Heartbeat of America on life-support: How did we get here, and now what?

DETROIT — In 1970, the United Auto Workers had 395,000 hourly workers at General Motors plants, but two years from now that number will have plummeted to 38,000. How did we get to this point?

Workers and immigrants will march on May Day

Yes, workers and immigrants will march again throughout the United States on May Day, May 1.

Some warn of anti-teacher agenda on school inequities report

A new report says wide educational achievement gaps hurt our economy and need national attention. But some wonder if the report is being used to advance an anti-teacher-union agenda.


Occupational safety and health in times of economic crisis: the need to resist temptation

With credit barely flowing and global demand on a downward slide, enterprises around the world are struggling to cope with the global economic crisis. Meanwhile, the numbers of unemployed and working poor are rising. How is the crisis affecting working conditions?

Labor, allies resolve to line up 60 pro-EFCA votes in the Senate

A crowd of workers, labor leaders and community activists launched the most determined lobbying effort yet for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act at an April 22 Washington press conference.

Coops and the global financial crisis

Cooperatives have been more resilient to the deepening global economic and jobs crisis than other sectors. ILO Online spoke with Hagen Henry, chief of the ILO’s Cooperatives Branch.

Call to action: Nation needs labors mobilized strength, now!

We are now in a time of great opportunity and tremendous danger. The far-reaching, progressive reforms that we’ve fought so hard for are in danger and the anger of the people could be turned in self-destructive directions.

On eve of Obama visit, Mexicos miners battle for rights

On the eve of President Obama’s visit to Mexico, a possible major confrontation is brewing between the Mexican Mine and Metal Workers Union and the conservative, pro-business government of President Felipe Calderon.

Rally boosts Employee Free Choice, family values, healthy communities

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — “We are the poster-child for the Employee Free Choice Act! It even said so on the front page of the newspaper,” said United Food and Commercial Workers organizer Tim Mullins, addressing a rally here this past weekend.

Janitors make noise downtown in contract fight

CLEVELAND — In a spirited rally, dozens of janitors marched through lobbies of downtown buildings here to support union officials in difficult bargaining for a new three-year contract.

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