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Elana Levin

Entries by Elana Levin

Look for the Union Label at the iPhone App Store

(3) Comments | Posted December 10, 2009 | 11:03 AM

The writers of iLarious have just become the first writers of content for an iPhone app to be represented by a labor union-- the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). And why not?! Comedy writers working in digital media deserve the same rights and protections as other workers....

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"We Aren't Lab Rats!" Say Striking Workers. Online Action Alert!

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 12:50 PM

In case you needed any more convincing that we need the public option:

"What if your employer told you that in order to keep your health coverage you and your spouse must submit to invasive health screenings from your insurer. If you refused you’d lose the health coverage you’ve...
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Obama Will Still Be Able to Get His Suits Made in Chicago

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2009 | 4:44 PM

Across town from the UNITE HERE convention where motions to end the inter-union fight between Workers United and their union were shouted down, Workers United members were celebrating a monumental victory for workers who stood up to one of the biggest banks in the country and won....

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43 Members of Congress Ask Geithner to Weigh in on Wells Fargo on Behalf of Hartmarx Workers

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 7:00 PM

With so much at stake for workers and a precedent to set for how bailout funds are used, 43 Members of Congress released a letter today asking Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to weigh in on Wells Fargo's attempt to liquidate nearly 4,000 [edited] jobs at Hartmarx. Hartmarx is the...

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For the inaugural, hotel workers in DC "Button up" for Employee Free Choice

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2009 | 12:38 PM

Did you know that the hotel workers hosting the big DC inaugural events are members of UNITE HERE Local 25? They are busy making sure that guests have a memorable stay for this historic occasion that unions like ours helped make possible. The unionized workers you see around the big...

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Solis' History of Fighting for Workers

(3) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 5:05 PM

I've been bouncing in my ergonomic desk chair over Obama's pick for Secretary of Labor. No big surprise that the sentiment was shared by other folks around this union and others.

It's not just because she sponsors the House version of a bill to revive workers'...

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GOTV in North Carolina: Labor Takes a Lead

(5) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 11:07 PM

Never in a million years did I think I'd be spending Election Day 08 in North Carolina with the state a tossup. Though UNITE HERE has deep roots in the state, North Carolina has some of the lowest union density in the country. Yet here I am in North...

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On the Ground in Wisconsin, a Union Voter Update

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 11:58 AM

I was recently lucky enough to tag along with United Here's members who are doing GOTV for Obama in Wisconsin. Nationally we have 335 members on leave from their jobs to do election work so far. I went to Wisconsin for a few reasons -- to get an understanding...

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The War on Labor Day

(6) Comments | Posted September 1, 2008 | 10:25 AM

Bill O'Reilly talks about "The War on Christmas" and while that concept has been widely lambasted I'm here today to sound a different alarm -- that there is truly a War on Labor Day.

Every time a Right to Work (for less)ballot initiative cooked up and paid...

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Obama Will Accept Nomination in Suit Made by Union Members

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2008 | 2:06 PM

Tonight, the world will watch as Obama accepts the Democratic Party's nomination and he'll do it in a union made suit. Today everyone will learn what we here at UNITE HERE already knew-- that if you bother to buy fair trade coffee your suit should be "fair trade" too---and...

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Wal-Mart and Cintas Campaign Against Pro-worker Legislation

(29) Comments | Posted August 1, 2008 | 3:47 PM

Today's WSJ shows just how important the Employee Free Choice Act [EFCA]is to creating a more equal America and addressing corporate power -- Wal-Mart and Cintas are fighting to stop this legislation which would help protect workers who want to unionize. EFCA is a key part of...

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