Labor News


UBB mine disaster: Blankenship trial's end at hand

In a surprising move the defense team for accused coal criminal, Don Blankenship, rested its case Nov. 16 without presenting any witnesses.


Court says Caterpillar must admit union inspector

"The company wanted to tell the workers the union can't do a damn thing for you."


Job fatalities rise in construction, oil, and gas

"Far too many people are still killed on the job -- 13 workers every day taken from their families tragically and unnecessarily."


Steelworkers and teachers: Two unions, one struggle

In other words: To make money for the shareholders, workers have to go without; to keep the banks happy, public schools have to tighten their belts.


Farmworker rebellion spreads along almost the entire Pacific coast

The strawberries, blackberries and blueberries sold everyday in U.S. supermarkets are largely picked by indigenous families speaking the same ancient languages.


ATU: “A Common-Sense Bus Safety Proposal”

Putting intercity bus drivers under federal overtime pay laws would raise their pay, lower their fatigue, and cut fatal bus crashes and deaths.


Rail workers score big safety win in California

Rail unions have been pushing for two-person crews while rail carriers have been pushing for just one, an engineer.


OSHA proposes cutting worker exposure to beryllium by 90 percent

Beryllium is a heavy metal whose inhalation causes a chronic lung disease and may lead to lung cancer.


Today in labor history: Reagan fires air traffic controllers

"After 1981, Reagan and his followers willingly donned the mantle of union-busters." The firing of air traffic controllers was just the beginning.


"La Bestia" victims call for immigration reform

Hernández lost his left leg and arm and part of his right hand when he fell from the top of a moving freight train while trying to reach the U.S.  - he was desperate.

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