January

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Single-payer health care advocates plan new campaign

Some 200 union advocates of single-payer government-run national health care met in Chicago in mid-January to plan their next moves.

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Harkin, Senate Labor Committee chairman, to retire

Senate Labor Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said on Jan. 26 that he would not seek re-election next year.

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Union membership declined by 398,000 in 2012

The number of union members nationwide declined by 398,000 from 2011 to 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says in its latest report.

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The ugly racial history of “right to work”

The victory for "right-to-work" (for less) legislation in Michigan has spurred talk of expanding efforts to pass similar laws to weaken unions in other states.

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Attention Walmart: good jobs in - guns out

A wide cross section of the faith, labor, and social justice community protested Walmart's attempt to build a store near the Detroit border.

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Teamsters win union contract for West Coast port drivers

The Teamsters, after a long organizing campaign and extended bargaining, have won and ratified a first contract for a notable group of West Coast workers.

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Teachers praise president’s gun control agenda

Leaders of the nation's two teachers unions praised President Obama and lawmakers who have unveiled comprehensive gun control proposals.

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“Look beneath the shine,” say Nissan workers

The Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan held a press conference to emphasize how the auto giant is unfairly treating its 3,300 workers at its Canton, Mississippi plant.

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Wisconsin dairy workers lose their livelihoods

Wisconsin is the state known as 'America's Dairyland', but this month it ran out of milk.

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Labor Secretary Solis resigns, Trumka lauds her service

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who repeatedly declared herself "the new sheriff in town" on behalf of workers the last four years, resigned her position on Jan. 9.

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