Reprinted from the AFL-CIO’s blog Now by Kenneth Quinnell on August 1, 2017.
The AFL-CIO’s latest roundup of worker wins begins with a hard-fought victory at The New School. Other successes include the growing trends of digital media newsrooms organizing and progressive organizations living up to their professed values by voluntarily recognizing employees who choose to join together for collective bargaining purposes.
New School Graduate Workers Overwhelmingly Vote ‘Yes’: Research and teaching assistants at The New School in New York voted 502-2 to be represented by the UAW. Over three years, the graduate workers faced opposition and legal delays from the school administration and the overwhelming margin of victory in the vote is a testament to the hard work put in to fight for recognition of their right to collectively bargain.
Chicago Sun-Times and The Reader Employees ‘Flying High’ After Ownership Victory: After it was announced that The Chicago Sun-Times and The Reader were for sale, Tronc Inc., the publisher of the right-wing Chicago Tribune, was seen as a front-runner to become the new owner. The staff at the smaller papers fought back and pushed for an alternative solution. Now both papers are being bought by an investment group led by former Alderman Edwin Eisendrath and the Chicago Federation of Labor, a victory that maintains the independence of the paper from corporate interests. …