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Transit Workers Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) announced its endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Monday, after its executive board voted to endorse the Democratic Party candidate from Vermont. Larry Hanley, international union president, told In These Times that although membership is divided on a candidate, he also believes “there’s been an increasing shift [among members] towards Bernie, just as there has been with the public over the last 6 months.”

Chicago Teachers Union Rallies with Community and Labor Allies Ahead of April 1 Mass Action

Activists from across Chicago gathered in downtown Chicago last night at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple to demonstrate a united front in the face of continuing budget cuts and austerity measures proposed by state and city officials and a potentially impending strike of the Chicago Teachers Union.

How UAW Won the Wisconsin Kohler strike

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!"

This exclamation of outrage gained national traction when, in the iconic 1976 movie, "Network," a "mad prophet" of the airwaves induced angry Americans to go to their windows and shout it out to the world. Forty years later it perfectly captured the mood of over 2,000 production workers in northeast Wisconsin who struck the mighty Kohler Company—a privately held, international manufacturer of luxury bath and other products—and won.

The Story Behind the Immigrant Workers in Bernie Sanders’ Stirring New Ad Lauding Worker Organizing

Bernie Sanders’ newest campaign video, which will air tomorrow night on the Spanish-language channel Univision, features the candidate ceding the spotlight to a representative group that doesn’t get a lot of play in most political ads: a migrant mother, speaking entirely in Spanish, who works in Florida's farm fields. The story behind the workers featured in the ad is one of quiet and passionate organizing far outside the Beltway.

As Rahm Emanuel Argues Yet Again for CPS Cuts, It’s Time to Stop Believing His Cries of ‘Crisis’

For years, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been trying to convince Chicagoans that their city, one of the centers of global capital, cannot afford quality public schools for their children. Again and again, the mayor has cried budget crisis to justify closing schools, laying off educators, cutting special education, and bullying the teachers union.

But now, as Mayor Emanuel reads from the same playbook yet again, like the boy who cried wolf, people have stopped buying his story.

The Lessons of A. Philip Randolph’s Life for Racial Justice and Labor Activists Today

By late 1940, the United States finally was pulling out of the Great Depression. American entry into World War II was still a year away, but the war in Europe led to increased American military spending, fueling economic growth and new jobs. But economic recovery might as well have been marked "Whites Only," as defense industries refused to hire black workers. For most African Americans, the war did not mean the end of the Depression.

Enter A. Philip Randolph.

What Life on Minimum Wage Actually Looks Like in 2016

This post first appeared at TomDispatch.

When presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks about income inequality, and when other candidates speak about the minimum wage and food stamps, what are they really talking about?

Whether they know it or not, it’s something like this.

My working life then