Labor Notes #418

Employers moan about a shortage of workers with the right stuff for today’s high-tech factories. But it's a myth.

Volunteers from different unions in Portland, Oregon, have gotten together to strengthen the local labor movement—and they're using Labor Notes to do it.

A slate of activists bidding to head the nation's second-largest teachers local say the union should fight for better schools, not just a raise.

Few unions have been willing to talk about higher taxes. But those who have called for raising taxes—on the rich, not on their fellow workers—have won public support.

The year was marked by workers trying new things and setting higher standards, for their employers, their unions, and—in the case of low-wage workers—their pay.

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