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Chicago Teachers Go Out On Strike Again

Barbara Madeloni Labor Notes
This time the union has extended its demands: it wants to tackle student homelessness and affordable housing for low-income Chicagoans.

The G.M. Strike Was the Best and the Worst of the Labor Movement

E. Tammy Kim The New York Times
On picket lines around the country, from Wyoming, Michigan to Rochester, N.Y. to Langhorne, Pennsylvania ---G.M. workers made the strike their own. Their fight is one that all of us, regardless of the work we do, should claim as our own.

Government-Sponsored Retirement Plans for Private-Sector Workers Fall Short

By GREGORY N. HEIRES www.thenewcrossroads.com
The government-promoted plans let employers completely off the hook and put the entire burden of retirement savings and investment management on workers. They put another nail in the coffin of traditional plans in which employers share the expense.