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THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Ohio Steelworkers sign contract / Justice delayed is justice denied / $7,000 for a life? / Uniform justice? No penalties for labor law violators / Pensions at risk

Labor brings dream alive in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Inspired by Dr. King’s struggles for civil, voting and workers’ rights, the AFL-CIO brought its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations to Florida this crucial election year.

White House pushes deficit to trillions

Just a week after bragging in his State of the Union speech that the economy is on the mend, George W. Bush faced angry charges that his policies have pushed working people deeper in debt to enrich the wealthy elite.

On Bushs immigration reform

Opinion Now that President Bush has made his famous statement on how he is going to take care of the 8 to 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, the corporate media are emitting their usual blather and spin.

Cintas workers expose sweatshop conditions

CHICAGO – A sea of yellow signs demanding “No fares for sweatshop wear” confronted directors for Metra, Northeast Illinois’ commuter rail line, as they conducted business Jan. 16. Cintas workers and their supporters were at the meeting to demand Metra not renew its uniform contract with Cintas.

Arizona retirees launch new weapon

PHOENIX – Arizona retirees and all senior residents now have an organization ready to do battle on their behalf, as nearly 100 delegates and guests met Jan. 14-15 to found the Arizona chapter of the Alliance of Retired Americans (ARA).

Labors Trumka takes Safeway picket nationwide

Launching a campaign to go nationwide and all-union with the Southern California grocery strike, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka met with representatives from 50 city and state labor councils in Washington Jan. 20.

Iowa caucuses show resolve to oust Bush

DES MOINES, Iowa – A near record 122,000 Iowans braved bitter cold here Jan. 19 to attend Democratic caucus meetings in a dramatic display of their determination to defeat George W. Bush Nov. 2. On the eve of the caucuses, four candidates were in a dead heat, spurring people to turn out in droves, especially youth and other first-time caucus-goers.

Whats wrong with no-match letters

Opinion Last week, President Bush announced a vague plan to deal with the 8 to 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The plan has been denounced because it fails to guarantee what SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina calls “a new road to citizenship” for the undocumented.

Sports, politics, and organizing

Opinion The review of Lester Rodney’s book, “Press Box Red,” (PWW 11/22-28/03) evoked memories. I was a high schooler when I was invited to participate in two activities sponsored by the New Haven, Conn., Young Communist League, although I was not a member at the time.

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