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    • A "New Labor Movement" in the Shell of the Old? 

      Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim (1996-06-01)
      [Excerpt] A lot has changed since the formation of the AFL-CIO 40 years ago. A regulated national economy has been transformed into a global economy — one in which American workers can be put into competition with others ...
    • A Capital Idea 

      Silvers, Damon (1992-09-01)
      [Excerpt] The victory at Work Wear plants is a striking example of how unions' financial power can make worker's lives better. Unions can intervene and show power in bankruptcy courts, in corporate board rooms, and at the ...
    • A Lost Dream: Worker Control at Rath Packing 

      Redmon, Gene; Mueller, Chuck; Daniels, Gene (1985-04-01)
      [Excerpted from Introduction by Gene Daniels] The story of Rath Packing Company of Waterloo, Iowa, is alternately a model of the American Dream and the story of a dream turned nightmare. Started in Iowa in 1891 with a ...
    • A Model in Massachusetts? A Follow-Up 

      Early, Steve; Schippani, Mike (1987-04-01)
      [Excerpt] Mike Schippani's discussion of the "social compact" alternative to mandatory plant closing legislation (in "Massachusetts & Mature Industries," LRR 9, Fall 1986) seriously understates the price that workers have ...
    • A UAW Fight for Product Quality 

      Matuszak, Mike (1987-04-01)
      [Excerpt] Blytheville, Arkansas, a Bible belt community in a Right-to-Work state, is an unlikely site for a major labor dispute. But for almost a decade, it has witnessed a bitter struggle between an auto supply company ...
    • A UE Campaign Against Disinvestment 

      Boardman, Christine (1987-04-01)
      [Excerpt] The UE International had previously emphasized to the local the need to launch a campaign to avert any type of plant closing. Local research did not paint a pretty picture of Stewart-Warner's future in Chicago. ...
    • A Wobbly-Bred Campaign in Minnesota 

      Gagala, Ken (1985-09-01)
      [Excerpt] In December 1984 Local P-9 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) launched a "corporate campaign" to restore wage cuts imposed by the George A. Hormel Company. While the campaign continues today, it has ...
    • Achieving City Pride: Labor, Community and Private Sector Bake a New Idea in Ownership 

      Croft, Tom (1992-09-01)
      [Excerpt] This article will describe the City Pride Project, the role of the SVA and the City Pride Coalition, the context for victory, and broader implications for economic justice and revitalization.
    • ACORN Organizing & Chicago Homecare Workers 

      Kelleher, Keith (1986-04-01)
      [Excerpt] Every few months our office receives some piece of direct mail concerning a conference or seminar on union organizing put on by some professional salesperson. The piece extolls the virtues of professional sales ...
    • ACTWU at Cannon Mills: It's Not Over 

      Filson, Paul (1986-04-01)
      [Excerpt] October 10, 1985, was a day of reckoning for a remarkable organizing campaign. On that day nearly 10,000 North Carolina textile workers cast their ballots on whether they wanted to be represented by the Amalgamated ...
    • AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils: Organizing for Social Justice 

      Sneiderman, Marilyn (1996-06-01)
      [Excerpt] Movements start small and grow through struggle. They are born of rage and injustice, and built by winning victories. And each victory demonstrates that collective action is the first step to gaining the power ...
    • AFSCME's Success with Public Sector Clericals 

      Lynch, Roberta; Bayer, Henry (1986-04-01)
      [Excerpt] In December 1985 the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was certified as the bargaining agent for more than 11,000 State of Ohio clerical employees. This victory followed a string ...
    • AIDS at Work: The SEIU AIDS Project 

      Mehring, John (1990-09-01)
      [Excerpt] In the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, AIDS was primarily an urban phenomenon, appearing first among gay men, intravenous (I.V.) drug users and their sexual partners. Service workers in San Francisco, Los ...
    • An AFSCME Local Transforms Local Politics 

      McLeod, Sean P. (1994-09-01)
      [Excerpt] In the late 1980s, AFSCME Local 2703, in Merced, California, found itself in a position familiar to many union members at that time: fighting hard to keep pay and benefits from being slashed. The realization that ...
    • An Inside Game in Wisconsin: IBEW 1791 vs. Marathon Electric 

      Kurschner, Dale (1991-04-01)
      [Excerpt] By the mid-1980s, allegations of union busting had become as common in the upper Midwest's labor environment as management claims that competition was forcing it to seek concessions. Regardless of management's ...
    • ...And the Twain Shall Meet? A North-South Controversy Over Labor Rights and Trade 

      Compa, Lance (1995-04-01)
      [Excerpt] No country or company should gain a commercial edge in international trade by jailing or killing union organizers, crushing independent union movements, or banning strikes. Gaining an advantage in labor costs ...
    • Apartheid in Miami: Transit Workers Challenge the System 

      Banks, Andy; Grenier, Guillermo (1987-04-01)
      [Excerpt] The story that follows will show how Dade County officials and the downtown Miami business establishment attempted to bust the transit union and dismantle a vital public transportation service to Miami's minority, ...
    • Asian Immigrant Women & HERE Local 2 

      Lee, Patricia (1988-04-01)
      [Excerpt] This article tells the story of a local union and a community group who, in pursuit of multinational and multiracial solidarity within their own organizations, have coalesced to help immigrants defend themselves ...
    • BAC's Comeback: The Bricklayers' Renewal Program 

      Bensman, David (1988-09-01)
      [Excerpt] The Bricklayers' and Allied Craftsmen's International Union (BAC) typifies the contemporary crisis of the building trades. Membership plunged from a high of 160,000 in 1970 to just over 100,000 in 1986. As a ...
    • Beating BASF: OCAW Busts Union-Buster 

      Leonard, Richard; Nauth, Zack (1990-09-01)
      [Excerpt] What started as a labor dispute involving 370 workers in rural Louisiana ended after the OCAW had transformed the struggle into a worldwide labor-environmental coalition against the policies and practices of BASF ...