Alexandra Bradbury

Twin Cities Unions Respond to Police Violence

“You learn how small your town is when something like this happens,” said Bernie Hesse, director of legislative and political action at Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189. “Everybody seems to know everybody else. In fact, a number of our members either went to school with Phil, or knew him, or their kids went to school with him.”

Philando Castile, an African American man who was shot and killed by a police officer at a traffic stop July 6, was a member of Teamsters Local 320.

In a weeklong strike, 5,000 Minnesota nurses are defending a health plan that's an oasis of decency—and battling the hospital chain's cost-cutting scheme to hand over staffing decisions to a robot.

An organizer has to learn to recognize the existing networks and natural leaders, who may be hidden in plain sight.

“We’ve taken just normal, everyday grandmothers and grandfathers, and we’ve made citizen lobbyists out of them.” Thousands of retired truckers have managed to apply the brakes to massive pension cuts—for now.

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I've been bowled over by the reception for our new book. But before you buy it, why not check out the parts we’re giving away for free?

How can you move people from passive to active supporters of the union, and incorporate them into your core group of organizers?

"If they can get away with something like this, what’s next?" asks retired trucker Brad Colesworthy. With pension cuts looming, at age 75 he’s back to work full-time, driving a school bus.

What a shot in the arm! The 2016 Labor Notes Conference was the biggest and best yet, and we're proud to debut our new book, Secrets of a Successful Organizer.

Labor has dodged a bullet—for now. But any union that takes the Supreme Court shakeup as a cue to go back to business as usual will be making a big mistake.

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