Kucinich gets ovation at UE meet

PITTSBURGH – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, brought cheers from delegates to the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers 68th convention here recently, challenging them to consider “a new vision for America” and to put “a people’s president in a workers’ White House.”

Amtrak unions plan one-day protest strike

Six unions representing 5,000 Amtrak employees have announced that Amtrak employees will withdraw their services from the railroads on Oct. 3 in what the Transport Workers Union calls a “one-day political protest.”

Australian teachers defend public schools

Teachers in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have conducted 24-hour work stoppages and nationwide protests as part of the Australian Education Union’s (AEU) efforts to make education a top-level national priority.

Remember Seattle? March to Miami!

The Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment (ASJE) launched its March to Miami just after Labor Day in Seattle, where Teamsters and environmental activists first marched together to protest transnational corporate arrogance and the World Trade Organization.

Freedom Rides hit the road

Jubilant send-off rallies in four West Coast cities Sept. 20 launched the first contingent of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride (IWFR), the most dramatic and ambitious campaign for rights of foreign-born workers and their families in U.S. history.

Labor and Patriot Acts I and II:

A case for political action President George W. Bush heads the most viciously anti-worker, anti-labor administration we have seen in a long time. He and his corporate backers are hell-bent on blocking any new advances for labor and on rolling back existing labor rights.

UAW announces tentative pact

DETROIT – In a prepared statement made in the early hours of Sept. 15, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger announced a tentative agreement between the union and Daimler Chrysler.

Yale pensions a national issue

Retirement into poverty, or retirement with dignity? With one quarter of Yale’s employees likely to retire in the course of the next contract, this critical issue for workers everywhere has become pivotal in the strike against Yale University and its teaching hospital.

Miners rally for retirees

TUCSON, Ariz. – Hundreds of retired copper workers and their supporters rallied at the Federal Courthouse Sept. 8 to voice their outrage at ASARCO’s recent decision to unilaterally slash health insurance benefits for retired copper mine and smelter workers.

Labor Nation agency slammed

CHICAGO – “Is this a union town?” asked Tim Leahy, secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL). “How strong is labor if places like Labor Nation supply scabs? This fight isn’t just a fight just for today, it’s also a fight for the future.”

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