June

Buried alive: a terrible way to die

Being buried alive is a terrible way to die. If you are working in a trench and it caves in with just your head sticking out it makes great news. The drama of the rescue operation draws the news media like bees to honey. However, if you are buried alive it does not make much news and is listed in the back pages.

Wall Streets role in the immigration debate

President Bush, with Wall Street backing, is pushing hard for a policy that would legalize undocumented workers but keep them in a subservient status for more than a decade. His proposals would also relegate future “lower-skilled status workers” to perpetual servitude.

Dont go to Farmer Joes, unionists urge

OAKLAND, Calif. — When a business has a growth spurt and expands its workforce tenfold, one might think the owners would appreciate the workers’ role in their success. But last summer, as the organic grocery Farmer Joe’s Marketplace opened a second outlet in a former Albertson’s supermarket, a very different picture emerged

Court to women: Equal pay, no way

Question: What court ruled recently that paying women less is OK as long as you don’t get caught for 180 days? Answer: The Supreme Court of the United States.

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Arrested over health care

Twenty-two union leaders were arrested at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn., June 1, as they called for universal health care.

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Workers rally to build justice at Pulte

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Led by several Latino construction workers from the Southwest and by Robert Masciola of the national AFL-CIO, an informational rally was held outside of the shareholders meeting of Pulte Homes, Inc., at the Community House in this upscale suburb of Detroit, May 10.

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Border insecurity rises, as does the temperature

TUCSON, Ariz. — While Congress debates “tougher security at the border,” the temperature is rising above 100 degrees in the Sonoran Desert. Already 84 bodies have been found along the Mexico-Arizona border, more than this time last year.

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Black unionists assail wage, wealth gaps

CHICAGO — Answering the question, “Are the civil rights and labor movements united?” with a resounding “more than ever,” the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists held its 36th international convention here May 23-28.

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