Labor News

ST. LOUIS Salute to working-class heroes

ST. LOUIS – Nearly 100 union members, community leaders, student activists and others attended the Missouri/Kansas Friends of the People’s Weekly World 12th Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Awards Breakfast here April 24.

Freedom Riders take battle to Congress

CHICAGO – In an atmosphere charged with emotion and determination reminiscent of last year’s Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, simultaneous gatherings of immigrant workers and supporters in 30 cities announced their united support for a new immigration reform bill May 4. click here for Spanish text

Telephone employees stand strong in Texas

DALLAS – Communications Workers of America members are waiting out big contract deadlines, but they aren’t sitting still.

Getting paid for overtime

After 30 years, I still remember my rage and frustration. I was cleaning up after a hot, hard eight-hour shift at Oregon Steel, when the foreman came into the locker room. “Put your work clothes back on and go back to work,” he told me. “We need another man on number two furnace.” I had no choice, if I wanted to keep my job.

Cintas workers seek safety and justice

News analysis Just hearing Cintas workers tell their stories about sorting out wormy, moldy and flammable shop towels without proper ventilation is nauseating.

When it comes to jobs, shoot for the moon

The name is the Apollo Project. And no, it’s not about Bush’s trip to Mars. It’s about jobs and cleaner energy.

China-bashing: an election-year mistake

George W. Bush will be the first president since Herbert Hoover to preside over a U.S. economy that lost jobs. Over 2 million manufacturing jobs are gone since Bush took office.

L.A. hotel workers overworked & underpaid

LOS ANGELES – With a contract that expired April 15, about 4,000 Los Angeles-area hotel workers are gearing up for a struggle focusing on health care, wages and working conditions.

New York farmworkers seek protections

BUFFALO – Estimates put the number of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the United States at approximately 3 million.

Hire the best, say Ohio trade unionists

CLEVELAND – Hundreds of members of Ohio’s building trades unions will be telling the Ohio School Facilities Commission in Columbus April 22 to “Hire the Best!” by not taking the lowest and worst contract bids.

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