May

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On health care, unions leave no stone unturned

Unions are making it clear that Democrats crafting a new health care plan for America must not go too far in appeasing a health insurance industry intent on maintaining its profits.

Hartmarx workers sit-in vote spreads to Rochester, NY

In a powerful rising movement to save jobs, union workers are flexing their muscle these days nationwide by voting unanimously to sit-in at factories and not let bailed-out banks decide their fate.

Cheney, Rove attack Employee Free Choice. Thanks!

Workers who want to pass the Employee Free Choice Act don’t just have a broad coalition of allies in support of them—they’re also very, very lucky in their enemies. Opposing the legislation has become a cottage industry for out-of-work, right-wing hacks, and the fight has attracted the attention of one of the most widely loathed out-of-work, right-wing hacks: Dick Cheney.

Machinists call for major changes in the airline industry

WASHINGTON - International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. Wednesday called for major changes to the airline industry in testimony before a Congressional committee. Roach spoke before the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2009.

Biden: Unions key to rebuilding economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vice President Biden declared yesterday that he and President Obama would not consider their economic recovery efforts a success unless they created “good, sustainable jobs” and that the key to that success is rebuilding the American labor movement. Biden reiterated the administration’s support for the Employee Free Choice Act during his speech at a legislative conference here of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has 1.7 million members.

Veterans keep up the pressure for Employee Free Choice

Montana military veterans visited Senate offices in Missoula, Billings and Great Falls over the past week, encouraging Sen. Jon Tester to support the Employee Free Choice Act, a critical bill to restore the freedom to form unions and bargain. And veterans from Alaska to Maine are joining this important fight.

Hartmarx workers vote to sit in if Wells Fargo closes their factory

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Hundreds of union workers packed a lunchroom at the Hart Schaffner & Marx manufacturing plant here May 11 and voted unanimously to stage a sit-in at their factory if a new owner tries to shut it down. The company, also known as Hartmarx Corp., employs 600 people here and is one of the last and largest remaining suit makers in the U.S.

Obama seeking ways to curb repetitive motion injuries

There once were job safety rules that helped keep down the number of ergonomic injuries. They were killed by President Bush and a GOP-run Congress. Ergonomic injuries, also called musculo-skeletal and repetitive-motion injuries are by far the most common injuries workers get when they go to work. Hundreds of thousands of these injuries happen annually, costing millions of lost workdays.

Labor, allies vow Never Again, one year after Postville immigration raid

POSTVILLE, Ia. — The people of this town will never forget what happened here a year ago, today. At first, there was confusion. There were so many helicopters in the sky and, one by one, they seemed to be landing everywhere. Men, armed to the teeth like commandos, jumped out and grabbed people on the streets.

Obama budget: A 180 degree turn on how workers will be protected

“If we expect our workers to come to work, every day, we have to protect them,” declared Jordan Barab, acting head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, when he spoke to union nurses at their legislative gathering in Washington D.C. last week.

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