2010: A year-end roundup

The American Rights at Work blog team is about to close up shop for the holidays. But before we do, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite posts from 2010, from most to least recent. Happy Holidays!

1. A simple guide for talking unions this holiday season: It’s no secret: Not everyone sees unions as key to rebuilding America and the middle class, but what should you do when the attacks on unions come from your friends and family? We’re here to help with some simple facts so you can shed light on what unions are really all about!

2. Save local communities from a football lockout: A lockout wouldn’t just hurt players and fans. Picture a 60,000-seat football stadium empty. Now picture all the bars, restaurants, hotels, t-shirt shops, hot dog carts surrounding the stadium closed. And all of the stadium’s janitors, vendors, and support staff… out of work. If the NFL decides to lock out the players, we’ll all be locked out.

3. CIW and Pacific Tomato Growers agree on social responsibility: The news about tomatoes in America just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. Pacific Tomato Growers, one of the nation’s largest tomato growers, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) have signed a ground-breaking agreement to create new standards for social responsibility and accountability in Florida’s tomato industry.

4. Union pride in 140 characters or less: What do rock stars, baseball players, and news reporters have in common? They belong to unions. So this Labor Day, union members from across the spectrum are uniting on Twitter with a common purpose: to talk about the advantages of being a #unionmember … in 140 characters or less.

5. The 2010 Labor Day List: It’s no secret that employers and workers alike are facing the worst economy since the Great Depression. But innovative businesses across the country are proving how the clean energy economy can give all workers a shot at the American Dream.

6. Ingredients for life: union-made and living well:
We went on a Top Chef-style mission: to have a party where we served only union-made foods and beverages. At first, we thought it would be really tough. After all, the economy is in bad shape, the number of organized workers in the United States is at a low point, and many food corporations out there are notorious for unionbusting practices. But in the end it was ridiculously easy, and we even came in under budget.

7. FedEx Drivers Aren’t Pilots:
Since 1996, FedEx Express has been allowed to classify their drivers, sorters, loaders and unloaders not like on-the-ground delivery people, but airline pilots. But over 90,000 FedEx Express employees don’t do anything involving airplanes. This situation makes it almost impossible them to unionize or collectively bargain.

8. Guess what? Small businesses support labor unions: As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce begins its annual “Small Business Summit” today, we’ve got some surprising results from our survey of 1,055 small business owners: they’re for workers’ rights.

9. Fight like hell for the living: While all of us continue to hold the victims of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster in our thoughts and prayers, we are also renewing our commitment to stand up for workers’ rights. It’s no coincidence that the Upper Big Branch mine was non-union, and Massey Energy, the corporation that owns the mine, is notoriously anti-union.

10. Unions & Business: Building the Economy Together:
Business leaders from around the country recognize the important role unions can play in restoring balance to our faltering economy. These employers, investors, and academics see unions as a way to achieve long-term economic growth and stability.

We’ll be back in action on January 3. See you then!

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