WASHINGTON – Immigrant workers observed May Day with a Capitol Hill rally to demand that Congress grant legal residency to 8.5 million undocumented workers by passing the FREEDOM Act. They then moved downtown to a “Justice for Janitors” rally that turned into a May Day celebration of a contract victory for 4,000 custodial workers here.
EAST CHICAGO, Ill. – Bruce Gaddy is single. Tony McIntosh is married and has two children. Both live in this working-class suburb, 25 miles south of downtown Chicago. And both are unemployed: Gaddy because his plant closed, McIntosh because he was “down-sized” after working 22 years for AT&T.
People are angry in New York City – and they have a right to be angry. Every day massive cuts in local and state spending appear more and more imminent.
The decades’ long fight by U.S. workers for an eight-hour day began in earnest with strikes and parades on May 1, 1886, and culminated in victory more than 50 years later with enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in July 1938.
DETROIT – As contract talks between 300,000 United Auto Workers (UAW) members and the Big Three automakers are set to begin in July, three pressing issues are on the minds of autoworkers: health care, pensions, and jobs.
PHILADELPHIA – A cold wind and April showers failed to dampen the spirits of Service Employees Local 36 and Healthcare and Hospital Workers Union Local 1199C and their supporters who participated in the Family March for Healthcare Reform here on April 17
The future of 8,600 steelworker families and tens of thousands of retirees at National Steel was resolved this week.
TYLER, Texas – On April 26, a bell tolled here for workers who had been killed on the job during the past year. Leaders of the United Steel Workers of America (USWA) read a name, then waited for the sad, piercing song of the bell, then read another name. The bell rang more than 40 times while the crowd of 300 silent unionists attending a Workers Memorial Day commemoration stood silently in remembrance of the dead, the injured and to rededicate themselves to ending workplace tragedies.
The call for a shorter workweek with no cut in pay arises periodically in the working class, their trade unions and among labor and progressive economists. What generally gives rise to those calls is sharp increases in joblessness underscored by long-term sustained unemployment for millions of workers.
News Analysis Many Americans had never heard of Stevedoring Services of America (SSA), until it was awarded a $4.8 million contract to open and operate the port of Umm Qasr in war-torn Iraq.