Labor News

Farm workers march for justice

ALBANY, N.Y. – A crowd of about 300 people with bright red shirts proclaiming “Farmworkers Deserve Justice” gathered on the west side of the State Capitol building here May 11 to celebrate the arrival of a 200-mile pilgrimage of migrant farm workers and supporters.

Showdown at SBC Communications

At press time, over 100,000 SBC workers in 13 states, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), were on the job but poised to strike if SBC management continued to reject the union’s demands for affordable health care and job security.

Texas govt gets nastier

DALLAS – Texas government, gripped in the talons of right-wingers since before the rest of the nation ever heard of George W. Bush, has gone from dirty politics to downright nasty.

Walk of Shame targets enemies of health care

Workers’ correspondence Our April 27 “Walk of Shame” targeted the opponents of employer-paid health care, SB 2. This bill, signed by then-Gov. Gray Davis last year, will take effect Jan. 1, 2006.

Employers not paying overtime

Art Perlo’s article on “Getting paid for overtime” (PWW, 5/1-6) was great.

Forum looks at high tech job flight

TUCSON – An attentive crowd gathered May 2 in the basement of Tucson’s public library to attend a community forum on “Globalization, High Tech and Employment,” sponsored by Jobs in Crisis, a committee of the Tucson chapter of Jobs with Justice.

Arizona workers gear up for 2004 elections

PHOENIX – Thousands of trade union activists poured into the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Phoenix on May 6 to hear Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry speak and to launch the Arizona Labor 2004 Kickoff campaign to kick George W. Bush out of the White House and send him packing back to Texas.

GOP trickery in overtime fight

WASHINGTON (PAI) – If you can’t beat ’em, try to fool ’em. That was the latest GOP strategy when dealing with the issue of workers’ overtime pay. Despite the Senate’s 52-47 pro-overtime vote on May 4, it could work – if voters don’t pay attention.

Women of steel vow to oust Bush

WASHINGTON – Mother Jones, the legendary labor agitator, made an unexpected appearance May 2 at the “Women of Steel” election conference here aimed at ousting George W. Bush from the White House next Nov. 2.

Workers comp law a big step backward

LOS ANGELES – Workers Memorial Day was observed April 28 at the UCLA Labor Center’s downtown campus as workers and labor relations professionals gathered for a comprehensive “clinic” on California’s new workers’ compensation law.

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