Labor News

Union: Sago miners did not have to die

Standing with the West Virginia congressional delegation and before the family of deceased Sago miner Jim Bennett, United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts and Secretary Treasurer Daniel Kane charged, “This tragedy was preventable and should have never occurred.”

Continuing Crystal Eastmans work

Workers Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have been injured or died on the job, and to renew the fight for safe workplaces. This year the Allegheny County Labor Council will commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Pittsburgh Survey (1907-1908), the pioneering work of Crystal Eastman and others who investigated the horrendous living conditions of Pittsburgh’s working class.

Unions: Enough talk, time for action on health care

The AFL-CIO Executive council voted unanimously at its March 6 meeting in Las Vegas to endorse universal national health care coverage for all Americans under a plan in which government plays a central role in regulating, financing and providing that care, a move unprecedented in the history of the U.S. labor movement

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Public fury on jailing of garment workers: Govt raids traumatize families

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Shock and anger swept through Massachusetts after agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided Michael Bianco, Inc., on March 6, arresting 361 undocumented workers, mostly mothers, and leaving hundreds of children traumatized.

Union Organizing Can Be Deadly in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia (AP) - More than 800 trade unionists have been killed in Colombia over the past six years, by government count, yet the number of those murders solved can be counted on one hand.

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George Becker, former Steelworkers President

George Becker, 78, former president of the United Steelworkers (USW), died Feb. 3 at his home in West Deer, Pa. Twice elected USW president, Becker served from 1993-2000, taking him through some of the most intense union battles of the late 20th century in the United States.

If Sago happened today, loved ones would still die

“Coal is more important than life.” That is how Pam Campbell, sister-in-law of miner Marty Bennett who died inside Sago Mine, sums up over a year of government and coal corporation stalls, speeches, secrecy and frustration. More than a year after Sago exploded in January 2006, killing 12 West Virginia miners, the country’s 2,100 coal mines are no safer.

Labor sends a statement in Chicago

“We sent a statement,” declared Dennis Gannon, president of the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL), in the afterglow of the Feb. 27 municipal elections. And what a statement it was.

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Labor moves to offense

LAS VEGAS — The main focus of this week’s AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting was moving forward from the March 1 passage of HR 800, the Employee Free Choice Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives, federation President John Sweeney told reporters here.

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Workers, not guests

Ten days before Christmas, the Woodfin Suite Hotel in Emeryville, Calif., fired Luz Dominguez and 20 other housekeepers. Managers announced they’d received a letter from Social Security saying the numbers they’d given when they were originally hired didn’t match government records. The 21 housekeepers have been making beds, washing toilets and vacuuming carpets there for years.

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