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Striking Back: Organized Labor and Solidarity


Multi-million dollar union-busting campaigns, heavy-handed responses from law enforcement officials, and shifts in labor law make union organizing a tough prospect these days. But despite the hurdles, there have been key victories. On this special edition from the Labor Desk of the National Radio Project, we take a look at successful efforts by hospital workers in Bronxville, New York, meatpackers in Omaha, Nebraska, and dockworkers in Charleston, South Carolina. What challenges did organizers overcome? And, what are some of the lessons learned?


SEIU Local 1199 members Marian BeaversJay Adams, and Jackie Alleyne; Pricilla Murolo, labor history professor at Sarah Lawrence College; Donna McDonald, president of UFCW Local 271; Tom Holler and Marcella Cervantes, Omaha Together One Community; Ken Riley, ILA Local 1422; Lawrence Thibeaux, ILWU Local 10.

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SEIU, Local 1199 –New York, NY

UFCW Local 271 –Omaha, NE

Omaha Together One Community –Omaha, NE

ILWU Local 10 –San Francisco, CA

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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