Labor News

Michigan labor reflects on its history

DETROIT — The Michigan Labor History Society held its annual meeting May 19 at the hall of Local 22 of the United Auto Workers union here. One of the recent accomplishments of the society has been the establishment of the Michigan Labor Legacy Project, which resulted in the building of the “Transcending” monument in downtown Detroit as a memorial to labor’s past struggles.

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Workers rally to build justice at Pulte

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Led by several Latino construction workers from the Southwest and by Robert Masciola of the national AFL-CIO, an informational rally was held outside of the shareholders meeting of Pulte Homes, Inc., at the Community House in this upscale suburb of Detroit, May 10.

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Border insecurity rises, as does the temperature

TUCSON, Ariz. — While Congress debates “tougher security at the border,” the temperature is rising above 100 degrees in the Sonoran Desert. Already 84 bodies have been found along the Mexico-Arizona border, more than this time last year.

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Black unionists assail wage, wealth gaps

CHICAGO — Answering the question, “Are the civil rights and labor movements united?” with a resounding “more than ever,” the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists held its 36th international convention here May 23-28.

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Laundry workers vow to strike till we win

CHICAGO — Some 20 laundry workers who have been on strike since last July at Lechner and Sons, a uniform-rental and industrial laundering company in nearby Mount Prospect, Ill., joined with community and labor leaders to hold a press conference in this city’s Little Village neighborhood on May 10, Mexican Mother’s Day.

Labor, immigrant rights groups: No two-tier society

The Senate-White House compromise bill on immigration reform was no sooner submitted than it ran into a storm of opposition.

San Antonio hosts immigration meet

SAN ANTONIO — Fourteen national leaders of U.S. unions and civic organizations and a member of the Mexican Congress participated in the First International Forum on Immigration here, May 5.

Reality TV producers need a reality check

The tactics being waged against television writers fighting for benefits and membership in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) are unique. Writers who work for shows that fall under the dubiously titled category “Reality TV” have faced an uphill battle in the struggle for labor rights.

There comes a time

Before the ’06 elections, more than a few skeptical voices asked what substantial progress could be achieved through the peoples’ massive get-out-the-vote campaign. We had tried before and failed. Yet after the ballots were counted, even the most cynical admitted that an uncommon opportunity was at hand. There comes a time — when we must seize the opportunity to plant the seeds of real change.

EDITORIAL: Let the workers beware

With the purchase this week of Chrysler Group by Cerberus Capital Management, the proverb “Let the buyer beware” should be replaced with one that reads, “Let the workers beware.”

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