How big a year for the labor movement was 2021?

Nov 24, 2021
An online geographic tracker from Cornell shows there were dozens of strikes that didn't make it into national headlines or government data.
Nurses picket at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center on Nov. 10. Cornell's Labor Action Tracker documents the many strikes and other activities that aren't recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Is a new labor movement brewing?

AFL-CIO President Elizabeth Shuler advocates a revitalized labor movement that expands high-quality jobs and reduces inequality.
"What we're seeing out there is a demand for change," says new AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, shown here speaking at the White House on Sept. 8.
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How secretaries organized and changed the workplace for women

Feb 11, 2021
The 9to5 movement started with the feeling of being invisible as a woman office worker, says co-founder Karen Nussbaum.
"We had to carve out our own space both in the women's movement and the labor movement," said Karen Nussbaum, co-founder of the 9to5 movement.
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Inside 9to5, the movement for women's workplace rights

Feb 11, 2021
A new documentary tells the story of the women's labor movement behind the iconic movie.
9to5 Cleveland holds an action in protest of National City Bank.
Steve Cagan

Biden labor agenda could shift momentum back to unions, low-wage workers

Dec 15, 2020
The president-elect is expected to roll back Trump administration rulings.
President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks about the U.S. economy during a press briefing at The Queen theater on Nov. 16, 2020 in Wilmington, Del.
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The Economy Reimagined, Part 2: Jobs, Education and Poverty

The case for a job guarantee, the future of the labor movement, working in the gig economy and more.
Pictured: Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) hold a rally on Feb. 26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
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There's growing support for a new way of collectively bargaining

Nov 1, 2019
Several Democratic presidential candidates are pushing for sectoral bargaining, in which whole industries are unionized instead of a single company.
Members of the United Auto Workers and supporters picket outside of General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly during the strike in September.
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U.S. lawmakers visit Mexico for labor reform assurances under trade deal

Oct 7, 2019
Congressional Democrats have suggested they could vote for the North American pact if protections for Mexican workers are sufficiently implemented.
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Democratic presidential candidates make their pitch to labor unions

Oct 4, 2019
Most of the leading Democratic presidential candidates will be in Los Angeles on Thursday and Friday, trying to woo union members.
Democratic presidential candidates on stage at the second round of primary debates in July in Detroit.
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LA teachers are striking against the school district, but it is the state that controls the purse strings

Jan 14, 2019
California is unusual in that the bulk of education funding comes from the state budget
Thousands of teachers march in the rain through Los Angeles on Monday, on the first day of the first teachers strike in 30 years targeting the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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