Articles from Working In These Times

Voters Overwhelmingly Choose To Raise Wages in Two Red States

On Tuesday, Arkansas voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 5, a ballot measure that will raise the state’s minimum wage from $8.50 to $11 by 2021. The vote is expected to raise wages for some 300,000 workers throughout the state. The measure received a staggering 68 percent of the vote in a state that Trump carried by more than 60 percent in 2016.

How Labor Helped Bring Down Scott Walker and Bruce Rauner

On Tuesday night, in a strong rebuke to the anti-labor agendas of Wisconsin and Illinois’ Republican governors, voters elected Democrats to lead their states. Illinois’ new governor, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, won the race with 54 percent of the vote, while Wisconsin’s new governor, Tony Evers, won his contest, though final votes are still being tallied. Both ran on strong, clear messages of supporting unions and working families. 

New Koch Brothers-Funded Super PAC Looks to Capitalize on Janus Decision Ahead of the Election

On the cusp of the midterm elections, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), a right-wing political advocacy organization founded by the billionaire Koch brothers, has endorsed eight GOP House incumbents in the hopes of weakening labor groups’ influence in Washington and ensuring that the AFP’s political agendas remain a priority in Congress.

Meet the Janitors Taking On Big Pharma to Win a Livable Wage

Forty-eight Indianapolis janitors and supporters, including two Indianapolis City-County Council members, were arrested while staging a sit-in October 25 at the intersection next to the corporate headquarters of Eli Lilly, Indiana’s richest corporation.

The pharmaceutical giant is Indianapolis’s leading corporate philanthropist, currently spearheading a $13 million United Way campaign to alleviate poverty, in a city where 1 in 5 residents lives in poverty.

Nearly Half a Million U.S. Homes Are About to Become Unaffordable

With millions of working-class Americans already facing a severe housing crisis, the next decade could spell another tremendous shock for the rental market. That's thanks to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, or LIHTC, which has helped to create approximately 3 million affordable housing units over the last 30 years. 

Chicago Teachers Just Voted 98% to Authorize the First Charter School Strike in U.S. History

On Tuesday, teachers at 15 Chicago charter schools voted 98 percent to authorize a strike as they continue to bargain a contract with Acero Schools, the largest unionized charter network in the city. On Friday, four locations of the Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) will take a strike authorization vote. And teachers at nine other Chicago charter networks are also in contract negotiations, and could similarly opt to take strikes votes in the coming months. 

Want to Save the Climate? Break Up the Big Banks.

A stark new United Nations climate report warns that humans have about 12 years to slash global emissions by nearly half. Unfortunately, that's going to be extremely challenging with deep changes to the global financial system.

Trump’s NLRB Just Quietly Ruled to Make Union Pickets Illegal

An all-Republican panel of President Trump’s National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) recently ruled that janitors in San Francisco violated the law when they picketed in front of their workplace to win higher wages, better working conditions and freedom from sexual harassment in their workplace. The ruling could result in far-reaching restrictions on picketing that limit the ability of labor unions to put public pressure on management. 

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