Labor News

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GE closing upstate NY plant, betraying workers, community

Despite 17 bargaining sessions over a 60-day period, GE  has decided to shutter its 75-year-old plant in Fort Edward, New York.

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Today in labor history: Striking and saving lives

January 23 is, like most days, a day to remember in labor history.

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Boeing contract a key issue in Machinists rerun election

Controversy over the narrowly ratified eight-year contract extension between the Machinists and Boeing will be a key issue.

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Today in labor history: United Mine Workers founded

Contrary to what right-wing politicians would have us believe, labor unions have been part of the fabric of American society for a very long time.

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Justices hear right-wing scheme to trash union fees

"My personal caregiver came to me two weeks ago in a snowstorm. She gets a really good wage because of the union. When she's stress-free, I'm stress-free."

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Today in labor history: Steel workers walk off jobs in industry's largest work stoppage

On this day in 1946, some 750,000 steel workers walked off the job in the largest work stoppage in the industry.

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Money bill trims pro-biz program at OSHA, boosts women’s bureau

The money bill's positives led Richard Trumka to call it "a good start that moves in the right direction" on spending priorities.

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Today in labor history: Leonard Woodcock born

Leonard Woodcock  was born to Ernest Woodcock and Margaret Freel  in Providence, R.I. in February 15, 1911. 

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Autoworkers president identifies the real “enemy”

The social compact is gone, said UAW president Bob King, yesterday in Detroit. "And if we want a growing middle class again, we need to restore it."

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Unions gear up for new fast track fight

Unions are gearing up for yet another fight over so-called "fast track," also known as trade promotion authority.

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