Labor News

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Obama presses jobless aid, job creation

Restoring job growth and returning people to work is a top White House priority, President Obama said in a major speech yesterday.

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Budget cuts hampered response to giant fire, firefighters charge

LOS ANGELES - In the latest indication of how budget cuts endanger public safety, the firefighters union president says the mayor's slashes hampered the response to the huge Station Fire in September.

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Transit workers’ rally highlights safety, budget woes

CLEVELAND - A rally protesting the Regional Transit Authority's refusal to address worker and rider safety in contract talks dramatized the challenge facing public transit systems in today's economic crisis.

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Feeling heat, U.S.-China firms say they’ll build turbines here

Under pressure from the nation’s biggest manufacturing union, a U.S.-China energy partnership said it would build a factory here, creating 1,000 jobs.

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Americans for Finance Reform takes aim at big finance

Americans for Finance Reform is making  it clear that curbing the power of the nation's finance industry will help boost the economy more than focusing on deficits.

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Foreign companies getting bulk of green stimulus

Of the $1.05 billion of stimulus funds handed out for clean energy grants since Sept. 1, 84 percent - $849 million - has gone to foreign wind companies.

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Hotel workers strike the Grand Hyatt

Hotel workers issued a wake-up call to 31 prime hotels Nov. 5 as they massed outside the Grand Hyatt, in the upscale Union Square area, to begin a three-day strike.

U.S. Steelworkers to experiment with factory ownership, Mondragon style

The United Steelworkers union, North America's largest industrial trade union, announced a new collaboration with the world's largest worker-owned cooperative, Mondragon International.

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Labor, progressives, manufacturers meet: ‘Think big & bold’ to rebuild economy

WASHINGTON — A jam-packed conference here Oct. 29 demanded bold action for a new, green manufacturing economy.

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Hotel workers overwhelmingly authorize a strike

With an overwhelming strike authorization vote Oct. 22, workers are ratcheting up the pressure on the city's top hotels to end their stalling, drop demands for takeaways and agree to a fair contract. Many of the city's most prominent hotels are among the 31 affected by the vote

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