The Organizer

  • Enforcing Your Rights with Phil Cohen: Just Cause

    Phil Cohen is Special Projects Coordinator for Workers United/SEIU with thirty years in the field.  He’s forced employers to reinstate hundreds of terminated workers by citing the Just Cause Doctrine, and prevented the firing of many others.

    In this episode of Enforcing Your Rights, he explains how to apply the Seven Tests of Just Cause in the real world.  The entertaining and informative narrative is seasoned with anecdotes based on his experience.

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  • Workers Comp: Enforcing Your Rights by Phil Cohen

    Phil Cohen is the labor movement’s most successful organizer at defeating professional union busters. His work in Highland Yarn Mills established NLRB precedent, defining illegal union busting.

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  • FMLA: Enforcing Your Rights Phil Cohen

    Phil Cohen is one of the most effective and celebrated organizers to have ever set foot in the south -- a region of the United States not necessarily known for being sympathetic to union organizers. Cohen's most recent book - Fighting Union Busters in a Carolina Carpet Mill: An Organizer's Memoir - is riveting and a must read, especially for anyone who has been part of an NLRB fight or is interested in learning more about how working people can push back on corporate power. It's for these reasons we're so excited to offer the following workshop prepared and presented by Phil Cohen: FMLA: Enforcing your Rights. And if you haven't already, be sure to check out Phil's first workshop focused on your right under the NLRA.

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  • Enforcing Your Rights with Phil Cohen

    Phil Cohen is one of the most effective and celebrated organizers to have ever set foot in the south -- a region of the United States not necessarily known for being sympathetic to union organizers. Cohen's most recent book - Fighting Union Busters in a Carolina Carpet Mill: An Organizer's Memoir - is riveting and a must read, especially for anyone who has been part of an NLRB fight or is interested in learning more about how working people can push back on corporate power. It's for these reasons we're so excited to offer the following workshop prepared and presented by Phil Cohen: Enforcing your Rights.

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  • Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act—Protecting Your Labor Rights

    Knowing your rights in the workplace is essential to prevent exploitation by employers and improve your working conditions. Many of your actions are federally protected by law, with institutions dedicated to enforcing these rights.

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  • Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act—Why it’s Important to You

    There are lots of reasons why employees would want to organize and improve working conditions. But collectively organizing together is easier said than done and requires an understanding of which rights are legally preserved by federal law and how those rights are protected.

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  • The New York Times Makes The NLRB's Case For Reviving The "Joy Silk" Doctrine

    by Brandon Magner | Labor Law Lite


    Jennifer Abruzzo has released her first General Counsel Memo since being confirmed to the top prosecutor position of the National Labor Relations Board. As with other debut GC Memos, Abruzzo highlighted which recent decisions of the departing Board majority she wished to reverse, as well as outlining what areas of the law the agency’s regional offices should be looking to send to headquarters for coordinated investigation. Most if not all of the controversial Trump Board decisions were placed squarely in the line of fire, including those that reversed Obama Board decisions (such as the decision involving employee use of company email for Section 7 activity) and those that reversed longstanding law (such as the replacement of the Board’s clear-and-unmistakable standard for unilateral changes with the contract-coverage standard).

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  • A Simple Guide to Protected Concerted Activity

    Many workers are concerned that banding together to improve labor conditions may prompt retaliation from their employer. However, many of these actions are legally protected through legislation and enforced by governmental agencies.

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  • We've Lost Richard Trumka

    We are sad to report that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has died.

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  • The System is Failing Young People

    Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich debunks the myth that millennials and generation Z are lazy, and breaks down why young people aren't doing as well as their parents.

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