Labor News

Specter eyes support for Employee Free Choice bill

A spokesperson for Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the lead sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act, confirmed today that an agreement is near that will allow Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) to return to his earlier position of support for the legislation. Specter, originally a co-sponsor of the bill, announced on March 24 that he had switched to the opposition. At the time, as a Republican senator, he was under pressure from business lobbyists and right-wing Republicans lining up against him in that party’s coming primary election.

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Stimulus for the World

CHICAGO – Pledges to support this working-class newspaper are starting to come in. Volunteers are calling and visiting subscribers during these first weeks of May to talk about this reader-run newspaper, its expansion online and what financial support can be pledged.

Union launches Wal-Mart organizing drive

For the last six years the United Food and Commercial Workers union has led a national publicity campaign that has resulted in millions viewing Wal-Mart as a monster that chews up its workers and takes advantage of its customers. The union is now shifting gears, however, and renewing an effort it set aside six years ago – a drive to organize the workers employed by the retail giant.

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Oakland workers, neighbors give Port Board an earful

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Port board members got an earful from workers and local residents at a May 2 public hearing on the Comprehensive Truck Management Plan the Port of Oakland is preparing as part of its overall program to clean up air pollution plaguing the port and surrounding neighborhoods.

May Day marches put immigration reform front & center

CHICAGO — Thousands of immigrant rights advocates marched in cities coast to coast May 1, to honor the most widely celebrated holiday on the planet, International Workers Day. Thousands took to the streets in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Denver, Chicago and New York to press for comprehensive immigration reform, a halt to raids and deportations and a path toward legalization for the country’s estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants.

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At Haymarket, workers demand EFCA and immigrant rights

CHICAGO – As the skies began clearing here May 1, several hundred enthusiastic labor activists gathered for the annual celebration at the Haymarket Monument to honor the Haymarket martyrs and step up the fight for workers rights. Workers from December’s Republic Windows sit-in and a group of young anarchists also participated.

What will fix economy? Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

WARREN, Ohio -- Approximately 2,000 steel, auto, electrical, public and other workers and their families from throughout the Mahoning Valley rallied here May 2 to demand protection from the growing economic crisis.

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Hospitals not ready for swine flu

“I can’t honestly say that my hospital is ready to protect the health and safety of our workers during a potential pandemic.” The words were those of a top level administrator at one of the largest suburban hospitals in the New York City area, who spoke with the World, May 4, on condition of anonymity.

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