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The Union Movement, Past and Future: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

Auto Workers' Union to Launch 'Buy American' Campaign: "The leader of the United Auto Workers is encouraging people to buy cars built in the U.S."

The Union Movement, Past and Future: "With union membership at an all-time low, organized labor is facing an existential crisis. President Trump supports Republican efforts to reduce union power—at the same time he's promised to improve working conditions. We look at the union movement—past and future. Carmen Berkley, director of the AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women's Rights Department, participated in the panel discussion."

Higher Seattle Minimum Wage Hasn't Hurt Restaurant Jobs Growth After a Year: "Someone I know had posted a link about a fast food CEO who said that higher business growth followed minimum wage hikes in California. According to KQED, Bill Phelps, chief executive of Wetzel’s Pretzels, which has more than 100 outlets in the state, was "shocked" when business rose after a wage increase."

Congress’ Plan to Tax Your Health Benefits: "Do you get your health care coverage through work? If you do, it's time to start paying attention to what’s going on in Washington. Especially to the new plan to tax our health benefits."

How Democrats Can Rebuild a Winning, Multiracial Coalition: "'None of us won.' Those were the dispirited words of an Ohio [Donald] Trump voter shortly after his candidate defeated Hillary Clinton, shared during one of roughly a million front-porch conversations that Working America had with working-class voters throughout 2016. The lack of enthusiasm for Trump, even among many of his own voters, should give Democrats some hope as they meet this weekend in Atlanta to elect a new party chair. But it should also give them pause. For it threatens to deepen the cynicism of working-class Americans who doubt that any politician—conventional or not—will address the economic insecurity that’s plagued them for decades."

Wife of Officer Killed in the Line of Duty: 'Iowa Deserves Better': "Iowa Republicans passed a bill last week that, in the words of Democratic House Leader Mark Smith, 'unraveled Iowa’s successful, bipartisan collective bargaining law.' The law, which favors special interests (mostly out-of-state special interests) over working people, has stirred up strong opposition, including this message from Shannon Miller that was shared by the Iowa Federation of Labor."

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