November

This week in labor

‘Everyone stuck together’; Derailment averted; America’s ‘Roads scholars’; Unions form Delphi coalition;Boeing strikers in Ala. free speech victory

Canadian teachers force govt retreat

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — After two weeks of striking in defiance of government anti-strike laws, British Columbia’s 38,000 public school teachers returned to the classroom Oct. 24, strongly united for the next round of battles for the education system. Members of the B.C. Teachers Federation (BCTF) voted 77.6 percent to support their leadership’s call to accept settlement terms proposed by mediator Vince Ready.

World Notes

Russia: Ford workers strike; Canada: Labor vows solidarity with indigenous peoples; Uruguay: Health workers strike; Nigeria: Charge new human rights violations; Korean Peninsula: Working together for Olympics

Holiday canceled, but 200,000 celebrate Russian Revolution

Though the long-standing Nov. 7 holiday celebrating the anniversary of the Russian Revolution has been canceled, press reports indicate that nearly 200,000 people throughout the country observed the holiday anyway, with rallies, demonstrations and ceremonies.

In Berlin New faces with old policies?

BERLIN — Everything has changed! Nothing has changed! A new coalition is taking shape in Berlin. Former Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder has been replaced by the first woman to head a German government, Angela Merkel. She’s an East German at that, though she has never pushed for the rights of women or East Germans.

Iranian party slams leaders comments on Israel

In an Oct. 29 statement, the Tudeh Party of Iran denounced President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his statement earlier that month calling Israel a “disgraceful blot … that should be wiped off the face of the world.”

New York University grad students strike

NEW YORK — New York University’s graduate assistants’ union, GSOC/UAW 2110, began a strike Nov. 9 after NYU, using a 2004 National Labor Review Board ruling, failed to bargain with the union. The strike, which has national implications, has attracted widespread campus, community and labor support.

Rosa Parks: courageous fighter for justice

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Louise Parks, like all Black people who traveled by public transportation in Montgomery, Ala., boarded the front door of the metropolitan bus and paid her fare to the driver. Then she had to immediately get back off the bus, walk to the back door of the bus, re-enter and take a seat in the section labeled “for colored only.” Three stops later the bus was filling up with white people.

Anti-Wal-Mart film makes nationwide grassroots splash

Predicted as the largest ever grassroots-based film release, the documentary “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price” is set to open at 7,000 locations around the country Nov. 13-19. Wal-Mart executives, apparently terrified of the new negative publicity on top of an already burgeoning anti-Wal-Mart movement, have launched an attack campaign against the movie.

Gulf Coast update

Shoddy levees may spur legal actionBillions needed; Senate to Gulf states: ‘Drop dead!’; Category 5 levees a must; Brown’s e-mail disaster; Plumbers wanted

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