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The Wind at Labor’s Back

New York Times Editorial Board New York Times
Missouri voters sent a strong pro-worker message Tuesday by overturning an anti-union law.

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Another April Walkout Looms for Oklahoma Teachers

Ben Felder NewsOK
As teachers prepare for an April walkout, there are some key differences when compared to their 1990 strike, which present unique challenges, along with unique opportunities.

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The Mounting Attack on Organized Labor and What it Means for African-Americans

D. Amari Jackson Atlanta Black Star
Given the public sector is the largest employer of African-Americans, and recognizing their substantial and traditional involvement in unions — Black workers are more likely to belong to a union than any other racial group — such anti-union campaigns as Right to Work have particular implications for African-Americans.

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Workers May Have Just Killed Missouri’s Right to Work Law

Jeff Schuhrke Working In These Times
Though the law is set to take effect on August 28, the pro-union We Are Missouri coalition, led by the Missouri AFL-CIO, says it has collected enough signatures from voters to call for a state-wide referendum in November 2018 that could nullify the legislation.

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The Racist Origins of Right to Work

Michael Pierce Labor Notes
As alt-right and white supremacist movements grow it is important to revisit history and see the ways in which most hate movements are intertwined.

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Expert: Right-To-Work Lawsuit Could Have National Implications Even As It Fails In Wisconsin

Shawn Johnson Wisconsin Public Radio
Marquette University law professor Paul Secunda said he thinks the legal battle over right to work in the state will eventually be decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where conservatives hold a 5-2 majority. However, Secunda said Wisconsin's right-to-work lawsuit has highlighted "a real free-rider problem" with right to work, and that future lawsuits could raise similar arguments in federal court.

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Why Virginia’s Open Shop Referendum Should Matter to the Entire American Labor Movement in 2016

Douglas Williams Working In These Times
Republicans in Virginia have proposed a referendum in November to strengthen the state's existing open shop laws. In this, an opportunity presents itself that labor unions must take. Our goal should not simply be to defeat the proposal: it should be a realignment of the conversation surrounding the role in labor unions in Virginia’s—and America’s—political economy.
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