Labor News

Show me the jobs, brewery workers tell InBev Beer and globalization dont mix in St. Louis

St. LOUIS – “InBev, we aren’t going to have a race to the bottom here,” said Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) to 1,000 Teamsters and their allies as they rallied here Aug. 16.

Wal-Mart bullies workers on elections

Charging retail giant Wal-Mart with illegally pressuring employees to vote for Republicans and John McCain in November, labor unions and community organizations filed a formal complaint last week with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).

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Poultry workers: Poster-child for Employee Free Choice Act

WINESBURG, Ohio — After working 20 years at the Case Farms poultry plant here Ken Brown, 55, gets $8.10 an hour. “You can’t live on that,” he said, “especially with the rising prices of fuel and food.”

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Picket line fun in the sun

Jugglers, a stilt-walker, kids’ games and bright summer gear livened the scene Aug. 14 as dozens of labor activists picketed the Woodfin Suites Hotel in Emeryville, Calif.

Bush Admin. rushes to issue secret rule on worker health risks

In a last minute action, political operatives at the US Department of Labor are rushing to lock in new requirements that would make it harder for the next administration to develop and issue protective workplace health rules.

Labor Department's secret OSHA rule

For nearly eight years, the Bush administration has failed to protect the health and safety of America's workers. Within weeks of taking office in 2001, President Bush supported and signed legislation repealing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's ergonomics standard.

3 million volunteers, unionists included

Imagine mobilizing one of every 100 Americans, a population equal to that of the entire city of Chicago, and putting them out on the campaign trail. That’s what Barack Obama’s presidential campaign seeks to do. In talks August 5 to the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Chicago, Obama’s top two staffers, strategist David Axelrod and manager David Plouffe, set that as their goal for nationwide mobilization. They now have 1.2 million volunteers.

Council elects three replacement members

The AFL-CIO Executive Council elected three new members on August 5, slightly expanding its female membership while seeing the number of African-Americans decline by one. Named to the council were new American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Theatrical and Stage Employees President Matthew Loeb, and School Administrators President Jill Levy.

Fed already moving vs. shenanigans at polls

Remember Florida’s hanging chads in 2000? Or the long lines due to the lack of voting machines in Columbus, Ohio in 2004? The nation’s unions do. Led by AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, they’re already moving to prevent a repeat of such shenanigans--and others--at the polls this year. And if the record of the presidential primaries is any indication, they’ll have their work cut out for them, protecting people’s right to vote.

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Michigan labor rejects McCain's energy policy, demands alternatives

To 'greet' the Republican candidate, Monroe Democratic Party County Commissioner Jerry Oley brought an oversized check made out to McCain from 'Exxon and friends' for $2 million dollars noting on the memo line 'Thanks for staying in the tank for oil.'

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