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A Great Labor Leader Gone: Hector Figueroa, 1962–2019

Steven Greenhouse American Prospect
Hector believed that the spirit of a union lives not just inside the halls of a union and in winning contracts. That promise is realized when the people in the communities where the workers live can live with dignity, can thrive, and can be happy.

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'The Fight for $15 Was Never Just About Raising Wages'

Celeste Robinson Workday Minnesota
The Fight for $15 was never just about raising wages, it was also about building public anger at a system where corporations make billions while workers are paid poverty wages. It is a return to labor's roots, the refusal to accept exploitation.

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Over 5 Million Workers Will Have Higher Pay on January 1

Filiberto Nolasco Gomez, Workday Minnesota
From Alaska to New York City, millions will benefit from an increase minimum wage in 2019. Yet in Michigan and Washington DC legislators overturned referendum votes to raise wages, while the federal government still refuses to act.

Sam Pizzigati: “A New Labor Activism Is Surging”

Mohsen Abdelmoumen American Herald Tribune
Outside of traditional labor structures, a new labor activism is surging, often supported by traditional unions. This new activism ranges from the “Fight for $15” movement to the statewide teacher strikes that broke out last spring.

$15 at Amazon Proves: Targeting Jeff Bezos Worked

Micah Uetricht Jacobin Magazine
Bernie Sanders has an activist orientation. But without the looming threat of workers disrupting business as usual at Amazon, targeting Jeff Bezos wouldn’t have much teeth to it. With that connection he punches well above his weight.

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The NLRB and Fight for $15

Max Zahn Working In These Times
The NLRB Just Dealt a Major Blow to the Fight for $15. Now’s the Time to Take Stock of the Campaign.

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2017: The Canadian Labour movement in review

Gerard Di Trolio Rank and File.ca
Unions in Canada suffered some setbacks in 2017. However, movements like the Fight for $15 and Fairness show a potential way ahead. In 2018, those looking to renew the labor movement need to build power from below, encourage greater membership involvement, forge international solidarity, and confront governments, even those that are ostensibly friendly.
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