WASHINGTON – You know you’re at a great conference when, before the first speaker can finish even one paragraph, 3,000 screaming workers jump to their feet, whooping and hollering to beat George Bush.
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Disappearing jobs. That is the issue that primarily motivated nearly 150,000 Michigan voters to participate in the Democratic presidential caucus.
Four workers from a copper smelter were killed and dozens were injured while engaging in a peaceful sit-in protest at the plant’s entrance in Khatunabad in southeastern Iran Jan. 25.
Opinion There has been a long history of trade union struggle in Iraq against colonialism and for national independence. Often, it has been a struggle simply for survival.
Here in my section of Texas, grocery store workers like us are fighting to keep our heads up.
DALLAS – More than 400 delegates to the Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education convention last week vowed to make their number one priority the re-election of four Texas congressman whose districts were gerrymandered.
Presidents of the seven locals of striking and locked out Southern California grocery workers appeared in simultaneous press conferences in Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Palm Desert and San Diego on Feb. 4 making public a joint letter challenging three supermarket CEOs to submit the strike’s outstanding issues to binding arbitration.
While 45 percent of U.S. workers express the desire to have a union, only 13 percent have one. Using bold, repressive and mostly illegal methods, corporate America has held new organizing to a tiny trickle as it systematically works to weaken and destroy unions where they exist.
CLEVELAND – Back in the year 2000, few people in Ohio believed a prescription drug bill with real benefits could be passed, not with a right-wing controlled State Legislature (some of whom call themselves the “caveman caucus”), an unfriendly governor, a weak Democratic Party and a drug industry ready to spend $16 million to prevent such a bill.
SAN FRANCISCO – In Huntington, Utah, coal miners at Co-Op Mines make $5.25 to $7 an hour, a third of the average wage in the industry.