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Michigan: Largest Fast Food Strike Yet

Ned Resnikoff MSNBC
As many as 400 workers at more than 60 fast food restaurants in the Detroit metro area walked off the job on Friday. The fast food strike in Detroit is the second major labor action to hit an American city’s fast food industry this week: On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 100 workers in St. Louis walked off the job at roughly 30 different restaurants. These rolling walkouts followed similar actions in New York, central Pennsylvania, and Chicago.

More Secure Jobs, Bigger Paychecks

Steven Greenhouse Columbia Journalism Review
What’s driving the new wave of unionization sweeping digital newsrooms? The reasons for unionizing haven’t changed much in the last 80 years

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SEIU Retires Its Safety and Health Program

Jordan Barab Confined Space
Unfortunately, SEIU is not alone. Last year, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) also dissolved its health and safety department when long-time director Darryl Alexander retired.

Civil Rights Unionism

Robert Korstad Jacobin
In 1940s North Carolina, a Communist-led union of tobacco workers fought to bring democracy to the Jim Crow South.

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Unions Are Not a Special Interest Group

Eric Levitz New York Magazine
Individual labor unions sometimes have interests that conflict with the greater public’s. While certain unions may be an obstacle to the greater good, unions are collectively a uniquely effective vehicle--not a "special interest group"--for realizing what matters most to working people.
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