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Low Wage Workers Turning to Voters for Pay Raises

Wesley Lowery Los Angeles Times
When organizing drives prove unsuccessful, some groups of low-wage workers are using ballot initiatives to take their case to the voters. And they've been winning.

Can Unions Save The Creative Class?

SCOTT TIMBERG Salon
Artists, writers,musicians and similar occupations are under attack. Low pay and lack of health benefits for most are major problems. Can unions help make their lives better? The author gives a brief history of organizing in these fields.

Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business

Amy Dean yes!
A cooperative model places union members firmly in the role of being innovators. It allows the labor movement not only to promote a positive vision of members realizing their best selves in the workplace, but also to provide the skills that will enable people to do that.

Union Health Plans Will Suffer under Obamacare

James McGee Labor Notes
What should have been a model for health care reform faces an uncertain future. Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tilts the playing field to disadvantage multiemployer plans, this decades-old gain of the labor movement may be irreparably damaged.

Union Health Plans Will Suffer under Obamacare

James McGee Labor Notes
What should have been a model for health care reform faces an uncertain future. Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tilts the playing field to disadvantage multiemployer plans, this decades-old gain of the labor movement may be irreparably damaged.

Chamber, Labor Unions At Odds Over Guest Worker Program

David Nakamura The Washington Post
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing for 400,000 new visas for foreign workers, a demand that has been met with fierce resistance by labor unions and which could help derail an agreement between the two sides over an immigration reform bill being developed in Congress.

Is It Time For Just Cause?

Rand Wilson and Steve Early Logos Journal
Just cause” protection is helpful because one of the main reasons private sector workers shy away from organizing is their fear of being fired.

Portland City Council Votes to Require Sick Leave

Steven DuBois Huffington Post
The Portland, Oregon City Council voted unanimously to make Portland the fourth U.S. city to mandate that employers offer sick leave, requiring that workers receive up to five days of paid sick leave each year. The number of cities could soon expand to five - the Philadelphia City Council is expected to vote on a similar measure on this week.

So Why Don't We Have Better Unions?

Michael Hirsch Logos: A Journal of Modern Society & Culture
Labor is in trouble which is not news to our readers. Michael Hirsch describes some of the obvious problems and some ways forward. He believes unions should have more of them against us approach. This was something Occupy Wall Street did very successfully. For a short period of time they changed the dialogue away from austerity to the needs of working period. Other ideas include community and union based electoral campaigns, workers papers, international organizing.