Labor News

We will take New Orleans back

NEW ORLEANS — It’s back to school time every fall all across America: you pack their lunches and send the kids off to school. Unless you live here. Two years after Katrina tore through the mouth of the Mississippi, a New Orleans parent, after running an obstacle course that can take many months, is only sometimes able to place his or her child in a school.


Children suffer in immigration raids

For every two people detained in immigration enforcement operations, one child is left behind, according to a recent report, “Paying the Price: The impact of Immigration Raids on America’s Children,” released by the National Council of La Raza and the Urban Institute.

Gulf workers confront race to bottom

NEW ORLEANS — Renaissance Park in Baker, La., has a name that does it no justice. Home to Catherine Pitt, 31, an African American mother and her two children, it is row after row of cramped FEMA trailers sitting on a flat field encircled by barbed wire and patrolled by armed Blackwater USA security guards.


For workers, there are no borders, Lessons from Asian American worker struggles

SEATTLE — A traveling exhibit, “Journey for Justice: 223 Years of Asian Pacific American History in the Puget Sound,” opened at the Wing Luke Asian Museum here Sept. 27 with its bold message that Asian Pacific American workers have won victories over racism and exploitation, yet continue to struggle for equality today.


Union activist: organizing drive spurs contract gains

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — “Our members are thrilled. For the first time in years we pulled off a victory.” Ray Milici, veteran of 40-plus years working at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), was reflecting on the significance of the August contract settlement between the hospital and the 150 dietary workers represented by 1199/SEIU.

Univ. of Chicago workers demand fair contract

CHICAGO — Sharon Mikulich, a clerical worker for the Law School at the University of Chicago, has worked there for 31 years. An active member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 743, she was an original bargainer for the union when it was founded in 1979. She comes from a union family.


On the New Orleans docks: Workers fight to rebuild their city

NEW ORLEANS — A small sliver of downtown New Orleans has bounced back as a neighborhood of gleaming corporate office towers and a playground for the rich.

House GOP upholds Bush veto on SCHIP, union leaders vow retribution

WASHINGTON (PAI) — Despite strong lobbying by unions, health care groups, children’s groups and their allies, House Republicans mustered enough votes on Oct. 18 to uphold anti-worker President George Bush’s veto of children’s health care. Union leaders vowed the Republicans would receive retribution at the election polls a year from now.


RNs strike over patient care

BERKELEY, Calif. — Nearly 5,000 registered nurses at 15 northern California hospitals walked the picket line Oct. 10-11 in the largest strike of RNs in the state in a decade. Most struck hospitals belong to the Sutter Health chain; two are associated with the Fremont-Rideout Health Group.


Up to a third of U.S. jobs are low-wage, researcher says

WASHINGTON (PAI) — “One-fourth to one-third” of all U.S. jobs “are low-wage jobs” whose workers need not just a raise, but a support system to help lift them out of poverty, a top researcher says.

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