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This week, an overwhelming majority of digital journalists working for Al Jazeera America (AJAM) voted to be represented by the The NewsGuild of New York, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 31003. AJAM joins a growing number of digital outlets that have recently organized, including The Guardian U.S., Gawker, Vice and Salon, This was the first of these organizing drives where management forced a government-supervised election, while other outlets have voluntarily recognized union organizing efforts. AJAM management initially challenged the voting eligibility of nine senior journalists, claiming they were supervisors. But a few hours after the ballots were counted and the lopsided outcome was announced, management dropped its objections and agreed they were part of the new bargaining unit.
As more and more states put obstacles in the way of voters trying to exercise their right to vote, we want to hear from you, our Communications Workers of America (CWA) brothers and sisters, about some of the challenges you and your families have faced out there as you try to register and vote.
For its role in brokering a peaceful path to democracy, Tunisia’s labor movement today was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In Toledo, Ohio, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee runs the FLOC Homies program to train the city's Latino youth on how to overcome barriers to success. Young people are trained and taught how to form their collective voice, so they can start making positive changes for Latinos citywide. They are taught to utilize the strength of their numbers to mobilize community solidarity, and the program is most successful when the participants find good, unsubsidized jobs.
The first-ever White House Summit on Worker Voice was held this week—“to explore ways to ensure that middle-class Americans are sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic growth they are helping to create.” Yes, all working people need a voice on the job.
This week, the AFL-CIO, the National Women's Law Center and other groups sent a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel urging the German government to end a gag order that restricts T-Mobile workers' ability to speak up in response to sexual harassment and other discrimination. Read the text of the letter below.
Americans are increasingly fed up with an economy that rewards wealth over work, a message that’s made it all the way to the top. That’s why when the White House hosted a Summit on Worker Voice on Wednesday to highlight the power of working people standing together to demand better jobs and better lives, one notable corporation had been excluded—Walmart.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote an op-ed about the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Time. Here is an excerpt.
The American public is fed up with Washington politics as usual. It is showing in the strength of the “outsider” candidates on both the Republican and Democratic side of the presidential race so far. But the Republicans are faced with a steeper challenge, because this disaffection is deeply rooted in the stagnant wages and incomes of Americans.
The latest sales pitch on the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that it is a massive tax cut, with 18,000 tariffs (taxes on individual products from the United States to other countries) being eliminated. While 18,000 tax cuts sounds great in a vacuum, it’s not the whole story. Here are some things you should know as you evaluate this latest claim.
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