Labor News

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Today in labor history: Seattle Post-Intelligencer strike takes place

The Post-Intelligencer is owned by the Hearst Corporation, which, at the time, was notorious for anti-unionism and anti-communism.

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Walmart workers group happy about deal imposed on retail giant

"This settlement will help keep thousands of exposed Walmart workers safe and healthy on the job."

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United Mine Workers of America reaches settlement with Patriot Coal

"After several weeks of nearly around-the-clock negotiations, I believe we have reached something that can be taken to the membership for ratification."

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Lawmakers hit offshoring of call center jobs

"Companies that choose to outsource American call center jobs overseas should forfeit their eligibility for federal financial assistance."

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Today in labor history: first general strike in Canada held

The first general strike in Canadian history was held in Vancouver on this day in 1918, organized as a 1-day political protest against the killing of draft evader and labor activist Albert "Ginger" Goodwin.

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Today in labor history: Minimum wage rises 70 cents, fight continues

Today in 2009, the U.S. minimum wage rose 70 cents from $6.55 to $7.25. Low-wage workers struggled mightily for that meager increase.

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Unions call Walmart’s Bangladesh safety pact “weak and worthless”

The pact was negotiated behind closed doors with a D.C. think tank partially funded by Walmart, without any input from workers or unions, here or in Bangladesh.

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Immigration reform advocates say more protection needed for guest workers

Advocates for workers' rights are ramping up pressure to include stronger provisions to protect guest workers from abuse in any new immigration reform legislation.

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Unions descend on Capitol Hill for big immigration push

WASHINGTON (PAI) - Backed by strong statements from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry, dozens of local union leaders from around the nation descended on Capitol Hill starting on June 12 for a big push for comprehensive immigration reform.

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Attention Walmart: Part time at $7.40 equals poverty

DEARBORN, Mich. - Three weeks ago, 400 fast food workers across Metro Detroit shocked their employers by walking off the job demanding a living wage of $15.00 an hour.

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