Labor News

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For workers, there are no borders, Lessons from Asian American worker struggles

SEATTLE — A traveling exhibit, “Journey for Justice: 223 Years of Asian Pacific American History in the Puget Sound,” opened at the Wing Luke Asian Museum here Sept. 27 with its bold message that Asian Pacific American workers have won victories over racism and exploitation, yet continue to struggle for equality today.

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Union activist: organizing drive spurs contract gains

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — “Our members are thrilled. For the first time in years we pulled off a victory.” Ray Milici, veteran of 40-plus years working at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), was reflecting on the significance of the August contract settlement between the hospital and the 150 dietary workers represented by 1199/SEIU.

Univ. of Chicago workers demand fair contract

CHICAGO — Sharon Mikulich, a clerical worker for the Law School at the University of Chicago, has worked there for 31 years. An active member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 743, she was an original bargainer for the union when it was founded in 1979. She comes from a union family.

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On the New Orleans docks: Workers fight to rebuild their city

NEW ORLEANS — A small sliver of downtown New Orleans has bounced back as a neighborhood of gleaming corporate office towers and a playground for the rich.