Labor News

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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GOP uses "budget cutting" to attack unions

An influential right-wing group among the House's new GOP majority, the 170-member Republican Study Committee (RSC), is using "budget cutting" as an excuse to attack federal worker union reps.

Court green lights union pension lawsuit vs. financier

BOSTON (PAI) - In one of the first cases affecting unions and their members to emerge from Wall Street's financial finagling, a federal appeals court in Boston gave the go-ahead to a class action suit by three union pension funds against a financial firm that cost them -- and their members - money by investing in shoddy securities, and lying.

Officials use budget woes to attack public unions

State officials around the country are using state and local budget woes as a smokescreen for campaigns against public unions.

AFL-CIO prez: Labor must reach out to survive

DETROIT - Saying the labor movement has become too small and too inward-looking to defeat corporate power by itself, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told the Auto Workers legislative conference that unions must build wider coalitions to achieve their legislative and political goals.

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Honeywell lockout threatens thousands in Illinois and Kentucky

United Steelworkers local 7-669 and the Steelworkers international Union issued a well researched report this week outlining the health and safety hazards posed by the use of scab replacement workers to operate Honeywell's Metropolis Illinois plant.

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Workers celebrate victory over Starbucks

Members of the Starbucks Workers Union held demonstrations at branches of the coffee shop giant across Manhattan on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as they've done for years. This year, the union had something to celebrate.

Shop Talk: Freelancers go union, paid family leave a success

Unemployed people lucky enough to find new jobs are making less than they did before and almost 40 percent took a 20 percent cut in pay.

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“Thank God for the union”: Labor leads on community aid

With the increased attacks on unions from the right wing, it's more important than ever to note just how much organized labor does for the community.

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