Labor Dept. dangles big carrot to get states to expand jobless aid

The U.S. Labor Department is dangling a $3.5 billion carrot in front of state governments to get them to expand the numbers and categories of workers eligible for unemployment benefits.

North Carolina workers battle Smithfield Packing's union busting ways

For many years the name Smithfield Packing was synonymous with violation of international human rights standards, retaliation against workers who reported injuries, threats, intimidation and violence against workers trying to organize a union. The company earned that reputation at its Tarheel, N.C plant where assembly line speeds were so fast that hundreds suffered brutal and disabling injuries.

UAW workers in Wisconsin protest shipping U.S. auto jobs to Mexico

UAW workers and their supporters are hitting the picket lines at the Chrysler engine plant in Kenosha Wisconsin today to protest the use of U.S. tax dollars to close the plant and ship its jobs to Mexico. Glenn Stark is President of UAW Local 72.


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.

VIDEO Indiana USW rallies to 'Keep it Made in America'

On May 11, hundreds of steelworkers rallied in Merrillville, Ind., demanding that manufacturing jobs be maintained in America. Lonnie Randolf, Indiana state representative and Tom Conway, United Steelworkers vice president speaking:

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.

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