Labor News

A first for N. America: A union contract at Wal-Mart

Canadian workers at the Wal-Mart store in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec became the only Wal-Mart employees in North America to be covered by a union contract when an arbitrator April 8 ruled in their favor more than four years after they voted to certify the United Food and Commercial Workers as their union.

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The fight for employee free choice: Alive and well!

“I am here to assure everyone that rumors about the impending death of the Employee Free Choice Act are decidedly premature.” The statement was made by Arlene Holt-Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO, last week, at a gathering of the nation’s civil rights leaders in Washington D.C. The civil rights leaders assembled by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights added their voices to a growing national chorus of support for the Employee Free Choice Act.

National unions form coordinating committee; AFL-CIO president announces retirement plans

WASHINGTON (PAI) AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney formally told top leaders of the federation that he will retire at the AFL-CIO Convention in September. At the same time, Sweeney, Change To Win leaders and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel announced creation of the National Labor Coordinating Committee, a group of presidents of the nation’s 12 largest unions.

Star Tribune workers seek public support to save the newspaper

MINNEAPOLIS - A major-league city depends on a professional source of daily news. Workers at the Minneapolis Star Tribune took that message to the streets Monday, using the Minnesota Twins’ home opener to unveil a campaign to save their bankrupt newspaper.

Jerry Springer: Cutting workers loose is unethical, immoral

Jerry Springer is fighting for employees to be able to move from Chicago to Connecticut with his show. Springer is taking on his bosses on behalf of his staff.

African American leaders: Employee free choice is civil rights issue of the century

Civil rights leaders gathered April 8 in Washington D.C. to add their voices to the growing chorus of support for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

SharedAgenda.org promotes freedom from discrimination, freedom to form unions

A national campaign is promoting the Employee Free Choice Act as critical to the economy, fair workplaces and the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) workers.

Union crew avoids pirate takeover, but ships captain held hostage

A U.S.-flagged and crewed merchant ship carrying food relief supplies to Kenya was boarded by Somali pirates earlier today some 350 miles off the African coast. According to the latest news reports, the crew has regained control of the ship, the Maersk Alabama, and the pirates have left but they are holding the captain hostage.

Of long fuses and seven league boots: US labor today

I don’t know if Steven Greenhouse, of the New York Times, writes his own headlines. Doubt it.

Pittsburgh janitors, science center battle over unionization

If the story of the janitors and groundskeepers at the Carnegie Science Center weren't true, it would seem as if the advocates of the Employee Free Choice Act were making it up.

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