Labor News

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California janitors ready to strike

Over 20,000 janitors statewide call for a strike against unfair labor practices by janitorial companies who contract with some of the most high-priced real estate owners.

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Construction workers killed on the job, manager goes to jail

On Christmas Eve 2009, when the scaffolding they were working on broke in half, four workers were not wearing safety lines and fell thirteen floors.

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Unions-workers' centers unity results in wage and safety wins

Labor unions, including some that did not at first like the idea, say that hooking up with nonunion workers' centers has helped them make gains, including growing their own memberships.

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Blueberry pickers strike at Labor Camp 2

When the blueberry picking started, the company fired Federico Lopez on July 10 for asking for a wage raise, and workers went on strike on July 11 to get his job back.

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Today in labor history: Chicago Haymarket affair

Probably no single event has influenced the history of labor in the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket affair.

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“Fast for Fair Food” ends with 1,000 marching

More than 1,000 farm workers and their allies solemnly marched three miles to the corporate headquarter of the grocery store giant Publix.

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Indian workers on Gulf Coast fight modern day slavery

Hundreds of workers from India who were forced into modern day slavery at Gulf Coast shipyards for more than a year after Hurricane Katrina are demanding that federal courts certify their lawsuit as a class action against the company that hired them.

Justices tackle if states can use business licensing laws vs. undocumented workers

Can states use their own licensing laws to crack down on businesses that hire undocumented workers? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question on Dec. 9, dealing with a 2007 law from Arizona - a measure that presaged the tougher anti-Hispanic law the same state passed two years later.