Labor News

AFL-CIO, workers say Show us the jobs

ST. LOUIS – Over 1,000 trade unionists, community activists, youth and students here kicked off the AFL-CIO’s “Show Us the Jobs” bus tour March 24.

GOP blocks vote to preserve overtime pay

WASHINGTON (PAI) – The average worker affected by the Bush administration’s new overtime regulations earns $51,000-$55,000 yearly, including overtime, or around $1,000 a week, according to the Economic Policy Institute. With overtime pay at a little more than one-fourth of the worker’s earnings, he or she would lose $256 weekly, EPI adds.

Health care piracy at Treasure Island

CHICAGO – Grocery workers at two local supermarket chains here are appealing to consumers to boycott their stores in support of their battle to hold on to health care and pension benefits.

Show us the jobs bus on eight state tour

Fifty-one people with 51 stories of their jobless dilemmas hit the road March 24 on an AFL-CIO-sponsored “Show us the jobs” bus tour.

Ohio outrage: Retirees shafted

Weirton Steel Corp. announced this week that it would cut off health care benefits for its 10,000 retirees effective April 1.

Cleveland brings out big rat to greet Bush

CLEVELAND – With just three days notice, hundreds of angry anti-Bush protesters showed up to greet Dubya on his first visit here this election year.

The rural movement to oust Bush

There’s more than bridges in Madison County WINTERSET, Iowa – With its fertile pastures, meandering streams and quaint covered bridges, Madison County, Iowa, has become a symbol of rural America.

Women need unions on job

Interview with Utility Workers Local 132 President Marti Rodriguez-Harris LOS ANGELES – Verbal abuse, sexual harassment and unequal treatment were the issues that drove Marti Rodriguez-Harris to the union movement.

Coalition opposes Border Patrol raid

PORTLAND, Maine – Reyna A. Marroquin Solorzano, 22, was working in a laundry here to support her parents and seven siblings in Guatemala. She was injured in a fall while trying to escape a fire in her third-floor apartment and died the next day, Jan. 16.

Grocery union leader assesses strike

BAL HARBOR, Fla. – As a result of the hard-fought Southern California grocery strike, the union now has tens of thousands of political activists, said Joe Hansen, the newly-elected international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

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