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We look at two labor groups waging creative challenges against corporate America: In Minnesota, we speak with organizers with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL), a worker center that has partnered with SEIU to organize workers at major Twin Cities big box retailers. During Superbowl weekend, CTUL activists challenged corporate greed by protesting against Home Depot and other big sponsors, demanding fair wages and working conditions, as well as justice for immigrant communities. Meanwhile in Portland, the Wobblies have been biting into corporate fast food with a strike and boycott campaign against Burgerville.
With recommended reading on white collar unionizing and yellow cab labor strife.
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Agency Workers Protest Trump Labor Board Prosecutor’s Agenda (Bloomberg BNA)
St. Paul Teachers Say Yes to a Possible Strike (The Progressive)
Emilio Miranda Rios and Ruth Schultz, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL)
Hot Protest in an Ice-Cold Super Bowl City (The Nation)
Canaan Schlesinger, Burgerville Workers Union
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Sarah: Alex Press, White-Collar Unionization Is Good for All Workers (The Nation)
Michelle: Ginia Bellafante, A Driver’s Suicide Reveals the Dark Side of the Gig Economy (New York Times)