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Renegade boss makes ditch diggers boil

Pages from workers’ lives William Z. Foster ran for U.S. president on the Communist Party ticket three times: 1924, 1928 and 1932. Before he joined the Communist Party, he was active in the IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World. The IWW was fighting for “one big union.” They fought and won a fight for free speech in Spokane, Wash., in 1909. The following is excerpted from Foster’s book, “Pages from a Worker’s Life.”

No way to run the economy

Paul Krugman, a New York Times economics columnist, warned recently that the Bush administration’s policies are making a deep economic crisis more likely. Now the chief economist of one of the world’s most prestigious banks says much the same. Stephen Roach, chief economist for Morgan Stanley, one of the 50 largest companies in the world, says we are on the “economic brink.” Mountains of debt

Victory for Florida tomato workers

Workers in Florida’s tomato fields won a pay raise after a hard-fought struggle that focused on fast food giant Taco Bell.

NLRB sticks it to workers

LAS VEGAS — Millions of American workers will now need to get permission from the boss to join a union organizing drive as a result of a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

WORLD NOTES

Bolivia: Congress rejects president’s resignation / Uruguay: President sets a new course / Africa: Over 80 million could die of AIDS / Nepal: Some unionists freed, crisis continues / Bangladesh: Fired workers reinstated

White House seeks to block food sales to Cuba

The Bush administration wants to close a hole in the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba. Congress passed legislation in 2000 opening up sales of U.S. farm products to the island nation, but machinations at U.S ports and a recent Treasury Department pronouncement suggest that the Bush administration is scheming to put an end to such sales. Congresspeople from the farm states, however, are not falling into line.

Italian reporter: My truth and consequences of a dirty war

Little did Giuliana Sgrena know that after she had been released by her captors in Iraq she faced a bigger obstacle to her freedom: the U.S. occupation forces.

Town hall meetings criticize privatization

DALLAS — Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) spoke at four town hall meetings on Social Security here during the weekend of March 4-6. Three were held in union halls.

Union vigil at Harlem Hospital: Stop Medicaid cuts

NEW YORK — It was bitterly cold outside Harlem Hospital here March 4, but protesters were fired up. Their malfunctioning bullhorn, intermittently sounding like the Emergency Broadcast System, provided an appropriate signal: Harlem Hospital, Medicaid and poor people are facing an emergency.

Bush budget forces horrific cuts on Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — New Haveners gathered to learn and express growing concerns about the devastation the Bush administration’s federal budget cuts would cause in Connecticut at a Feb. 16 public hearing sponsored by the city of New Haven Peace Commission.

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