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The Awesomeness of ‘Black Panther’: Union Made

Wow, the “Black Panther” movie was awesome, wasn’t it? And while we could spend hours about how great an action movie it is or how beautiful it looks or the social implications of the themes and representation of African culture, let’s take a few minutes to look behind the scenes at the work it took to bring a movie like “Black Panther” to life, work done by union members.

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Workers Across California Stand Up to Billionaires Trying to Gut Unions with Janus v AFSCME Case

As the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments today in a right-wing billionaire-funded case that seeks to gut unions, thousands of working people across California took to the streets to rise up in support of our freedom to stand together. In hundreds of cities around the United States, unions, community groups, clergy […]

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In Janus Case, Working People Continue Fight Championed by Martin Luther King Jr.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. joined the sanitation strikers in Memphis, Tennessee, who carried signs that boldly proclaimed “I Am a Man,” at a time when many employers rejected that very notion. King and the working people of Memphis fought for the freedom to join together in unions and to be treated with dignity and respect on the job.

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Empowering Working People in the West: AFL-CIO Holds Third Regional Meeting of 2018

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre welcomed nearly 400 labor leaders and activists to his home state of California for the AFL-CIO Western District meeting this week. Gebre emphasized the importance of the actions attendees are taking to empower working people in the West, saying, “Our movement is at its best when we work from the grassroots up, not from D.C. down.”

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Reverend Addie L. Wyatt: A Champion of Labor and Civil Rights

In celebration of Black History Month, we honor the black unionists who have been monumental figures in progressing workers’ rights. While not a household name, the Reverend Addie L. Wyatt had a major impact on both the labor movement and civil rights movement… Born in 1924 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Wyatt grew up during a time in […]

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Union Time: The 2018 class of organizing stewards gears up for the fights ahead

Organizing is the lifeblood of the union movement. It is through organizing that our union was born. It was organizing that enabled us to negotiate our earliest contracts, not to mention all of the subsequent gains we’ve made at the bargaining table ever since. It is organizing that gives us our collective power, and organizing will be what sustains and strengthens our union for years to come.

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