December

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N.Y. transit union re-elects Toussaint

Roger Toussaint, president of New York’s Transport Workers Union Local 100, has prevailed in a close and hard-fought union election.

Portuguese public workers battle austerity plan

LISBON, Portugal — A two-day general strike brought this nation to a standstill Nov. 9-10 as 750,000 public workers protested the government’s plan to impose vicious wage and benefit cutbacks at the insistence of the Brussels-based European Union.

24th W.Va. miner killed on job

Longtime residents of this state remark, “The only time West Virginia gets on the news is when there is a mining disaster or when a miner dies at work.”

Huge victory for labor in southwest Texas

Labor-backed Ciro Rodriguez defeated Republican Henry Bonilla, a seven-term incumbent, in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, delivering a knockout blow to the right wing.

Iraqi unions reject foreign control of oil

Leaders of Iraq’s labor movement have criticized Iraqi government plans to hand control over the country’s oil production to multinational companies.

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Stop victimizing workers: Labor, community groups mobilize against immigration raids

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided Swift & Co. meat-processing plants in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Utah last week, arresting 1,282 undocumented workers. The raids have generated an outpouring of support for the workers and their families, with many calls for a halt to raids and for comprehensive immigration reform that guarantees workers’ rights.

Treatment of Immigrant Workers Nationwide in Meatpacking Plants Violates Basic Worker Rights

With recent raids in meatpacking plants in various states, United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 881 protests this treatment of workers and calls upon elected officials to send a message to employers and the Federal Government about its aggressive treatment of workers.

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Bay Area unions support Alcatraz ferry workers

SAN FRANCISCO — A thousand workers from unions throughout the Bay Area joined in a march and rally on this city’s historic waterfront Dec. 9. The action supported union workers who lost their jobs when ferry service to Alcatraz Island was taken over by a nonunion company.

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Illinois hikes minimum wage, but not enough

CHICAGO — The Illinois Legislature wasted no time heeding the national voters’ mandate, overwhelmingly passing a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.50 an hour to $7.50 effective next July. The bill, which Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he looks forward to signing, will make the Illinois minimum wage one of the nation’s highest.

Organize! Army of union stewards deploys for Employee Free Choice Act

WASHINGTON — “Union power’s on the rise, now’s the time to organize!” More than 1,000 union members took up that chant as they marched to Capitol Hill, Dec. 8, still riding high from labor’s huge victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections.

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