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This Is What Happens When Workers Don’t Control Their Own Lives

Jamelle Bouie New York Times
For a vast majority of Americans democracy ends when work hours begin. Most people in this country are subject, as workers, to the nearly unmediated authority of their employers, which can discipline, sanction or fire them for nearly any reason

UC Recognizes Student Researchers United Union of 17K Workers

Emma Taila The Daily Californian
“This is the single biggest new union filing in any industry, definitely this year if not this decade,” said UC Berkeley student researcher Tanzil Chowdhury. “Seventeen thousand new workers just joined the labor movement, which is historic.”

Happy Striketober. Let's Restore the Legal Right to Strike.

Shaun Richman In These Times
Now’s the perfect time to fight for the right to return to a job once a strike is over. The United States is experiencing a wave of worker militancy and a White House that actually wants to take concrete actions to defend and grow labor unions.

The People Who Make Your Favorite Movies and Shows Are Fed Up

Shirley Li The Atlantic
If you watch television, or films, you should think about who is making them and under what conditions. Eighteen-hour workdays, no lunch breaks. Car accidents caused by sleep deprivation. A crew member who returned to set the day after a miscarriage.

USPS Begins Postal Banking Pilot Program

David Dayen The American Prospect
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has taken the most dramatic step in a half-century to re-establish a postal banking system. The test allows customers to cash business or payroll checks at the post office and place them onto a gift card.

Hope for Labor at the End of History

Steve Fraser and Joshua Freeman Dissent Magazine
Amid the bleak political landscape of Clinton’s America, a 1996 summit of union organizers and intellectuals proved a surprise success. It also showed the weakness of left ideas without a strong labor movement.

Left Labor Project, New York City Closing Statement

Left Labor Project Portside
Left Labor Project, a New York City collective of labor activists , recently decided to dissolve after months of declining activity. We didn’t want to just disappear without sharing our experience and views with the broader community of organizers.
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