December

Obama creates historic White House task force

The Obama Transition Team announced the formation of an historic task force this week – the White House Task Force on Working Families. According to the transition team's announcement, Vice President-elect Joe Biden will head the task force.

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New green world waits in the wings

Mid-December brought developments at global, national, state and local levels in the race to reverse global warming and grow the economy.

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UAW Michigan family holds onto Christmas

DETROIT — Gibraltar Trade Center in Taylor, Mich., stood to make a lot of money Dec. 12 with the scheduled appearance there of ex-Tiger pitching great and Hall of Famer Jim Bunning. Michigan residents were supposed to pay $35 apiece for Bunning’s autographed baseballs.

A win for workers is a win for all

Employee Free Choice Act is key to recovery As 2008 comes to an end the labor movement has much to celebrate including the election of our first African American president, the win for union representation for the Smithfield slaughterhouse workers in Tar Heel, N.C., and the settlement won by Chicago union workers who led a six-day sit-in at their factory.

Union leaders welcome Solis choice as labor secretary

WASHINGTON (PAI)--Union leaders welcomed the choice of pro-worker Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) as Labor Secretary in the incoming Democratic Obama administration. If confirmed by the Senate, Solis would replace anti-worker GOP Bush Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Anti-worker Republicans block auto aid

DETROIT — It looks like autoworkers have dodged a bullet. Congress seems likely to pass some sort of “bridge” loan to keep General Motors, and perhaps Chrysler, from declaring bankruptcy and throwing union contracts and jobs on the trash heap.

Another season, another Maria

It was hot in the vineyard east of Stockton on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Hotter than the day before when the temperature reached 90 degrees by the early afternoon. Hotter than usual for May.

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Layoffs dampen celebration for new wireman

BALTIMORE — This should be a time to celebrate for Carlton Stone, 42. He received a letter from Local 24 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Dec. 4 that after completing his five-year apprenticeship he is “now eligible for membership in Local 24, classification, construction wireman.”

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Religious leaders rally for Republic workers, Bank of America makes offer

CHICAGO — Religious leaders and board members with the Interfaith Worker Justice rallied here in front of the Republic Windows and Doors factory Dec. 9 in solidarity with 250 unionized workers who have been leading a sit-in there since the plant closed down on Dec. 5.

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Chicago, Cook County threaten to cut ties with Bank of America over Republic workers

CHICAGO — City aldermen and Cook County commissioners vowed to cut ties with Bank of America if it didn't give 250 sit-in strikers the pay they were due. Workers occupying the Republic Windows and Doors factory, labor and religious leaders and community activists flanked the elected officials at City Hall.

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