Labor News

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Today in labor history: California school workers organize union

On Aug. 9, 1927, 10 school custodians met in Oakland, Calif., to form what was to become the 230,000-member California School Employees Association, representing school support staff throughout the state.

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Judge OKs Patriot Coal plan to renege on miners' pensions

A federal bankruptcy judge in St. Louis has left Patriot Coal's retirees - whom it inherited from Peabody Energy and Arch Coal - high and dry, and said Patriot could dump its union contracts, too.

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Today in labor history: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters founded

Representing the Pullman Porters, the Brotherhood was the first African-American labor union to sign a collective bargaining agreement with a major U.S. corporation.

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Sixteen arrested in W.Va. after 11,000 march on Patriot Coal

The actions, organized by UMWA, were in support of the union's campaign to save health care for retired miners and win better wages, benefits and working conditions for miners on the job.

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Trumka: AFL-CIO to undergo wide-scale revamp

The revamp will meet the conditions of changing workplaces, extend labor's reach, and shift its emphasis within the federation to more inter-union and regional cooperation.

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Avondale shipyard story could get a happy ending

The long struggle by thousands of Avondale shipyard workers here to save their jobs appears to have been successful.

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Miners arrested in protest against coal company

The nation's largest coal companies created the spin-off company, Patriot Coal, in a scheme to rob thousands of union members and beneficiaries of their pensions and health care benefits.

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Jobs pipeline offers hope

Youth, the unemployed, elected officials, educators, union leaders, and the business community were all represented at a public hearing.

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Young Trade Unionists host We Are One event

Young workers organize Baltimore's We Are One event.

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Labor & community join mercado workers' struggle

OAKLAND, Calif. - Some 30,000 California workers, many of them in the San Francisco Bay Area, are employed by mercados - Latino, Asian and other ethnic grocery stores numbering many recent immigrants among both workers and customers.

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