Labor News

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Today in labor history: Death of unionist Karen Silkwood

Her life was featured in Silkwood (1983), an Academy Award-nominated film based on an original screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen.

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Unsafe buses being built in LA with $1.50-per-hour Chinese labor

The workers have been living in dormitory-style housing for up to six months, getting paid only $1.50 per hour and a $50 a day allowance.

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Today in labor history: Power blackout saps Northeast

On this day in 2003, the Northeast of the United States and Canada experienced a massive blackout, which affected 50 million people.

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Unions push plan for green infrastructure jobs

 Just how old and how badly in need of upgrading is the U.S. power grid?

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Steelworkers forced out at Rotek

Members of USW Local 8565 are picketing Rotek, Inc. protesting the company's unilateral implementation of a contract slashing wages 20-30 percent as well as deep cuts in benefits.

Unions split on Obama Keystone pipeline turndown

Construction unions called Obama's ruling a "job killer," but at least five unions sided with environmental groups against Keystone.

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Steelworkers: Refinery closings could cause oil shortages in Northeast

The union says oil companies' closure of three big refineries in the Philadelphia area - and a plan to demolish one plant if its owner can't find a buyer - could lead to oil shortages in the Northeast.

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U.S. unions, Canadian energy sign pact on transnational pipeline

Four U.S. construction unions signed a Project Labor Agreement on Sept. 14 with a large Canadian energy company, to build a big trans-national oil pipeline from the oil sands of Alberta to the refineries of Texas' Gulf Coast.

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BP admits guilt in Texas City safety violations

BP has finally agreed to pay millions in fines and repairs for its deadly 2005 refinery blast - but the whole industry is "a mess," the Steelworkers union says.

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Steelworkers, wind energy group join forces to create jobs

The Steelworkers union and the American Wind Energy Association have agreed to work together to develop the wind power industry - with U.S. workers in U.S. factories.

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