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Why Workers Everywhere Should Read Labor’s Untold Story

Chris Townsend Jacobin
Reading and study are required for militants in any labor union. And there are few better resources for telling the heroic story of American class struggle to workers today than the classic labor history book Labor’s Untold Story.

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All Workers Must Stand Against Police Violence

UE Executive Board UE News
We join the call to “defund the police.” What does it mean to defund the police? It means reducing police budgets so we can invest in the economic development and social services that are needed to make all communities safe and prosperous.

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Bernie's Army Redeploys to Support Covid-19's Frontline Workers

Steven Greenhouse In These Times
After working together on the Sanders campaign, the United Electrical Workers union and the Democratic Socialists of America have launched the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee, channeling insurgent energy into new fights for social justice.

Bernie Sanders Picks Up Union Endorsement in Pittsburgh

Julian Routh Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“If there is going to be class struggle in the United States, it’s time that the working class got on the offensive and won that struggle,” Mr. Sanders said in an animated 45-minute speech.

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Erie Locomotive Workers Avert Strike with New Contract at Wabtec

Saurav Sarkar Labor Notes
In a qualified victory, 1,700 UE members conceded a two-tier wage structure with a 10-year progression for new hires to reach parity with current workers, but beat back the company’s demands for a harsher version of two-tier and other concessions.

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They Took Control of Their Workplace — and They Won

UE News
Ten years ago, 240 workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago occupied their factory to prevent its closure. This victory by UE members demonstrated that employers can be challenged and defeated.

The Fight for Good Jobs and a Democratic Economy

Jonathan Kissam UE United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America
large meeting of workers The problem facing working people in the U.S. is not just lack of jobs, but lack of good jobs. UE's Director of Communications takes a look at what kinds of policies produce good jobs, UE's history of fighting for good jobs and a democratic economy,

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Labor's Last Stand

Garret Keizer Harper's Magazine
Unions must either demand a place at the table or be part of the meal
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