Labor News


Workers occupy factory - demand justice

We're here to demand our rights,' said Manuella Rivera in a gentle but firm voice, 'and we'll stay until we get justice.' Rivera, a 58-year-old window assembler is among workers at Republic Windows and Doors who have been occupying the plant since Dec.5 when it was shut down. The workers have vowed to stay until they receive $1.5 million in severance and vacation pay and health benefits they are legally entitled to.

Bush yanks union rights from 8,600 federal workers

WASHINGTON (PAI)--He may be on his way out of Washington, but GOP President George W. Bush is still yanking union rights away from federal employees.

Jobless rates rise, 533,000 more people lose their jobs in November

WASHINGTON (PAI)--With the nation now officially in a recession for a year -- and expected to stay that way all next year -- the U.S. jobless rate rose 0.2 percent in November to 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Another 533,000 people lost their jobs. The number of unemployed shot up to 10.331 million.

The media myth: Detroit's $70-an-hour autoworker

It's been one week since New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin wrote that at General Motors, 'the average worker was paid about $70 an hour, including health care and pension costs.'


Wages in industrial countries to drop, UN labor group warns

The economic crisis is likely to result in wage declines all over the world, with wages dropping faster than production, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said in a report it issued Nov. 28.

Labor was key in turning Ohio, and U.S., blue

CLEVELAND — According to preliminary data, organized labor can claim credit for nearly 40 percent of Barack Obama’s vote in Ohio, turning the state from red to blue, a key element of the national Democratic victory.


Billions for Bank of America, zero for workers

CHICAGO — Bank of America likes to foster a community-oriented image by sponsoring such local events as the Chicago Marathon. But it has revealed a far uglier side, a destroyer the livelihoods and economic wrecker of Chicago neighborhoods.

They auto know better: Fueling anti-union fires

My local newspaper editor, as he does regularly, once again attacked unions as the problem in America. This is the same editor who once said 'all the laziest goof-offs and goldbricks in the newsroom' where he began his career were union officials and that the unionized New York Times editorial writers are nothing more than 'limousine liberals.'

The stories that matter: Workers making things better

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “I remember what she did every weekday in the 1950s, riding the back of that bus in Austin, Texas so she could clean other people’s houses. I remember how he, as a day laborer, suffered the indignity of not being able, with his own labor, to provide for his family.

AFTs Weingarten puts everything but vouchers on the table

WASHINGTON (PAI)--In her first major policy address since being elected President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten put “everything but vouchers” on the bargaining table--including merit pay and tenure--as long as the results help students and teachers.

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