Wal-Mart organizing efforts gaining momentum

Wal-Mart organizing efforts are gaining momentum, in spite of the company’s concerted efforts to thwart union activity. In the United States — where the campaign is led by UFCW International — the growing interest to go union is being fed by a number of factors, including Wal-Mart’s dismal record of worker-exploitation; proposed American legislation that could stop Wal-Mart and other companies from intimidating workers who want to join a union; and concrete proof in Canada that Wal-Mart workers can unionize and get a collective agreement.

Employee Free Choice key to redressing economic hits against people of color

Nothing beats getting out of a think tank long enough to find out what’s really going on. Seth Freed Wessler, a researcher at the Applied Research Center, did just that, traveling to Michigan where he talked with workers for ARC’s “Race and Recession” report.

Change begins now, says El Salvador president

San Salvador, Jun 1 (Prensa Latina) The new president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, said today he would be loyal to the oath taken, guiding his steps by national interest and the effort to serve the most underprivileged population, to pursue an ethical revolution.

Starbucks settles sixth complaint of violating worker rights

MINNEAPOLIS -(Workday Minnesota) The Starbucks Coffee Co. settled a complaint Monday from the National Labor Relations Board over charges of violating workers’ rights – the sixth such settlement in three years, the Starbucks Workers Union reported.

Marchers respond to 'fascist' policy

Left-wing activists have marched through Rome in solidarity with migrants, as ministers from the G8 countries concluded a meeting on migration, security and terrorism. Thousands of demonstrators, including many immigrants, waved banners denouncing the G8 summit and President Silvio Berlusconi's drive to lock up and fine migrants deemed to be illegal - and anyone who helps them find a home.

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