January

Asbestos a disease crisis not a lawsuit crisis

As an oncologist, I see the deadly and tragic consequences of exposure to the carcinogen asbestos in my patients who suffer from lung cancer and mesothelioma. I also know all too well the inadequacy of the regulatory system designed to protect workers, as my brother was killed due to unsafe working conditions.

The debate in labor just got more constructive

News Analysis In early January the leaders of the New Unity Partnership (NUP) decided to disband. NUP was a loose caucus of national unions in the AFL-CIO, including SEIU, HERE, UNITE (now HERE-UNITE), the Laborers and the Carpenters. They got together during the summer of 2003 with the avowed purpose of pushing for reforms in the AFL-CIO.

Devil in the details

President Bush’s pitch to workers, especially young workers, that privatization will make you rich is a Wall Street swindle. A detailed analysis of the most likely Bush administration proposals for Social Security included in the Goldman Sachs Global Economic Research Bulletin for Dec. 17 shows the Bush program to be a fraud — but a clever fraud.

Labor leads fight to block fare hikes

PHILADELPHIA — Over 150 people representing a wide range of organizations packed the hall for a press conference at the AFL-CIO headquarters here Jan. 12 to launch the Pennsylvania Transit Coalition.

Steelworkers, PACE to vote on merger

PITTSBURGH – Corporate mergers, bankruptcies and layoffs dominate the headlines. Below the radar, mining, energy and manufacturing workers are uniting to support their families, sustain their communities and protect retirees.

WORLD NOTES

Haiti: African Union seeks peaceful resolution / Canada: Madagascar’s debt cancelled / Iraq: Workers strike over attacks / France: Rolling strikes protest cutbacks / Pakistan: Workers protest firings, prices

Cuba trains doctors for U.S.

U.S. young people are off to Cuba in mid February to study medicine at that nation’s Latin American School of Medicine (LASM). They join 8,000 other students already there. The students, from 26 countries, including eight African nations, have promised to attend to the poor and underserved when they return home.

Mexico Citys govt launches programs to help poor

MEXICO CITY — Venezuela President Hugo Chavez is not the only leader undertaking needed social reforms in Latin America. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-leaning governor of this city’s metro-area federal district and a prominent member of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), has been pursuing a progressive agenda since he was elected in 2000.

Rally defends close election

AUSTIN, Texas — Supporters of Rep. Hubert Vo rallied Jan. 11 at the state Capitol here to demand that the legislature respect Vo’s 31-vote election victory over incumbent Republican Talmadge Heflin.

Doctor exposes racism in hospital fight

LOS ANGELES – In 1965, the 265,000 people in the Watts area of South Los Angeles were served by eight small, private hospitals with 440 beds. Today the 1 million people in the area have only two hospitals with less than 300 beds.

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