Labor Notes #430

It’s not often that a city council race in a city of 100,000 draws national attention. It happened in Richmond, California because one big corporation was so shameless in its open attempt to buy the election.

Turning the usual rivalries upside down, “virtual teachers” in an online charter school system in California are pushing to unionize.

Stewards can turn discontent into campaigns that build workplace power. Sometimes, though, too much unproductive discontent is floating around. What to do?

The year had a spirited and determined feel. Every time we turned around there was another sit-in or strike, ingenious job action or raucous flash mob.

Responding to years of pressure from immigrant activists, President Obama took executive action on November 20. We interviewed two activists about the executive order and what’s next in the fight for immigrant rights.

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