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Strike Threat Proves Powerful For East Coast Longshore Union

The threat of an end-of-year dock strike across the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico succeeded in breaking an impasse in contract negotiations for some 14,500 members of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA).

Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/14377/strike_threat_proves_powerful_for_east_coast_longshore_union/

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Leftist at Work Column

The Leftist at Work column is a space for leftists to talk about the ways in which they organize in their workplace – whether it is how they talk with coworkers about political issues, how they are trying to build or revitalize a union, or how they orient their political perspectives to sync with their daily jobs. Some leftists find themselves confronting issues they didn’t expect would come up in their work. Other people find that they work for a non-profit or union that constrains their range of political activities. We’ll hear from organizers that struggle to balance their radical politics with the realities of working for an organization with more of a reform orientation. We’ll also hear from people who may work in an unionized workplace but try to bring their broader politics into the workplace – such as anti-racism, anti-war, or pro-immigrant rights.

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