Labor News

Guatemalans hail Cuban medical workers

Alfonso Portillo, Guatemala’s last president, is hardly a political ally of Fidel Castro’s, but that didn’t stop him heaping praise on Cuba’s doctors in his farewell speech in mid-January.

Of the people, by the people, for the people

Opinion Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, long a mouthpiece for U.S. monopoly corporations and Wall Street speculators and now a servant of the big business Bush administration, delivered an economic report to Congress recently that had but one aim: to give economic advice and leadership to promote and protect profits.

Supermarket workers in Northeast win contract

The big issue in our contract was health care, which is also the major issue in California, where 70,000 members of our union (United Food and Commercial Workers) are on strike.

Southwest, the LUV airline, is a heart-breaker

DALLAS – Flight attendants in Transport Workers Union Local 556 sent a powerful Valentine’s Day message to the bosses at Southwest Airlines Feb. 13 with informational pickets and rallies at all seven major airports served.

Illinois Senate race offers historic opportunity

CHICAGO – The race for the Democratic nomination for the open U.S. Senate seat in Illinois has boiled down to a three-person race, according to polls.

Teachers: Leave this man behind

Education Secretary Rod Paige should step down for attaching the “terrorist” label to 2.7 million schoolteachers and their union, the National Education Association, said Reg Weaver, NEA president.

Congress abandons millions of jobless

HAMDEN, Conn. – While the White House backed off empty job creation claims last week, machinists, teamsters, building trades, and municipal workers crowded into the Job Center here, angry at the failure of the Republican-controlled Congress to extend unemployment benefits at a time of high job loss.

Labor working to take back Ohio

CLEVELAND – On Dec. 9, 1,500 union activists packed the Columbus, Ohio, Veterans Memorial Hall for a “Take Back Ohio/Labor 2004” conference.

Philly shows brotherly love to grocery strikers

PHILADELPHIA – At a Feb. 12 rally at a local Acme supermarket, union and community members had a strong message for shoppers here: “Don’t shop at Acme.”

Grocery workers win lawmakers backing

LOS ANGELES – If Safeway and its CEO Steve Burd have their way, the 21st century will have conditions more like the 19th century for working families, said Connie Leyva, president of Local 1428 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, speaking to a panel led by four Democratic California congresspeople. click here for Spanish text click here for related story

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