Labor News

Women need unions on job

Interview with Utility Workers Local 132 President Marti Rodriguez-Harris LOS ANGELES – Verbal abuse, sexual harassment and unequal treatment were the issues that drove Marti Rodriguez-Harris to the union movement.

Coalition opposes Border Patrol raid

PORTLAND, Maine – Reyna A. Marroquin Solorzano, 22, was working in a laundry here to support her parents and seven siblings in Guatemala. She was injured in a fall while trying to escape a fire in her third-floor apartment and died the next day, Jan. 16.

Grocery union leader assesses strike

BAL HARBOR, Fla. – As a result of the hard-fought Southern California grocery strike, the union now has tens of thousands of political activists, said Joe Hansen, the newly-elected international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

AFL-CIO president: Bush AWOL on jobs crisis

BAL HARBOR, Fla. – “The jobs crisis has become a national disaster,” said AFL-CIO President John Sweeney. And during this crisis, “George Bush has been AWOL,” he added. click here for Spanish text

Confronting grief with prayer and struggle

OAKLAND, Calif. – Lee Hamilton wears two buttons. Standing like many other working-class guys, with hands in his jeans’ pockets, sporting a sweatshirt and baseball cap emblazoned with “Meat Cutters Union,” he wore one small United Food and Commercial Workers union button, and a big one of a handsome, blonde-haired boy.

UNITE and HERE unions announce merger

The strength of two newly-combined unions may be put to the test even before the merger process is completed, as hotel workers in nine of Los Angeles’ largest hotels face expiration of their contracts in mid-April. Employers could be seeking cuts in health care benefits.

Grad students GET-UP and strike for justice

PHILADELPHIA – Hundreds of University of Pennsylvania graduate student employees held a two-day strike Feb. 26-27 to protest the university administration’s refusal to recognize their right to join a union.

Teachers stick with union, scorn Paige attack

Workers’ Correspondence While Secretary of Education Rod Paige’s recent statement that the National Education Association is a “terrorist organization” is disturbing enough in itself, his apology issued later that same day is even more alarming.

Alabama workers defeat union busters again

Union members at Imerys in Sylacauga, Ala., reaffirmed their commitment to each other and their union, Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers Union (PACE), Jan. 21 when they defeated a management-orchestrated decertification campaign by a vote of 233-108.

Sleep- deprived women

A woman’s right to a good night’s sleep, some quiet time alone, regular vacations – these are among our goals, along with men’s right to the same, and good jobs, social equality, and security for all.

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