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Fast Food Walkouts Fight Inequality


Fast food workers around the country have mounted dozens of strikes over the past few months. Their demands are simple: a pay raise to $15 per hour - roughly double the federal minimum wage - and union recognition.

The Workers Defense Project, a Union in Spirit

New York Times

Like most construction workers who come to see Patricia Zavala, the two dozen men who crowded into her office in Austin, Tex., one afternoon in March had a complaint.

Railroaders Go Wobbly, Strike against Firings

Labor Notes

Rail workers on the Union Pacific are on strike in Chicago, but they are not traditional railroaders. They are contract workers who service locomotives, work traditionally done by railroad employees paid much more than the $14 an hour at Mobile Rail Solutions.

The 30 workers who oil and fuel the locomotives and empty their toilets went public with a union recognition drive July 8. Mobile promptly hired the union-busting law firm Ogletree and Deakins. Workers filed several OSHA complaints that prompted inspections—and the company fired three of them.


BNA Daily Labor Report

In an effort to build a more unified labor movement, the United Food and Commercial Workers announced today it is reaffiliating with the AFL-CIO and disaffiliating from the Change to Win federation.

Senate Confirms NLRB Nominees; Board at Full Strength


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is now fully staffed and able to continue to function to protect workers’ rights after the U.S. Senate today confirmed five members. The votes end a months-long blockade on President Obama’s nominees by Senate Republicans who threatened to shut the board down Aug. 27.

Walmart Warehouse Workers Strike in Calif.

The Nation

At 5 AM PST today, non-union workers moving Walmart goods at a California warehouse plan to launch a two-day surprise strike in protest of alleged retaliation for exposing safety risks. Organizers expect at least thirty of the warehouse's two hundred-some employees to join the work stoppage, the latest in a wave of Walmart supply chain strikes.


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