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Steelworkers tell feds about oil industry safety woes

The rampant safety hazards exposed by the fatal, catastrophic fire, explosion and sinking of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year unveil a catalogue of wide-ranging problems in the oil industry, the Steelworkers say. And they're safety problems industry executives ignore, downplay and refuse to deal with, the union adds.

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Locked out workers give traditional posada new twist

Re-enacting the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph was apt, because like the religious heroes, 57 janitors, cooks and other support workers have been locked out.

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Union catalogue highlights books for the holidays

Puzzled by what to get relatives in last-minute holiday shopping? Union Communication Services might have a solution.

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Obama Labor Dept. acts against wage and benefit theft

The Department of Labor took action this week to recover almost $1 million in back wages for construction workers in New York and forced a Georgia company to pay restitution for improper investment of union pension funds.

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Pratt & Whitney workers make gains despite plant closing

Machinists at Pratt & Whitney ratified a new contract after a valiant fight on the shop floor, in the street and at the bargaining table to stop plant closings and save job security language in Connecticut.

Dallas stands for jobs and retirement benefits

Fifty North Texans, primarily retirees, added their voices to the general outcry against plans to cut retiree benefits at a meeting in the Communications Workers of America Local 6215 Hall December 2 in Dallas.

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Shop Talk: Faith groups join jobs campaign

In tough times many turn to their religious faith for hope. During this jobs crisis much of the nation's faith community, which includes many union members, is moving to provide hands-on aid to families, in addition to the usual spiritual solace.

Out of work bricklayer tells lawmakers what "hell" is like

The 13-year veteran of Bricklayers Local 1 in New York has been out of work since October. And the West Babylon, Long Island, resident, who provides for his wife, two kids and 86-year-old mother who lives with the family, doesn't see any work coming along for "another five or six months."

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Machinists rally to save job security

Hundreds of Machinist union members and their supporters ralled for job security Tuesday in front of the IAM Lodge 1746 plant, across from Pratt & Whitney's sprawling main production facility in East Hartford, Conn.

Republican attack on labor goes way beyond Congress

During the Great Depression, big business used the crisis to attack workers' wages and living standards directly, cutting wages even while turning big profits. And exactly the same thing is happening again.

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