Despite decades of attacks, workers and unions continue to organize and bargain to improve their workplaces and communities. Workers also are engaging in innovative forms of organizing - and transforming their organizations - to build power in the face of new challenges.
Teachers and school support staff in Arizona are gearing up for a possible walkout, saying Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators are ignoring workers’ demands for better conditions for educators and students alike.
Thursday night the Cambridge-Isanti Independent School District (ISD) 911 School Board voted to eliminate over 230 staff hours, per day, for special education paraprofessionals at seven schools. The result would be the loss of 50-60 special education paraprofessionals--over 25% of the workforce.
Last Friday the campaign staff for Democratic-Farmer-Labor gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy became the first Minnesota electoral campaign and the first gubernatorial race in the country to ratify a collective bargaining agreement.
Home care workers organized by SEIU Healthcare Minnesota like Cathy Gillman and Dawn Burnfin spent the day at the Capitol sharing their stories with legislators, as care workers, consumers and family members face what is being called a “care crisis.”
Workers are organizing through unions and other organizations to improve their lives. Union representation provides a voice on the job and the opportunity to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.