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Eyewitness describes brutality in tobacco fields

"What we saw was never to be imagined: When the work day ends, farm workers - men, women, and children - returned to grim camps."

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Journey by bus to a state capital: A firsthand account

It was six in the morning of Oct. 26 and two busloads of motivated Chicago teachers and friends  were on their way to Springfield to rally and lobby to protect their pensions.

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Study: Public employee pensions a bargain

Public employee pension plans are actually far more cost effective than defined contribution, the 401k-style plans fashionable in the private sector.

Immigrant and labor rights bills become law in California

Among bills signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown recently were a measure to let undocumented college students apply for publicly funded scholarships and another to strengthen labor protections for farm workers.

Oklahoma AFL-CIO Convention maps coalition to fight ultra-right

In a show of solidarity, the Oklahoma AFL-CIO has voted to unite all public sector unions in a coalition to coordinate a defense against ultra-right anti-labor legislative efforts.

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"Occupy" demonstrations erupt in St. Louis

OccupySTL is part of a nationwide movement that started with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City.

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Youngstown says vote no on anti-union legislation

A few hundred union members and community residents gathered at Youngstown State University in a kickoff rally to gather support for  the statewide campaign to defeat Issue Number 2 on the Ohio ballot.

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After court ruling, clean truck supporters vow continuing fight

Cutting out a key component, if upheld, will have devastating consequences for working families and port communities plagued by dirty air and dead-end jobs.

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Civil rights, labor groups to hold jobs march Oct. 15

Energized by President Obama's bold call for passage of the American Jobs Act, civil rights and labor groups are calling for a national march in Washington to support it.

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Labor journalists see themselves as a voice for workers

Sometimes the mainstream media just doesn't get it.

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