Detroit fights for access to fresh food

DETROIT — This is a city in crisis whose residents get hit from many angles. The city’s unemployment rate (officially near 30 percent) alone would spell catastrophe for any population.


Wells Fargo guilty of crimes against workers, rally charges

CHICAGO – Hundreds of labor, faith based and community leaders rallied here in front the downtown corporate offices of Wells Fargo Sept. 24 calling the bank guilty of criminal actions aimed at working people.


Machinists file lawsuit to save jobs

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Workers, elected officials and the entire labor movement are rallying to the aid of International Association of Machinists District 26 in their effort to save 1,050 jobs at two profitable Pratt & Whitney repair facilities in Connecticut. Parent company United Technologies (UTC) plans to outsource the jobs to Singapore and Japan where universal health care reduces labor costs.


Labor talks green jobs and manufacturing at G-20

PITTSBURGH — The labor movement put its G-20 week events in high gear today with a demand that world leaders respond to the global job crisis with a second worldwide stimulus aimed at job creation, including investment in good green jobs.

“Rampant global capital caused this worldwide economic disaster,” Leo Gerard, president of the Steelworkers union, declared today. “This is proof that protecting and providing only for the rich and powerful does not work. It’s the responsibility of our governments and leaders to fix this mess for everyone, especially the working families of the world.”


SLIDESHOW Before G20, Pittsburgh marches for jobs

Pittsburgh labor and community coalitions held two marches Sunday, Sept. 20 demanding jobs and immediate relief for the unemployed aimed at the G20 meetings starting on Thursday, Sept. 24.


Labor demands global justice

PITTSBURGH - As the AFL-CIO wrapped up its 26th Convention here and world leaders got ready for the G-20 summit next week, U.S. and international trade unionists are demanding a new global economy that is fair to workers.


On EFCA, Specter changes views...constantly

PITTSBURGH -- Before the first full day session of the 26th AFL-CIO convention opened here last Monday the federation's officers met privately with a group of reporters who asked them about reports that Sen. Arlen Specter, D, Pa., was now in favor of passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. Specter, when he was still a Republican last year, was one of the bill's sponsors in the Senate.


Two of top three posts go to women in AFL-CIO election

PITTSBURGH -- In a session packed with emotion, delegates to the 26th AFL-CIO Convention yesterday elected a historic leadership team.  Two women, Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker join the new president, Richard Trumka, as the federation's top three leaders.

Unite-Here rejoins AFL-CIO

PITTSBURGH — The last day of the AFL-CIO Convention opened on a high note as newly elected federation President Richard Trumka announced that Unite-Here is re-affiliating with the federation. The 250,000 member Unite-Here was one of the unions that left the AFL-CIO in 2005 to join the Change-to-Win federation.


A building trades union re-invents itself

It was lunchtime at the 26th Convention of the AFL-CIO here yesterday and the painters, like everyone else were hungry. They had a makeshift “lunch room” off the convention floor near where labor journalists had their workspace and they invited two hungry Peoples World reporters to join them for a break and some food.

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