Labor News

Threatened by free trade Engineers need unions too

Workers’ Correspondence When I started out working as a mechanical engineer a bit over four decades ago, there was a widespread tendency for engineers to regard themselves as a special group above and unrelated to the working class.

Working Families victory in NYC vote

NEW YORK – History was made here on Nov. 4 as Letitia James running on the Working Families Party line, swept the polls in a landslide as the first third-party candidate to be elected to City Council since the 1970s.

Grassroots victories give hope for 2004

News Analysis Despite Republican claims of having locked up the South after winning governors’ races in Mississippi and Kentucky, the 2004 presidential race is far from over.

Pratt & Whitney workers fight to save jobs

Workers’ correspondence International Association of Machinists sisters and brothers at the profitable United Technologies Corporation’s Pratt & Whitney plant in Connecticut are fighting hard for their jobs.

City workers rally for justice

NEW YORK – This city’s workers have not had a raise in over two years and need one now to pay the rent and put food on the table, declared Lillian Roberts, executive director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 37, which represents 125,000 workers in 56 locals.

Victory for St. Louis grocery workers

ST. LOUIS – After 25 days of strikes and lockouts, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 655 and Schnuck’s, Dierbergs, and Shop ’n Save announced an agreement on wages and health care benefits covering 10,000 grocery store employees on Nov. 1. The agreement has been hailed as a victory by the union.

Grocery jobs: Keep them union!

Workers’ Correspondence The cause of the supermarket strike is long-standing problems that have now reached the boiling point. I say this as someone who worked for Ralphs Supermarkets for 13 years in the service bakery and service deli, serving as a store steward in Local 770 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

U of M workers victory

MINNEAPOLIS – Striking clerical workers at the University of Minnesota have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the university administration and will return to work on Nov. 5.

Hold Wal-Mart accountable

Opinion All across the country Wal-Mart is cashing in on family tragedies. After Doug Sims, a Wal-Mart employee in Plainview, Texas, died of a heart attack in 1998, his wife, Jane, found out exactly what Wal-Mart means when it describes its employees as “valuable assets.”

History-makers reflect on Salt of the Earth: Even more relevant now

Anita and Lorenzo Torrez were a young married couple thrown into the midst of the Empire Zinc strike in Hanover, N.M., in 1950. They were radicalized in the course of the strike and became members of the Communist Party USA.

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