Labor News

Chicago teachers may be forced to strike

CHICAGO — Thirty-two thousand members of the Chicago Teachers Union are prepared to go on strike, if they have to, before school starts here on Sept. 4.

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Delivery workers want fair shake at Saigon Grill

NEW YORK — Lin Xin Wei, a Chinese immigrant who came to the United States from his home province of Fujian, wants to work, support his family and achieve a better living. Instead, he has spent the past three years employed as a deliveryman, working long hours, receiving poor wages and being subjected to a grueling work environment.

AFL-CIO widens 2008 agenda

CHICAGO — The labor movement showed what it is made of Aug. 7 at Soldier Field when 17,000 union members and their families challenged seven Democratic presidential candidates to explain to the nation how they will change things.

Miners lives take back seat to profit

When Louis Alonso Hernandez, 23, Manuel Sanchez, 41, Kerry Allred, 57, Brandon Phillips, 24, Don Erickson, 50, and Carlos Payan, in his 20s, began their 12-hour shift 1,500 feet underground at the Crandall Canyon mine Aug. 6, they fully expected to see their families at the end of the day.