Labor News

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Demonstrators to Rite Aid: Respect workers, respect communities

Hundreds rallied in some 45 cities Dec. 15 in a national Day of Action to protest efforts by Rite Aid to slash health coverage for its low-paid clerical and warehouse employees.

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Obama Labor Dept. acts against wage and benefit theft

The Department of Labor took action this week to recover almost $1 million in back wages for construction workers in New York and forced a Georgia company to pay restitution for improper investment of union pension funds.

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Pratt & Whitney workers make gains despite plant closing

Machinists at Pratt & Whitney ratified a new contract after a valiant fight on the shop floor, in the street and at the bargaining table to stop plant closings and save job security language in Connecticut.

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On Human Rights Day, caregivers celebrate a victory

SAN FRANCISCO - For two hardworking women, International Human Rights Day 2010 was an occasion to celebrate. Victoria Aquino and Lourdes Torres, who came to the U.S. from the Philippines in recent years and worked as caregivers in a San Francisco rest home, have won a settlement from their employer totaling over $70,000 in unpaid wages and penalties.

Justices tackle if states can use business licensing laws vs. undocumented workers

Can states use their own licensing laws to crack down on businesses that hire undocumented workers? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question on Dec. 9, dealing with a 2007 law from Arizona - a measure that presaged the tougher anti-Hispanic law the same state passed two years later.

Job safety-mine safety bill fails in House

The Democratic-run House failed on Dec. 8 to pass a major job safety-mine safety bill that needed a two-thirds vote for approval.

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UAW: Korean workers’ fight is our fight

The movement for global justice got a big lift this week, when the Hyundai Motor Co. found out its unjust treatment of autoworkers in South Korea will not go unnoticed in the U.S.

Dallas stands for jobs and retirement benefits

Fifty North Texans, primarily retirees, added their voices to the general outcry against plans to cut retiree benefits at a meeting in the Communications Workers of America Local 6215 Hall December 2 in Dallas.

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Labor Deptartment zeroes in on women's issues

The Labor Department's Women's Bureau, faced with small size, a budget freeze and potential cuts, will emphasize research on working women's issues, outreach to workers and - despite a potentially hostile GOP House majority - paycheck fairness, the agency's director says.

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Shop Talk: Faith groups join jobs campaign

In tough times many turn to their religious faith for hope. During this jobs crisis much of the nation's faith community, which includes many union members, is moving to provide hands-on aid to families, in addition to the usual spiritual solace.

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