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San Diego labor stresses unity

On Nov. 8 organized labor and its allies in San Diego will face their first significant political challenge since the landmark AFL-CIO convention last summer. What’s at stake is the future of a labor-community coalition that has navigated one of America’s largest municipalities out of the “conservative” doldrums, and a strategy for defeating the ultra-right in the coming year.

Blockade puts cruel limits on Cuba travel

Sen. Brian Dorgan (R-N.D.) had high hopes for the passage of his amendment to an appropriations bill that would have cut funding for the Treasury Department’s enforcement of the Cuba travel ban. Supporters of the democratic right of U.S. citizens to travel to the island were also optimistic about the amendment’s chances.

Cultural notes

North Country’ inspired by women miners; New Orleans public libraries closed indefinitely

Letters

The joys of Citgo; Put on marching shoes; Gains for liberties; Big Oil’s grip is big news; Miers is not ‘neutral’; Pogo rides again; Humor too subtle?

Labor Update

NLRB paves over worker rights; Wal-Mart: Sells hammers and buys them too; AFSCME, SEIU in joint campaign; Community support for copper miners; AFL-CIO approves return of Transportation Union; Card check wins; Sprint workers strike

Agreement near on local, state labor unity

The struggle to preserve labor unity at state and local levels appeared to make some progress last week as the AFL-CIO and Change to Win federation reached an “agreement in principle” on implementing a “Solidarity Charter” program. The program would allow locals of unions that disaffiliated from the AFL-CIO at the national level to continue as members of state federations and central labor councils.

Letters

Letters to the Editor

Labor Update

Communicators coordinate; Union for Oregon child care workers; Sweet victory for grape workers; Forced overtime hot issue; 4-year delay fatal to union drive; Letter carriers save lives too; Endangered species?; Supreme union buster?

Venezuelas president, PWW staff congratulate White Sox

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has congratulated White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen for leading his team to the playoffs.

Letters

Acorn doesn’t fall far; Public ownership now; Paul Robeson stamp; Demand a warning ; Time has long since come

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