October

Ohio union leader walks Road to Recovery

BARBERTON, Ohio — “No blisters yet, but I’ve got a darned shin splint,” said Ohio AFL-CIO President Joe Rugola as he walked into this rustbelt city near Akron last week. “The wonderful folks I’ve met on this walk have kept me so up, emotionally, that I don’t even feel it any more.”

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Today we vote, tomorrow we march

LOS ANGELES — “When we elect Barack — knock on wood — we will have someone who responds to labor, to people’s needs, the plight of immigrants. But he can’t win change alone. It will take a larger movement,” said Maria Elena Durazo, leader of the 840,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Obama ground game surges in Western Pa.

With time running out, John McCain floundered against surging voter support for Barack Obama in Pennsylvania and other battleground states that could determine who wins the presidency Nov. 4.

Unions help shift red states to blue

A united labor movement, fighting for a U.S. economy that once again creates millions of good-paying jobs, is on the verge of making history.

Unions help shift red states to blue

A united labor movement, fighting for a U.S. economy that once again creates millions of good-paying jobs, is on the verge of making history.

Smithfield drops lawsuit against union

In a victory for workers at the nation’s largest pork processing plant Smithfield Foods, located in Tar Heel, N.C., dropped a racketeering and extortion lawsuit against the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Oct. 27, with the union agreeing to suspend its economic and publicity campaign against the company.

Machinists win tentative deal with Boeing

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced Oct. 27 that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Boeing Company on a contract that will improve job security for its members and curb the amount of work the company can outsource.

Who a president puts on the bench matters much in the lives of workers

In the final presidential debate John McCain boasted that he would appoint judges based on experience and he castigated Barack Obama for wanting to appoint judges “who have a liberal philosophy.”

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First Black president? Detroit labor legend wonders if it's all a dream

DETROIT, Mich. — These days, as millions nationwide work to elect the first African American president, 96-year-old Dave Moore, longtime labor and community leader, wonders if it’s all just a dream.

Jobs for workers come first

Just days after the Communications Workers of America put forward a comprehensive economic recovery plan for Main Street, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke told Congress Oct. 20 that despite government efforts thus far, the economy remains in deep trouble.

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