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Gov. Cuomo Is “Acting Like Breitbart”: Community Groups Fuming After WFP Split

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has successfully driven a wedge between the progressive Working Families Party (WFP) and labor unions—and, in the process, tried to strong-arm unions out of funding several community organizing groups that serve low-income New Yorkers, immigrants and low-wage workers.

At a meeting in Albany, N.Y. on Saturday, the State Committee of Working Families Party New York planned to vote on whether to endorse Cuomo or Cynthia Nixon, who is mounting a progressive challenge to the incumbent governor. 

The Wave of Militant Teacher Strikes Has Gone Global. Just Look at the UK.

The wave of militant teacher actions that began in West Virginia is now spreading throughout the United States, to Oklahoma, Kentucky and, potentially soon, Arizona. Teachers in these and other states are fighting back against austerity measures that have, in recent decades, led to pay cuts, reduced job security and worsening working conditions. Their rebellion is a sign to other workers: if you want to beat back attacks on your wages and conditions, your best choice is to strike. 

Here’s Why Teachers Are Prepared to Defy Arizona’s Anti-Strike Laws

Teachers and school support staff in Arizona are gearing up for a possible walkout, saying Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators are ignoring workers’ demands for better conditions for educators and students alike. The rank-and-file group Arizona Educators United is calling for a 20 percent increase in teacher pay, a competitive salary for non-licensed school positions and a moratorium on tax cuts “until Arizona per-pupil funding reaches [the] national average.”

50 Years On, King’s Fight Against Racism and Poverty Remains Our Fight

On April 4th, 1968, 50 years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated amidst the struggle for workers’ rights in Memphis, Tennessee. After longstanding tensions mounted between Black sanitation workers and the City of Memphis, workers refused to report to work. The men used nonviolent tactics in protest of low wages and dangerous working conditions. They etched their cause in the minds of millions with signs that read “I Am A Man”.  Organizers called on clergy, including Martin Luther King Jr., to amplify the voices of the workers.

Trump Is Making It Harder for Low-Wage Workers to Organize, But This Fast Food Union Could Win

Workers at a Burgerville in Portland, Oregon declared on March 26 that they will file for a federal union election. If union campaigners win, the restaurant will become the first federally recognized fast food union shop in the United States. The local effort, which has a significant chance of victory, offers a powerful antidote to the Trump administration’s aggressive anti-worker agenda.