When Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast region five years ago many of the workers at the Avondale shipyard near New Orleans stayed behind when the area was evacuated.
"There is a class war going on in this country," AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said during a September 24 panel discussion at the Cooper Union, "and my class is losing. We've got to turn that around."
The People's World interviewed Eliseo Medina, widely known as a highly successful organizer and immigrant rights advocate recently elected as the first Latino international secretary-treasurer with SEIU.
What if full-time job you had counted on for years, to support your family and provide health care was morphing into a part-time job with no benefits?
"We are asking the public to stay away from Andiamo until they treat their employees fairly," said Rory Gamble, director of UAW Region IA.
"I'm carrying my purse, because they are trying to steal from us. I'm not wearing my earrings because we are in a fight!" declared Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.
Workers' centers, or non-traditional unions, have scored significant victories lately and offer important new ways of building the labor movement.
It was one of the most important conventions I have ever attended, and at the top of the agenda was our campaign "5 Days is the Wrong Way - Save Saturday Delivery."
The Delano, Calif., grape strike brought together Filipino American agricultural workers and Mexican American farm workers to form what became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW).
ST. LOUIS - A nationwide, month-long "It's About The Jobs" bus tour organized by the Painters Union made a lively stop here last weekend.