January

Officials use budget woes to attack public unions

State officials around the country are using state and local budget woes as a smokescreen for campaigns against public unions.

AFL-CIO prez: Labor must reach out to survive

DETROIT - Saying the labor movement has become too small and too inward-looking to defeat corporate power by itself, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Auto Workers legislative conference that unions must build wider coalitions to achieve their legislative and political goals.

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Honeywell lockout threatens thousands in Illinois and Kentucky

United Steelworkers local 7-669 and the Steelworkers international Union issued a well researched report this week outlining the health and safety hazards posed by the use of scab replacement workers to operate Honeywell's Metropolis Illinois plant.

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Workers celebrate victory over Starbucks

Members of the Starbucks Workers Union held demonstrations at branches of the coffee shop giant across Manhattan on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as they've done for years. This year, the union had something to celebrate.

Shop Talk: Freelancers go union, paid family leave a success

Unemployed people lucky enough to find new jobs are making less than they did before and almost 40 percent took a 20 percent cut in pay.

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“Thank God for the union”: Labor leads on community aid

With the increased attacks on unions from the right wing, it's more important than ever to note just how much organized labor does for the community.

NLRB gives strong backing to majority sign-up

By a 2-1 vote, the National Labor Relations Board has given strong written support to the use of "majority sign-up" for union recognition.

Ergonomics not on the list of five new safety rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will roll out five new rules this year designed to protect workers on the job - but a rule to curb ergonomic injuries will not be one of them.

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Big business drives Illinois anti-teacher bill

CHICAGO - Under the guise of "school reform," big corporate foundations, banking and speculative hedge fund investors are pulling out all stops to ram an anti-teacher measure through the Illinois state legislature.

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2010: Labor wins some, loses some

Labor posted some wins — and losses — in 2010.