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UAW says Delphi strike inevitable:Rank-and-file solidarity shifts to high gear

Several local leaders of the United Auto Workers issued a memo Dec. 2 attempting to inform the membership who had been waiting for weeks for some kind of response from the international union concerning the situation with Delphi. The giant parts manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy and gone to court demanding that autoworkers’ wages, health care and pensions be slashed.

Cheney receives face transplant; now has three faces

Unveils newest face on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Vice President Dick Cheney received a face transplant over the weekend, bringing his total number of faces to three, a spokesman for Cheney confirmed today.

N.Y. transit: countdown to a contract

NEW YORK — As of this writing there has been little progress in contract negotiations between Transit Workers Union Local 100, which represents some 34,000 workers who operate the New York City Transit system, and their employer, MTA-NYCT. With the Dec. 15 contract deadline fast approaching, the possibility of a strike by NYC transit workers is looming ever larger.

Residents seek justice from Yale-New Haven Hospital

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The wheels of justice are turning here. Large numbers of community and labor activists, clergy and elected officials are expected to march on Yale-New Haven Hospital Dec. 13 to mark the first anniversary of Community Organized for Responsible Development (CORD). The action will take place during the week of International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10.

Community residents say no to condos; Pilsen is not for sale

CHICAGO — Victoria Romero, 34, is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s Pilsen community, a predominantly Mexican American neighborhood. Her parents migrated to Chicago in the 1950s from Mexico. The Pilsen community was once known as the center of Chicago’s Mexican community and a point of entry for many immigrant families.

Canadas Communists launch election campaign

The Communist Party of Canada announced Nov. 28 that it will campaign on a platform for peace, jobs, democracy and sovereignty in the coming federal election, now expected on Jan. 23. The party will be running approximately 20 candidates across the country, leaders said.

World Notes

Vietnam: Protest State Dept. label; West Bank: Appeal for kidnapped activists ; Cuba: Int’l conference on child abuse; Haiti: New attacks by UN troops; S. Africa: High court OKs same-sex marriage

Agent Orange victims: The war continues in the bodies of Vietnamese

CHICAGO — Vietnamese survivors of Agent Orange, one of many poisonous chemical defoliants used by the United States during the Vietnam War, are still seeking justice, 30 years later.

Memo reveals the real Alito

On Nov. 30 the National Archives released a 1985 memo from Samuel A. Alito Jr., then a Reagan administration lawyer, to the solicitor general, which said, “We should make clear that we disagree with Roe v. Wade and would welcome the opportunity to [present arguments on] the issue of whether, and if so to what extent, that decision should be overruled.”

Last-minute drive to save prisoners life

SAN FRANCISCO — The most impressive words of the evening came not from the podium, moving as the speakers were, but from a cell phone, barely audible in the Victoria Theater’s packed auditorium.

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