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Paid sick days the law now in Seattle

Seattle's mayor signed the historic bill Friday. Every worker in the city, depending upon his or her conditions of employment, is now guaranteed five to nine sick days per year.

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Oklahoma labor commissioner calls public workers “feral hogs”

The ideology expressed by Costello and his ilk is dangerously close to the rhetoric of eugenicists, the pre-Nazi pseudo-scientific movement.

400 union women at confab demand equality and union rights

Over 400 union women came to the Coalition of Labor Union Women's 16th Biennial Convention in Orlando, September 7-10, to demand equality and to defend union rights. The women came from many different unions to speak in one voice for working women.

From Wal-Mart to hot dogs, courts important for workers

So you still don't think courts are important to workers? Betty Dukes and Nolan Koewler can quickly set you straight.

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Why women unionists back others under attack

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "There are only two ways to bring about protection for workers... legislation and unionization."

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Steelworkers honor Danny Glover and Ed Schultz (with video)

On the final day of their International Convention 2011, the United Steel Workers (USW) introduced the union's new Paul Wellstone award. The first recipients are: actor and chair of TransAfrica, Danny Glover; and Ed Shultz, host of the Ed Shultz Show on MSNBC.

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Pressure grows on sugar company to end lockout

The East Grand Forks, Minn., city council voted unanimously to send a letter urging American Crystal Sugar to return to negotiations with its locked-out workers.

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Verizon threatens strikers with health care cutoff

Workers this week will miss their first paycheck as result of the strike, now in its 11th day. Pension and disability benefits were suspended as the strike began.

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Trumpet-makers on strike get a brass band boost

Facing cuts in wages and health care as well as total elimination of their pensions, workers at the highly profitable Conn-Selmer plant went on strike.

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Steelworkers "stand up, fight back" (with video)

"Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed" - Lincoln's quote opened the United Steelworkers Convention.

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