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Harley Shaiken What happened in Chattanooga?

Snow blanketed the Tennessee hills surrounding Chattanooga last week as workers at the sprawling Volkswagen plant began voting on whether the United Automobile Workers union (UAW) should represent them.

The stakes were high.  A union victory would pave the way for a German-style Works Council elected by all employees for the first … More >

Eric Biber Are transit strikes bad for the environment?

Even if you’re not from the Bay Area, you’ve probably heard about the labor troubles at the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) – the rail system that is one of the largest public transit providers here in the Bay Area in terms of passengers.  Hundreds of thousands of commuters use the … More >

Robert Reich What immigration reform could mean for American workers, and why the AFL-CIO is embracing it

Their agreement is very preliminary and hasn’t yet even been blessed by the so-called Gang of Eight Senators working on immigration reform, but the mere fact that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue agreed on anything is remarkable.

The question is whether it’s a good … More >

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