The working class is seldom represented in Hollywood films, and rarely shown in a positive light. Union struggles are even scarcer on the silver screen.
HIGHWOOD, Ill. - Thirty-eight Mexican immigrant industrial laundry workers went on strike Oct. 5 in this northern Chicago suburb. The workers are on strike against Carosel Linens to gain union recognition and for better wages, benefits and working conditions. They seek to be represented by UNITE Local 969.
In a stunning development that aired on CBS' '60 Minutes' earlier this month it was revealed that there may be a solid legal case of murder against former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The son of assassinated Chilean General Rene Schneider, Rene Schneider, Jr., has revealed a paper trail directly linking Henry Kissinger to his father's assassination.
CHICAGO - 'We need outspoken advocacy for the people's interests and the common good more than ever before,' said Jim Hightower, particularly in the face of new threats to civil liberties and an unseemly, corporate, money-grabbing 'looting spree' in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
A recent study confirms what many working class families know from experience - the official Federal poverty level is inadequate to meet their bare minimum needs. Released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), it studies the real cost of living for working families and is based on 400 basic family budgets reflecting locations in the 50 states (including metropolitan, suburban, and rural areas in each state) for families ranging in size from one parent with one child to two parents with three children (under 12 years old).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dr. Paulo Teixeira, director of Brazil's Sexually Transmitted Disease/AIDS Program, told a CBC 'brain trust' that Brazil's energetic grassroots-oriented program has slashed HIV/AIDS infections in half.
WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is waging a last ditch struggle to block a so-called 'anti-terrorism' measures adopted by the House and Senate that grants the Bush Administration sweeping new powers of detention and surveillance without judicial review.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In Tennessee, we have felt the loss of more than 25,000 textile and industrial jobs due to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Many of these jobs were union jobs that paid workers good wages for a 40-hour workweek.
The crisis in everyday living that too many people face in our country generated a national health movement that has been pressuring local, state and national government officials to protect the public's health.
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said the Senate filibuster that defeated legislation providing immediate aid for the 140,000 airline workers who will be laid off as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack 'signals an intention to serve workers last and least at the table of economic recovery.'