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The Lordstown Strike of ’72: Dreams Of Factory Liberation Deferred
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The Lordstown Strike of ’72: Dreams Of Factory Liberation Deferred

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—The General Motors plant that sprawls over a former cornfield along Interstate 80, shuttered since the company stopped production there earlier this month, is the site of one of the great what-ifs of American labor history: a three-week strike in 1972 by 7,500 workers who were not just demanding better wages, but rebelling against…

UAW Head Says Job Security Will Be Top Priority in Contract Talks
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UAW Head Says Job Security Will Be Top Priority in Contract Talks

DETROIT, Mich.—Job security and keeping work in the U.S. will be the United Auto Workers’ top priorities in contract talks with the “Detroit Three” auto manufacturers, union President Gary Jones said March 13. “There will be no more quiet closing of plants, no more shipping jobs to Mexico and abroad without a sound,” Jones told…

Kansas Teamsters Argue For School Bus Driver Summer Unemployment Insurance
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Kansas Teamsters Argue For School Bus Driver Summer Unemployment Insurance

TOPEKA, Kan. – Members from Teamsters Locals 696, 795 and 838 in Kanses are lobbying for the extension of unemployment insurance (UI) in the summer months for school bus drivers employed by private companies. Pending Kanses state legislation would extend unemployment insurance (UI) in the summer months to school bus drivers employed by private companies….

TWU Local 100 At The Bargaining Table
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TWU Local 100 At The Bargaining Table

New York, NY — TWU Local 100 is the union that organized the workers on New York’s subway lines back in 1934 under the leadership of the great Mike Quill. The organizing fight took years, but it was successful because of Quill’s conviction that industrial unionism – organizing every trade and craft working for a…

Cabbies Circle Cuomo’s Office In Protest of $2.50 Surcharge
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Cabbies Circle Cuomo’s Office In Protest of $2.50 Surcharge

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Lines of yellow cabs oozed past Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Third Avenue offices March 6, honking their horns in polyphonic cacophony, their hoods, back-seat windows, and fenders bearing posters reading “Respect the Drivers” and “No More Suicides, No More Bankruptcies.” Someone called out “Tax the rich” in a South Asian accent, and the drivers…

Drivers At DHL Contractor In Los Angeles Vote To Join Teamsters
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Drivers At DHL Contractor In Los Angeles Vote To Join Teamsters

Los Angeles, Ca. – Drivers at KWK Trucking in Los Angeles, a contractor for DHL Express, voted  to beteamsters represented by Teamsters Local 986. “It feels wonderful being a Teamster, seeing our long effort finally pay off,” said Sergio Rodriguez, a lead driver and five-year employee. “We work with drivers from DHL who have a contract that…

Virginia Bus Drivers Begin Talks for First Contract
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Virginia Bus Drivers Begin Talks for First Contract

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—City bus drivers began talks Feb. 19 on their first union contract since they voted overwhelmingly to join Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 last November. The about 130 drivers work for DASH, a nonprofit corporation owned by the city that outsources operations to a local subsidiary of the First Transit bus company. They are…

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