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How Unions Are Getting Their Groove Back

April 25, 2013

Yesterday?April 24th?was a red-letter day in the annals of worker mobilization in post-collective-bargaining America. In Chicago, hundreds of fast-food and retail employees who work in the Loop and along the Magnificent Mile called a one-day strike and demonstrated for a raise to $15-an-hour and the right to form a union. At more than 150 Wal-Mart stores across the nation, workers and community activists called on the chain to regularize employees? work schedules. And under pressure from an AFL-CIO-backed campaign of working-class voters who primarily aren?

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