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Why is AFL-CIO So Worried About Its Vermont Affiliate?

Steve Early CounterPunch
Last November, Trumka tried, unsuccessfully, to block any state convention discussion of a general strike contingency plan in the event of a constitutional crisis (of the sort which did occur on January 6).

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Black Worker Centers: Building Workplace Power in the Communities

Matthew Cunnington-Cook The American Prospect
Worker centers in general serve as a clearinghouse for workers’ needs when forming a union is all but impossible. Even in anti-union terrains, the centers have found ways to change public and corporate policies.

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Right to Work has Failed to Live up to Conservative Hype

Rick Haglund Michigan Advance
The annual decline in the number of union members actually slowed after the a right-to-work law in Michigan took effect in 2013. And membership grew to 604,000 in 2020 from 589,000 in 2019. 

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Looking for John Sweeney - A Correction

Kim Scipes Portside
John Sweeney with others at a march. The death of AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has evoked examinations of his legacy. One can praise the good things but its important to address the bad things so we can have a more accurate understanding of his time.

Tidbits - Feb. 18, 2021 - Reader Comments: No One is Above the Law; Climate Briefing; Fast Food Workers; Affordable Housing; John Sweeney; Black Panther Party; Jazz and Race; Rosa Luxemburg symposium; Working-Class New York Revisited; more...

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Reader Comments: No One is Above the Law; Climate Briefing; Fast Food Workers; Affordable Housing - New York's Coops; John Sweeney; Black Panther Party; Jazz and Race; International symposium - Rosa Luxemburg; Working-Class New York Revisited; more.

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John Sweeney Was Our Era’s Most Influential Labor Leader

Bill Fletcher Jr. and Fernando E. Gapasin Jacobin
John Sweeney The late AFL-CIO leader John Sweeney was an admirable figure who had a vision for reinvigorated US labor unions. But he only tried to reform a union movement that needed a more fundamental refoundation.

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Remembrance of John Sweeney, Former SEIU and AFL-CIO President

Jon Hiatt OnLabor
Both at SEIU and the AFL-CIO, President Sweeney felt a particular responsibility to those workers most exploited, most vulnerable, and historically most ignored or worse by organized labor. In my opinion, this was his most important legacy.
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