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The Power of Unions — British Public Sector Workers Stage Strike!

July 31, 2014
By Christopher Balchin

On July 10, more than one million firefighters, teachers, civil servants, sanitation workers, and other public sector workers, representing six major unions in the UK, held a one day strike, closing hundreds of schools, libraries, and museums, reducing activities at many government buildings and airports, and disrupting sanitation collection.

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UNITE HERE Organizes California Casino Workers

July 29, 2014
By Stephanie West


Sonoma County, California - Workers at the Graton Resort & Casino in Sonoma County, California have joined UNITE HERE. The union is continuing to initiate a successful organizing drive to raise standards for workers in the region’s lucrative tourism industry.

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UA Expands Pipeline Training in Canada

July 30, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Toronto, Ontario - On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), in collaboration with TransCanada Corporation unveiled a new pipeline training program across Canada.

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To Fight for Public Schools is to Fight for Democracy

July 28, 2014
By Diane Ravitch, President, The Network for Public Education


When a small group of parents and educators formed the Network for Public Education in 2013, we had a singular goal: to mobilize the allies of public education against the powerful forces supporting privatization and high-stakes testing. To advance that goal, we hoped to create a force to counter the large amounts of money that were being dumped into state and local school board races to undermine public education, to demoralize teachers, and to promote an agenda of choice, testing, and sanctions.

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SEIU President Keynotes Fast-Food Workers Convention

July 29, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Chicago, IL.  – More than 1,300 fast-food workers from across the country unanimously passed a resolution Saturday July 26th to “do whatever it takes,” including striking and engaging in civil disobedience, to win $15 and a union. The vote came during a two-day nationwide convention of fast-food workers, the first of its kind, outside Chicago, IL.

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AFGE Fights for $10.10 Federal Minimum Wage

July 28, 2014
Stephanie West


Washington, DC - This month, members of the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) voted on an AFGE proposal to extend to federal hourly workers the same $10.10/hour minimum wage that President Obama has provided for new federal contractors. Although a large majority of both blue and white collar federal employees already make more than this amount, there are some federal workers who make as little as $8-$9 per hour. 

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