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Big Victory in Chicago!

Mark Vorpahl

Having secured an agreement that met all their demands, the 200 United Electrical (UE) workers who had been occupying the “Republic Windows and Doors” plant in Chicago for six days, unanimously voted to end their action on December 10. This was the first large plant occupation in decades and the first labor action linked to […]

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Victory to the United Electrical Workers Plant Takeover in Chicago!

Mark Vorpahl

On December 5, in Chicago, the owners of Republic Windows and Doors were set to close their doors after declaring financial ruin and abruptly laid off its 260 mostly Latino workers. Rather than passively accepting this kick in the teeth, the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) members decided to fight back, using a tactic not […]

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A New Step Towards Ending the War?

Mark Vorpahl

On November 27 the Iraqi Parliament passed the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which provides a legal cover for the continuing US occupation for the next three years. This legislation is meant to replace the United Nations Security Council Resolution, set to expire on December 31. The date for the vote had been postponed several […]

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Which Way Forward for SEIU?

Mark Vorpahl

As it approaches its National Convention in June of 2008, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the largest union in the U.S., with a reported membership of 1.9 million. It largely organizes home care, health care, home child care, and janitorial workers. While most unions’ growth has stagnated or declined over the last few […]

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The Peace Movement Faces Its Fifth Year

Mark Vorpahl

As the occupation of Iraq approaches its grim fifth anniversary, the anti-war movement finds itself at an impasse. The two major national anti-war groups, United For Peace & Justice (UFPJ) and Act Now to Stop War and Racism (ANSWER) will not be bringing their forces together to build the largest possible event to oppose the […]

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