Unemployment in Detroit reaches 17%, autoworkers send Obama letter on high-speed rail and jobs

DETROIT -- The shocking news this week is Detroit’s official unemployment rate is now 17%. Unless action is taken to re-open closed auto plants and prevent others from closing, the number will surely go higher.

Pride, anger mix as Chrysler workers watch plants shut down

FENTON, Mo. — As the crowd swells and hundreds of UAW members line the entrance to the Chrysler North and South Assembly plants here today, I can’t help but think of my grandfather. He gave over 30 years to Chrysler.

Done crying, today shell even smile minimum wage & one moms story

MERIDEN, Kan. — Celeste Henderson is a living, breathing mom who is in the news today, but only as a statistic. She’s one of the millions of American low-wage workers directly affected by Friday’s hike in the national minimum wage from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour.

Please come to Pittsburgh

They say that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Maybe, at times, that’s true. This is about what is going to happen in another city, however — the home of the Pirates, Steeltown, USA, — the city of Pittsburgh. Consider this an invitation to come with us to that city this September to help launch something that will definitely not stay in Pittsburgh.

Trumka at NAACP: Building union power means taking on racism

Remarks by Richard L. Trumka, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, 100th Annual NAACP Convention, New York, N.Y., July 15, 2009. Thank you. Wow, after an introduction like that I can't wait to hear what I have to say!

Union petitions Congress for vote on majority signup

Andy Stern, president of the 2.5-million-member Service Employees International Union, launched a national petition drive today to insist that both the House and Senate schedule an up or down vote on allowing workers to form a union by majority signup, either as part of the Employee Free Choice Act or as a separate amendment.

Deaths among Latino workers rise

The number of Latino workers who die on the job has risen 76 percent since 1992, even as the total number of workplace deaths has declined, federal statistics show.

NEWS ANALYSIS Getting closer than ever to majority signup

Speculation in the major media about the alleged “dropping” of majority signup from the Employee Free Choice Act, coming now as the nation is on the verge of radical labor law reform, must be viewed, at the very least, with extreme skepticism. The speculation tells us little about what is really at stake in the fight around the legislation.

Reports of the death of union card check still premature

A report in the New York Times today that says senators have “dropped” the majority sign-up provision of the Employee Free Choice Act is not accurate. A spokesperson for Sen. Tom Harkin, the Iowa Democrat who is shepherding the bill through the Senate, said that “no particular provisions of the bill have been agreed to and cannot be agreed to until there is an entire bill that can be agreed to.”

Workers picket Karl Rove's $1,000-a-plate Big Biz dinner

ST. LOUIS -- 'The Employee Free Choice Act is exactly what it says. A free choice for workers,' Ben Harmon, financial secretary for the greater St. Louis United Auto Workers union CAP Council, told the World. Harmon, along with around 30 other trade union activists, was picketing a $1,000-a-plate Missouri Chamber of Commerce dinner for Karl Rove, a vocal opponent of workers' rights.

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