Union leaders and members are saying that eight months into the Obama administration it is clear that labor’s unprecedented investment in the effort to support the election of the president and a 60 vote Democratic majority in the Senate is paying off.
Two weeks before the G-20 summit opens in Pittsburgh to discuss the global economic crisis, labor journalists from across the country will be in the Steel City to document what’s really going on with workers without the hype.
Something bad happened in the past 10 years to young workers in this country: Since 1999, more of them now have lower-paying jobs, if they can get a job at all; health care is a rare luxury and retirement security is something for their parents, not them. In fact, many—younger than 35—still live at home with their parents because they can’t afford to be on their own.
Los Angeles car wash workers fired recently for union activity won more than $50,000 in back pay today in a formal settlement of their National Labor Relations Board complaint against Vermont Hand Wash, a notorious anti-worker establishment.
CHICAGO — Every month Norma Trinidad gets her medication refilled. In her last trip to the pharmacy she was told her health insurance had been terminated. Ordinarily Trinidad pays about $48 each refill. Yet now she was being charged $400. It was at that point she found out the company she’s worked at for the last 23 years had abruptly canceled her health insurance.
FREMONT, Calif. ― Hundreds of auto workers gathered outside their union hall, across from the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) auto plant, Aug. 20 to hear a parade of state and local elected officials and labor allies pledge support for efforts to keep the West Coast’s only auto plant open.
Much of the media continues to focus on details of the Obama administration’s health reform strategy, the role of a handful of senators who represent almost as many cows as people, and the bizarre tactics of right-wing extremists. But union members and their progressive allies are mobilizing to win real health care reform with a strong public plan option.
A three-million strong global union has launched a campaign to counter lies being spread by some opponents of the White House's health reform plans. US rightwingers assert that US President Barack Obama's drive to guarantee affordable universal health-care amounts to a 'socialist' takeover of the private insurance industry.
If Senate and House members vote against a public health insurance option they will lose the support of organized labor in the next elections, said AFL-CIO Secretary –Treasurer Richard Trumka on national television last night.
Opponents to President Obama’s health care reform plan have circulated a number of serious lies and gross distortions about the UK’s National Health Service to defend their own interests and scupper plans that will help the 47 million Americans currently without healthcare cover.