August

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Liberian rubber workers win union

In a historic victory for labor in Africa, Liberian rubber workers signed an agreement with Bridgestone/Firestone Company in mid-August securing improved working and living conditions.

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Unions mobilize to elect Obama

DENVER — Two thousand union members, more than half of them delegates to the Democratic National Convention, rallied here Aug. 24 to launch an unprecedented effort by labor to change America this fall.

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One of the greatest stories of all times The Memphis sanitation workers strike remembered

SAN FRANCISCO — Fortieth anniversary events this year have highlighted the historic struggle of African American sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn. — in 1968 among the country’s most oppressed workers — for union rights, decent wages and conditions, respect and dignity, and the fusing of labor, civil rights and peace struggles in that crucible. They have also pointed to the struggles that continue today

Show me the jobs, brewery workers tell InBev Beer and globalization dont mix in St. Louis

St. LOUIS – “InBev, we aren’t going to have a race to the bottom here,” said Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) to 1,000 Teamsters and their allies as they rallied here Aug. 16.

Wal-Mart bullies workers on elections

Charging retail giant Wal-Mart with illegally pressuring employees to vote for Republicans and John McCain in November, labor unions and community organizations filed a formal complaint last week with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).

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Poultry workers: Poster-child for Employee Free Choice Act

WINESBURG, Ohio — After working 20 years at the Case Farms poultry plant here Ken Brown, 55, gets $8.10 an hour. “You can’t live on that,” he said, “especially with the rising prices of fuel and food.”

THIS WEEK IN LABOR: August 2

Bush continues to block job safety rules Immigration raid killed a town, witnesses say Letter carriers endorse Obama Freedom of speech and assembly?

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Bus drivers confront corruption, union-busting

MADISON, Ohio – Over 200 rallied here July 22 in a boisterous show of support for embattled school bus drivers whose jobs were terminated when their contract expired in June and the Board of Education implemented a plan to privatize transportation.