March

8,000 Mississippi shipyard workers go on strike

Eight thousand workers in Pascagoula, Miss., still picking up the pieces of their lives shattered by Hurricane Katrina, went out on strike at Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard March 8.

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TAKE ACTION: Tell your senator to pass EFCA

The AFL-CIO is mobilizing its unions to line up the 60 Senate votes needed to halt a planned Republican filibuster against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

Notes from Guatemala and Colombia

On March 12 Guatemalan President Oscar Berger took Bush to the Mayan sacred site Iximche. Hundreds of indigenous people carried out a vigil for 24 hours in nearby Tecpan that a leader described as “an act of resistance in defense of our sovereignty and motherland.” Afterwards they went to Iximche to ritually clean places Bush had visited.

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Assessing Americas health care system

In his book, Practicing Medicine without a License!, Don Sloan, M.D. argues the case for a corporate-free, universal health care system that would cover every American.

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Oscars and Spirits

Two recent film awards shows couldn’t have been more different. The Oscars featured films mostly within the Hollywood corporate studio system, and the Spirit Awards favored low-budget independent productions.

Ask the Communists

Capitalism/competition generates wealth for everyone and promotes improved quality of goods, better prices and advancement of technology to improve the quality of life. How is this evil?

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CARTOON

Public education vs. the privatizers

To save and improve equal, quality public education, it is imperative to take on the corporate/far right/fundamentalist coalition of privatizers.

New fighting spirit needed

The 1930s struggle to pass this nation’s first federal legislation to protect workers’ right to unionize has important lessons for today’s battles to regain that right, says history professor Nelson Lichtenstein of the University of California Santa Barbara.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Clean energy = good jobs Safety ruling due Union rights for TSA? ‘Slave labor’ in Colorado fields U.S. forces raid Iraq union offices

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