Unions spend big in Chicago City Council races

By Hal Dardick and John Byrne, Chicago Tribune

Just as deep-pocketed business leaders are contributing cash to help Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintain a City Council that backs his agenda, major unions are doling out dollars to try to reshape a council more to their liking.

Worker centers serve big labor, not employees

By Richard Berman, Nation’s Restaurant News

With all the protests by labor activists over the minimum wage and pay at retailers and restaurants this year, chances are you have become familiar with so-called worker centers. Unlike labor unions, these new models of labor activism don’t have regulations on length of picketing or filing spending reports.