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Presidential Candidates: Disclose Your Nondisclosure Agreements

March 9, 2020 - 12:48am

“Kill it.”
That’s what former Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is alleged to have said to Sekiko Sakai, a Bloomberg LP employee, after she told him she was pregnant. While the conversation took place in 1995, it’s a topic of conversation now because of the nondisclosure agreement (NDA) Sakai signed after bringing a lawsuit against the company.

Barred From Striking, Airline Food Workers Seek Other Ways to Protest

March 4, 2020 - 4:45am
Barred From Striking, Airline Food Workers Seek Other Ways to Protest

Melieni Cruz, who helps prepare the meals passengers eat on airplanes, went thousands of dollars into debt because she couldn’t pay her soaring medical bills. “When the doctor found cysts on my ovaries, I had to save for a year to afford the procedure, and my cysts got bigger and more painful the whole time,” she said as she picketed the terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Unions Fighting Single-Payer Are Fighting Against Their Workers’ Interests

March 4, 2020 - 1:42am

In early February, as the momentum of the primaries gathered behind Bernie Sanders, the senator’s universal health care plan took center stage in Las Vegas, promising working-class Nevadans comprehensive access to health care and relief from soaring medical costs. Nonetheless, one of Medicare for All’s biggest critics in the lead-up to the Nevada caucus seemed to come from one of Sanders’s key constituent groups: organized labor.

The Broader Democratic Socialist Program Won Over Culinary Workers

March 1, 2020 - 1:48am

The Saturday of the Nevada Caucus began just like any other weekend for Monica Smith, an in-room dining server at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Smith works Wednesdays through Mondays and by 7:00 a.m. she was already at her workstation. But that day she was wearing something different: Her Culinary Union t-shirt and a jacket from her volunteer organizer days.
“Don’t forget, today is the day,” she told her boss as she walked in.

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