Labor News

Aluminum unions form global network

MONTREAL – Pledging “our full support to help other unions across the globe that represent workers in the aluminum industry when they are in need of our solidarity,” 160 delegates from 17 nations at the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) World Aluminum conference addressed growing dangers being posed by global aluminum corporations Oct. 6.

Rally for jobs says Stop the FTAA

PARMA, Ohio – At a town hall meeting held in the community center of this Cleveland suburb, Tom Frisbie, president of Cleveland’s AFL-CIO, denounced the loss of 766,000 jobs since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Wal-Mart, corporate outlaw

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), which represents the nation’s grocery and retail clerks, has set Jan. 14 as a National Day of Action against Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer.

Labor women chart fightback

“We’re going to use our saw to trim that shrub,” vowed carpenter Pat Stell, using the tools of her trade to describe the role of union women in next year’s presidential campaign.

Labor 2004: Theres a new kid on the block

The movement to defeat George Bush in November 2004 got another boost on Oct. 6 when the Voices for Working People Coalition (VWPC) announced its arrival on the electoral battlefield.

Health care costs spark Calif. strikes

VAN NUYS, Calif. – Daniel Lucra, 19, just wants to keep his health care in case he gets sick or hurt on his job behind the deli counter at Albertson’s, where slippery floors and sharp blades can cause injuries.

Congress vetoes Bush attack on overtime

The House of Representatives dealt the Bush administration a stinging rebuke Oct. 2 by approving a measure that could lead to the reversal of the president’s move to strip overtime pay protections from as many as eight million workers.

Court upholds pension rights

RTI steelworkers won a major victory when Judge Peter Economus ruled Sept. 30 that the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC), the federal agency set up to protect worker’s pensions, illegally refused to pay pensions when RTI shut down.

Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride: A new movement is born

QUEENS, N.Y. – Over 100,000 people greeted the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride (IWFR) here Oct. 4, celebrating the birth of a new movement with its sights set on making the 2004 elections a battle for immigrant rights.

Auto workers vote to accept contract

Tens of thousands of members of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) voted to accept a new four-year agreement with General Motors and the multinational corporation’s parts division, Delphi. Although the new contract, covering 117,000 active GM auto workers, 30,000 at Delphi, 234,000 retirees and 63,000 surviving spouses, preserves health care and enhanced pensions, it allows for two plant closings.

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