Samantha Winslow

Samantha Winslow is a staff writer at Labor Notes.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 4:15pm
Organizing Is the Key to Public Sector Unions' Survival
When news broke that the Supreme Court would hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, headlines instantly projected the worst, calling it “The Supreme Court Case That Could Decimate American Public Sector Unionism,” “An Existential Threat,” and even “The End of Public-Employee Unions?”...
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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 10:30am
Safety Is Life-or-Death, Say Refinery Strikers
Thousands of oil refinery workers are on strike over health and safety, demanding stronger measures to protect workers and surrounding communities from refinery hazards. Workers cite outsourcing, short staffing, and forced overtime that produces dangerous fatigue —in a job where mistakes can be...
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The Supreme Court in Harris v. Quinn has struck down agency fees for Illinois's home care union, finding the workers to be only "quasi-public employees." Home care workers provide in-home care to elderly and disabled clients. Above, members occupied a Washington state agency office in 2012 to protest cuts to services for their clients. (Photo: SEIU Healthcare 775NW) Views
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:00am
Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Home Care Workers
Unions were bracing for the worst: a Supreme Court decision that could have created a national “right to work” policy for the entire public sector. That didn’t happen. The court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn this morning was narrower. But it will still be a hard hit on the unions that have staked...
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Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 1:10pm
In Chicago and Philadelphia, Closing Schools and Funding Charters
Twelve thousand Chicago children are walking new, often longer, routes to school this fall—after Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed 47 schools, almost all in poor Black and Latino neighborhoods.
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