Labor News

Mine safety could use a little more confrontation

This is a sad time in the mining community, with so many recent tragedies. But it’s not enough to mourn. We also have to act.

As useful as teats on a boar

Opinion Recently The New York Times reported a dispute at a meeting in France of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Of the people, by the people, for the people

Opinion Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan, long a mouthpiece for U.S. monopoly corporations and Wall Street speculators and now a servant of the big business Bush administration, delivered an economic report to Congress recently that had but one aim: to give economic advice and leadership to promote and protect profits.

The struggle for the right to organize a union

While 45 percent of U.S. workers express the desire to have a union, only 13 percent have one. Using bold, repressive and mostly illegal methods, corporate America has held new organizing to a tiny trickle as it systematically works to weaken and destroy unions where they exist.

On Bushs immigration reform

Opinion Now that President Bush has made his famous statement on how he is going to take care of the 8 to 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, the corporate media are emitting their usual blather and spin.

Whats wrong with no-match letters

Opinion Last week, President Bush announced a vague plan to deal with the 8 to 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The plan has been denounced because it fails to guarantee what SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina calls “a new road to citizenship” for the undocumented.

A class approach to pensions

Opinion One of the proudest achievements of the U.S. labor movement, the retired worker’s monthly pension check, is in deepening trouble.

Small town takes on Tysons greed

Opinion They say you should never watch sausage being made, but if you want to see something really disgusting, check out the way Tyson Inc., the world’s largest meat company, is treating the good people of Jefferson, Wis.

An Australian view of Bush and free trade

Opinion The corporate media were buzzing with columnists and commentators on the purpose of U.S. President George W. Bush’s 21-hour visit to Australia last month. Most said that it was to give the Australian government the customary rub on the tummy for getting involved in another U.S. military adventure

Wal-Mart: outlaw at home and in China

Opinion Wal-Mart is an outlaw. It is also the largest retailer in the world and the largest private employer in the world. It is financially larger than Switzerland and employs more than eight times the number of troops Bush has deployed in Iraq.

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