Labor News

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Ford slashes spell pain for workers, communities; CEO to rake in millions

DETROIT — Ford’s latest plan to turn the company around puts on the “fast track” the biggest restructuring in the auto giant’s 103-year history. Bearing the pain will be autoworkers and the communities they live in

Dead workers are not a business cost

Vast discrepancies exist between workers access to OSHA and that of corporations. Corporations routinely “negotiate” with OSHA to downgrade fines through “abatement,” which combined with inadequate workers’ compensation laws make it impossible to hold negligent employers liable.

Conn. machinists rally for Ned Lamont

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — “This campaign has become a crusade for machinists all across America,” declared R. Thomas Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, at a Labor Day weekend rally here for Ned Lamont’s bid for U.S. Senate.

Tentative pact reached in Detroit teachers strike

DETROIT — After 16 days on the picket line, the unity of 9,500 members of American Federation of Teachers Local 231 finally forced school officials to agree to a tentative pact potentially ending the strike here as soon as Sept. 14.

Janitors speak out for better wages

PHILADELPHIA - A spirited and militant group of Service Employee Union 32BJ members, their friends and supporters marched here to defend area standards for office cleaners on Aug. 31.

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Local union hosts Iraqi worker photo exhibit

“You know longies here in L.A. or over there in Iraq are just working stiffs trying to do right by their families,” said Joe Kordich, retired longshore worker with Local 13 of the International Longshore Warehouse Union. “You can see it here in these pictures.'

Dont steal the big box ordinance

CHICAGO — Despite a monthlong million-dollar campaign to scare residents into opposing the “big box” living wage ordinance passed by the City Council July 26, a new poll of Chicago voters shows overwhelming support for the legislation.

Womens groups protest plan to downsize Womens Bureau

Several leading women’s organizations, including the Coalition of Labor Union Women, are vigorously protesting the latest scheme by GOP President George W. Bush and his Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to downsize and outsource much of her department’s Women’s Bureau

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Gary teachers win nine-day strike

GARY, Ind. — Meeting at the city’s largest high school on Sept. 1, 1,500 members of American Federation of Teachers Local 4 loudly and unanimously approved a new one-year contract that everyone agreed was a tremendous victory for the union

Latest jobs report: Good for Wall Street, bad for workers

For the last five months, job creation has failed to keep up with demand. But you’d never know that from most news stories.

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