Labor News

Unions help shift red states to blue

A united labor movement, fighting for a U.S. economy that once again creates millions of good-paying jobs, is on the verge of making history.

Smithfield drops lawsuit against union

In a victory for workers at the nation’s largest pork processing plant Smithfield Foods, located in Tar Heel, N.C., dropped a racketeering and extortion lawsuit against the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Oct. 27, with the union agreeing to suspend its economic and publicity campaign against the company.

Machinists win tentative deal with Boeing

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced Oct. 27 that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Boeing Company on a contract that will improve job security for its members and curb the amount of work the company can outsource.

Who a president puts on the bench matters much in the lives of workers

In the final presidential debate John McCain boasted that he would appoint judges based on experience and he castigated Barack Obama for wanting to appoint judges “who have a liberal philosophy.”

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First Black president? Detroit labor legend wonders if it's all a dream

DETROIT, Mich. — These days, as millions nationwide work to elect the first African American president, 96-year-old Dave Moore, longtime labor and community leader, wonders if it’s all just a dream.

Jobs for workers come first

Just days after the Communications Workers of America put forward a comprehensive economic recovery plan for Main Street, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke told Congress Oct. 20 that despite government efforts thus far, the economy remains in deep trouble.

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Race to the finish

Sprinting into the homestretch, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is widening his lead over GOP rival John McCain. Obama is addressing enormous cheering crowds in battleground states across the nation.

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Flushing out the worker-wannabes

Why are the plumbers in the photo on this page wearing carpenter tool belts? And why are they wielding shiny new $9.99 Home Depot toilet plungers instead of wrenches? True, Halloween is costume time, but it’s not because of the holiday that corporate types are playing dress-up.

OPINION: Whats at stake for retirees

When retirees go to the polls on Nov. 4, not only is their own retirement at stake, but so is the prospect of a stable, secure retirement for their children and grandchildren.

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Real plumbers ratchet up support for Obama, EFCA

DETROIT -- Six thousand building and construction trades workers from various parts of Michigan marched to the McNamara Federal Building here to show support for the Employee Free Choice Act and the election of Sen. Barack Obama as President of the United States.

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