Labor News

"Time to challenge basic assumptions," says Trumka

Americans must challenge and rethink three basic assumptions that have guided the country and the economy for the last 30 years and run both into the ditch, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says.

Unionists lobby vs. trade pacts

Unionists face uphill odds in battling against so-called U.S. "free trade" pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.

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Texas jobs vigil slams “free trade” pacts

Labor activists are blasting the GOP "free trade" proposals to cut public workers' jobs and to lessen unemployment benefits.

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Colombian labor leader seeks trade pact delay

WASHINGTON (PAI) - Congress should delay the proposed U.S.-Colombia "free trade" agreement until a key Colombian law that leads to workers' oppression changes and law enforcement there improves, a top Colombian union leader says.

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Unions differ on Korea trade pact

DETROIT - The United Auto Workers support for the U.S. Korea Free Trade Agreement has received a lot of "ink" in recent days as other unions have criticized the deal.

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Painters bus tour rallies the vote

ST. LOUIS - A nationwide, month-long "It's About The Jobs" bus tour organized by the Painters Union made a lively stop here last weekend.

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Steelworkers show the way on fair trade

Last week the United Steelworkers union (USW) announced important agreements with two Chinese clean energy companies.

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U.S. files labor rights complaint against Guatemala

The complaint, filed last week, is the first time the U.S. has pursued a labor rights case against a free-trade partner.

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Message to my fellow workers: China-bashing is a bad idea

My union, the IAM, calls for a national industrial policy and massive investment in infrastructure - something China has actually done, not just talked about.

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Black trade unionists say no to Arizona hate law

DETROIT - Forty years ago the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists "woke up" the labor movement to the importance of struggles for justice and peace, and they aren't stopping yet.

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