Labor News

Fight not over for New Mexico minimum wage bill

As if it were a close basketball game, where one team is ahead by two or three points and is trying to run out the clock to keep the other team from scoring, New Mexico’s Republican state senators in cahoots with three southern Democratic state senators managed to stonewall a minimum wage bill as the Legislature’s session came to a halt exactly at 12 noon on Feb. 16.

Frankenstein directive passes European Union Parliament

The “Directive on Services in the Internal Market,” otherwise known as the Bolkestein Directive, passed in a European Parliament vote Feb. 16. Despite mass protest and mobilizations by trade unions and grassroots organizations, the European Union Parliament’s two biggest groups, the EPP-ED (conservatives) and PSE (socialists), collaborated to get an amended version adopted in the EP plenary.

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Berkeley Honda strikers standing strong

BERKELEY, Calif. — Nat Courtney’s father had worked for the father of longtime Honda dealership owner Jim Doten. The Doten family, he said, had treated the workers with respect. So Courtney, who started there in 1974 and is now shop steward and a Gold-level Honda-certified technician, naturally thought his job was stable and dependable, the kind of work you could raise a family on

Guest worker programs: problems and remedies

In early March the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up “immigration reform.” Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) issued an outline of the items he wants considered. These include immigration control and a guest worker program. Legalization for undocumented immigrants was de-emphasized.

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Hotel workers rise up

SAN FRANCISCO — The Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel was awash in bright red T-shirts Feb. 15 as over 2,200 hotel workers and their supporters gathered to launch a national campaign for good wages and benefits, including health care, workers’ rights, decent working conditions and dignity on the job.

UPWA: Pioneers in African American history

Leaders of the United Packinghouse Workers of America marched in support of striking Memphis sanitation workers in April 1968.

Fantastic feat

NEW YORK (PAI) — It’s one 10-shoe-store chain in New York City, involving 95 workers, but the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union’s win at Footco is a glimpse into the future, where unions create new strategies to organize not just stores, but communities.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Delphi sparks protest Update on BP disaster Union care for Iowa kids Workers are S.O.L. with DOL

Mining families still gripped with grief, anger

Once the CNN trucks roll out, the national story dies on the vine, but for mining families and the United Mine Workers union in West Virginia, the recent coal mine disasters just won’t go away.

Mine safety reviewed after 18 deaths

PITTSBURGH — Across the coal fields Feb. 6, production stopped for one hour as miners and safety experts, some company and some union, met to review and improve safety procedures following the deaths of 18 coal miners in the first 32 days of 2006. That same day the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) sent 100 inspectors to West Virginia to determine if the mines in the nation’s second largest coal-producing state were safe.

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