Labor News

Guatemalans hail Cuban medical workers

Alfonso Portillo, Guatemala’s last president, is hardly a political ally of Fidel Castro’s, but that didn’t stop him heaping praise on Cuba’s doctors in his farewell speech in mid-January.

W.E.B. Du Bois cites profits, racism as threat to democracy

Speech to 1949 Moscow Peace conference: I represent millions of citizens of the United States who are just as opposed to war as you are.

8 killed in Dominican general strike

Eight people were killed during a general strike that shook the Dominican Republic for 48 hours on Jan. 28-29.

Iraqi workers still denied basic rights

PHILADELPHIA – While Iraqi workers currently face daunting conditions such as spiraling inflation and 70 percent unemployment, they are refusing to let restrictive, anti-labor laws stop their organizing work.

4 copper workers killed in Iran

Four workers from a copper smelter were killed and dozens were injured while engaging in a peaceful sit-in protest at the plant’s entrance in Khatunabad in southeastern Iran Jan. 25.

Iraqs workers face long road

Opinion There has been a long history of trade union struggle in Iraq against colonialism and for national independence. Often, it has been a struggle simply for survival.

Whats wrong with no-match letters

Opinion Last week, President Bush announced a vague plan to deal with the 8 to 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The plan has been denounced because it fails to guarantee what SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina calls “a new road to citizenship” for the undocumented.

Hey, Where did Wal-Mart come from?

Wal-Mart is practically synonymous with “cheaper labor.” Its U.S. clerks averaged $13,861 a year in 2001, some $800 below the miserable federal poverty line for a three-person household. Its subcontractors are infamous for their mistreatment of workers in the U.S. and worldwide.

SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS Behind the handshakes lies resistance

George W. Bush’s handlers tried to prepare a soft-landing for him during his Jan. 12-13 trip to Monterrey, Mexico, but they failed.

Immigration plan chains workers

The “more compassionate” immigration system for undocumented workers proposed by President George W. Bush on Jan. 7 will grant corporations greater ability to pit U.S. workers against the global work force for domestic jobs, say labor and immigrant rights leaders. It will also help businesses further exploit undocumented workers. click here for Spanish text

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