Labor News

Labor history: 2011 marks unhappy anniversary on job safety

The year 2011 should serve as a reminder of how far the U.S. has come on job safety issues - and how far it has yet to go.

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GOP's opposition to voting rule caused 4,000 FAA layoffs

Republican congressional opposition to a rule covering union elections among airline and railroad workers led to a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and the layoff of 4,000 FAA workers  at midnight on July 22.

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Locked out on the Great Lakes

The epidemic of corporate greed sweeping our nation is alive and well on the Great Lakes.

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Uranium plant, run by scabs, fined for toxic leak

An accident at a uranium-processing plant in Metropolis, Ill, shows the danger of using scab labor in a plant that requires sophisticated and trained workers.

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It's union time at America's airports!

After a ten-year struggle, 40,000 workers at 450 airports across the nation are celebrating today after choosing the AFGE as their union and sole bargaining agent.

 

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New Yorkers keep Triangle fire legacy alive

NEW YORK (March 25) - Thousands of New Yorkers marked the 100th anniversary of the worst industrial accident in city history - the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist fire - with a ceremony at the site where 146 garment workers died.

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Triangle fire memorial draws parallels with today

WASHINGTON (PAI) - A half-day-long Capitol Hill commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire drew uncomfortable parallels with conditions facing workers today. The fire in Manhattan killed 146 young immigrant workers, almost all of them women.

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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.

Big business floods Congress with demands to de-regulate

Corporations officially unveiled loads of pet projects, wish-lists, and regulations they want axed during a hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The labor movement says it's corporate arm-twisting of lawmakers on the issue of regulations.

Union happy with new Obama crackdown on mine owners

Mine workers welcome Obama's plan to make it easier in cracking down on coal companies that are constant safety violators. However specific rules need to be enforced in order to further erode the systemic problem, unions say.

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