Labor News

City workers rally for justice

NEW YORK – This city’s workers have not had a raise in over two years and need one now to pay the rent and put food on the table, declared Lillian Roberts, executive director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 37, which represents 125,000 workers in 56 locals.

Victory for St. Louis grocery workers

ST. LOUIS – After 25 days of strikes and lockouts, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 655 and Schnuck’s, Dierbergs, and Shop ’n Save announced an agreement on wages and health care benefits covering 10,000 grocery store employees on Nov. 1. The agreement has been hailed as a victory by the union.

Grocery jobs: Keep them union!

Workers’ Correspondence The cause of the supermarket strike is long-standing problems that have now reached the boiling point. I say this as someone who worked for Ralphs Supermarkets for 13 years in the service bakery and service deli, serving as a store steward in Local 770 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

U of M workers victory

MINNEAPOLIS – Striking clerical workers at the University of Minnesota have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the university administration and will return to work on Nov. 5.

Hold Wal-Mart accountable

Opinion All across the country Wal-Mart is cashing in on family tragedies. After Doug Sims, a Wal-Mart employee in Plainview, Texas, died of a heart attack in 1998, his wife, Jane, found out exactly what Wal-Mart means when it describes its employees as “valuable assets.”

History-makers reflect on Salt of the Earth: Even more relevant now

Anita and Lorenzo Torrez were a young married couple thrown into the midst of the Empire Zinc strike in Hanover, N.M., in 1950. They were radicalized in the course of the strike and became members of the Communist Party USA.

Steelworkers support college athletes

“Professional athletes had to fight for the rights we now have. We’ll stand by the collegiate athletes in their struggle for justice until they win,” Daylon McCutcheon, defensive back for the Cleveland Browns, told a recent meeting in Strongsville, Ohio.

Retirees step up fight for health care, pensions

If the recent conferences of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) and the Alliance of Retired Americans (ARA) are any indication, senior militancy is definitely on the rise.

Free trade not what it seems

If you are a Kmart shopper or a rancher in Montana; a mom and dad wondering about what the kids will do once they finish school; or a retiree, worried about pension and health care, the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is not for you.

Homeland Security arrests workers in raids

Under the cover of darkness, in well-synchronized raids, scores of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents took the night shift cleaning crews into custody at 60 Wal-Mart stores across the United States. (click here for Spanish text)

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