May

Air traffic controllers, pilots see better skies ahead

Already hopeful because of President Obama’s decision to put former Airline Pilots Association President J. Randolph Babbitt in charge of the Federal Aviation Administration, the nation’s air traffic controllers are finally on their way to getting a new union contract.

Hartmarx workers: Our jobs are worth fighting for

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Workers boarded a bus this morning at the Hartmarx Corp. factory here, on their way to protest in front of a new Target store in Waukesha, Wis. The Hartmarx workers, represented by Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, plan to demonstrate at Target’s annual meeting, where Wells Fargo Chairman Richard Kovacevich is expected.

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Actors Equity launches bid for commemorative stamp

(AFL-CIO NOW) Actors’ Equity has launched a nationwide campaign to become the first union honored with a U.S. postal stamp. The union is petitioning the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp commemorating the union’s 100th birthday on May 26, 2013.

Quad City Die Casting workers demand Wells Fargo save their jobs

Wells Fargo is under fire again. This time, members of United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) Local 1174, want the bank to keep their Moline, Ill., Quad City Die Casting plant open. The bank is refusing to extend credit to the 60-year-old business.

Rumor of card check's 'death' is greatly exaggerated

Many lawmakers returning home for the Memorial Day break found themselves face to face with union members determined to win passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

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Rally protests plan to shut 8 Chrysler plants

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — A thousand workers rallied at Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) here to protest the planned closing of eight automobile factories in Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Delaware and Ohio in 2010 as part of the Chrysler-Fiat restructuring.

Passage of Employee Free Choice would be patriotic, veterans say

MOORHEAD, Minn. - With the Memorial Day weekend at hand, veterans from five wars voiced their support for the Employee Free Choice Act in a press conference held at the Hjemkomst Center here. The veterans expressed their concern that the men and women who have worn our country’s uniform are denied some of the basic rights they fought to defend and are just scraping by. Too often, veterans return to unemployment or low-wage jobs.

Recession brings new challenges for injured workers, attorney says

BRAINERD - The current economic crisis poses special challenges for injured workers, who may feel reluctant to report injuries they’ve incurred on the job, a noted workers’ compensation attorney says. “There’s a lot of fear in the workplace,” said Bonnie Peterson, an attorney with the law firm of Sieben Grose Von Holtum & Carey. Given the current atmosphere of layoffs and cutbacks, workers who have been injured may fear losing their job and feel pressure to ignore the problem. That would be a mistake, she said.

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Black trade unionists: Now is the Future.

ATLANTA — The first major gathering of Black trade unionists since the election of Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, is taking place in this city this Memorial Day weekend under the theme of “Now is the Future.”

GLBT leaders side with labor union to boycott restaurants owned by GLBT ally

Local government officials and GLBT activists are siding with UNITE HERE Local 30’s boycott of Old Town San Diego Historic Park’s restaurants Fiesta de Reyes and Barra Barra, owned by GLBT ally Chuck Ross, who says the GLBT community is turning against him.

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