January

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Trumka: Time for a new economy

The full text of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka's speech on labor's agenda for a new economy at the National Press Club.

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Unions battle proposed health benefit tax

A major union leader, commenting on CBO  claims that employers will pass along, in the form of raises, cost savings that result from a tax on workers' health benefits said today that, "They may also believe in the tooth fairy."

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Health care tax could cost Democrats seats

At a press conference yesterday a liberal House Democrat leading the congressional push against the Senate plan to tax workers' health benefits said the plan would cost Democratic seats.

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$100 million for green jobs training brings hope for jobless

Despite a depressed economy, Joliet, Ill., ironworker Ken Kobus is optimistic.

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Arrow truck drivers abandoned by company but not by fellow drivers

It was days before Christmas when 1,400 truck drivers got the news. Their employer, Arrow Trucking, suspended its operations, leaving them high and dry just before the holiday.

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Companies renew efforts to bar workers from going union

Fearing that labor and progressive groups will soon shift much of their focus from health care reform to a bill that would expand union organizing rights, retailers across the country are stepping up their anti-union campaigns.

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Hotel workers sit in, proclaim San Francisco Hilton boycott

As dusk fell over the city, more than 140 hotel workers and their supporters wearing placards, "Boycott Hilton!" sat in the entry plaza to the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

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Drop tax on health benefits, say progressives

A coalition of congressional progressives, the labor movement, and health reform advocates wants to see the  final bill include  taxes on the wealthy instead of health insurance plans.

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GOP anti-union stance weakens national security

A bunch of right-wing Republicans led by Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina are trying to blame the labor movement for airport security weaknesses.

Judge rules vs. Calif. state worker furloughs

Arnold Schwarzenegger exceeded his authority last year when he ordered them to take three unpaid furlough days each month to help cover a soaring deficit in the state's general fund.

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