The Bush administration joined the Republican congressional leadership in their annual holiday raspberry for the unemployed. They all went home in December, allowing the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation (TEUC) program to expire.
MIAMI – In the wake of the violent police actions against peaceful demonstrators who rallied here in mid-November against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), about 350 trade unionists and activists crammed into the United Teachers of Dade headquarters on Dec. 16 to call for the resignation of Miami Police Chief John Timoney and a full investigation of police wrongdoing during the trade talks.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifteen hundred trade unionists filled the Veterans Memorial Auditorium here Dec. 9 to “Take Back Ohio/Labor 2004.” “Politics is power – use it!” was Ohio AFL-CIO President William Burga’s call to action.
Workers’ Correspondence Transport Workers Union Local 100’s 38,000 members, employees of New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, voted in union elections on Dec. 10. The overall results represent a vote of confidence for the local’s reform leadership.
News Anaylsis Hindsight is 20-20 vision, so the saying goes. When Ronald Reagan declared war on labor, he began by destroying the PATCO (air traffic controllers) union. Everyone can see that now. All of labor and the progressive movements now know that Reagan’s attack on PATCO began a 20-plus year, government-assisted assault on labor rights.
For the movements on the ground determined to defeat Bush in 2004, the New Year came roaring in like a lion. click here for Spanish text
WASHINGTON – The New Year was a time of revelry for the corporate rich as government reports confirmed a surge in profits and productivity in the final quarter of 2003. George W. Bush trumpeted the news as proof that his trillions in tax cuts for the wealthy has pulled the nation out of recession. click here for Spanish text
LOS ANGELES – “Vaciemos las tiendas Safeway y sus cajas de dinero” tomando acción para separarlos de la fuente de su dinero – los consumidores y las comunidades – dijo Doug Dority, presidente del sindicato Trabajadores de Alimentos y Comercio Unidos (UFCW – por sus siglas en inglés), ante una masiva manifestación aquí.
Workers’Correspondence TUCSON, Ariz. – Metric Roofing edged out U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) by a mere three votes to be crowned Tucson’s “2003 Grinch of the Year.”
JEFFERSON, Wis. – Tyson workers, on strike here since February, face a winter of continued privation, forced to stretch out their strike funds to cover necessities.