Miners arrested in protest against coal company

The nation's largest coal companies created the spin-off company, Patriot Coal, in a scheme to rob thousands of union members and beneficiaries of their pensions and health care benefits.


Today in labor history: Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" tops charts

The song was written and originally performed by Parton for the 1980 film comedy Nine to Five, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Parton in her film debut.


Labor board chief: We'll enforce labor law, despite court ruling

"The board respectfully disagrees with the decision and believes the president's position in the matter will ultimately be upheld," said NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce.


Today in labor history: Jackson uses troops vs. workers

The workers were protesting not just their low pay but also the intolerable working conditions on an important canal construction project.


New York’s school bus strikers gaining public support

Mayor Bloomberg's anti-worker, anti-union bias again reared its ugly head when he and his DOE appointed head attacked school bus drivers and their union.


Today in labor history: People's poet Robert Burns is born

Along with memorable love poems - he was quite a ladies' man - Burns celebrated the lowly and downtrodden.


Janitors and security guards getting hit in Twin Cities

Negotiators for Twin Cities janitorial contractors and security contractors are seeking deep contract concessions from SEIU Local 26.


Today in labor history: Jackie Robinson inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball


Teamsters forced to authorize bus driver strike

The unyielding bargaining stance of a private school bus company forced bus drivers into unanimous strike authorization votes.


Target endangers workers by locking them in at night

"Sometimes I am told to work cleaning the store all night long," said Marco Tulio Perez, who cleans a Twin Cities Target store.

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