July

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Minimum wage workers teach economics to the economists

A working father with a high school education, Marvin was one of 18 minimum wage workers gathered at a South Side job center to discuss the need for higher pay.

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Today in labor history: S.C. hospital workers win union recognition strike

For over three months, 400 African-American hospital workers, mostly women, walked off their jobs in protest over discrimination and the right to form a union.

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Pennsylvania unions launch massive campaign against voter ID law

The Pa. AFL-CIO is pushing a huge online petition demanding the GOP-run state legislature repeal the state's "voter ID" law.

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Houston incomes lag (audio)

Job creation doesn't mean the end of hard times for many Houston area families.

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Today in labor history: Seattle Potlatch Riots

Much of the coverage in the local newspapers blamed the IWW for the attack and accused it for being a destabilizing force in the city.

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McDonald’s to workers: Get a second job and go without heat

McDonald's aims to "help" its workers who make, on average, $8.25 per hour - not by raising their salaries, but by telling them how to budget their income.

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Pennsylvania American Water slapped by NLRB

Pennsylvania American Water, subsidiary of one of the nation's richest utilities, apparently isn't content with letting its executives feed at the ratepayers' trough, the Utility Workers note.

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Sweatshops in America? Yes, at T-Mobile call centers

T-Mobile call center employees are forced to work in a highly stressful setting that demands they meet unrealistic quotas with only a short amount of time to handle customer requests.

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Today in labor history: 1934 San Francisco longshoremen strike

The International Longshoremen's Association led the battle for better pay and better hours.

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Unions speak out on Zimmerman verdict

Unions are lining up with civil rights groups and community organizations across the country and speaking out on the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin, an un-armed teenager.

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