September

Bush pays surprise visit to reality

President George W. Bush departed from his planned itinerary on Labor Day to make a surprise visit to reality, later calling the two-hour stop in the real world “informative.”

Homecare workers win major gains

SALEM, Ore. — Hardworking and tenacious homecare workers represented by Service Employees Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union, have won significant improvements to wages, benefits and working conditions. They settled their 2007-2009 contract Aug. 30 after two days of mediation.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR: Sept. 8

American workers most productive and most exploited Unions endorse for president Labor’s watchdog needs watching UAW members authorize strike

WORLD NOTES: Sept. 8

Chile: General strike triggers police repression Japan: Peace activists pressure U.S. military Iraq: Millions displaced, needs unmet Spain: Biofuel production means high prices, food shortages Nigeria: New president discards national oil company

Neo-Nazis in Germany, or dj vu?

BERLIN — An argument at a summer fair in the small town of Muegeln, between Leipzig and Dresden, ended with a mob of 50 drunken young men chasing eight men from India, longtime Muegeln residents, across the town square. The drunken men were wielding knives and other weapons and shouting, “Foreigners get out!”

22 cities rally against gun violence

PHILADELPHIA — As part of the 22-city National Day of Protest, some 200 people spilled into an intersection here for a noontime rally against gun violence, Aug. 28. The crowd assembled near Colosimo’s Gun Shop where 263 guns linked to crimes had been purchased.

California health care reform goes to the wire

Facing a mid-September deadline for action during the Legislature’s regular session, California’s Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have intensified negotiations for a health care reform bill that can be passed and signed this year.

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Under scorching sun, rally protests migrant deaths

TUCSON, Ariz. — A coalition of local immigrant rights, labor and community organizations rallied at the federal building here Aug. 28 to mark the National Day of Action to Stop Anti-Immigrant Repression and Migrant Deaths at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

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Save my home from real estate greed

LOS ANGELES — Like the Southern California weather, the movement for affordable housing is heating up. At a press conference in the Olympic Park neighborhood here, housing activists gathered with tenants outside the residence of Thelma Meredith. Meredith, 88, has lived in the same apartment for 42 years. Now she is being evicted from her home. Her only income is Social Security.

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