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Labor Dept. tosses Florida scheme to curb jobless benefits

A Florida civil rights group's legal complaint has led the U.S. Labor Department to toss yet another GOP scheme to deny workers jobless benefits, by imposing a qualification test so tough that many workers can't pass it.

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Letter Carriers cite huge need in 21st annual food drive

Letter Carriers from coast to coast will collect non-perishable food on their 21st annual food drive, on Saturday, May 11. The food is distributed locally, to "free food" pantries, homeless shelters, and other institutions that feed the poor

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U.S.A. May Day: We are Chinese, Arab, Filipino, Latino...all people, together

SAN FRANCISCO - Thousands of immigrants and their supporters marched across northern California May 1, calling for legalization of all undocumented immigrants, an end to deportations, reunification of families, labor rights and fair wages, and an end to human trafficking.

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Obama's Commerce nominee assailed as "anti-worker business mogul"

You won't hear praise for Commerce Secretary nominee Penny Pritzker from a Hyatt Hotel worker or Chicago Public Schools teacher.  Or from the progressive website CREDO Action, which describes Pritzker as an "anti-worker business mogul."

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Thousands in San Jose call for immigration reform and workers' rights

Calls for justice for immigrants and rights for workers rang out all across San Jose as thousands marched three miles from predominantly Latino east San Jose to a rally at San Jose City Hall.

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Amidst hunger strike, pressure rises to close Guantanamo prison

A hunger strike by at least 100 prisoners at Guantanamo, now in its fourth month, continues, has upped the pressure on the president and Congress to close the prison.

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Berkeley celebrates life of councilmember Maudelle Shirek

A crowd packed Berkeley City Hall to celebrate the life of Maudelle Shirek, an extraordinary woman dubbed "the conscience of the council."

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Veteran activists should check out social media

Older activists shouldn't feel that they have to use Facebook just because they feel have no other choice for staying in touch, but for their very real value to the community.

 

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30,000 march down Broadway in New York May Day event

Some 30,000 flag-waving demonstrators marched down Broadway here on May Day demanding labor rights and immigration reform.

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Today in labor history: Mother Jones was born May 1, 1837

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a labor and community organizer. A fiery orator, brave and determined heroine to millions of workers.

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