May

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THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Presidential hopefuls back unionists at D.C. rally Companies reclassify workers to escape pay and tax obligations Paid family leave in Washington state Workers win a union four years after vote Victory for immigrant workers at Dulles Airport

Mich. AFL-CIO urges stepped-up action

TROY, Mich. — Mark Gaffney, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO, addressed its 27th biennial convention here May 15 and called for labor to put the word “movement” back on its agenda

WORLD NOTES

Egypt: Women go on strike, occupy garment plant Thailand: Gov’t spurns big pharma Greece: Big strike targets conservative gov’t Iran: Washington plans Iraq talks with Tehran Colombia: Murder scandals shake Uribe regime

Venezuelas rightists raise din on TV issue

The Venezuelan television channel RCTV will be ending its operation at midnight May 26. The government of President Hugo Chavez is not renewing the station’s 20-year-old public broadcasting license.

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Media often abets sex trafficking

UNITED NATIONS — At a recent conference here sponsored by the Republic of Belarus on the global problem of sexual slavery, two high-ranking officials from Belarus spoke to the World about the responsibility of the mass media in the fight against sex trafficking.

Abu-Jamal lawyers cite bias in call for new trial

PHILADELPHIA — Lawyers for Mumia Abu-Jamal told a federal appeals court here May 17 that Abu-Jamal should get a new trial because prosecutors illegally excluded Blacks from the jury that convicted him in 1982.

Fighting the ravages of luxury towers

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — In most of the country, the housing boom is past. Not in New York City. Apartments, office towers, hotels, luxury entertainment facilities and mixed-use complexes rise to 70 stories. In recent years, housing costs were 30 percent of family income, but now in Manhattan they are 50 percent for many families.

Autoworkers wary of Chrysler sale

DETROIT — The restructuring taking place in the auto industry took a dramatic turn May 15 when Cerberus, the New York private equity investment firm, acquired an 80.1 percent controlling share of Chrysler and renamed it Chrysler Holdings. Daimler, formerly DaimlerChrysler, will retain a 19.1 percent share.

Congress misses scale of Gonzales crimes

HOUSTON — As congressional politicians are honed in on nailing U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, they are missing the most obvious crimes he committed.

Mushroom workers in spotlight on May Day

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. — The Philadelphia County Central Labor Council and the Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (Philaposh) celebrated Workers Memorial Day and May Day this year by marching and rallying with the Kaolin Farms mushroom workers in the small town of Kennett Square, Pa., population 5,300, on the first of May.

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