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Seattle’s General Strike, 100 years remembered.

On February 6, 1919, Seattle’s workers struck—all of them. In doing so they took control of the city.  The strike rendered the authorities virtually powerless. There was indeed no power that could challenge the workers. There were soldiers in the …

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Disaster Averted: How Unions Have Dodged the Blow of Janus (So Far)

Sara Campos, an employee at the Department of Human Services in Salem, Ore., and a board member of Local 503, says most people seem to understand that it’s the union, not the Freedom Foundation, that looks out for workers. She …

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$15 an hour: A higher wage, but hardly a living

Economists look at a range of figures when calculating a “living wage.” They include costs for food, child care, health care, housing, transportation, taxes and other basic expenses. One recent study shows $15 an hour isn’t enough to secure affordable …

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Battle Ground, WA teachers ratify contract, end strike

Battle Ground Public Schools’ teachers on Sunday morning voted by an overwhelming margin of 99 percent to ratify a two-year contract, ending the state’s longest teacher strike thus far this year. In the packed Battle Ground High School gym, 687 …

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Woodland schools, teachers reach salary agreement

Woodland Public Schools and the Woodland Education Association came to an agreement during a bargaining session Sunday night that would give the teachers a 22.82% increase on their base salary.

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Workers see their paychecks get smaller as inflation continues to rise

While the rest of the economy pointed higher in July, American workers took a step backwards. Hourly and weekly earnings languished when factoring in the rise in cost of living, according to figures the Labor Department released Friday.

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Detroit janitors agree to contract that raises wages to $15 an hour

“It’ll help a lot,” said Terrance McDonald, a 30-year-old east Detroiter who works at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and has a wife and nearly 2-year-old daughter.  “Bread is $2. Gas is like $3. I hope I’ll get to take my family …

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Chicago window washers end strike, get 27 percent wage hike

Union members overwhelmingly ratified the new contract, which guarantees annual wages, doubles their life insurance from $50,000 to $100,000 and brings window washers to a $26 base wage of the life of the five-year contact, according to a statement from Service …

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Unions aren’t a thing of the past. Unions are our future.

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Wages aren’t growing when adjusted for inflation

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