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Working People Respond to Midterm Election Results

Kenneth Quinnell AFL-CIO
The best antidote to the politics of hate and fear promoted by the White House and The Republican Party is activism around genuine social reform. Labor leaders recap election results below.

What if Google Unionized?

Jon Evans TechCrunch
What are the checks and balances for Big Tech? What forces and people can keep them honest? The obvious answer is: their employees.

We’re the Organizers of the Google Walkout. Here Are Our Demands

Claire Stapleton, Tanuja Gupta, Meredith Whittaker, Celie O'Neil-Hart, Stephanie Parker, Erica Anderson, and Amr Gaber The Cut
A company is nothing without its workers. From the moment we start at Google we’re told that we aren’t just employees; we’re owners. Every person who walked out today is an owner, and the owners say: Time’s up.

Charter School Strike

Rebecca Burns Working In These Times
Chicago Teachers Just Voted 98% to Authorize the First Charter School Strike in U.S. History

Will Kiosks And Robots Replace Hotel Workers?

Stewart Yerton Honolulu Civil Beat
The concerns of hotel workers come at a time when jobs once reserved for people are increasingly being replaced by machines and mobile phone apps. It’s no longer just factory workers being replaced by robots — or even cashiers and clerks.

Class Consciousness Comes to America

Karen Nussbaum The American Prospect
Even in Trump country, pro-union sentiment is rising. But can labor and its allies turn that sentiment into power?