Dan DiMaggio

Solidarity Is Key to Beating Trump's Divide-and-Conquer

If there’s one value the labor movement holds highest, it’s solidarity.

A brilliant recent example is Kohler, Wisconsin, where 2,100 factory workers struck against two-tier wages. Most strikers were top-tier workers standing up for their lower-tier brothers and sisters—a point of pride for the union.

This kind of solidarity generally doesn’t make national headlines, though. Instead we’re fed a steady diet of billionaire Donald Trump’s attacks on Mexicans, Muslims, and other working people.

As 38,000 Verizon union members enter their fifth month without a contract, crews of retirees are swinging into action to defend their own health benefits.

Twenty-two hundred Steelworkers, locked out since August 15, are refusing demands for major concessions on health care, retiree benefits, and subcontracting.

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836 in Michigan have brought a 15-foot inflatable camel to their pension fight.

Your employer has already brought it up in bargaining—or else is about to. How hard are unions getting hit, and what can we do about it?

Unions that keep working after a contract expires can strike over grievances, as several CWA locals at AT&T did earlier this year.

To see through the hollow rhetoric, just look at the example of the first-ever labor case brought by the U.S. under a free trade agreement.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president is drawing impressive crowds to rallies across the country. Many union members are part of this groundswell of support, and he’s won the backing of a number of local unions and state AFL-CIOs.

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