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    Sweatshop On Wheels Subhash Kateel November 01, 2005

    On May 13, 1998 the city of New York came to a virtual standstill, at least the portion that could afford cab fare. On that historic day a group of workers fought back against the vindictive Giuliani administration in what would end up being the largest strike in New York City history. Over 24,000 NY yellowcab drivers, an impressive 98% of the active workforce, refused to drive a cab for 24 hours anywhere in the city in protest of a series of "public safety" measures meant to punish the mostly immigrant of color workers into submission.

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    The Workers Run This Union: UE 150 and Black Workers For Justice Make Strides for Racial and Economic Justice in the South Manju Rajendran January 13, 2009

    Bosses often find the intense antagonism of white workers towards workers of color an easy wedge to divide their employees. In the context of the South’s long history of blacklisted and murdered unionists, white supremacist violence, plantation workplaces, and conservative churches, workers who stand up against racism and all other forms of oppression are a particularly bold breed. While many in the union movement may argue that intersectional politics are too complicated for “Joe the Plumber,” Black Workers For Justice (BWFJ) and Local 150 of the United Electrical Workers of America (UE 150) are two labor organizations that have discovered that boldly pursuing unity among all oppressed people is not only just, it is fruitful.

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