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Unions Flex Political Muscle at the Democratic National Convention -- But Uber and Airbnb Lurk

Justin Miller The American Prospect
The labor movement's agenda was on full display at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Union delegates numbered roughly one-quarter of the convention’s 4,000-plus delegates. Still, there were stark reminders that labor has struggled to keep at bay the party’s coziness with corporations, especially those of the Silicon Valley disruption variety. Ride-hailing giant Uber—not unionized taxi cabs—served as the DNC’s exclusive shuttle service.


Having the Hard Conversations

Jane McAlevey & Michal Rozworski Jacobin
Jane McAlevey on Fight for 15, labor’s crisis of strategy, and the difference between organizing and mobilizing.


NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

Cole Stangler International Business Times
Last week the NLRB issued a major ruling that corporations can be considered "joint employers" of workers hired by franchisees or subcontractors. There has been relatively little attention to the ruling in many places, but the business press is paying close attention. Here is a piece from the International Business Times, trying to make sense of the ruling.

McDonald’s Turns ‘Progressive’?

Mark Bittman New York Times
For years McDonald's new products, business ventures, even social media attempts have gone wrong. It has spectacularly failed to attract or even hold on to millennial customers, who’ve fled in droves. It’s the most visible target of an alliance of workers fighting for $15 an hour and its food is seen as anything but sustainable, fresh or healthy. A result has been a whopping 15 percent drop in its United States operating income in the last quarter of 2014.


Obama labor board comes down hard on McDonald’s

Brian Mahoney Politico
In a significant victory for fast-food demonstrators, the Obama administration filed 13 legal complaints on Friday against McDonald’s USA, LLC, alleging 78 instances in which it violated federal labor law by punishing workers for taking part in fast-food protests.

Fast-Food Worker Strike About to Go Global

Bruce Horovitz USA Today
In the U.S. strikes are expected to include the first walkouts in Philadelphia, Sacramento, Miami and Orlando. Outside the U.S., the protests are expected to include protests in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and Central America.


Strike For Day Seeks To Raise Fast-Food Pay

Steven Greenhouse The New York Times
Fast-food workers one day strike spreads to many cities. Workers at MacDonald's, Taco Bell, Popeye's, Long John Silver's and other restaurants hold one day strike demanding higher wages.
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