Labor News

Verizon unions claim victory on security

The five-year agreements signed Sept. 5 between Verizon Communications and its workers’ two unions, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was hailed by both unions as a victory in tough times.

Working families victorious in Senate

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The “public be damned” attitude of the Bush administration was dealt a set back Sept. 10, when the Senate voted 54-45 to maintain the current overtime pay laws covering eight million U.S. workers.

10,000 marchers back Yale strikers

New Haven police arrest 100 NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Downtown New Haven came to a standstill Sept. 13 as the nation’s labor movement turned out more than 10,000 union members from the Northeast and as far away as Nevada and Florida in support of striking university and hospital workers at Yale University.

Faking it on jobs again

Opinion Fake President Bush is at it again. He’s starting to seriously worry about unemployment and jobs – the destruction of jobs will likely help defeat him the same way the sagging economy helped defeat his dear old Dad.

Teamsters mark 100th anniversary

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sept. 6 in Washington, D.C. There were more than 3,500 Teamsters in attendance from all across the United States and Canada.

Land to the tiller! Mexico and land reform

Mexican farmers have promised militant demonstrations at the WTO meeting in Cancun, Sept. 10-14, against the corporate-controlled globalization policies that are ruining them. A long history precedes this development.

Verizon workers in tentative settlement

Unions representing about 78,000 Verizon workers in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states reached a tentative five-year contract agreement.

Labor calls for Yale strike support

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As spirited picket lines and marches fill the campus at Yale University, national support and unity continues to grow for striking service-maintenance, clerical-technical and hospital dietary workers.

San Francisco readies for Freedom Ride

SAN FRANCISCO – Bay area workers, in coalition with labor unions, immigrant and civil rights groups, have come together, like their counterparts across the country, to take part in the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride.

Labor Day 2003: A tale of two worlds

“Why do workers struggle? Because they have to,” was a favorite refrain of former Maryland AFL-CIO President and Communist Party leader George Meyers. Working families have certainly been forced to struggle for jobs, better wages and benefits, civil rights and the right to organize a union this Labor Day.

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