Labor Notes #402, September 2012

In a time when few union members dare strike, three dozen Southern California workers who move goods for Walmart were desperate enough to walk off their jobs even without union protection.

Striking Chicago teachers will remain out until Wednesday at least, as members debate their tentative deal. It makes gains on key issues while accepting concessions on health care and job security.

At a time when public school teachers are vilified, what moved Chicago teachers to launch their first strike in 25 years? Picketers explain how attacks by Mayor Rahm Emanuel prompted a union-building effort by new leaders.

Injured Colombian GM worker Jorge Parra came to Detroit last night to continue his hunger strike at GM’s corporate doorstep. Efforts at mediation failed, and workers in Bogota have sewn their lips closed again.

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