Labor News

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Perfect pension storm revisited

Some time ago this paper surveyed the approach of a “perfect storm” of economic assaults on the U.S. private pension system. Not entirely unmindful of the weather, the U.S. Republican-controlled Congress, under the leadership of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and new House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), constructed companion bills promising to restore the U.S. pension system to stability.

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French protest job bill

After a weekend of protests in which 1.5 million people took to the streets, French labor unions are preparing for a general strike in response to what they call a dangerous and disturbing new law.

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PORTRAITS: Honoring the women who make our clothing

When the people of White Salmon, Wash., stepped into their community library last fall, they probably didn’t think they’d be leaving without the labels on their clothing. That is unless they knew they were going to encounter Janet Essley’s interactive painting exhibit titled “Presente: She is Here With Us.”

Equality, or not: Threat of two-tier workforce is fault line of U.S. immigration policies

Equality has become an unmentionable word in Congress. It doesn’t come even once in the 300-page omnibus immigration bill introduced last week by Senator Arlen Specter, nor in any of the others Congress is considering. They all deny equality to millions of people. In the testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Specter chairs, no one even dares to advocate it.

N.Y. transit leader calls for new vote

NEW YORK — The battle between bus and subway workers represented by Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority continues. Last week, over the objections of the MTA, the Public Employee Relations Board ordered both sides back to the bargaining table.

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"Were here to stay!" Nations largest immigrant rights rally rocks Windy City

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over Chicago and surrounding areas marched here March 10 in one of the biggest pro-immigrant demonstrations in U.S. history, displaying massive support for immigrant rights.

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Cartoon book depicts labors fighting spirit

The opinion cartoon on a newspaper’s editorial page has more impact than any block of copy. A cartoon quickly draws the reader in visually and can make a statement quickly. The drawing simplifies a subject, making it digestible for readers.

Gulf Coast Update

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Oakland City Council OKs card-check measure

OAKLAND, Calif. — This city became the first to tell a cable company it must agree to recognize a union based on card check when the City Council late last month passed an ordinance requiring city franchise holders to accept the procedure.

Reflections on New Mexicos minimum wage fight

Commentary New Mexico has just gone through two major campaigns to enact a higher minimum wage law. One was a ballot referendum in Albuquerque in November 2005. The other was to pass a bill in the recent session of the State Legislature to cover the whole state. Both efforts were defeated.

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