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Roe has fallen, but workers are rising
Check out our new story on what PPNCS United’s union victory means for the labor movement and reproductive rights and access.
Hello, friends! The coming holiday season is gearing up to be a season for worker action and power. If you have a few extra minutes in your day, we’d appreciate it if you could fill out this survey. We welcome feedback and tips!
🤝 Abortion access needs worker power
Why have hundreds of Planned Parenthood workers in the Midwest unionized?
I spoke with a Planned Parenthood North Central States admin worker (who is now a senior manager) on why they decided to organize their workplace, and on the intersections between reproductive rights and workers’ rights. You can read my story here.
🏥 Nurses make their next move
Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association, who have been negotiating a contract for eight months, announced last week they will be conducting another strike authorization vote on November 30. This follows a three-day strike in September, and the announcement of a proposed merger between the Sanford and Fairview health systems.
Workday Magazine covered the nationwide Starbucks strike yesterday. So far, 257 shops have unionized, but Starbucks has refused to bargain in good faith and has retaliated against union stores and baristas.
🪧 Largest academic workers strike ever
Around 48,000 California graduate workers over ten campuses are on strike this week! Real News Network's Maximillian Alvarez has a must-listen interview with UAW Local 2865 president and UCLA English PhD candidate Rafael Jaime on what their demands are.
💡 Five things to know about the DOL’s child labor complaint
For Investigate Midwest, Sky Chadde breaks down what you should know about the news of Packers Sanitation Services Inc. allegedly employing minors to clean meatpacking plants. Stay tuned: the DOL’s investigators are still reviewing records.
Workers rights lawyer Terri Gerstein wrote this informative piece for Slate and cited Workday’s story co-published with The American Prospect on the astroturf organization rolling back child labor laws.
🎨 Skills classes at LES!
Check out these skills classes: Lessons from Labor History and How to Write News Releases & Advisories. Learn more and sign up for them here.
😍 You don’t have to hate your job to want a union
What do you think of this comic that Australian artist and labor activist Sam Wallman made for Overland Journal?
We could really use your help with this survey! We are each other’s harvest.