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Teachers Unions Look Like the Last Line of Defense in Trump’s “Reckless” School Reopening Crusade

As American families fret over a patchwork set of standards for reopening schools that vary widely by city and state, teachers unions across the country are denouncing the Trump administration’s approach to the issue as ill-advised, life-threatening and unjust. And …

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Nationalize the Pharmaceutical Industry Now

As the coronavirus pandemic ripped through the globe earlier this year, it seemed for a moment that the scale of the calamity and the depth of desperation for a cure might force governments and industry to prioritize our health above …

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The Pandemic Could Finally Usher In The 4-Day Workweek

The U.S. has long resisted a more flexible work culture. But some companies are now testing out a shorter workweek.

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Expelling Police Unions From the Labor Movement “Has to Be Considered”

The 2 million-member SEIU—arguably America’s most politically powerful progressive union—passed a resolution last week vowing to align the union with the goals of the Movement for Black Lives. It included a call to divest from the police, notable in part because SEIU …

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BIW’s largest union out on strike

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Financial Times: Organised labour has returned

Younger workers are behind the rise in trade union membership in the US

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The Real Threats to Free Speech on Campus

College campuses, now more than ever, are home to a variety of organizations with differing political views: pro-Democratic and pro-Republican organizations, Students for Justice in Palestine and Students Supporting Israel, as well as other organizations with conflicting viewpoints.

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Simplistic initiatives create complex problems

Throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s, Bill Sizemore wreaked havoc in Oregon by putting simplistic initiatives on the ballot to address complex issues. Sizemore’s success at the ballot box has left a lasting negative impact on our state, …

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$15 Wage a Sticking Point as Rutgers Profs Close to Striking

(excerpt) About 88% of its membership authorized a strike if a deal could not be reached on three sticking points: hiring more full-time faculty to improve the faculty-to-student ratio, pay equity and a $15 minimum wage for student workers.

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Robert Reich: Why unions matter to you

In the mid-1950s, unions were strong, and wages grew in tandem with the economy. Nearly one third of all workers in the United States were unionized. This gave workers across America – even those who weren’t unionized – significant power …

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