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Message from Portside Labor: There's a Storm Ahead

Portside moderators Portside
We'd like to say that everyone can breathe easier after the midterm elections, which delivered an emphatic judgment on Trump and Trumpism. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this achievement in any way.

Powerful NY Unions Could Complicate Push For Single Payer Health Care

Ross Barkan Gothamist
Some public sector unions fear that if single payer was enacted in New York insurance options for their members would be reduced and that the lure of joining unions could be curtailed if members no longer had the advantage of generous health plans.

Hundreds March on Amazon Fulfillment Center in Minnesota

Bryan Menegus Gizmodo
For the last two years, Amazon has quietly expanded its presence in Shakopee, and worker resentment towards conditions there has grown with it, culminating in today’s protest outside fulfillment center MSP1

Chicago Teachers Win First Charter Strike in History

Barbara Madeloni Labor Notes
In a charter network where 90 percent of the students are Latino, strikers won an agreement to designate all its schools as “sanctuary schools,” off-limits to immigration police.

They Took Control of Their Workplace — and They Won

UE News
Ten years ago, 240 workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago occupied their factory to prevent its closure. This victory by UE members demonstrated that employers can be challenged and defeated.

Message from Portside Labor: There's a Storm Ahead

Portside moderators Portside
We'd like to say that everyone can breathe easier after the midterm elections, which delivered an emphatic judgment on Trump and Trumpism. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this achievement in any way.

Defying Predictions, Union Membership Isn't Dropping Post-Janus

Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene Governing
The Supreme Court’s ruling was expected to diminish union membership. But so far, many unions have actually increased their numbers since the verdict. Conservative groups are working to reverse that trend in the long run.