February

Media Matters turns its lens on medias portrayal of labor, economy

The non-profit Media Matters for America has earned a nationwide reputation for tracking media integrity on a variety of issues, earning the wrath of Rush Limbaugh and others along the way. Now it will apply its same scrutiny of reporters, pundits and self-proclaimed “experts” on cable talk shows to determine how they portray unions, wages and the Employee Free Choice Act.

OPINION: Solis and employee free choice both key to fixing the economy

Union members have been on the phone and all over the internet pushing for Senate confirmation of Hilda Solis, President Obama’s choice for Secretary of Labor and for the Employee Free Choice Act. The two battles are really part of one big effort.

Republic Windows workers come to Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, CT -- UE Local 1110 president Armando Robles and other officers recently toured the country to make public their sit-in at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago which won a severance package.

Labor rallies against racist editorial cartoon in New York Post

Hundreds of angry protestors recently gathered in mid town Manhattan for a noon time rally protesting an editorial cartoon that ran in the previous day’s edition of the notorious New York Post newspaper.

Free choice and small business

Reposted from The Herald News Americans today are working harder than ever, and too often finding that the secure and stable middle-class life their parents counted on is falling further and further out of reach for them and their children.

94 Years after Ludlow Massacre, site now national historic landmark

On April 20, 1914, in Ludlow, Colo., one of the bloodiest chapters in the nation’s labor history was written. Thugs hired by several coal companies and the Colorado militia attacked a peaceful encampment of striking miners and their families. By the end of the day, 20 were shot or burned to death, including 14 women and children.

Number of U.S. workers age 65-74 is increasing

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer workers are retiring when they hit 65. By 2016 the number of senior workers between the age of 65 and 74 are expected to rise by 83.4 percent. At the end of last year 68 percent of workers between the ages of 50 and 70 had no plans to retire. The deepening recession is expected to accelerate those numbers.

Rally in Pittsburgh, roundtable in Madison and more action on employee free choice

This week, state and local unions around the country mobilized to pass the Employee Free Choice Act to restore the freedom to form unions and bargain and make the economy work for everyone.

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Iraq vet faces new battle worker rights at home

CHICAGO — “The irony of it all – Bush got on TV and said we were in Iraq because we had to get rid of weapons of mass destruction, stop terrorism and spread democracy over there. I served my country honorably over there only to come back home to a place where, as a worker, I don’t even have the right to union representation. The companies hold all the cards. They do us serious hurt if we try to exercise our rights.”

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Detroit honors sit-downers, new and old

DETROIT — Sit-downers past and present were honored here recently during a “workers’ victory tour” by members of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 1110 who last December staged a successful sit-down at the Republic Windows plant in Chicago. The workers beat back attempts by the company and its Bank of America financiers to cheat them out of back pay, severance pay and health insurance benefits.

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