Labor News

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Supreme Court takes case that would cripple labor's political activity

Yet another right-wing attempt to curb unions' political activism, by cutting off money, landed before the Supreme Court today. 

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Labor Department drafts rules to protect more health care workers

Obama's Labor Department will likely bring more home healthcare workers under protection of federal minimum wage and overtime laws.

Justices tackle if states can use business licensing laws vs. undocumented workers

Can states use their own licensing laws to crack down on businesses that hire undocumented workers? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question on Dec. 9, dealing with a 2007 law from Arizona - a measure that presaged the tougher anti-Hispanic law the same state passed two years later.

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Nursing home workers mark sixth month of strike

HARTFORD, Conn. - Hundreds of workers and their supporters rallied at Park Place Health Care Center in Hartford last week marking the 400 workers' sixth month on strike against Spectrum Healthcare. The members of SEIU 1199 recapped their struggle, and vowed to stand firm until they win a decent contract.

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New SEIU president to “refocus” union

WASHINGTON (PAI)--The Service Employees will "refocus" itself by pumping $4 million into organizing African-American and Latino workers, adding funds to their political campaign chest for selected races, and by trying to repair relations with the rest of organized labor -- with one exception -- says new President Mary Kay Henry.

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Houston janitors rally for union contract

Houston janitors and supporters rally at their "contract convention," setting the scene to win increased wages and benefits.