Labor News

Art Shields: Labors great reporter

Art Shields was the Daily Worker’s greatest labor reporter. I got to know Art and his wife Esther, herself a labor journalist, soon after I joined the staff of the Worker in January 1967. Art helped me hone my writing skills. He was a role model in his loyalty to workers and their struggles.

Sago Mine families slam govt findings

PITTSBURGH — “I can’t tell where the coal company ends and MSHA begins,” Deborah Hamner told the Charleston Gazette after a five-hour meeting with the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration in which the agency released its findings on the 2006 Sago Mine disaster. Hamner’s husband, George Junior Hamner, died in the disaster.

Auto company CEOs rolling in dough

DETROIT — If there is a crisis in the auto industry, it certainly cannot be seen when looking at the compensation of its top management. While autoworkers are being laid off, seeing their plants close and being pressured to grant health care and work rule concessions, those they work for are going in an opposite direction.


Houston school workers demand fair pay

HOUSTON — On May 10 at least 30 labor supporters gathered outside the School District’s administration building here to support the teachers union’s demand for higher salaries for education workers.


Labor takes on global fight vs. climate change

NEW YORK — Climate change is a labor issue. A large and growing section of world labor now agrees that fighting global warming and building sustainable economies with good jobs for workers go hand in hand.


Safety cuts put friendly skies at risk, United workers say

CHICAGO — Question: Who would order the captain of a 767 jet, loaded with passengers and crew, to take off with a split in one of its tires?


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.

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