March

New report details abuse of guest workers

A report, “Close to slavery: guest worker programs in the United States,” released by the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center earlier this month, details abuses faced by workers who come to the U.S. under the H-2 system, administered by the Department of Labor.

Ethanol, energy and profits

President Bush’s recent swing through Central and South America was aimed at bolstering relations in the face of increasing movements for independence from U.S. domination. While in Iraq the struggle is for control of the declining supply of world petroleum, to our south the goal is to develop ethanol as an “internationally-traded commodity” for fuel.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Tell McDonald’s, you’re not lovin’ it Hog boss gets ‘social responsibility’ award Minimum wage hike and Black workers New York Taxi Workers Alliance joins AFL-CIO S.F. Labor Council backs May Day actions Building trades to rally in D.C.

WORLD NOTES

Germany: Retirement age raised Palestine: Israeli soldiers use human shields Kenya: Ministers protest trade policies China: Gov’t deals with joblessness, poverty Haiti: Chavez outlines aid program

In Mexico, defeated candidate defies right wing

MEXICO CITY — Eight months after having an election apparently stolen from him through fraud, former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his supporters refuse to concede defeat.

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Jobs with Justice honors Ford hunger marcher

WARREN, Mich. — Representatives from local labor and community organizations gathered on March 17 for the annual Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice dinner to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ford Hunger March and to honor current workers’ struggles in the Detroit area.

Soldiers unequal treatment stirs outrage

WASHINGTON – The scandal whirling around care for soldiers and veterans took on new dimensions this week with revelations that National Guard and Reserve soldiers face discrimination in treatment and benefits, while severe backlogs exist in processing veterans’ disability claims

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Youve gotta walk the walk

CHICAGO — It’s one thing to talk about all the things we should be doing with the People’s Weekly World; it’s another thing to put our words into practice, to “walk the walk.”

Pakistan still reeling from 2005 quake

Reports coming out of Pakistan in recent months describe a dire situation for the tens of thousands of people who continue to live in makeshift tents in the earthquake-affected regions of the country.

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One year later, rally renews call for immigrant rights

CHICAGO — Calling for defense of immigrant rights and an end to the Iraq war, some 2,000 people rallied at the Federal Plaza here March 10. The action took place exactly one year after a Chicago march of hundreds of thousands ignited pro-immigrant-rights demonstrations across the country, including a history-making turnout of millions nationwide on May Day.

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