Labor News

Connecticut AFL-CIO aims to change America

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — “Yes, they’re waging class war and it’s time we wage it back!” declared AFL-CIO Director of Organizing Stewart Acuff to prolonged applause, challenging the Bush administration and corporate interests at the Connecticut AFL-CIO convention here last week.

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Nurses take to streets for union, patient rights

OAKLAND, Calif. — More than 700 nurses and their supporters gathered in downtown Oakland July 11 to protest a forthcoming National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that could devastate their union rights and their ability to advocate for patients. Potentially affected are hundreds of thousands of nurses and up to 8 million workers overall. en español: Protestan fallo antilaboral

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The art of labor

LOS ANGELES — “At Work” is an artistic chronicle of labor in California, not a dead past, but a living history that continues to evolve and grow. To make its point, the exhibit presents a balance of paintings, prints and drawings alongside a number of photographic works, with contemporary artworks shown alongside creations from times past.

Houston bakers win union

The labor upsurge sweeping the U.S. and the world has not left Houston behind. On June 30 at about midnight, union representative Cesar Calderon announced that the Fiesta Mart Inc. bakery commissary workers here voted 54-52 to join the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers Local 163.

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Protesters to Bush, Talent: Show us the raise!

ST. LOUIS — Over 600 trade unionists, community activists, peace activists and students protested President Bush’s visit here June 28. Bush was in town for a $2,000-a-plate fund-raiser for right-wing Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, who faces strong opposition from Democrat Claire McCaskill, the state auditor.

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Black History reprint: Working-class roots of Bill Withers

You might be a Bill Withers fan without realizing it. If you ever grooved to Will Smith’s “Just the Two of Us,” sang along with “Lean On Me” or thought to yourself, “Ain’t No Sunshine” when she’s gone, you know Withers’ timeless musical touch.

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This 4th of July, which side are you on?

Florence Reece, wife of a rank-and-file organizer for the old National Miners Union in Harlan County, Kentucky, was at home one day in 1931 when High Sheriff J. H. Blair and his gun-toting “deputies” invaded her home looking for Mrs. Reece’s husband. They poked their rifles into closets, under beds, even into piles of laundry before they left.

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Bakers rise up: Working at Fiesta Mart in Houston is no party

HOUSTON — Bakery commissary workers at the Fiesta Mart grocery store on Wirt Road in Houston will vote June 30 on whether to join the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 130. Concurrently, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 408 and 455 have started an organizing drive among the grocery workers at Fiesta Mart stores.

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New York teacher exposes results of Republican takeover of public education

What has changed in our schools? Well the toilet paper dispensers at the special education headquarters in Brooklyn, have changed — three times in one school year — while the city closed down 800 seats for the most needy in public education. Go figure!

Congress rejects minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate refusal to approve a small increase in the minimum wage proves that the Republican majority is “morally bankrupt” and should be removed from office next Nov. 7.

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