CHICAGO – Phone giant SBC Communications got the message when 100,000 workers in 13 states put down their headsets and tool belts to hit the streets, transmitting their own powerful message.
ALBANY, N.Y. – A crowd of about 300 people with bright red shirts proclaiming “Farmworkers Deserve Justice” gathered on the west side of the State Capitol building here May 11 to celebrate the arrival of a 200-mile pilgrimage of migrant farm workers and supporters.
At press time, over 100,000 SBC workers in 13 states, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), were on the job but poised to strike if SBC management continued to reject the union’s demands for affordable health care and job security.
TUCSON – An attentive crowd gathered May 2 in the basement of Tucson’s public library to attend a community forum on “Globalization, High Tech and Employment,” sponsored by Jobs in Crisis, a committee of the Tucson chapter of Jobs with Justice.
WASHINGTON – Mother Jones, the legendary labor agitator, made an unexpected appearance May 2 at the “Women of Steel” election conference here aimed at ousting George W. Bush from the White House next Nov. 2.
LOS ANGELES – Workers Memorial Day was observed April 28 at the UCLA Labor Center’s downtown campus as workers and labor relations professionals gathered for a comprehensive “clinic” on California’s new workers’ compensation law.
Workers’ correspondence I recall being told when I was very young that if I worked hard for my employer I would always have a job. This may have been true decades ago, but today it’s dog eat dog and the devil take the rest.
NEW YORK – Auto mechanics, members of United Auto Workers Local 259 working at New York City car dealer Star Toyota, have been out on strike for nearly eight months.
TUCSON – Over 3,000 people have died, most of dehydration and heat exhaustion, since the implementation of tighter immigration policies in the 1990s by the U.S. Border Patrol along the Mexican border.
CHICAGO – The pews at St. Viator’s church filled with health care workers, their children and supporters on a chilly May 2 Sunday.