August

AFL-CIO rally demands justice for workers

BOSTON – A rally was held July 31 in Boston’s Faneuil Hall marketplace to protest Fidelity Investments’ exploitation of its workers, and the utter disregard of the majority of its investors.

Cuban workers inspire U.S., Canadian solidarity

WINDSOR, Ontario – About 200 U.S., Canadian and Cuban workers, retirees, and other labor activists met here for a three-day Cuba Labor Conference July 26-28 to build ties among workers of the three countries.

Hotel workers march for contract

BERKELEY, Calif. – After a mile-long march through the streets of Berkeley Aug. 1, 50 of the 800 supporters of hotel workers seeking a contract were arrested after blocking the street leading to the Hotel Claremont here.

Commission votes to enforce living wage

OAKLAND, Calif. – After three months of stalling on carrying out the mandate of Alameda County voters, the Oakland Port Commission voted Aug. 6 to require that eight rental car companies and about 100 other firms at the port must pay a living wage. County voters approved by 78 percent a measure to adopt a living wage of $9.45 an hour with health benefits, or $10.87 without.

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McKinney supporters hold fundraiser

PHILADELPHIA – Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.), running in an August 20 Democratic primary to represent her district after five terms in office and another vicious fight against her, announced at a fundraiser held in the Mount Airy section here that she is for justice for Palestinians and for Israelis. McKinney’s challenger is a handpicked candidate, supported by the Arab-Israel Public Affiars Committee (AIPAC), who converted from Republican to Democrat just in time for this election.

Four plead guilty in racist conspiracy

YORK, Pa. – Four white men pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Aug. 14 in the shooting death of a Black woman during a 1969 lynch attack on the city’s African-American community.

Peace groups hail Armey, blast Iraq war plan

Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s statements condemning George W. Bush’s rush toward a unilateral war on Iraq hit Washington like a thunderclap, drawing praise from peace groups that usually hammer him for his extreme rightwing views.

International notes

Israel: Public workers protest budget cuts/Slovakia: Civil liberties at stake/China: Low-cost housing to improve/Bangladesh: Jute workers strike to reopen factory/Uruguay: WFTU urges solidarity with workers

Bush summit: All show, no go

It was “all show and no go” at George W. Bush’s economic summit in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, a stage-managed production with a handpicked cast of Republican loyalists dutifully applauding Bush’s trite line that all is well because “this is America.”

Longshore rallies to Bush: Butt out

“Contract, Yes! Government intervention, No!” was the message of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), the AFL-CIO, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and many mayors at rallies up and down the West Coast, Aug. 12. Thousands took to the streets in protest of a threat by the Bush administration to take over ports militarily in the event that the union decides to strike.

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