Labor takes on global fight vs. climate change

NEW YORK — Climate change is a labor issue. A large and growing section of world labor now agrees that fighting global warming and building sustainable economies with good jobs for workers go hand in hand.


Safety cuts put friendly skies at risk, United workers say

CHICAGO — Question: Who would order the captain of a 767 jet, loaded with passengers and crew, to take off with a split in one of its tires?


Undue influence: Wal-mart, Google, GE press China to curb workers rights

There is a “tug of war” raging worldwide over reforms in China’s labor law, according to Brendan Smith, Tim Costello and Jerry Brecher, authors of a report released April 5 by Global Labor Strategies (GLS).


Health care is our right

HARTFORD, Conn.— Over 5,000 protesters came to the state capital, May 5, to decry lack of health care for 400,000 people in Connecticut and to demand that the Legislature act now to provide health care for all.

Police attack May Day marchers in Istanbul

A vicious attack was launched against this year’s May Day demonstrators in Istanbul, Turkey, as they were gathering to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Taksim Square May Day massacre.

On Mothers Day, working women tell it like it is

CHICAGO — Dedra Farmer was so good at her job as a Wal-Mart department manager in Oklahoma that her bosses assigned her to train new Tire and Lube Express Division managers, all of whom were men. After she got done training them, the men went to work for $2,000 more a year than she got paid.

16 workers die per day, report says

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (PAI) — Just about two years ago, plumber Charles “Mike” Morrison was helping dig a trench in a Pinellas Park, Fla. But the trench had straight sides, not sloping sides, and B&B Plumbing didn’t construct a safety box for him to work in.

Labors flame still burns for justice

CHICAGO — August Spies told his executioners that if they went ahead with the hanging they would ignite a fire that could never be put out.


On May Day, call rings out for immigrant rights

CHICAGO — Hundreds of thousands of immigrant rights activists and supporters marched through downtown here May 1, demanding an end to raids and deportations, and calling for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for the nation’s estimated 12 million undocumented workers.

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