Labor News

Retirees step up fight for health care, pensions

If the recent conferences of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) and the Alliance of Retired Americans (ARA) are any indication, senior militancy is definitely on the rise.

Free trade not what it seems

If you are a Kmart shopper or a rancher in Montana; a mom and dad wondering about what the kids will do once they finish school; or a retiree, worried about pension and health care, the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is not for you.

Homeland Security arrests workers in raids

Under the cover of darkness, in well-synchronized raids, scores of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents took the night shift cleaning crews into custody at 60 Wal-Mart stores across the United States. (click here for Spanish text)

Marching to Miami: Stop the FTAA!

PITTSBURGH – As far as working families are concerned, nothing good came out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Economic Policy Institute estimates that NAFTA has cost 765,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs since 1993.

Solidarity urged for S. Korean unionists

Unionists seeking to organize South Korean construction workers are facing a concerted campaign of harassment including “unwarranted and unjust” police investigations of the organizing drive, the Korean Federation of Construction Industries Union (KFCITU) said in a solidarity appeal issued Oct. 16.

S.F. Labor urges AFL-CIO to speak out on Iraq

A resolution adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council calls upon the “House of Labor” to oppose “the foreign policy disasters led by the most right-wing president in memory.”

U of M clerical workers strike

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Eighteen hundred clerical employees of the University of Minnesota, members of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 3800 at the Minneapolis, Duluth, Morris, and Crookston campuses, went out strike on Oct. 21.

New rights bill for immigrant farmworkers

While 900 immigrants and their supporters were making their way through the United States towards Washington and New York, a bill was being filed in Congress that would legalize the immigration status of undocumented farm workers.

Aluminum unions form global network

MONTREAL – Pledging “our full support to help other unions across the globe that represent workers in the aluminum industry when they are in need of our solidarity,” 160 delegates from 17 nations at the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF) World Aluminum conference addressed growing dangers being posed by global aluminum corporations Oct. 6.

Rally for jobs says Stop the FTAA

PARMA, Ohio – At a town hall meeting held in the community center of this Cleveland suburb, Tom Frisbie, president of Cleveland’s AFL-CIO, denounced the loss of 766,000 jobs since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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