Labor News

Workers signing union cards at Yale-New Haven Hospital

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — “Nobody can take away your courage,” said Carmen Boudier, president of New England 1199 SEIU, to a large audience of workers at Yale-New Haven Hospital who came to sign up for the union last week. “My brothers and sisters, we are with you,” she said. “You can do it. Stand up and fight. The community is with you!”

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Chicago to Wal-Mart: Pay a living wage

CHICAGO — A packed gallery erupted into jubilation as the City Council passed an ordinance July 26 making Chicago the largest city to set minimum wage and benefit standards for retail giants like Wal-Mart. The measure passed 35-14, despite furious opposition by Wal-Mart, a unified corporate community and Mayor Richard M. Daley.

High pesticide exposure found among migrant workers

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It could be a father hugging his children after a day’s work in the tobacco field, or pesticide residue on his clothing washed with family laundry. Maybe it was children playing in farming fields outside their homes.

Faulty seals a factor in Sago mine blast

BUCKHANNON, W. Va. (PAI) - Faulty seals in an abandoned part of the Sago, W. Va., coal mine were one factor in the lethal Jan. 2 blast that killed 12 miners and injured a 13th, a new West Virginia state report says.

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Giant tollway to bisect Texas

DALLAS — Although a conspiratorial secrecy shrouds much of the plan, Texans are beginning to find out that tens of thousands of acres will be taken from them to create an incredibly wide transportation corridor running the length of the state from north to south.

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Jobs: now you see them, now you dont

Workers and taxpayers often lose twice when states and cities give out huge corporate tax breaks in the name of “economic development.”

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No fun, but shell keep marching

Carina, 9, and her mother Gloria Herrera have been walking the picket line at Book Covers Inc. in Chicago since early June.

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Security officers pick up the pace

OAKLAND, Calif. — Taking a break from leading chants in front of Oakland’s landmark Tribune Tower July 13, Pamela Frazier recalled her experiences working at an unorganized jobsite.

N.Y. teachers mull no contract, no work strategy

It is about 15 months until the current contract between the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the city of New York expires, in October 2007. Already, the union is planning its strategy for the next round of negotiations, with many of its ideas deriving from the results of the last round.

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