Labor Notes #419

Teamsters in Rhode Island stunned the union old guard when they took back their statewide local last fall—thanks to this clever twist on phonebanking. Their get-out-the-vote campaign made the difference between victory and defeat.

An excerpt from Labor Notes' new book, How to Jump-Start Your Union, shows how Chicago Teachers Union activists in the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators campaigned for top offices, and won.

Bosses hate a salt—a pro-union worker who’s taken a job with the intent to organize. Many who salt say there are advantages to organizing from inside the workplace.

The point is to close more post offices—and minimize public outcry. Will customers take the bait?

Food service workers in the federally owned Smithsonian museums have won a union using the short strike tactics employed by thousands of fast-food workers.

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