May

Fiat plans mass sackings and plant closures throughout Europe

Last week, the Italian car company Fiat presented its plans for taking over General Motors’ German auto division Opel as part of its acquisition of the insolvent Chrysler company. The plan it presented to the German government, as well as to the Opel betriebsrat (works council), includes the destruction of at least 10,000 jobs, as well as factory closures at Vauxhall in England and at Fiat plants in Italy and Poland.

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.

17,000 banana workers go on strike in Colombia

BOGOTA - Colombian banana farm workers in the country's key growing region went on strike May 8 over pay and benefits, threatening hundreds of thousands of boxes exported a day, union leaders and producers said.

Union gains as Hyundai India strike ends

INDIA: Indian autoworkers at Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) and members of the Hyundai Motor India Employees' Union (HMIEU) ended their work stoppage and hunger strike after management agreed to a number of worker demands, mediated by the Tamil Nadu District Commissioner of Labor.

Iran rights group urges world pressure to free labor, women detainees

Human rights and trade union organizations across the globe are combining to call for the release from prison of participants in the May Day rally in Iran’s capital, Tehran, this month.

In Pa., even Republicans want Specter to support Employee Free Choice Act

The latest Quinnipiac Poll in Pennsylvania helps explain what may be Sen. Arlen Specter’s second switch on the Employee Free Choice Act.

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Oakland workers, neighbors give Port Board an earful

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Port board members got an earful from workers and local residents at a May 2 public hearing on the Comprehensive Truck Management Plan the Port of Oakland is preparing as part of its overall program to clean up air pollution plaguing the port and surrounding neighborhoods.

May Day marches put immigration reform front & center

CHICAGO — Thousands of immigrant rights advocates marched in cities coast to coast May 1, to honor the most widely celebrated holiday on the planet, International Workers Day. Thousands took to the streets in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Denver, Chicago and New York to press for comprehensive immigration reform, a halt to raids and deportations and a path toward legalization for the country’s estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants.

What will fix economy? Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

WARREN, Ohio -- Approximately 2,000 steel, auto, electrical, public and other workers and their families from throughout the Mahoning Valley rallied here May 2 to demand protection from the growing economic crisis.

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Hospitals not ready for swine flu

“I can’t honestly say that my hospital is ready to protect the health and safety of our workers during a potential pandemic.” The words were those of a top level administrator at one of the largest suburban hospitals in the New York City area, who spoke with the World, May 4, on condition of anonymity.

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