Labor News

Stanley Works machinists win contract gains

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Machinists Union members voted by a three-to-one margin May 21 to end their strike against Stanley Works and accept a revised offer from management. Workers voted at a morning meeting here.

Unionists launch drive to win White House

DES MOINES – Nearly 1,000 union leaders and activists from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees got a close-up look at the Democratic presidential candidates at the union’s first-time Presidential Town Hall here on May 16 and 17.

Defending the right to organize

CHICAGO – “The NLRB is a meat-grinder,” said AFL-CIO Director of Organizing Stuart Acuff, “and most workers who enter into it are ground up into sausage.”

West Coast Longshore maps fightback

SAN FRANCISCO – The longshore division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which met here on May 5-9, made it clear that dockers are not resting on the laurels of the recent contract victory against their employers, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

From the Charleston 5 victory to the 2004 elections

An interview with Ken Riley The following interview with Kenneth Riley Jr., president of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1422 in Charleston, S.C., took place during the recent convention of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

U.S. health care: Crisis, solutions, action plan

The United Steel Workers of America (USWA) hosted a national forum on the health care crisis at its headquarters in Pittsburgh on April 27.

May Day 2003: Drawing strength from Brazil

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Hundreds of workers and fair trade activists celebrated May Day here by gathering to hear union and Workers’ Party activist Marcelo Borges Sereno describe “Organizing to win union power: How Lula did it.”

UMWA: Coal dust testing changes monstrous

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Although they get the headlines and the TV crews, coal mine explosions and cave-ins have not been the leading cause of death of coal miners for 50 years. Black lung, a disease that destroys the lungs as a result of breathing coal dust, killed 55,000 miners between 1968 and 1990 and still takes the lives of 1,000 miners per year.

Nurses cheer call to oust Bush

WASHINGTON – About 500 union nurses, both registered and practical, fanned out on Capitol Hill May 6 to protest the billions in tax cuts George W. Bush and Congress are doling out to the rich while Medicare and Medicaid are slashed, 41 million people lack health insurance, and hospitals are woefully understaffed.

Unemployed to Congress: Give us our jobless pay

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of jobless workers picketed the Labor Department and then marched to Capitol Hill on May 13 to demand that Congress approve another 26-week extension in unemployment compensation for 4.5 million workers who are running out of benefits.

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