Labor News

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Union families show anti-Obama rally what real Americans want

WAKARUSA, Ind. – In just a few hours on Aug. 5 the Steelworkers Union organized a bus load and several cars from Gary, Ind., to take the two hour trip to this small sleepy town near Elkhart and in the middle of the Amish area also known for RV and trailer construction.

Labor-backed candidates surge in Detroit

DETROIT — Labor-endorsed candidates fared well in Tuesday's primary elections here. Seven of the top eight City Council candidates had the endorsement of the Detroit Metro AFL-CIO.

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Display honors San Francisco General Strike anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO ― The 75th anniversary of one of the most dramatic episodes in U.S. labor history ― the 1934 San Francisco General Strike ― is being celebrated this summer with a stunning exhibit commissioned by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the union born of labor struggles that shook the West Coast in the 1930s.

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CD REVIEW Twenty-first century labor music

Labor music inevitably reflects broader social trends. The ongoing interplay with church hymns and military marching songs are clear. But labor’s musical traditions grow and change as they interact with other genres as well.

Biden brings green car funding to Motor City

DETROIT — With an official unemployment rate of 17%, what better place than the Motor City for Vice President Joe Biden to announce grants of over $2.4 billion to auto companies and suppliers to research and develop the next generation of automotive batteries for the electric car.

Workers thrown out of Alliance For Worker Freedom Capitol Hill meeting

Several SEIU workers got thrown out of a Capitol Hill meeting this week of a group called the Alliance For Worker Freedom. It was a panel discussion about the Employee Free Choice Act. But when the workers from SEIU tried to attend, security was called and they were escorted out.

Labor to lawmakers: Dont take our support for granted!

A meeting of the AFL-CIO’s executive council in Silver Springs, Md., ended July 28 with declarations calling for a new New Deal modeled after the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s, a massive second economic stimulus package, passage of health care reform with a strong public option and passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

Unemployment in Detroit reaches 17%, autoworkers send Obama letter on high-speed rail and jobs

DETROIT -- The shocking news this week is Detroit’s official unemployment rate is now 17%. Unless action is taken to re-open closed auto plants and prevent others from closing, the number will surely go higher.

The Pittsburgh AFL-CIO convention and labor unity

The 26th Constitutional Convention of the AFL-CIO, taking place in Pittsburgh in mid September, will be a doozy.

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NYC transit union moves to defeat Bloomberg

NEW YORK—The rapidly fading myth that Mayor Michael Bloomberg would sail to an easy victory, due to his ability to spend tens of millions of dollars to drown out the voices of his opponents, was shattered as the city’s powerful Transport Workers Union Local 100 gave a ringing endorsement to Democratic mayoral candidate, city Comptroller Bill Thompson.

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