Labor

Starbucks Workers Fight The Boss, and Win.

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The nationwide unionization drive at Starbucks stores is going strong despite a myriad anti-union efforts from the corporation. Veronica Gonzalez, employed at a Los Angeles Starbucks that recently unionized, explains how they won despite Starbucks retaliation and how people can support the ongoing effort to unionize Starbucks nationwide.

Education in the US: Underfunded & Under Attack

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As students return to school this fall, school districts around the US are facing serious shortages of educators. Nathalie Hrizi, public schools teacher librarian and Vice President of Substitutes with United Educators of San Francisco, explains the roots of the shortage and the urgent demands that teachers, parents, and communities...

Education in the US: Underfunded & Under Attack

BreakThrough News
As students return to school this fall, school districts around the US are facing serious shortages of educators. Nathalie Hrizi, public schools teacher librarian and Vice President of Substitutes with United Educators of San Francisco, explains the roots of the shortage and the urgent demands that teachers, parents, and communities...

U.S. Union Leaders Murdered Fighting for an 8-Hour Day: The Origins of May Day

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International Workers’ Day, or May Day, is Sunday, May 1. But many U.S. residents don’t know the rich history of this workers’ holiday here in the United States. Toni Gilpin, labor historian, activist, and writer, including author of “The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and...

Striking Minneapolis Teacher: ‘No One Here Is Going to Settle for the Status Quo’

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Minneapolis teachers are now in their second week of striking, after a vote of more than 97% of members in support of going on strike. They are demanding reduced class sizes, mental health supports, recruitment and retention of educators of color, living wages, and more. Kristen Melby, MFT member on...

Port Truckers Fight for Fair Wages, Benefits

Eugene Puryear
Truckers at California ports are petitioning to unionize with the Teamsters union and be treated and paid fairly. Drivers for XPO Logistics Inc. are denied health insurance through their job and face poverty wages because they are unfairly classed as “contractors” rather than employees.. Kristal Romero, Port Division Coordinator with...

Super Bowl Dancer Speaks Out: They Wanted Us to Work for Free, But We Refused

Eugene Puryear
Super Bowl half-time shows are one of the most watched events of the year, and very big business. So why were performers working for free?! Dancers recently joined together, fought, and finally won payment for their work in the Super Bowl this year. Taja Riley, dance artist, athlete, and activist...

After years of setbacks, US labor demonstrates its power

Monica Cruz
2021 marked a historic year in labor organizing for workers in the US, with tens of thousands of workers in partaking in union votes and strike actions 2021 was a historic year for labor in the US. An eruption of strikes, major contract wins, and workers quitting low-wage jobs in...

Home care workers protest 24-hour work day in NYC

Monica Cruz
Workers rallied to demand unpaid wages from the United Jewish Council home care agency and an end to the 24-hour workday Workers employed with the United Jewish Council (UJC) home care agency rallied to end the 24-hour work day and demand their stolen wages on the morning of December 16....

Six workers killed in Amazon warehouse collapse

Monica Cruz
Despite a tornado warning, the Edwardsville, Illinois warehouse continued operations At least six people have been killed and countless others injured during a partial collapse of its Edwardsville, Illinois warehouse on the night of December 10. A category EF3 tornado hit the warehouse around 8:35 pm. The “search and rescue”...
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