Labor Notes #420

Our new book, How to Jump-Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers, shows how activists transformed their union. This excerpt tells a little about their internal organizing.

It’s been a bumpy road for SuperShuttle drivers attempting to organize at three D.C.-area airports. To win recognition, the drivers must prove they are employees—of a global corporation that charges them high fees to work.

What does the union do when a member harasses another member? Our bedrock is that we are for unity of all workers.

Last year the typical woman worker made $15.10 an hour, while the typical man made $18.11. The persistent gender wage gap affects earners at all levels, high to low, from the boardroom on down.

Here's how organizers cooperated to win a region-wide minimum wage raise to $11.50, plus strengthened paid sick leave in D.C.

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