Labor News

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Cities’ budget cuts target firefighters, slowing responses

From coast to coast, mayors and city councils are hacking away at firefighters' ranks in desperate attempts to cut budgets and save cash by cutting workers.

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Striking workers converge on Red Cross headquarters

Northern Ohio Red Cross workers brought their anger and frustration to the agency's National Headquarters in Washington.

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Mine workers: Federal mine safety agency's deficiencies helped lead to fatal disaster

Mine Workers Pres. Cecil Roberts adds the agency was also victim of lack of funds and mis-directed priorities imposed by the GOP Bush government in the years before the blast.

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Citing public safety concerns, Red Cross workers strike

The strike was provoked by the agency's insistence on an "irresponsible" health care plan and a speed-up drive that compromises the safety of blood donors.

Feds hit Houston oil pipe firm with $1m safety violation fine

OSHA inspectors found 13 willful violations, with a fine of $70,000 each, including unguarded presses, no guards on machines for cutting I-beams, and pipes and no brakes on overhead cranes.

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Refinery safety tops Steelworkers' oil bargaining goals

Vast improvements in oil refinery safety will be the top bargaining goal of the Steelworkers (USW) when they open talks with the nation's oil companies on a new contract, the union announced.

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Armored vehicle operators form union, demand respect

The union's slogan is "United we bargain, divided we beg."

Labor history: 2011 marks unhappy anniversary on job safety

The year 2011 should serve as a reminder of how far the U.S. has come on job safety issues - and how far it has yet to go.

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GOP's opposition to voting rule caused 4,000 FAA layoffs

Republican congressional opposition to a rule covering union elections among airline and railroad workers led to a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration and the layoff of 4,000 FAA workers  at midnight on July 22.

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Locked out on the Great Lakes

The epidemic of corporate greed sweeping our nation is alive and well on the Great Lakes.

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