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Crowd viewed from back. Sign in foreground, hand-lettered: "Black Lives Matter." Signs in background, printed: "Racism is a public health crisis" with the logo of National Nurses United
July 07, 2020 /
A coalition of Chicago unions and community organizations has come together around the call “Black Lives Matter, Health Care Justice Now.” The group is demanding that resources that currently go toward racist policing be redirected toward human services that improve health. »
June 30, 2020 /
After this article was published on June 30, some of those quoted in it became concerned about retaliation. Some names have been removed. »
June 26, 2020 /
Despite the pandemic, postal workers in at least 18 cities and towns rallied on foot, by car, and even by bicycle June 23 to demand federal funding to save the U.S. Postal Service. While the House has passed a $25 billion rescue package, the Senate is not expected to take it up until after July 4. »
June 25, 2020 /
Two years ago, the Red for Ed movement swept across Arizona. Seventy thousand educators flooded the capitol demanding higher wages and lower class sizes and a stake at the bargaining table. »
Four Black workers in red Verizon shirts kneel in a parking lot, fists raised.
June 19, 2020 / Saurav Sarkar
The Black Lives Matter uprising has prompted strong statements about racism and police accountability from top union officials, but the participation of the labor movement has been limited. Several internationals have, to their credit, encouraged their members. »
Masked people stand outside holding red printed signs. Visible sign in foreground says: "Solidarity with Sanitation Workers! Hazard Pay and PPE Now!"
June 16, 2020 /
It hasn’t taken long for workers to figure out that employers see an economic and public health crisis as an opportunity. But Philadelphia sanitation workers are not prepared to give up their safety without a fight. »
June 15, 2020 /
The Crush Bar Workers Collective in Portland, Oregon made news in March when laid-off workers staged a sit-in, making demands around the COVID-19 closing and reopening. »
masked worker in front of mcdonald's holds big orange sign: "MCDONALD'S CLOSED, COVID HEALTH HAZARD, COMMUNITY SUPPORTS WORKERS STRIKE FOR HEALTH, SAFETY AND DIGNITY"
June 15, 2020 /
A strike by 33 workers at a McDonald’s in North Oakland has shut down the store since May 26. Twelve workers there have tested positive for COVID-19, and so have eight of their family members, including a 10-month-old baby. This is one of the longest recorded strikes ever by McDonald's workers. »
June 11, 2020 /
At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, ports across the U.S. West Coast ground to a halt as longshore workers stopped work to mourn the death of George Floyd. For nine minutes—the amount of time police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck—members of the Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) performed no work, from Southern California to »
Three men (two Black, one white) hold a sign: "ATU-1005 in solidarity w/ #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter." Taco truck in background.
June 11, 2020 /
Since the video was released of Officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on the neck of George Floyd for almost nine minutes as Floyd said his last words, “I can’t breathe,” protests have exploded in eighteen countries and all fifty states. The cry of Black Lives Matter can be heard in small towns and big cities throughout the United States. »

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