Labor News

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Labors election plan: Turn up the turnout!

“George Bush isn’t on the ballot this November, but his agenda is and the representatives in Congress who have rubber-stamped his priorities are,” AFL-CIO President John Sweeney told reporters at a national press conference Aug. 30.

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Katrina profiteering, war on workers

One year after Hurricane Katrina, one thing is clear: the term “masters of deceit” could be accurately applied to the Bush administration for its handling of the Gulf Coast reconstruction. Despite the president’s photo-op appearances in the region on Aug. 29, his promises ring hollow when compared to the facts on the ground

Community supports Hotel Workers Rising

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Over 50 union representatives, ministers, community leaders and local elected officials met here Aug. 9 to begin organizing local support for Unite Here and its Hotel Workers Rising campaign.

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Town, migrant workers celebrate diversity

RANTOUL, Ill. — Over a hundred people enjoyed culture and community at the 2nd Annual Rantoul Harvest Festival in this central Illinois town, Aug. 6 — a celebration of the town’s diverse population and its migrant farm worker community.

Utility workers fired up over service cuts

DEARBORN, Mich. — Hundreds of utility workers rallied at their union hall in Dearborn, Mich., Aug. 2 and 3, to protest plans by Michigan utility DTE/Michcon to close more call centers and customer service offices.

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Stop Kroger the ogre

“Stop Kroger the ogre” was the chant of nearly 2,000 Teamster members and their supporters, led by International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James Hoffa, at a rally at the Kroger warehouse in Livonia, Mich., Aug. 6.

Photo of the month

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AFL-CIO, day laborers in watershed pact

Going to work, getting paid, coming home in one piece and walking your neighborhood with dignity is the goal of a new “watershed” partnership between the AFL-CIO and a network of 140 immigrant worker centers in 80 cities and towns.

Summer books and web sites

For your summer reading and surfing pleasure

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Anti-capitalist classic

As I left the theater, I thought, I hated this movie. Yet it was one of the best movies I have seen recently. I hated the movie because it dredged up a lot of feelings about my life experiences. It was one of the best illustrations of the brutality and inhumanity of the capitalist system I have ever seen.

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