Labor News

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Today in labor history: Blues legend Big Bill Broonzy born

Lee Conley Bradley, who became known as Big Bill Broonzy, was born on June 26 in 1893, as he later said, or possibly in 1905 as family records suggest.

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Government workers: "Raise our pay 4 percent, not 1 percent!"

A 4 percent hike would start to make up for the three years of federal pay freezes and increased pension contributions-without increased future pension payouts-that Congress imposed on federal workers.

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Puerto Rican teachers strike to oppose attack on pensions

Thousands of elementary and secondary school teachers in Puerto Rico carried out a two day strike to protest a raid on their pension plans.

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"Mr. Clean" gives guest workers a dirty deal

America's unions are going to bat for foreign workers who toil in America, in conditions that approximate slavery. And Dwight Allen, a 41-year-old "guest worker" laboring in Florida apartment buildings says he is sure glad they have.

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Sequester cuts mean idle planes, poultry plants and VA offices, says AFGE

Some 250 AFGE members and supporters rallied outside Republican U.S. Senator Roy Blunt's office in St. Louis, March 20, to protest the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts to vital social services and the military, known as sequestration.

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Labor rolls out plan to defuse fiscal time bomb

Before the $85 billion budget cut time bomb explodes, leaders of the nation's unions are hammering out details of a program to prevent  job losses and restore the economy for the working-class majority.

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Postal workers: Fix USPS the right way!

Since Congress must start all over again to fix the money troubles at the U.S. Postal Service, it should do so the right way.

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Pastor pits God vs. common courtesy at Applebee's

We all hold similar definitions of common courtesy - that's why it's called "common."

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Cuban trade unionist speaks in Los Angeles

Gilda Chacon Bravo is the first Cuban trade union representative to be granted a visa to the United States in many years and is touring the country.

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Labor Deptartment zeroes in on women's issues

The Labor Department's Women's Bureau, faced with small size, a budget freeze and potential cuts, will emphasize research on working women's issues, outreach to workers and - despite a potentially hostile GOP House majority - paycheck fairness, the agency's director says.

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