September

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TAKE BACK OHIO moves to high gear

CLEVELAND — “We’ve swung into high gear,” said Harriet Applegate, Cleveland area coordinator for Take Back Ohio, the effort by organized labor to oust key right-wing Republicans and elect pro-working-family Democratic candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

Living wage fight not over

CHICAGO — Although the City Council failed to overturn Mayor Richard Daley’s veto of the Big Box Living Wage Ordinance, supporters of the measure say the battle will continue.

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Joe Lieberman no friend of working people

It is complete hypocrisy for Joe Lieberman to claim that he is above “partisan politics.” Quite the opposite: Lieberman has been a consistent enabler for the partisan politics of George W. Bush, against the interests of the people. The price has been high for the country and for Connecticut’s working families.

Dont lie to us

Management has been holding birthday parties all over the hospital. They’ve improved pensions. They’re even raising wages. For the most part, people realize that this is all because of the union drive.

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Hotel workers celebrate new pact

SAN FRANCISCO — Celebration was in the air as union members gathered with Unite Here Local 2 President Mike Casey at the local’s headquarters Sept. 13 to announce a tentative agreement in their two-year contract struggle with 13 of the city’s largest hotels. A ratification vote is set for Sept. 22.

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Ford slashes spell pain for workers, communities; CEO to rake in millions

DETROIT — Ford’s latest plan to turn the company around puts on the “fast track” the biggest restructuring in the auto giant’s 103-year history. Bearing the pain will be autoworkers and the communities they live in

Dead workers are not a business cost

Vast discrepancies exist between workers access to OSHA and that of corporations. Corporations routinely “negotiate” with OSHA to downgrade fines through “abatement,” which combined with inadequate workers’ compensation laws make it impossible to hold negligent employers liable.

Conn. machinists rally for Ned Lamont

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — “This campaign has become a crusade for machinists all across America,” declared R. Thomas Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, at a Labor Day weekend rally here for Ned Lamont’s bid for U.S. Senate.

Tentative pact reached in Detroit teachers strike

DETROIT — After 16 days on the picket line, the unity of 9,500 members of American Federation of Teachers Local 231 finally forced school officials to agree to a tentative pact potentially ending the strike here as soon as Sept. 14.

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Local union hosts Iraqi worker photo exhibit

“You know longies here in L.A. or over there in Iraq are just working stiffs trying to do right by their families,” said Joe Kordich, retired longshore worker with Local 13 of the International Longshore Warehouse Union. “You can see it here in these pictures.'

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