“America Wants to Work” kicks off this week

The AFL-CIO and its allies will spend weeks organizing an "America Wants to Work" campaign to focus on what they see as the nation's real crisis: jobs.


Ohio Republican forced to retract voter supression threat

Facing calls by area members of Congress for a Justice Department investigation, Secretary of State John Husted retracted a threat not to process mail ballot applications sent to voters by the  Cuyahoga County government.


The Keystone Pipeline: can labor and environmentalists work together?

Building Trades unions are backing - and transit unions opposing - the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, from the tar sands of the Canadian province of Alberta to the oil refineries of the U.S. Gulf Coast.


Community forum targets "Secure Communities"

Concern is rising rapidly among immigrant communities and civil liberties advocates as law enforcement agencies step up sharing of personal information.


Tea party tries to stop hurricane cleanup

Hurricane Irene is history, but the cleanup efforts and a new controversy over allocation of federal money remain.


Unemployed no longer welcome to apply for jobs?

Big business has set up a new roadblock for the jobless:  employers only consider hiring those who are already working, reported the AFL-CIO. In other words, the unemployed need not apply.


Boom or bust? Two visions from a Pennsylvania park

"Sacrifice our water? No fracking way!" inked on the wooden fence in Colton Point State Park, sitting squarely atop one of the world's richest natural gas deposits.


Workers say King's dream not yet realized

A panhandler in New York's subways had worked for years as a union painter and carpenter before he was reduced, by job cuts, to begging for a living.

Youth unemployment exacerbates violence

New Haven's youth unemployment rate reflects the Bureau of Labor Statistics' recent assertion that the national youth unemployment rate reached an all-time high this summer.


Missouri GOP rep feels heat on Social Security

Apparently, Congressman Akin or one of his staff had requested police presence in order to keep constituents off of the office property.

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