BALTIMORE – More than 1,300 steelworkers and their allies packed the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 2610 union hall here Feb. 20 and cheered as USWA President Leo Gerard demanded that President Bush and Congress act to save the steel industry and thousands of union jobs.
PORTAGE, Ind. – The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) held three rallies in Indiana Feb. 19-21 to call attention to the plight of steelworkers, retirees and the industry as well as to mobilize for a Feb. 28 march on the White House.
Even though a recession is on, there is at least one industry that is booming – the excuse industry. Excuse factories are working overtime, combining and recombining excuses like strands of DNA.
Thousands of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) members and supporters rallied this past week demanding government action to save their jobs, their families and their communities. Veterans of the USWA and its retiree organization, the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR), are thrilled at the response of the rank and file.
Admiral “Bull” Halsey, who commanded the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet in the South Pacific during World War II, once said, “There are no great men or women, but only great challenges that ordinary men and women rise to meet.”
It took nearly two years, but a Longshore local of majority African-American dockers, supported by a worldwide movement, finally won freedom for Elijah Ford, Peter Washington, Kenneth Jefferson, Jason Edgerton and Ricky Simmons – the Charleston Five. To view the entire article, click on the headline. For a link to the chonology of events for the Charleston Five struggle, click here, or to see the AFL-CIO press release on their victory, click here.
Angola cease-fire/International Women’s Day/Conspiracy to assassinate Zimbabwe’s president/Russian officers criticize Putin/Colombian Communists fight for peace
Labor and community activists in Connecticut will be challenging the aggressive policies of the Bush administration at an emergency peace and justice conference March 2. The theme is “Bush & Company’s World Domination: How Do We Stop It? – Our Challenge: Peace, Justice and Security After Sept. 11.”
PITTSBURGH – There is cold rolled anger in the heartland; there is blast furnance fury on the East Coast. In the last two weeks, workers, their families, clergy, school board members and elected officials have jammed high school auditoriums and union halls cheering United Steelworkers of America (USWA) President Leo Gerard’s call for militant action.
NEW ORLEANS – At its mid-winter meeting in the “Big Easy,” the AFL-CIO Executive Council fleshed out its 2002 election agenda by adopting an “Agenda for America” and taking steps to finance what AFL-CIO President John Sweeney called the federation’s “biggest ever” mid-term election effort. For the entire article, click on the headline. Also visit the AFL-CIO's page: Agenda for All America announced at the New Orleans meeting.