Farmers Union holds convention

The National Farmers Union, a progressive farm organization, held its 100th anniversary convention in Texas March 1-4.

Teachers battle for bargaining rights

CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is leading a battle here to restore the bargaining rights of unions representing workers at the Chicago Board of Education and the City Colleges.

Mich. graduate students win contract

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – After four months of intense negotiation and a good-faith contract extension voted on by the union membership, members of the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) voted by a wide margin to hold a one-day walkout in protest of the failure of University of Michigan administration to move on proposals made by the students.

Enron workers find true friends

HOUSTON – When Enron’s hall of mirrors came crashing down last December, more than 4,000 workers instantly lost their jobs, health care and pensions, while most of the top executives cashed in their stock and made their getaway.

Steelworkers to Congress: protect health care

PITTSBURGH – Over 85,000 retired LTV steelworkers and their families are facing the unthinkable: living without their earned and union-negotiated health care coverage. Despite the fact the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) has lobbied since 1997 for industry trade relief, mobilized 30,000 of their members and retirees to march on the White House and poured tons of handwritten letters into congressional and presidential mail sacks, prescription drug coverage or the total health package will end for 85,000 LTV retirees on March 31. For the entire article, click on the headline. To visit the homepage of the USWA, click here.

Chvez: the man behind the holiday

“We shall strike. We shall organize boycotts. We shall demonstrate and have political campaigns. We shall pursue the revolution we have proposed. We are sons and daughters of the farm workers’ revolution, a revolution of the poor seeking bread and justice.”

Support grows for April 20 demo

Jody Dodd, a staff member of the U. S. Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), said the April 20 Mobilization to Stop The War at Home and Abroad is an opportunity for peace and justice advocates to express their opposition to the policies of the Bush administration that threaten a wider war abroad and a war at home with its continued attacks on the rights and democratic liberties of the American people. For the entire article, click on the headline. To visit the official website of the Stop The War march, click here.

International Notes

Greek workers plan strike April 3/India protests demand end to violence/China-Viet Nam cooperation stronger/Cuba protests remarks by U.S. official/British postal workers march vs. privatization

A sun that will never burn out

In June 1998, FBI officials visiting Havana were given reports by the Cuban government on anti-Cuban terrorist groups operating in the United States. On Sept. 16, 1998, five men – René González, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, Antonio Guerrero and Gerardo Hernández – were arrested in Miami and charged with espionage and related charges. For the entire article click on the headline. To read an article from the Cuban newspaper, Granma on how anti-Cuban terrorists continue to operate in Miami with impunity, click here; to find out how to contact the 'Miami 5' in prison, click here.

Peace leaders say: Stop the killing, Peace in Mideast

WASHINGTON – The Bush administration, faced with international pressure and opposition by peace, labor and civil rights activists at home, has been forced to retreat on its policies toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For the entire article, click on the headline. Also see the Palestine General Federation of Trade Union’s press release or the Israeli attack and the Resolution of the San Francisco Labor Council.

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