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  • Labor Day & Unions

    How Unions Helped Shape Labor Day

    Most people recognize Labor Day simply as the informal beginning of Fall or as just an extra day off to spend at the beach or BBQ’ing with family and friends. But all of you, as Union members, should feel a special pride the first Monday...

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    Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Limiting Union Rights

    The state law that would end collective bargaining rights for a majority of public workers was struck down by a Wisconsin judge on Friday (9/14/12). The state law was introduced by Governor Scott Walker. Wisconsin unions celebrated the ruling although it is unclear how it will...

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    Event Recap: San Pedro Labor Fest, July 5

    San Pedro was bustling last Thursday, all in the name of labor and art. It all started with five individuals – one gallery owner and four volunteers (a mix of casuals and Longshoremen) who wanted to inspire and celebrate labor-friendly artists. The San Pedro Labor...

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    Occupy protesters disrupt West Coast ports – as featured in CNN

    The Occupy movement moved it’s way to the ports along the West Coast on Monday, and temporarily shut down port facilities in Oakland, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) which represents 15,000 dock workers, elected to detach itself from...

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  • SEIU volunteers Pam Rall-Johnston and Ashley Mathews review paperwork at the United Steelworkers building in Pittsburgh, Pa., before going canvassing door-to-door in October 2010. One week before the midterm elections, volunteers poured their energy into get-out-the-vote efforts.   (Emmanuel PARISSE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Why the Labor Movement Is Not Just Another Protest Movement – as featured in Working in These Times

    “The goal isn’t to enroll the people behind those doors in a conventional union” notes Meyerson, “but, rather, into a mass organization of the unemployed and the underpaid that can turn out votes in 2012 and act as an ongoing pressure group for job creation...

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