Working In These Times

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018, 7:18 pm  ·  By Joe Allen

Over 90% of UPS Teamsters Just Voted to Strike

A strike at UPS could see up to 280,000 UPS-Teamster members walk out. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  

Twenty-one years after the historic 1997 United Parcel Workers strike, are UPS-Teamsters ready to once again walk off the job? After Tuesday night’s strike authorization vote, workers are one step closer to that possibility.


Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018, 2:56 pm  ·  By Rebecca Burns

Rank-and-File Union Members Are Leading Another Massive Strike. This Time It’s AT&T Workers.

AT&T workers are now in their sixth day of a rank-and-file-led strike across the Midwest. (CWA Local 4900/Facebook)  

Thousands of AT&T employees across the Midwest are entering the sixth day of a rare, rank-and-file-led work stoppage over alleged unfair labor practices. The union representing them, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 4, has been in contract negotiations with AT&T since March. While members voted overwhelmingly in April to authorize a strike if necessary, the decision to walk off the job last week was not coordinated by union leadership or subject to an official vote.


Monday, Jun 4, 2018, 6:40 pm  ·  By Stephen Franklin

The Chicago Tribune Is Finally Union as the Media Organizing Wave Intensifies

High publicity victories at nameplate publications like the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times have helped replenish the NewsGuild’s ranks. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)  

On May 7, glasses clanked and cheers echoed across a downtown Chicago bar as journalists openly celebrated what would have been a whispered fantasy just a few short months ago. The Chicago Tribune, the mother of all major anti-union newspapers—both in its editorial philosophy and newsroom policy—had just bowed to its employees’ desire to form a union.


Friday, Jun 1, 2018, 12:50 pm  ·  By Kathy Wilkes

How the NFL Players’ Union Can Block the League’s New Ban on Protests

Trump has persistently condemned the players' peaceful and silent protests. (Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)  

On August 26, 2016, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem, triggering a national debate around First Amendment rights of speech and issues of racial injustice.


Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:02 pm  ·  By Jeff Abbott

How Mexican Teachers Unions Are Pushing the Presidential Frontrunner Left

Mexico's presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador speaks during a press conference at the National Press Club on March 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)  

As Mexico moves closer to the July 1 Presidential election, candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (commonly referred to AMLO) is signaling his support for the thousands of communities fighting privatization across Mexico. López Obrador hails from the Juntos Haremos Historia coalition—a center-left coalition of National Regeneration Movement Party, The Labor Party and the Social Encounter Party. He is the former mayor of Mexico City and widely considered to be the frontrunner. López Obrador has found a significant ally in the Oaxacan teachers of Sección XXII, who are pushing the candidate to take a more left-leaning position on privatization and reject controversial education reforms.


Thursday, May 31, 2018, 1:21 pm  ·  By Bryce Covert

Why 50,000 Las Vegas Workers Are on the Verge of Striking

Workers are already making preparations for a strike. (Getty Images)  

Over the next two weeks, Las Vegas will see an even larger influx of tourists than usual as the city hosts the Stanley Cup hockey finals, with the Las Vegas Golden Knights facing off against the Washington Capitals. But these visitors could soon find themselves in a city where most of the services are shut down.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 5:39 pm  ·  By Casey Quinlan

Sex Workers Say “Trafficking” Crackdown Is Backdoor to Gentrifying New Orleans

Revelers walk along Bourbon Street in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras day on February 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/Getty Images)  

Under the guise of protecting sex trafficking victims, the Louisiana legislature passed two bills this month that—if signed into law by the governor—will continue to unfairly link human trafficking to New Orleans strip clubs and sex workers. Some sex workers warn the legislation is poised to harm the safety and livelihood of sex workers and quicken the pace of gentrification in the city.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 12:43 pm  ·  By Peter Certo

Actually, Trump Loves Chinese Goods—So Long as they Make Him Richer

Trump family members (L to R) Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump break ground at the Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C Groundbreaking Ceremony at Old Post Office on July 23, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)  

Donald Trump built no small part of his political brand railing against Chinese industry—so much so that The Huffington Post once published a supercut of the president sneering the word “China” dozens and dozens of times, for three full minutes.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 5:46 pm  ·  By Tanner Howard

In Response to ICE Raids and Family Separation, Immigrant Communities Are Fighting Back

Rosi Carrasco, a volunteer organizer with Organized Communities Against Deportation, addresses the recent ICE raids that have targeted immigrant families in the Chicago area. (Photo by Anay Sanchez/Latino Union)  

Since May 19, a hotline dedicated to assisting families threatened by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been ringing nonstop. That same day is when ICE agents across the Chicagoland area began a widespread sweep, including at a worksite near a Home Depot, where laborers go to find work. According to immigrants’ rights organizers, at least 80 people have been detained since the sweep began, and likely many more.


Friday, May 25, 2018, 4:59 pm  ·  By Kate Bronfenbrenner, Chris Brooks, Shaun Richman

After Janus, Should Unions Abandon Exclusive Representation?

The SCOTUS Janus decision could have far-reaching consequences for the labor movement. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)  

The Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME, which could have far-reaching consequences for the future of public-sector unions in the United States. The case has sparked a wide-ranging debate within the labor movement about how to deal with the “free-rider problem” of union members who benefit from collective bargaining agreements but opt-out of paying dues. We asked three labor experts to discuss what’s at stake in the case and how they each think unions should respond.