union organizing

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers strike again

September 5, 2014 - In the seventh nationwide day of protest organized over the past two years, 500 fast-food employees and allies were arrested on Sept. 4 as part of the movement to increase the workers' hourly minimum wage to $15 and to secure union organizing rights.

Is justice near for New Orleans teachers wrongly fired after Katrina?

August 27, 2014 - Terminated without due process in the chaos that reigned after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' unionized public schoolteachers have been fighting back in court -- and winning. After victories in district and appeals courts, they head to the Louisiana Supreme Court next week. Meanwhile, teachers in the charter schools that now control the city's public education system are beginning to unionize.

Minority union at Volkswagen, for now

July 28, 2014 - After losing a union election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, the UAW has formed a local there that it say has an informal "consensus" with the company to deal with it as a members' union when it signs up a "meaningful" share of the workforce. What does that mean, exactly?

Fast food worker hopeful for labor revival

July 15, 2014 - Eighty workers and activists gathered at Charleston's Avery Research Center on July 8 to celebrate recent union victories in South Carolina and to discuss their plans to "Organize the South." Thelma Frasier, who has helped lead the campaign to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage and a union for fast food workers, was among the featured panelists and reports on the event.