Working People Are Organizing in Unions

Even if this corporate-backed case is decided against working people, unions will remain the best way for working people to advocate for workplace rights and counter the influence big money corporate interests have on our democracy. In fact, we’re witnessing a wave of working people joining together to make a difference in our workplaces and communities.

Among the many successes of 2018 include:

  • Nearly 1,100 postdoctoral researchers at the University of Washington;
  • Teachers and staff at City on a Hill school in New Bedford, Massachusetts;
  • Burgerville restaurant workers in Portland, Oregon;
  • The 235 employees at Nestle Purina in Edmond, Oklahoma;
  • Nearly 5,000 JetBlue in-flight crew members;
  • More than 5,000 Harvard University teaching and research assistants in Cambridge, Massachusetts;
  • Some 700 employees at Atlanta Gas Light;
  • Registered nurses and personal support workers at Spectrum Health Care in Toronto;
  • Registered nurses at Stanford Health Care’s ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton, California;
  • Nurses and staff at UMass Memorial Hospital in Marlborough, Massachusetts;
  • Hundreds of employees at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut;
  • Staff from nine Democratic election campaigns;
  • The editorial staff at The Onion, Jacobin and Mic;
  • Aviation workers at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Eastern, Central and Western service centers;
  • Teachers at California Virtual Academies;
  • Parking production assistants in New York City;
  • Food service workers at Airbnb in San Francisco;
  • Staff at KUOW-FM 94.9 in Seattle;
  • Employees at Micro-Clean;
  • Emissions workers in Michigan.

 

 

9 Things You Need to Know About the Role of Unions

  1. Unions amplify the voices of working people on the job.
  2. Working people in unions are as diverse as Americans as a whole.
  3. Working people in unions come from a variety of sectors.
  4. Unions are thriving in diverse industries.
  5. Democracy is strengthened when more working people are union members.
  6. Unions reduce inequality and help middle- and low-wage working people obtain a fair share of economic growth.
  7. More specifically, unions help reduce wage gaps and increase wages for women and people of color.
  8. Union workplaces are safer and all workplaces are safer because of unions.
  9. Corporate lobbyists and their lawmaker friends are dismantling the rights of working people.

 

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