Labor News

Nightmare on April 15

Many years ago I heard the theory expressed that taxation was a new form of exploitation of the working class that had reached confiscatory levels. I never imagined that one day this would be the horrific reality facing my own daughter.

Weirton steelworkers accept new contract

Union workers at the bankrupt Weirton Steel Corporation in Weirton, W.Va., voted 2,104-231 in favor of accepting a labor contract offered by the mill’s prospective buyer, ISG, according to a report from Associated Press.

SBC workers in contract fight

OAKLAND, Calif. – Once again, health care is the burning issue as bargaining continues between SBC, the telecommunications giant, and the Communications Workers of America.

Texans celebrate memory of Cesar Chavez

A chorus of “Si, se puede!” (Yes, it can be done!), “Abajo con la migra” (Down with the INS!), “Abajo con Bush” (Down with Bush!), and “Cesar Chavez, presente!” rang across the streets of San Juan, Texas, deep in the Rio Grand Valley on March 27, as over 500 community activists marched in an emotional celebration of the life and work of Cesar Chavez, the great labor and civil rights leader.

Uniform Justice reaches out to public

CHICAGO – The giant Cintas Corp., which provides and launders industrial uniforms for some of the largest enterprises in the United States, is becoming to industrial laundries and uniform services what Wal-Mart is to retail trade.

Twin Cities bus drivers fight to save health care

A flurry of strike support activities marked the fifth week of the strike of 2,200 Minneapolis and St. Paul bus drivers, mechanics, and clerical workers.

Teachers and their union fight for public education

An interview with Chicago Teachers Union President Deborah Lynch The most important thing we can do to reverse NCLB is defeat Bush in November.

Students demand justice for immigrant janitors

ST. LOUIS – Students at Washington University here are demanding the return of 36 Nicaraguan custodial and maintenance workers who were forced to leave the country after their contract with G&G Building Services was terminated in October 2003.

So, where did Wal-Mart come from?

An earlier column opened our continuing look into Wal-Mart’s pole vault from a one-store operation in 1962 to the world’s largest corporation.

AFL-CIO, workers say Show us the jobs

ST. LOUIS – Over 1,000 trade unionists, community activists, youth and students here kicked off the AFL-CIO’s “Show Us the Jobs” bus tour March 24.

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