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Grad Students Who Sign Up To Unionize Are Getting Put On Election Duty

Cora Lewis BuzzFeed News
The August decision by the National Labor Relations Board to allow grad students to organize is going to help boost the youth vote for Hillary Clinton. The Service Employees International Union is using them for voter registration drives on 45 campuses in 16 states.

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Minimum Wage Activists Turn Their Focus to the South

Cora Lewis BuzzFeed
The Fight for 15 movement says it will push to raise the minimum wage in the states and cities of the “former Confederacy.” In a written “Richmond Resolution,” the movement pledged to “support legislative action to raise minimum wage floors across cities and states that were once part of the Confederacy” and to “challenge wealthy and powerful political interests that claim to care for ordinary families but nullify any attempt to raise our wages.”

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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.

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Labor Unions Close Ranks Around Hillary

Tim Devaney The Hill
The 2 million member Service International Union (SEIU) endorses Senator Hillary Clinton. "In addition to the SEIU, Clinton has won the backing of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents 1.6 million public sector workers, as well as the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association."

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SEIU Battles Over Bernie

Annie Karni POLIITCO
The Service Emlpoyees International Union Executive Committee is meeting in the mid-September and is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton. "Internal polls show Clinton coming out on top, SEIU officials told POLITICO - 75 percent of members felt favorable about her, when compared to the other candidates." Bernie Sanders supporters are circulating a petition requesting that the union hold off an endorsement at this time.

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Adjuncts Struggle to Unionize at a Liberal College

Michelle M. Tokarczyk Working Class Perspectives
Adjuncts make up about 70% of the American professoriate. Adjuncts usually make $20,000–$25,000 a year, often by teaching courses at various institutions each semester. They have no job security, and frequently receive no health or retirement benefits. But they have begun fighting to improve their lot. SEIU is organizing in several states.

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Ebola Galvanizes Workers Battling to Join Unions, Improve safety

Mica Rosenberg Reuters
"Most workers were interested in forming a union before, but there was trepidation," said Anthony Reynolds, who cleans airplanes flown by American Airlines and US Airways, Lufthansa and others. "I think now this might be what puts us over the hump to get everyone on board."
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