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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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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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Senate immigration bill: big advances, real dangers

Numerous groups are working out their point-by-point analyses of the Senate bill, which is more than 800 pages long.

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New York tenants rise up to tackle housing crisis

In a packed union hall, tenants from the five boroughs vowed to tackle tough housing issues including the power of landlords, developers and big banks they say is squeezing New Yorkers.

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Today in labor history: Cesar Chavez died

Cesar Chavez was the founder and leader of the United Farm Workers union. The UFW  achieved the nation's first industry-wide farm labor contracts.

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GOP pushes to replace overtime with comp time

WASHINGTON (PAI)-Charging ahead with their ideological agenda, the right wing Republicans who run the House Education and the Workforce Committee voted on April 17 for one of their pet causes, replacing overtime with comp time.

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Today in labor history: King writes famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

On April 16, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., imprisoned in Alabama for protesting segregation, wrote his powerful and eloquent answer to criticisms of him, the civil rights movement and its nonviolent direct action tactics.

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Task force confronts at-risk pensions for 10 million workers

The 2007-08 financial crisis, spurred by Wall Street's "casino capitalism," still threatens pension plans that affect 10 million workers.

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Minimum wage workers press Senate for hike

WASHINGTON - For seven years, Carolle Fleurio has been a cook at a family restaurant in Stockbridge, Ga., and even though she enjoys the job, she told a Senate panel here, it's tough to raise a family on $8 an hour.

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Government urged to curb wage theft

Wage theft comes through arbitrary employer rulings that workers are "independent contractors." That's a form of fraud that hurts workers, honest employers and governments, too,

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