July

Could you be Enron-ed?

SEATTLE – The final leg of the AFL-CIO sponsored tour, “Could you be ‘Enron-ed’?” was kicked off at the Seattle Labor Temple on June 19.

House passes bonanza for drug companies

Seldom has the naked power of money been so effective as it was in the early morning hours of June 28 when the GOP-controlled House of Representatives made a cash deal with the pharmaceutical industry.

Labor leaders arrested

WORCESTER, Mass. – Arrests are becoming common at the Shaw’s Supermarkets in the Worcester area as Local 1445 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) try to enforce a collective bargaining agreement between the local union and the supermarket chain.

Calif. unions rally for the right to organize

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – “We’re under attack, not in Afghanistan but in San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Central Valley and across California. We’re being intimidated from within,” said Art Pulaski, secretary-treasurer of the California Federation of Labor. International watchdog groups have found that U.S. labor laws are not protecting workers’ rights, he told a rally at the Capitol here June 25.

Harrisburg rally demands money for schools

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Over 100 members of two coalitions, Philadelphians United to Support Public Schools and the Coalition to Keep Public Schools Public, boarded buses on June 25 to lobby for the $75 million promised to Philadelphia schools last December by Governor Mark Schweiker during the state takeover of the school district.

Saving Amtrak: profits vs. public interest

It is not yet clear what will be the final outcome of the latest funding crisis to hit the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), the federally supported intercity railroad passenger service.

Union members serving public interest

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The AFL-CIO has projected electing 5,000 union members to public office between now and the end of the 2004 election cycle as part of their “people-powered” political campaigns. Here, one of the trail-blazers for such a movement is Kenny Jones.

International notes

100,000 rally for Chavez/Demand to free jailed S. Korean unionists/Protest foreign investment in India’s media/Argentina police killings draw big protest/Georgian workers say TNCs flout standards/German phone workers win pay hike

Drivers have grievances with UPS

OAKLAND, Calif. – Interviews by the People’s Weekly World with two UPS drivers at the company’s Oakland terminal brought out an accumulation of grievances that lie behind the union’s fight to get a new contract.

Machinist union, Boeing begin talks

Facing company threats to move more jobs and production overseas, the International Association of Machinists (IAM) opened talks with Boeing on June 25 in Kansas City. The union represents 25,000-26,000 Boeing workers. The present contract expires at 12:01 a.m., Monday, September 2.

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