Labor News

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Today in labor history: First Earth Day teach-in held

The late environmentalist, Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., founded Earth Day as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.

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An open letter to the coal companies

Positions of authority, millions of dollars of personal wealth, slick public relations consultants, $1,000 per hour lawyers, privilege, and power cannot conceal the true purpose of this bankruptcy.

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Battle over food aid, livelihoods, and jobs

The president's 2014 budget proposal modifies the Food for Peace program by eliminating purchases of food from U.S. producers and moving to local/regional purchasing.

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Sixteen arrested in W.Va. after 11,000 march on Patriot Coal

The actions, organized by UMWA, were in support of the union's campaign to save health care for retired miners and win better wages, benefits and working conditions for miners on the job.

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L.A. healthcare security workers demonstrate

"No contract, no peace!" chanted over fifty demonstrators from SEIU/USWW (Service Employees International Union/United Service Workers West) here Mar. 12.

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Miners arrested again in St. Louis protest

"There is a war on workers in this country." Instead of "brass knuckles and gun thugs, corporate lawyers" are helping Peabody rob retirees.

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Single-payer health care advocates plan new campaign

Some 200 union advocates of single-payer government-run national health care met in Chicago in mid-January to plan their next moves.

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Miners arrested in protest against coal company

The nation's largest coal companies created the spin-off company, Patriot Coal, in a scheme to rob thousands of union members and beneficiaries of their pensions and health care benefits.

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Today in labor history: 20,000 GE workers strike over health care

On Jan. 14, 2003, nearly 20,000 General Electric workers went out on strike at 48 plants in 33 states.

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Nurses strike, again, for patient safety and nursing standards

One-day strikes affected seven Summit hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area, involving up to 3,200 nurses and several hundred medical technicians.

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