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What Google's union means for Silicon Valley

Jan 4, 2021
This union's main aim is to support employee activism, rather than negotiate a contract.
Google employees stage a walkout over sexual harassment in New York in 2018. Some employees of the giant internet company have created a union to support worker activism.
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NLRB rule could make it harder for millions of workers to organize

Feb 26, 2020
It rolls back an Obama-era policy that held some corporations accountable for labor violations by subcontractors and franchisees.
The new NLRB rule could make it harder for employee's of McDonald's to organize.
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Connecticut's budget gap will likely hurt social service recipients

Aug 7, 2017
Some lawmakers are eyeing the hedge fund industry as a potential piggy bank.
Barbara Deindorfer said she's concerned for her brother John's future without state services.
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Union leader has hope for Erie, Pennsylvania, with or without Trump

Feb 28, 2017
Scott Slawson believes that change will have to come from the town itself.
 Scott Slawson, the union president of Local 506 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, isn't expecting help from President Donald Trump.
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Video game actors are on strike

Oct 25, 2016
They're demanding residual pay and safer conditions as games become more elaborate and lucrative.
A public motion capture session for "NHL 2K10" in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
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Twinkie workers are back on the job, but making less

Jul 30, 2013
Twinkie bakers follow in the footsteps of foundry workers, baggage handlers, and others, as restructured companies hire employees back at lower wages.

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Adjunct professors join steelworkers, auto workers to get organized

Jun 20, 2013
Adjunct and non-tenure track professors are joining unions, hungry for benefits and job security they currently lack. And in a twist, they're not always joining the unions you might expect.

Farmers, unions balance economic interests for immigration deal

Apr 15, 2013
Farmers hope the proposal to expand farm worker visas will stabilize their labor supply. Unions focus on making sure the deal protects workers and their wages.

Labor union membership falls to 1930s level

Jan 23, 2013
Political attacks on unions have hurt. But the economy is also replacing old manufacturing jobs, often unionized, with jobs that haven't been union.