Labor News

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Today in labor history: Hawaiian workers win collective bargaining

On May 21, 1945, the Hawaii Employee Relations Act was signed, guaranteeing the predominantly Native Hawaiian and Asian immigrant pineapple and sugar workers the right to bargain collectively.

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Unity was their cry: fast food workers go global

Tattooed teenagers joined with their sign-carrying elders as part of the global fast food workers' strike. Like an idea whose time has come, there was no holding back this group.

SEIU Attorney: Supreme Court case bigger threat than progressives realize

A recently argued U.S. Supreme Court case, pushed on the justices by the anti-worker National Right to Work Committee, is a big threat to unions.

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America’s top hospital gets failing grade in treatment of its workers

Hospital workers were on the march in the pouring rain earlier this month at John Hopkins Hospital saying: "America's Number One Hospital - Keeping Workers in Poverty."

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Fast food workers strike in 150 U.S. cities and 36 countries

"It feels good to be a part of history. It's been a year that fast-food workers first went on strike for $15 and a union and now our movement has spread all over the world."

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Union leader says Supreme Court favors billionaires over workers

The campaign finance rulings "open the gates to billionaires" to capture the U.S. political process while shutting workers out, AFSCME President Lee Saunders says.

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Union leaders to lawmakers: pay freezes, furloughs hit federal workers’ morale

"Federal employees are a devoted and resilient bunch. They despise what politicians have done to them."

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Unionists ignore downpour, bring fast track fight to Capitol steps

Hundreds of unionists gathered on Capitol Hill on May 7 to campaign against "fast-track" trade legislation and the anti-worker trade treaties it would lead to.

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Ukrainian rightists burn alive 39 at Odessa union building

Some 1,000 Ukrainian rightists surrounded, stormed, and burned the House of Trade Unions in Odessa last Friday, killing 39 pro-Russia demonstrators in the building.

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Trumka: Minimum wage opponents 'delusional' if they think they've won

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka condemned the continued right-wing obstruction preventing millions of working families from getting a much-needed boost in income.

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