Labor News

Fed already moving vs. shenanigans at polls

Remember Florida’s hanging chads in 2000? Or the long lines due to the lack of voting machines in Columbus, Ohio in 2004? The nation’s unions do. Led by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, they’re already moving to prevent a repeat of such shenanigans--and others--at the polls this year. And if the record of the presidential primaries is any indication, they’ll have their work cut out for them, protecting people’s right to vote.

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Michigan labor rejects McCain's energy policy, demands alternatives

To 'greet' the Republican candidate, Monroe Democratic Party County Commissioner Jerry Oley brought an oversized check made out to McCain from 'Exxon and friends' for $2 million dollars noting on the memo line 'Thanks for staying in the tank for oil.'

AFL-CIO goal: filibuster-proof senate majority

The AFL-CIO has set a political goal, second only to helping presumed Democratic nominee Barack Obama win the White House, of achieving a filibuster-proof 60-vote pro-worker majority in this year’s elections.

Protests send strong message to Verizon

More than 300 members of Local 1109 of the CWA/IBEW rallied outside of a Verizon facility in Brooklyn today to send a strong message to Verizon. This is a fight for working families throughout the country against an anti- union company that has created over 13,000 non-union jobs at non-union facilities since 2003

Union leaders confront race-and-politics issue head-on

Facing the fact that many unionists may be reluctant to vote for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for the presidency because he is African-American, union leaders meeting in Chicago decided to confront that issue head-on by repeatedly emphasizing to members to “vote your jobs” and that economics trumps race.

Witnesses warn of turbulence ahead if Delta buys Northwest

Union leaders and a labor economist whose university has spent eight years studying the airline industry are warning of turbulence ahead I Atlanta-based Delta Airlines swallows Minnesota-based Northwest. In the third hearing on the proposed deal before various congressional committees, Machinists Vice President Robert Roach warned the deal could lead to $15 billion in combined pension liabilities being dumped on the federal government.

Postville takes center stage in national immigration debate

The Iowa town of Postville took center stage – again - in the debate over the nation’s failed immigration system, as 1,500 people, including unionists, rallied July 27 in support of packinghouse workers there. The march came one day after four members of Congress met with workers to discuss worker and safety violations at the Agriprocessors, Inc., plant in Postville, site of a now-infamous Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency raid that arrested 390.

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California workers condemn Schwarzenegger wage cut

Union members protest the decision by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut the wages of over two hundred thousand state workers to the Federal minimum wage of $6.55/hour, alleging he must do so because the state legislature has not passed a budget. Workers accuse the governor of using their jobs and wages as a means of pressuring the Democratic legislature into agreeing to deep Republican budget cuts.

Governor issues pay-cut order, workers fight it

California’s Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped the other shoe July 31 — or rather, he threw it at state workers — when he signed an executive order cutting the pay of up to 200,000 of them to the federal minimum of $6.55/hour and firing over 10,000 part time and temporary workers until the state’s budget impasse is resolved.

Wal-Mart tells employees to vote against Democrats

Don't think the 2008 elections are important? Wal-Mart does. That's why it's corporate executives are pressuring its supervisory employees to vote against Democrats in the November election.

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