April

Chavez government nationalizes Sidor steel

Venezuelan Vice President Ramón Carrizalez closed a last ditch meeting April 9 between officials of Venezuela’s giant Sidor steel plant and representatives of the United Steel Industry Workers Union (SUTISS) with the announcement that Sidor would be re-nationalized.

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Some background about Tibet

Over a month after Tibetan protesters launched demonstrations demanding independence, news reports and opinion pieces continue to appear daily. Many discuss issues of sovereignty, development and relations among nationalities. Others focus on responses, including protests and counter-protests over the Olympic torch relay, or calls to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

This week in labor

Unions abroad boost workers here Senators criticize NLRB Labor slams mortgage ‘rescue’ package First responders need help

Modern-day slavery exposed by guest workers

Daniel Castellanos was lured from his native city of Lima, Peru, all the way to the U.S. Gulf Coast where, he was told, a construction job and a green card would be waiting for him. All he had to do to land the full-time, $11-an-hour job was pay $5,000 to a recruiter in Peru.

Longshore union plans anti-war action

Nearly 100 delegates to the Longshore Caucus of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union voted last February to support an eight-hour daytime “stop-work” meeting at all West Coast ports May 1, calling for an immediate safe return of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Labor, Democrats draft worker-friendly stimulus plan

Sen. Edward Kennedy and AFL-CIO President John Sweeney announced a new economic stimulus plan that extends jobless benefits by 13 weeks. The April 10 announcement followed a meeting between labor and congressional leaders in Washington D.C., where the package was drawn up.

Free trade deal stopped, unions celebrate

Labor is celebrating the 224-195 House vote April 10 to set aside the U.S.-Colombia “free trade” pact because of concern on Capitol Hill about the continuing murder of trade unionists in that country.

Bush hands Iraq mess to next prez

In their testimony before Congress this month, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker made it clear the Bush administration is passing its Iraq disaster on to the next administration. To make matters worse, their testimony indicated Bush intends to tie the new administration’s hands with a backdoor deal to lock in U.S. military, political and economic presence in Iraq.

McCain disses vets

WASHINGTON — Demanding that he back a “GI Bill of Rights” that would allow millions of vets to attend college, Iraq war veterans here, April 14, delivered 30,000 signatures on petitions to John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate.

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CARTOON: Biofuels

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