Labor News

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March jobs not enough to reduce unemployment rate

This morning's release of the government employment report showed 162,000 payroll jobs gained in March, the largest jump in three years.

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Obama makes pro-labor recess appointments

President Obama is bypassing Republican obstructionists in the Senate this week and naming 15 people to administration positions, which the GOP has blocked for an average of 214 days.

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Labor mobilizes votes for health care bill

The AFL-CIO Executive Council voted March 18 to support the Senate-passed health care bill, despite all its flaws.

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"Arrest insurance execs for criminal activity," health care supporters demand

Some 5,000 activists demanding "Health Care Now!" descended on the nation's capital March 9 to call for the arrest of the nation's leading health insurance executives.

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Republic Windows heroes continue the good fight

Armando Robles, president of UE Local 1110 sat down with the People's World to reflect how life has changed since the sit-in.

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Federal labor law regulator hits GOP on filibuster

 The chair of the National Labor Relations Board yesterday came closer to taking an openly pro-labor stand than has any federal regulator in history when she blasted the "political paralysis" fostered by the GOP.

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Labor presses White House on NLRB nominees

Last week the Republicans filibustered and effectively killed President Obama's nomination of Craig Becker, a long-time pro-labor lawyer. The AFL-CIO is not happy.

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Labor backs president's emphasis on jobs

Union leaders reacting last night and today to President Obama's State of the Union address praised his emphasis on job creation.

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Tens of thousands call Washington to demand no tax on workers’ benefits

As phones ring off the hook in the nation's capital with calls from workers angry about a Senate health reform bill that would tax their benefits there are signals coming from both the White House and the Congress that lawmakers are scrambling for a compromise.

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Union leaders remain strongly opposed to health tax

President Obama tried yesterday to convince 11 major union leaders meeting with him at the White House to end the labor movement's opposition to the tax on workers' benefits that is part of the Senate bill.

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