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Michigan: Largest Fast Food Strike Yet

Ned Resnikoff MSNBC
As many as 400 workers at more than 60 fast food restaurants in the Detroit metro area walked off the job on Friday. The fast food strike in Detroit is the second major labor action to hit an American city’s fast food industry this week: On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 100 workers in St. Louis walked off the job at roughly 30 different restaurants. These rolling walkouts followed similar actions in New York, central Pennsylvania, and Chicago.

Killing NAFTA Softly

Robert Kuttner The American Prospect
The vast majority of the House Democratic Caucus are progressives on the issue of trade. They have staunchly insisted that without drastic changes, a new NAFTA is not worth having. They have taken their cues from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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“A Union Is an Equalization of Power”

An Interview with Taylor Moore Jacobin
Taylor Moore was fired from Kickstarter for trying to unionize. We spoke to him about the crowdfunding company’s union-busting campaign, the promise of tech worker activism, and the importance of democracy in digital platforms.

In a Strong Economy, Why Are So Many Workers on Strike?

Noam Scheiber New York Times
Last year, the number of workers who participated in significant strikes soared to nearly 500,000, its highest point since the mid-1980s, while the total duration of such strikes reached a 15-year high.

When German Unions Built Housing for the People

David O'Connell Jacobin
In postwar Germany, a cooperative run by trade unionists created Europe’s largest housing company. Building over 400,000 homes, “Neue Heimat” showed we don’t have to live on the terms dictated by landlords — we can take control for ourselves.
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