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Partnerships in Education: How Labor-Management Collaboration Is Transforming Public Schools
May 31, 2011

In American Rights at Work Education Fund’s new report, Partnerships in Education: How Labor-Management Collaboration Is Transforming Public Schools, we highlight strong labor- management partnerships between teachers’ unions and administrations that are transforming schools in communities from coast to coast. For these students, collective bargaining has provided a path for their teachers and administrators to work together to find solutions and create opportunities. And their success points to the urgent need to protect teachers’ right to collectively bargain—not just for the sake of a dwindling middle class, but for students and their communities, too.

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Creating Hourly Careers: A New Vision for Walmart and the Country
January 19, 2011

“Creating Hourly Careers: A New Vision for Walmart and the Country” exposes the barriers to career development at the country’s most powerful retailer, and makes the case for a new way of doing business. Rather than finding opportunities for professional growth, Walmart associates are faced with a cap on wages, ever-changing schedules, expensive benefits, and an arbitrary discipline system. And given the limited number of managerial positions, most employees must develop a career as an associate if they want to stay with the company. Unfortunately, thanks to Walmart’s current policies, that’s an option that most of the company’s employees simply can’t afford.

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Billions in Revenue Lost Due to Misclassification and Payroll Fraud
August 09, 2010
Misclassification of employees as independent contractors costs us all: federal and state governments, businesses, workers, and taxpayers. Our laws grant workers vital workplace benefits and protections, as long as the worker is a direct employee of the employer. Consequently, workers who are independent contractors in name only are cheated out of important benefits and legal protections.

Furthermore, government and academic studies estimate that the federal government loses at least $3-4 billon annually due to misclassification, and billions more due to off-the-books cash payments. State studies indicate that that figure could be much higher. At a time when the federal and state governments are facing such difficult budget choices and making cuts to programs that Americans depend upon, there is no excuse for allowing so many businesses to cheat the system.

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Unions & Business: Surviving the Recession Together
May 06, 2010

Strong partnerships with workers and unions help companies stay afloat in a tough economy

Employers across the country are finding that strong labor-management partnerships are helping them stay in business in the midst of this economic downturn. Together, unions and employers are improving efficiency, lowering costs, enhancing worker-training programs, developing new energy solutions, and expanding markets. These four companies are just a few examples of the many ways labor-management partnerships are leading to innovative and practical solutions which are good for workers and for the bottom line. » Read more 

Flambeau River Papers
Gamesa USA
Gerding Edlen Development, Inc.
Kaiser Permanente

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Businesses and Communities Benefit When Workers Have Unions
March 24, 2010
Many businesses understand the value unions bring to their bottom line: increased productivity, improved service, lower turnover, higher sales, job training, and community reinvestment. As lawmakers ponder ways to improve the economy and create jobs, strengthening workers’ rights to form unions must be considered as an effective way to invigorate businesses and ready the workforce for the 21st century economy.
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