Labor News

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Hard-hit Gary stops garbage pickup

GARY, Ind. – In another sign of the economic crisis hitting working class cities around the country, angry residents and laid off city workers rallied in front of this city’s new General Services building. The crowd brought uncollected garbage and dumped it in front of the building sign. This was only the second day of a stop in the collection of household waste here.

Calif. labor backs public option health care bill

The California Labor Federation, the largest state labor federation in the country, gave its unconditional support to the bill now before the House of Representatives extending affordable quality health care to the uninsured, including a strong public option.

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Labor-backed think tank: Second big stimulus needed to ease worst crash since 1929

A top economist at the labor-backed Economic Policy Institute said today that this month’s jobless figures and other economic indicators show the “urgent need” for “a second stimulus package as large as or even bigger than” the $700 billion Economic Recovery Act passed in the opening weeks of the Obama administration.

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Hartmarx workers declare victory

DES PLAINES, Ill. — In an unprecedented display of hope, struggle and unity, more than 600 workers at the Hart Schaffner & Marx factory here joined with union leaders and elected officials in a rally June 29 to celebrate a major victory that will save nearly 4,000 jobs nationwide and keep the Chicago-based company open for business.

12 Senate Dems are key on employee free choice, union leader says

There are 12 “wavering” Senate Democrats that supporters of labor law reform need to be concerned with, Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen told the union’s legislative conference in Washington this week.

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Unionists demand universal health care at DC rally

WASHINGTON (PAI)—Declaring Congress must listen to the voters, and not the health insurance companies, thousands of health care advocates—led by unionists—demanded universal, affordable health care in a mass rally on June 25.

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Wells Fargo charged with job-icide and home-icide

CHICAGO — Dozens of labor, community and religious leaders rallied here in front of the Wells Fargo home lending offices June 23 demanding the bank save 100 jobs and extend credit to the Quad City Die Casting company in Moline, Ill., slated to close July 12.

Sen. Dodd declares for strong public option as health care reform markup begins

Grassroots mobilization underway Call senators toll free 866-210-3678, unions urge A week before health care activists poured into the nation’s capitol demanding health care for all with a public option or single payer, Sen. Chris Dodd had taken time away from preparing for Senate Health Committee sessions to meet via web with members of Families USA, Doctors for America and unions SEIU, CWA.

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Seniors plan to push health care reform

WASHINGTON — Some 500 delegates to the Alliance for Retired Americans legislative conference convened here June 16-18. The 3 million member strong organization played an important role in helping to elect the nation’s first African American president and is playing an equally important role in passing the president’s major policy reform: health care.

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Retraining for what? Auto ripple effect hits hospitals ... and jobs

DETROIT — “Hospitals brace for next hit” ran the headline in last week’s Detroit Free Press. The article cites soaring patient debt and free care for the uninsured as reasons for hospitals losing money.

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