Labor News

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Today in labor history: Samuel Gompers dies at the age of 74

Gompers died December 13, 1924. He served as president of the American Federation of Labor from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 to his death.

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Retiree group working to get seniors to back Obama

The labor-backed Alliance for Retired Americans is gearing up for a tough battle - getting non-union retirees to vote for Barack Obama in 2012.

Unionists tell NLRB of election delays, management intimidation

Unionists joined a parade of witnesses in the first of two days of NLRB hearings on its proposed rules to streamline union elections. Most of the witnesses were lawyers, including from several notorious union-busting firms.

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Probe shows union-busting Michelle Rhee wrote Michigan anti-teacher law

Anti-union consultant writes bill that attacks Michigan teachers.

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Florida labor fights “paycheck protection”

Florida's labor movement is fighting against a bill, supported by the state's Chamber of Commerce and legislature, that would strip public sector unions of their right to engage in political activity.

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Labor switches to defense on legislative agenda

Bill Samuel, the AFL-CIO legislative director, explains the new math on Capitol Hill and in state houses around the country, and its impact on labor's agenda.

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Big business drives Illinois anti-teacher bill

CHICAGO - Under the guise of "school reform," big corporate foundations, banking and speculative hedge fund investors are pulling out all stops to ram an anti-teacher measure through the Illinois state legislature.

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2010: Labor wins some, loses some

Labor posted some wins — and losses — in 2010.

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Amy Dean: Labor must build "to challenge power"

To re-build the American labor movement we “can’t use the same tired old strategies and tactics,” Amy B. Dean told union members and community activists here at the Friends of the People’s World 7th Annual ‘Working Class Media & Democracy’ forum.

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Working Families Party wins big in New York

NEW YORK — On Election Day, voters in this state strongly rejected the Republican tide that swept much of the country - but they went a step farther in statewide races by giving more than 100,000 votes to the Working Families Party.

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