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Unions support student protestors against campus administrators and police

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on May 14, 2024. It is shared here with permission. As campus protests—and violent police repression—continue to roll across the country, some unions are getting involved. More than 2,700 protesters have been arrested on 64 college campuses since the initial arrests at Columbia University in New York on April 18. […]

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Give the people musicals: Gene Bruskin, the people’s artist

Gene Bruskin was born to a Jewish working-class family in South Philadelphia and has been a life-long social justice activist, union organizer, poet, and playwright. Since retiring from the labor movement, Gene wrote his first play in 2016, a musical comedy for and about work and workers called Pray For the Dead: A Musical Tale of […]

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Tennessee Volkswagen workers vote union

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on Apr. 19, 2024. It is shared here with permission. In a watershed victory, workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted tonight “UAW, yes!” The company’s sole non-union plant will finally join the rest of the world. “If Volkswagen workers at plants in Germany and Mexico […]

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From layoffs to lawsuits, billionaires are striking back to crush worker power

The resurgence of the labor movement in 2023 galvanized and emboldened unions around the country—and sent capitalists scrambling to squash the nascent militancy of their workers. Among the attempts of the billionaire class to retaliate is a major legal challenge to the National Labor Relations Board, the government body that has protected the right of […]

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Everything we know about the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse

One week has gone by since a massive container ship struck a critical support column of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, sending the structure and a group of construction workers who were fixing potholes on the bridge into the water of the Patapsco River. Of the 8 men who were working on the […]

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‘As long as God gives us strength, we are going to keep working for our community’: Baltimore’s Latino/Latine community responds to Key Bridge crisis

When the iconic Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed around 1:30am on Tuesday, March 26, eight men who were working on the bridge at the time were plunged into the cold waters of the Patapsco River. Two of those men were recovered alive, six were not. As TRNN previously reported, all existing evidence points […]

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The Key Bridge disaster was caused by the oppression of workers

24 hours after Max returned to Baltimore from East Palestine, Ohio, the shipping vessel Dali slammed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, collapsing it into the Patapsco River. The catastrophic collision and collapse of the bridge claimed the lives of six immigrant, non-union construction workers who were working the night shift at the time, filling […]

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Orioles team store workers picket for better contract

Athletes get a lot of shine in conversations about labor in sports, but players aren’t the only workers that make the professional sports industry run. In Baltimore, workers at the Orioles team store organized with UNITE HERE for a decent contract from their subcontractor employer, Fanatics. The Real News reports from Camden Yards, where worker-organizers […]

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Union support grows for task force to scrutinize developer tax breaks

One of Maryland’s most powerful unions has urged legislators to pass a bill aimed at tallying the costs and benefits of tax breaks used to spur development within the state. AFSCME, which represents 45,000 government workers across the state, submitted written testimony supporting SB 733, Task Force to Study Transparency in Tax Incentives. The bill […]

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Coalition of residents, unionists, and activists coming together in East Palestine to demand health care

This story originally appeared in Pittsburgh Union Progress on March 19, 2024. It is shared here with permission. Here’s the story of two men. One is a Trump-supporting blue-collar conservative from a small town in rural Ohio; the other is the son of a Mexican immigrant and describes himself as a socialist and a “lefty […]