Labor News


Iraqi unions still repressed

Nine years after the Bush government invaded Iraq and overthrew  Saddam Hussein, Iraqi unions are still repressed and toiling under the former ruler's labor law, a U.S. unionist who recently toured there says.


AFL-CIO: Penalize Bangladesh until it protects workers

The AFL-CIO is demanding the U.S. government yank trade preferences from Bangladesh until that South Asian nation really shows a commitment to protecting its workers.


Mexican union leader: Corruption stripping workers of their dignity


The president of Mexico's National Union of Miners, Metalworkers and Steelworkers, known as Los Mineros, reveals the government and business rot in detail.



Sumi Abedin, survivor of Bangladesh factory fire, tours U.S. (with video)

When fire broke out the supervisors told the female employees to return to work but smoke soon filled the factory.


Exchange students walk off the job at McDonald's

These students are finally ready to tell McDonald's, "Enough!"

Fall of “la Maestra” not good news for Mexican workers

Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo announced the arrest of the head of the country's most powerful teachers' union and two colleagues.


Union hopes $4 billion fine will force change at BP

Steelworkers Vice President Gary Beevers hopes the record fine and criminal charge pleas by British Petroleum will finally force the oil industry to take safety seriously.


Interfaith group urges vigils for Walmart supply chain workers

The same weekend as U.S. Walmart workers went on a Black Friday strike 112 garment workers were killed in a fire in Bangladesh.


Mexican right rams through anti-labor law

Mexico has had, on paper, progressive labor laws. However, workers have trouble defending their interests even where there is a union.


Unionists, allies protest Trans-Pacific trade pact

Unionists and their allies protested at the Sept. 9 start of the latest round of talks on a planned Trans-Pacific Pact.

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