Labor News


From wealth gap to voting rights, labor takes a stand

From opposing "fast-track" trade treaty bargaining authority to restoring and expanding voting rights, the AFL-CIO Executive Council committed the labor movement to specific stands on a select group of high-profile issues.


National Labor College to close

"I am saddened to report that the Board of Trustees directed me and the college's officers to develop a plan to close the college," said the institution's president.


The teacher gap: more students and fewer teachers

Over the last 5 years, government employment has dropped by 657,000 as a result of the Great Recession's effects. It's worth considering how much of that drop has hit public K-12 schools.


Today in labor history: 50th anniversary of Chicago public schools boycott

On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.


Unions sue agency for pulling City College of San Francisco accreditation

Teachers' unions and others here are suing an accreditation agency over its decision to revoke accreditation of the City College of San Francisco.


University workers call off strike

In a startling last-minute reversal yesterday, workers at several Oregon universities called off a strike set to begin on Monday.


Today in labor history: Eisenhower orders troops to integrate Little Rock schools

Several months earlier following orders of then Governor Orval Faubus, the state's national guard blocked the entrance of the "Little Rock Nine" to the city's Central High school.


Salt of the Earth Labor College celebrates 20th anniversary

TUCSON, Ariz. - When activists here launched Salt of the Earth Labor College in 1993 they didn't know exactly what to expect.


AFL-CIO blasts big business prison profiteers

The nation's prison population exploded from 500,000 to 2.2 million between 1980 and 2011, in the decades since the for-profit business of incarceration was born.


Today in labor history: Social reformer Jane Addams is born

Addams was a co-founder of Chicago's Hull House, a social Christian, and a leader in the women's suffrage and peace movements. She was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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