Jane Slaughter

Detroiters March Against Water Shut-Offs

A thousand Detroiters and supporters marched through downtown to say “Turn On the Water!” The city has been sending shut-off trucks to the houses of those behind on their water bills, turning off the taps at 3,000 houses a week.

Trying to convince your co-workers that things can change? Labor Notes can help you show them that people no different from themselves have organized a union, or taken back their union, or put the boss in his place.

Bosses hate a salt—a pro-union worker who’s taken a job with the intent to organize. Many who salt say there are advantages to organizing from inside the workplace.

Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C., angry about rushed and expensive new regulations, have allied with the Teamsters union, despite their exclusion from labor law.

The United Auto Workers, so long frustrated in their attempts to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., may have found a different way in: a works council like those in Germany.

If there was a bright side to the government shutdown, it’s that Congress has delayed taking up a little-publicized bill that would leave some pensioners high and dry.

Congress will soon debate whether to “fast-track” a trade deal that would make job-killers like NAFTA look puny. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would cover 40 percent of the world's economy.

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