The scandal of vanishing vacation time

From Berlin, New York Times correspondent Richard Bernstein reports on what he presents as the question of the day: Have Germans “become too addicted to leisure time for their own good?”

UAW fights for pay, health care, pensions

Workers Correspondence Negotiations on a new contract between the United Auto Workers and the Big Three automakers have begun. Most of the speculation in the news media has focused on the so-called “dire straits” that the auto companies are facing.

Unthinkable Undrinkable. Stop the killing, boycott Coke

“We are doing this to save the lives of our members,” declared Colombian union leader Javier Luis Correa, launching an international boycott of Coca-Cola products July 22.

Rubber workers fight for jobs, families

PITTSBURGH – Until there is a flat or a broken belt, usually in the dead of winter, middle of nowhere, tires or rubber belts are not even a blip on the radar. Unless, that is, you’re a rubber worker.

86,000 telecom workers OK strike against Verizon

A major labor struggle is now under way in the eastern U.S., pitting 60,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and 26,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) against the communications industry giant, Verizon Communications Inc.

UNITE! lives up to its name

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – “This union speaks many languages. We are many different colors. We’re marching shoulder-to-shoulder because our weapon is solidarity.

Lawmakers tell Cintas: Respect workers

WASHINGTON – Cintas workers held up a banner that read, “Uniform Justice,” at a July 9 Capitol Hill news conference as lawmakers flayed the $2 billion uniform laundry firm for harassment of their workers to keep the union out.

Landslide victory for Head Start workers

Union density for Head Start workers in San Diego County reached 100 percent when 186 workers at Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Head Start recently voted 168-7 for Service Employees International Union Local 2028.

Organizing at America West

Chara, from Tucson, Ariz., sends the following report about the organizing campaign of customer service representatives (CSRs) at America West Airlines.

County votes to join Tyson boycott

MADISON, Wis. – Backed by a display of public support, arguments for solidarity won the day as the Dane County Board of Supervisors voted here July 10 to suspend its purchases of all products made by Tyson Foods. The vote was 23-9.

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