordoñez

Joe Allen, Andrew Sernatinger New Politics
The widespread support and touching memorials for Frank Ordoñez reveal the depth of pain and identification with the working conditions that delivery drivers face across the United States.

2019 Year in Review: Workers Strike Back

Joe DeManuelle-Hall, Dan DiMaggio Labor Notes
But workers across the country rose to the occasion, making 2019 one of the most exciting years for the labor movement in recent memory.

Local 594 and the Lost History of Oil Worker Unionism

Doug Nesbitt and Andrew Stevens RankandFile.ca
Although largely forgotten, Canadian oil workers have a long history of militant struggle rooted in the struggle for workers rights, democracy and socialism. This is being put to the test today as management has locked out over 700 workers.