Labor News

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Minimum wage earners: “You have to swallow your pride”

The Minnesota state legislator who spent a week living on the minimum wage met that week with three Minnesotans for whom the minimum-wage challenge is an everyday reality.

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Union and growers split on immigration plan

And that split could imperil immigration legislation overall, since the GOP-run House has made it clear that it may deep-six the Senate's comprehensive immigration overhaul.

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Ohio unions remain vigilant against anti-worker blitz

"The right-wingers are out to destroy unions because we are the only line of defense workers have. Without unions, nobody is there to stop the corporate power-grab!"

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Today in labor history: Congress passes notorious Sedition Act

On May 16, 1918, Congress passed the Sedition Act, leading to the arrest, imprisonment, execution and deportation of dozens of unionists, anarchists and communists.

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On minimum wage, it's peanut butter OR jelly

Minnesota is one of several states that aren't waiting for the dysfunctional U.S. Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, now $7.25 hourly.

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GOP backs down on “right to work” in two states

GOP state legislative leaders in Ohio and Missouri effectively stopped drives for so-called "right to work" laws in those legislatures.

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Workers have right to union rep before taking drug test

Ralph's fired Razi in 2011 when he refused to take a drug test - which the union contract allows - without having the chance to consult with his union rep first.

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GOP could move to cripple Labor Board

The AFL-CIO called an emergency press conference May 14 to draw attention to what Richard Trumka, its president is describing as an "immediate crisis" for America's workers.

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Today in labor history: Western Federation of Miners founded

"The mine owners did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy, all the gold belonged to them!"

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Iraqi unions still repressed

Nine years after the Bush government invaded Iraq and overthrew  Saddam Hussein, Iraqi unions are still repressed and toiling under the former ruler's labor law, a U.S. unionist who recently toured there says.

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