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For two weeks last month, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) went on strike.

When you buy union, you're supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions, and dignity and respect for work.

Did you know that when you do your Halloween shopping, you can use the power of your paycheck to support good jobs that pay well and respect the rights of working people?

On October 19, Girl Scouts in the 7th grade or higher will have the opportunity to don a hard hat and get hands-on experience with work in the building and construction trades.

Recent News

Until last week, Li Zilles was one of the many nameless and faceless contractors toiling in the bowels of the internet, providing online services that might have been mistaken for the work of artificial intelligence.

The job: to transcribe audio files for the start-up Rev.com, churning out texts without clients ever knowing the name of the transcriber.

This was a lonely existence, and not an easy one. The pay, even though the work was full-time, was little enough that food stamps became necessary.

When the global economy shifted in the late 19th century, working people were the first to adapt. They moved to cities like Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toledo, Ohio, and worked long hours in unsafe factories. They drove the Industrial Revolution and changed the nature of work forever. When it became clear that employers were exploiting their productivity, the labor movement formed to protest abuses like sweatshops, child labor, and poverty wages.

On September 13 more than a hundred activists participated in a bicoastal protest at Palantir’s two headquarters, in New York City and in Palo Alto, California. The intent of the protest was to bring awareness to the tech company’s involvement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which Palantir provides with data-mining software that’s been used to screen undocumented immigrants and plan raids.

On Thanksgiving, a dozen members of Sheet Metal Workers Local 40, an affiliate of the Connecticut State Building and Construction Trades Council, are volunteering to cook and serve Thanksgiving dinner for approximately 50 residents in a senior housing center in Hartford.

When Amin H. Ramadan, a member of Local 40, found out that many of the seniors would not necessarily have a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner, he decided to get help from his local union to prep, cook, and serve all of the residents at Faith Manor Apartments.

Take Action

Over 3,600 janitors in Connecticut are fighting for a fair contract that provides a living wage, affordable health care, and safe working conditions. Show your support for their contract fight by signing the Janitors’ Bill of Rights.

The new NAFTA is another corporate handout. It won't stem the outsourcing of good jobs or protect the rights of working people. Tell Congress the new NAFTA isn't good enough.