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Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017, 6:54 am  ·  By Michael Arria

The Trump Labor Board Just Made It Harder for Fast-Food Workers to Hold Corporate Bosses Accountable

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside the McDonald's corporate campus on May 21, 2014 in Oak Brook, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  

On December 14, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned a 2015 policy that had made it easier for workers—particularly fast-food workers—to unionize and challenge their employers over unfair labor practices.

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Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017, 6:31 pm  ·  By Sarah Jaffe

“We Will Be Out in the Streets”: What’s Next in the Fight Against the GOP Tax Bill

Protesters took to the streets in Maine to protest Sen. Susan Collins' support of the GOP tax bill. (People's Action)  

Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We’re now several months into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators, and educators, not only about how to resist, but how to build a better world. 

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Monday, Dec 18, 2017, 2:09 pm  ·  By Shaun Richman

Biggest Labor Stories of 2017: The Attacks From Above and the Fight From Below

A protestor is taken into custody outside the Willis Tower where United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL), the parent company of United Airlines, was holding its shareholder's meeting on May 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)  

The first year of any Republican presidential administration is sure to bring new attacks on unions and their allies. This year has seen plenty of anti-labor offensives, as well as inspiring fights and encouraging signs for the future.

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Monday, Dec 18, 2017, 12:06 pm  ·  By Rebecca Anger

Oklahoma Poised To Cut Off 20,000 Disabled and Elderly People From Life-Sustaining Home Care

'Spitfire' Sabel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joins more than 200 protestors from ADAPT, a grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, in blocking the intersection of 15th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House for nearly four hours September 20, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  

In early November, the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Oklahoma sent letters to more than 20,000 disabled and elderly residents informing them that the in-home care services they were currently receiving as part of the ADvantage Waiver and In-Home Supports Waiver for Adults programs could be cut in one month. The full consequences of eliminating such vital programs are unimaginable but include reduced quality of life, poor health outcomes, extensive job loss and increased care costs.

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Friday, Dec 15, 2017, 5:10 pm  ·  By David Cooper, Economic Policy Institute

Trump Dept. of Labor Rule Would Legalize Employers Stealing Workers’ Tips

Tipped workers are one of the lowest-paid, most poverty-stricken segments of the workforce. (Photo by Stefano Montesi - Corbis/Getty Images)  

Last week, the Trump administration launched yet another front in its war on workers when the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new rule that would allow restaurants and other employers of tipped workers to begin legally pocketing their workers’ tips. 

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Friday, Dec 15, 2017, 3:42 pm  ·  By Anna Casey

From Amputations to Respiratory Illnesses, New Report Exposes Hazards of Slaughterhouse Work

Workers in the meat processing industry face injuries, lack of access to bathrooms and other health threats at plants, according to a Government Accountability Office report released this month. Source: National Chicken Council  

This story was originally published by the The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Repetitive motion injuries, amputations and cuts continue to be common dangers that workers in the meat processing industry face, according to a Government Accountability Office report released this month.

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Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017, 6:53 pm  ·  By Saqib Bhatti

The Hidden Tax Increase for Working Families in the GOP Tax Bill

As a result of this bill becoming law, and the SALT deduction being eliminated, working families stand to see their federal taxes increase. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)  

The current tax debate in Congress is fundamentally a fight over whether most of us will sacrifice to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. The Republican tax bill that has already passed both houses of Congress and is now in conference committee is the latest manifestation of a long-term conservative goal to enact so called “tax reforms” that will further redistribute wealth upward.

One of the many ways the bill does this is by eliminating state and local tax (SALT) deductions. Not only will this change amount to a regressive redistribution of wealth—since it would effectively take money from all of us and give it to a small group of rich people—it will also be a handout to big banks and wealthy bondholders.

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Friday, Dec 8, 2017, 5:11 pm  ·  By Sarah Jaffe

Grad Students Take Tax Bill Fight to Paul Ryan’s Office

(SEIU Faculty Forward)  

Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We’re now several months into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators, not only about how to resist, but how to build a better world.

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Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017, 3:44 pm  ·  By Kathy Wilkes

Red Cross Is Instructing Truckers to Draw Blood and Nurses to Load Trucks

Justina Japola, a Polish graduate student at George Washington University, gives blood at the American Red Cross 12 September, 2001 in Washington, D.C. (MANNY CENETA/AFP/Getty Images)  

A press release about a labor dispute at the American Red Cross (ARC) is challenging perceptions of the venerable institution and how it conducts its mobile unit blood drives.

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Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017, 5:05 pm  ·  By Timna Axel

In the Face of the GOP’s Class-War Tax Bill, Chicago Activists Voice Outrage in the Streets

Chicago's march was one of dozens of rallies and events planned this week in California, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan. (Matt McLoughlin)  

Chicago—It’s an unseasonably warm December evening and a crowd of about 500 people, some wearing knitted pussy hats and recycled signs from previous rallies, are gathered at the plaza in front of the Chicago Board of Trade. Two days earlier the Senate passed its version of the GOP’s tax plan, which gives lavish tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. 

“Everyone I talk to in my church and in my seminary community is terrified of what this bill and other pieces of legislation mean for us,” says Samantha Nichols, a 24-year-old seminary student who attended the event.

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