Time for a New Labor Movement: Unions Must Step Up to Support Essential Workers

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A February 2018 rally Philadelphia to show mass resistance to “Right To Work” Janus Supreme Court decision, a case that would slash union rights for all public sector union members and lower wages for all workers. (Joe Piette)

Activists, workers and union organizers around the U.S. are gathering—virtually, of course—to convene on the current state of worker organizing and how to mobilize worker actions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to this need, on April 18, Labor Notes held its very first virtual conference to encourage union participants, workplace activists and workers to support the labor movement.

The published video online has been viewed over 20,000 times.

In the past, disruptions by worker organizing has been a source of leverage during times of economic upheaval—from the Great Depression, to World War II, to the Great Recession in 2008….

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