Labor News

Casino workers talk union

Talk of union is running high in the world’s largest casino located in southeastern Connecticut. Since opening 15 years ago, Foxwoods, which employs 12,000, has become the biggest private employer in the state.

NYC taxi drivers prepare to strike

NEW YORK — Yellow taxicab drivers here are prepared to strike if the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) continues to refuse to negotiate with them about sweeping changes they are imposing on the city’s 44,000 drivers. The TLC is mandating that all the city’s 13,000 yellow medallion taxicabs be equipped with GPS hardware.

It was murder in the mines, expert charges

Mine safety expert Jack Spadaro charges Crandall Canyon, Utah, mine owner Robert Murray with murder and the Bush administration’s Mine Safety and Health Agency (MSHA) with aiding and abetting.

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Hotel workers, many immigrants, win wage gain

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — After over a year of struggle, workers at the Woodfin Suites hotel here won a big victory Aug. 27 in their struggle to be paid according to the city’s 2005 living wage law.

Labor launches drive for universal health care by 2009

High-quality health care for all Americans moved closer to reality this Labor Day with the 13-million-member AFL-CIO unveiling a major drive to achieve universal health care by 2009.

Dead workers are not a business cost

Vast discrepancies exist between workers access to OSHA and that of corporations. Corporations routinely “negotiate” with OSHA to downgrade fines through “abatement,” which combined with inadequate workers’ compensation laws make it impossible to hold negligent employers liable.

Conn. machinists rally for Ned Lamont

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — “This campaign has become a crusade for machinists all across America,” declared R. Thomas Buffenbarger, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, at a Labor Day weekend rally here for Ned Lamont’s bid for U.S. Senate.

Tentative pact reached in Detroit teachers strike

DETROIT — After 16 days on the picket line, the unity of 9,500 members of American Federation of Teachers Local 231 finally forced school officials to agree to a tentative pact potentially ending the strike here as soon as Sept. 14.

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