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It’s Time for Federal Workers to Get Sick

Joseph A. McCartin The American Prospect
A sickout by unpaid federal employees could bring the impasse—and their status as hostages to the president’s whim—to an end. Federal workers might learn from the successful example set by teachers from West Virginia to Arizona in 2018.

How Federal Workers Could Fight the Shutdown

Ben Beckett, Ryan Haney Jacobin
Federal workers have dealt with low pay, degraded working conditions, and repeated employer lockouts. If they want to improve their conditions, they’ll have to organize.

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Labor's Last Stand

Garret Keizer Harper's Magazine
Unions must either demand a place at the table or be part of the meal

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The GOP’s National Right to Work Bill Is a Smokescreen—The Threat Is What Comes Next

Moshe Z. Marvit Working In These Times
Labor sould figtt the proposed National RIght to Work Law. But it is more imortant to continue to build alliances among other progressive groups to fight other reforms that have a serious chance of passage. In particular, labor should put its resources into organizing government workers who are under attack on all sides.

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Trump Has a Plan for Government Workers. They’re not Going to Like It.

Lisa Rein The Washington Post
Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January. these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January.
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