This week in labor

Reds to study globalization; Scabs and plutonium-238; Healthy settlement for S.F. strikers; Kentucky AFL-CIO: ‘De-privatize health care’

Medicare Part D is a dog

Medicare has no control over the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. It is the insurance companies and HMOs who will run Part D. Of course they will do this for their own profit. And Medicare is not allowed to even bargain for lower prices. Huge cost overruns are expected as prices go up. Those will come out of Medicare funds and endanger Medicare itself.

CARA convention vows to fight Bush agenda

LOS ANGELES — On the heels of a stunning Special Election victory, the California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) held its second annual convention, “Turning outrage into action,” in Anaheim Nov. 9-10.

Lorain voters defeat Wal-Mart

LORAIN, Ohio — A union-community coalition delivered a sharp rebuke to Wal-Mart Corp. in the Nov. 8 election here. Voters in this northern Ohio steel center overwhelmingly defeated a ballot referendum that would have permitted city authorities to rezone a west side residential area in order to bring in a Wal-Mart store.

Republicans thrashed in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Voters here dealt the right wing a stinging defeat in the Nov. 8 city election, in keeping with what appeared to be a nationwide voter rebuff to the GOP.

World Notes

Eastern Caribbean: Uniting in uncertain times; United Kingdom: Urge anti-bullying law; Africa: Hunger is growing; S. Korea: ‘Stressed out’ at work; Colombia: Protesters occupy church

Haitis justice system in collapse

Two years after a U.S.-backed coup ousted democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti’s judicial system is in a state of collapse.

Were too young to go to war

CHICAGO — Braving cold, gray skies on a Monday afternoon, Nov. 14, about two dozen parents, youth and peace activists gathered outside Lane Tech High School on this city’s North Side to greet students with “opt-out” forms. When properly filled out, the forms deny military recruiters easy and official access to students’ names, addresses and phone numbers.

National Clips

MILWAUKEE: Vets for Peace banned from parade; WASHINGTON: Arctic drilling held at bay, for now; WASHINGTON: In hate crimes, racism is likeliest motive; WATERVILLE, Maine: VFW vandalizes war casualties’ tribute; WASHINGTON: Vets rally to restore benefits

End the blockade of Cuba, UN says

In an all but unanimous vote on Nov. 8, the UN General Assembly for the 14th consecutive year called for the U.S. government to get rid of its 45-year-old economic blockade of Cuba. A Cuban resolution for an end to the blockade was opposed by only four nations: the United States, the Marshall Islands (population 59,000), Palau (20,000) and Israel.

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