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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.

The Return of the Strike

Steven Greenhouse The American Prospect
This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

GM Oshawa: Making Hope Possible

Sam Gindin Socialist Project
Continuing our dependence on unaccountable corporations, without the ability to enforce job guarantees, making competitiveness the only test of worthwhile activity, looking to ‘better’ free trade agreements, are dead ends -- death by a thousand cuts.

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There Is Power in This Union

Michael Kazin Dissent
The Democrats’ midterm triumphs in Nevada would not have been possible without Culinary Workers Union Local 226.

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Question 1: The Road Not Travelled

Jason Pramas Dig Boston
A broader appeal by Question 1 in Massachusetts could have resulted in a win for nurses and patients.

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AFL-CIO President: How Working People Defined the Midterm Elections

Richard L. Trumka Yahoo Finance
AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka says the midterm elections showed how unions are dismantling a broken system that expects workers to work harder and longer and produce more wealth than ever before—but take home the same or even less.
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