Articles from Working In These Times

Rank-and-File Union Members Are Leading Another Massive Strike. This Time It’s AT&T Workers.

Thousands of AT&T employees across the Midwest are entering the sixth day of a rare, rank-and-file-led work stoppage over alleged unfair labor practices. The union representing them, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4, has been in contract negotiations with AT&T since March. While members voted overwhelmingly in April to authorize a strike if necessary, the decision to walk off the job last week was not coordinated by union leadership or subject to an official vote.

The Chicago Tribune Is Finally Union as the Media Organizing Wave Intensifies

On May 7, glasses clanked and cheers echoed across a downtown Chicago bar as journalists openly celebrated what would have been a whispered fantasy just a few short months ago. The Chicago Tribune, the mother of all major anti-union newspapers—both in its editorial philosophy and newsroom policy—had just bowed to its employees’ desire to form a union.

How Mexican Teachers Unions Are Pushing the Presidential Frontrunner Left

As Mexico moves closer to the July 1 Presidential election, candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (commonly referred to AMLO) is signaling his support for the thousands of communities fighting privatization across Mexico. López Obrador hails from the Juntos Haremos Historia coalition—a center-left coalition of National Regeneration Movement Party, The Labor Party and the Social Encounter Party.

Why 50,000 Las Vegas Workers Are on the Verge of Striking

Over the next two weeks, Las Vegas will see an even larger influx of tourists than usual as the city hosts the Stanley Cup hockey finals, with the Las Vegas Golden Knights facing off against the Washington Capitals. But these visitors could soon find themselves in a city where most of the services are shut down.

Sex Workers Say “Trafficking” Crackdown Is Backdoor to Gentrifying New Orleans

Under the guise of protecting sex trafficking victims, the Louisiana legislature passed two bills this month that—if signed into law by the governor—will continue to unfairly link human trafficking to New Orleans strip clubs and sex workers. Some sex workers warn the legislation is poised to harm the safety and livelihood of sex workers and quicken the pace of gentrification in the city.

Actually, Trump Loves Chinese Goods—So Long as they Make Him Richer

Donald Trump built no small part of his political brand railing against Chinese industry—so much so that The Huffington Post once published a supercut of the president sneering the word “China” dozens and dozens of times, for three full minutes.

In Response to ICE Raids and Family Separation, Immigrant Communities Are Fighting Back

Since May 19, a hotline dedicated to assisting families threatened by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been ringing nonstop. That same day is when ICE agents across the Chicagoland area began a widespread sweep, including at a worksite near a Home Depot, where laborers go to find work. According to immigrants’ rights organizers, at least 80 people have been detained since the sweep began, and likely many more.

After Janus, Should Unions Abandon Exclusive Representation?

The Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME, which could have far-reaching consequences for the future of public-sector unions in the United States. The case has sparked a wide-ranging debate within the labor movement about how to deal with the “free-rider problem” of union members who benefit from collective bargaining agreements but opt-out of paying dues. We asked three labor experts to discuss what’s at stake in the case and how they each think unions should respond.

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