Labor News

Labor and Patriot Acts I and II:

A case for political action President George W. Bush heads the most viciously anti-worker, anti-labor administration we have seen in a long time. He and his corporate backers are hell-bent on blocking any new advances for labor and on rolling back existing labor rights.

UAW announces tentative pact

DETROIT – In a prepared statement made in the early hours of Sept. 15, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger announced a tentative agreement between the union and Daimler Chrysler.

Yale pensions a national issue

Retirement into poverty, or retirement with dignity? With one quarter of Yale’s employees likely to retire in the course of the next contract, this critical issue for workers everywhere has become pivotal in the strike against Yale University and its teaching hospital.

Miners rally for retirees

TUCSON, Ariz. – Hundreds of retired copper workers and their supporters rallied at the Federal Courthouse Sept. 8 to voice their outrage at ASARCO’s recent decision to unilaterally slash health insurance benefits for retired copper mine and smelter workers.

Labor Nation agency slammed

CHICAGO – “Is this a union town?” asked Tim Leahy, secretary-treasurer of the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL). “How strong is labor if places like Labor Nation supply scabs? This fight isn’t just a fight just for today, it’s also a fight for the future.”

Verizon unions claim victory on security

The five-year agreements signed Sept. 5 between Verizon Communications and its workers’ two unions, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was hailed by both unions as a victory in tough times.

Working families victorious in Senate

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The “public be damned” attitude of the Bush administration was dealt a set back Sept. 10, when the Senate voted 54-45 to maintain the current overtime pay laws covering eight million U.S. workers.

10,000 marchers back Yale strikers

New Haven police arrest 100 NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Downtown New Haven came to a standstill Sept. 13 as the nation’s labor movement turned out more than 10,000 union members from the Northeast and as far away as Nevada and Florida in support of striking university and hospital workers at Yale University.