Labor News


Undue influence: Wal-mart, Google, GE press China to curb workers rights

There is a “tug of war” raging worldwide over reforms in China’s labor law, according to Brendan Smith, Tim Costello and Jerry Brecher, authors of a report released April 5 by Global Labor Strategies (GLS).


Health care is our right

HARTFORD, Conn.— Over 5,000 protesters came to the state capital, May 5, to decry lack of health care for 400,000 people in Connecticut and to demand that the Legislature act now to provide health care for all.

Police attack May Day marchers in Istanbul

A vicious attack was launched against this year’s May Day demonstrators in Istanbul, Turkey, as they were gathering to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Taksim Square May Day massacre.

On Mothers Day, working women tell it like it is

CHICAGO — Dedra Farmer was so good at her job as a Wal-Mart department manager in Oklahoma that her bosses assigned her to train new Tire and Lube Express Division managers, all of whom were men. After she got done training them, the men went to work for $2,000 more a year than she got paid.

16 workers die per day, report says

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (PAI) — Just about two years ago, plumber Charles “Mike” Morrison was helping dig a trench in a Pinellas Park, Fla. But the trench had straight sides, not sloping sides, and B&B Plumbing didn’t construct a safety box for him to work in.

Ohio labor runs for office

LORAIN, Ohio — One Central Labor Federation in northern Ohio has really taken the national AFL-CIO resolutions on political action to heart, at least the part that calls on union members to run for office. Four leading delegates of the Lorain County Labor Federation, just west of Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie, are running for public office. Not only are they running for office, but most are expected to be elected.

Labors flame still burns for justice

CHICAGO — August Spies told his executioners that if they went ahead with the hanging they would ignite a fire that could never be put out.


On May Day, call rings out for immigrant rights

CHICAGO — Hundreds of thousands of immigrant rights activists and supporters marched through downtown here May 1, demanding an end to raids and deportations, and calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 12 million undocumented workers.

The bell tolls again for workers

PITTSBURGH — A hand-fabricated metal chime will ring out here on April 28, Workers Memorial Day, tolling for workers killed on the job starting with two miners who died April 17 in Barton, Md.


CT stands up for health care

“Stand Up for Health Care!” may be the largest rally in Connecticut history, May 5, as residents in the state struggle with a broken health care system that has reached crisis proportions.

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