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What the Workplace Will Look Like Under a Biden White House

Eleanor Mueller Politico
“There’s a litany of things the Trump administration has done that we have to undo,” said Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.), who serves on the House Education and Labor Committee and is a top contender for labor secretary in the Biden administrtation.

Organizing Rural Manufacturing Workers Matters

Cindy Estrada and Chris Schwartz The Forge
The diversity of manufacturing workers, even in rural communities, makes an organizing committee meeting a rare and important place: a space where people can sit down face-to-face and confront their differences.

Uber and Lyft’s Proposition 22 Spent Big, Won Big

Jack Ross Capital & Main
In the midst of a pandemic, drivers will be denied sick days, and local laws passed in L.A., San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose to protect drivers during COVID-19 will be retroactively undone.

Florida Voters Approve $15 Minimum Wage

Dave Jamieson Huffington Post
Under the new law in Florida, the current minimum wage of $8.56 will rise to $10 next year. It will increase $1 each year thereafter until it hits $15 in 2026. After that, it will adjust annually according to an inflation index.

Labor’s Uphill Battle

Lauren Kaori Gurley New York Review of Books
Enthusiasm for strikes, walkouts, sick-outs, and pickets has surged. A new, progressive wing of the Democratic Party, represented by young women of color like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar—has won the enthusiasm of millions of young people.

Republicans, Not Biden, Are About to Raise Your Taxes

Joseph E. Stiglitz New York Times
Buried in Trump's 2017 Tax Cut Act are automatic tax increases every two years from 2021 to 2027. All taxpayers with incomes of $75,000 and under (about 65 percent of taxpayers) will face a higher tax rate in 2027 than in 2019. Elections matter.

Labor Must Defend Democracy

Statement of UE Officers United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
It is necessary for the labor movement to play a leadership role in affirming our democratic institutions. We have material resources, we are organized, and we have the ability to withhold our labor.