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What happened in Chattanooga?

Harley Shaiken, director, Center for Latin American Studies | February 20, 2014

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 time in the United … Continue reading »

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

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | April 3, 2013

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 deal for American workers. … Continue reading »