SAN LEANDRO, Calif. — While financial calamity and soaring unemployment dominated media headlines last week, a nationwide coalition of labor, environmental, business and community organizations was making news of a different sort with its bold new program to put millions to work at good-paying jobs, “greening” America and fighting global warming.
Leaders of many of the nation’s most powerful unions have joined with heads of dozens of progressive community and political organizations to map out an economic recovery plan for Main Street.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — At organized labor’s Get Out The Vote mobilization here last week, Ohio AFL-CIO President Joe Rugola announced that he will walk across the state, stopping at shut-down facilities, to publicize the over 122,000 jobs lost in that state due to the policies of the Bush administration. The “Walk for Economic Recovery” will kick off Oct. 5 in Youngstown, with a public rally at one of the many closed steel mills in the Mahoning Valley.
First time applications for unemployment benefits skyrocketed to a seven year high in September as more workers lost their jobs in an economy that John McCain described, only two weeks ago, as “basically sound.”
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As 4,000 workers at Yale University gear up for a contract fight next year, and 2,000 workers at Yale New Haven Hospital continue their organizing drive, the question of who will be president looms large.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – (AP)Union leaders say a National Rifle Association film crew tried to coerce West Virginia miners into bad-mouthing presidential hopeful Barack Obama on camera, and that the union plans a brief work stoppage in protest.
John McCain, while publicly distancing himself from President Bush, has presented an economic program that is a continuation of Bush’s policies. So an assessment of the administration’s record is in order.
A united labor movement this week fired several shots aimed at drawing attention to real election issues that the Republicans want to bury with flimflam.
The official jobless rate topped 6.1 percent in August bringing the plight of U.S. workers into the center of the political arena as the presidential campaign enters its final eight weeks.