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For posts before June 2012, please follow these links to our archives.

Avoiding a DFR Charge under Tougher New Rules

Richard de Vries Labor Notes
A union can now be found guilty of violating the duty of fair representation (DFR) for losing track of a grievance or failing to promptly return a member’s phone calls about it.

The Postal Strike of 1970: Relevance to Today

Lawrence Swaim Talking Union
The postal strike of 1970 lasted only a couple of weeks. The purpose was to demonstrate conclusively that postal workers could be pushed only so far. It could be described as an unsanctioned or wildcat strike, and it was also a felony-level crime.

Racial Wealth Gap Much Smaller Among Union Members

Christian Weller Forbes
Persistently large wealth inequality leaves many African-Americans--as well as Latinos and some parts of the Asian-American communities--in a very precarious economic situation and poorly prepared for retirement.

After ICE Raid, A Shortage Of Welders In Tigertown, Texas

John Burnett NPR
On the one hand, Texas is a staunch law-and-order state where conservatives support Trump's immigration agenda; on the other hand, if ICE is too successful, employers are wondering where they're going to find people to man their businesses.

State "Uber" Legislation

Gali Racabi On Labor
State TNC and MC Legislation: Preemption and Employment Status of Drivers

33 Zimbabwean Trade Unionists Arrested Ahead of Nation-wide Protests

People's Dispatch
Police assaulted union members before arresting the president and general secretary of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. Unionists have accused current President Mnangagwa of trying to implement neoliberal policies in favour of big business.