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IKEA Workers Vote To Join Machinists union

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A group of 186 distribution center workers at IKEA distribution centers in Joliet and Minooka, Illinois voted June 19 and 20 to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

Assessing 40 Years of Labor Notes

Nelson Lichtenstein International Viewpoint
Labor Notes is one of the most successful socialist projects in the labor movement in US history. It has trained and connected tens of thousands of union militants throughout the world.

Organizing to Win Governing Power

James Mumm Social Policy
Progressive change can seem like one step forward, two steps back, but People's Action leader James Mumm shows how over time power has been steadily, doggedly gained by organizing out from the center -- amongst the marginalized -- and forward.

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IBU Members Celebrate a Century of Progressive Maritime Unionism

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Newly elected President Marina Secchitano marked the 100th anniversary of the Inlandboatman's Union with a pledge to continue its heritage of solidarity, organizing and resistance to attacks by anti-union companies or politicians.

Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Tom Lewandowski Working In These Times
Social organizing, (not elections) built the labor movement. When 19th-century American workers had virtually no institutional or political voice or power, they developed both by caring about and for each other.
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