Labor News

Victory for Wash U students in living wage

ST. LOUIS — Washington University here will commit at least $1 million over the next two years toward higher salaries and better benefits for low-paid contract employees as a result of a 19-day sit-in by students demanding a living wage for service workers. Wash U’s Student Worker Alliance (SWA) reached a groundbreaking agreement with campus officials April 22. “We won more in the last 19 days than we won in the last 18 months put together,” said SWA member Ojiugo Uzoma.

Teachers and their union fight for public education

An interview with Chicago Teachers Union President Deborah Lynch The most important thing we can do to reverse NCLB is defeat Bush in November.

I didnt know I could be sold!

Workers’ Correspondence I am one of 150 employees of the Home Care Network of Chicago’s Rush Hospital who were literally sold March 23 to Patient Care, a giant for-profit home-care company with 6,000 employees nationwide.

Students demand justice for immigrant janitors

ST. LOUIS – Students at Washington University here are demanding the return of 36 Nicaraguan custodial and maintenance workers who were forced to leave the country after their contract with G&G Building Services was terminated in October 2003.

So, where did Wal-Mart come from?

An earlier column opened our continuing look into Wal-Mart’s pole vault from a one-store operation in 1962 to the world’s largest corporation.

AFL-CIO, workers say Show us the jobs

ST. LOUIS – Over 1,000 trade unionists, community activists, youth and students here kicked off the AFL-CIO’s “Show Us the Jobs” bus tour March 24.

GOP blocks vote to preserve overtime pay

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The average worker affected by the Bush administration’s new overtime regulations earns $51,000-$55,000 yearly, including overtime, or around $1,000 a week, according to the Economic Policy Institute. With overtime pay at a little more than one-fourth of the worker’s earnings, he or she would lose $256 weekly, EPI adds.