June

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Hartmarx workers declare victory

DES PLAINES, Ill. — In an unprecedented display of hope, struggle and unity, more than 600 workers at the Hart Schaffner & Marx factory here joined with union leaders and elected officials in a rally June 29 to celebrate a major victory that will save nearly 4,000 jobs nationwide and keep the Chicago-based company open for business.

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Labor big outs himself

Stuart Appelbaum, president of the New York City-based Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), in an exclusive interview, told Gay City News that his decision in May to openly affirm his gay identity within the American labor movement means, “I am defining myself publicly, and not just defining myself privately. That’s what makes a difference. I wanted to make my public role not just as a labor leader or Jewish labor leader, but as a gay Jewish labor leader.”

Ludlow massacre site dedicated as national landmark

Mine Workers (UMWA) leaders, union activists, lawmakers and historians will dedicate the site of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre—one of the bloodiest chapters in the nation’s labor history—as a National Historic Landmark.

Rite Aids wrong, workers tell shareholders

Rite Aid workers at the drug chain’s distribution center in Lancaster, Calif., took their years-long fight for justice to New York City yesterday, where they urged the company’s shareholders to fire management’s hired-gun, union-busting consultants. At a Times Square rally, the workers got a boost of solidarity from their New York union brothers and sisters.

12 Senate Dems are key on employee free choice, union leader says

There are 12 “wavering” Senate Democrats that supporters of labor law reform need to be concerned with, Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen told the union’s legislative conference in Washington this week.

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Unionists demand universal health care at DC rally

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Declaring Congress must listen to the voters, and not the health insurance companies, thousands of health care advocates—led by unionists—demanded universal, affordable health care in a mass rally on June 25.

Massive Capitol Hill rally demands real health reform

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of union members and ordinary citizens massed on Capitol Hill on Thursday to make their voices heard for a progressive health care reform with a public option.

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South Carolinians point to Sanfords real misdeeds

South Carolina AFL-CIO President Donna DeWitt quickly brushed aside questions about Gov. Mark Sanford’s tearful admission June 24 that he flew secretly to Argentina for a weeklong tryst. Instead she pointed to other, bigger misdeeds.

Unions on the march in D.C. for universal health care

Thousands of union members and their allies are marching today in the nation’s capital, demanding universal, quality, affordable health care. They are highlighting two special demands – that the plan include a strong public option and that Congress not pay for it by taxing workers’ health benefits.

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Wells Fargo charged with job-icide and home-icide

CHICAGO — Dozens of labor, community and religious leaders rallied here in front of the Wells Fargo home lending offices June 23 demanding the bank save 100 jobs and extend credit to the Quad City Die Casting company in Moline, Ill., slated to close July 12.

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