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OPINION: Finding personal value in an elitist society

Imagine, for a moment, that there are two American men standing before you. The man on the left is named Bob. He is wearing an old and tattered flannel jacket, underneath which is a simple white T-shirt.

McScrooged: A talk with McDonalds employee

A letter from Michael Whitney from Change that Works, SEIU.org: Last week we told you that McDonald's wasn't lovin' free choice at work. Several thousand of you stood up and told the company what you think about their efforts to stop their employees' free choice.

End military recruitment in our public schools

An Open Letter to President-elect Obama Allow me to introduce myself — I am Fernando Suárez del Solar, an American citizen since 1995 of Mexican origin and the father of L/Cpl. Jesús Alberto Suárez del Solar, USMC, who died in Iraq on March 27, 2003. Prior to my son's death, I worked hard like every immigrant and I tolerated low wages and discrimination; at least my family was whole and at peace.

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Sit-in!

CHICAGO — “We’re here to demand our rights,” said Manuella Rivera in a gentle but firm voice, “and we’ll stay until we get justice.” Rivera, a 58-year-old window assembler, is among 250 courageous workers at Republic Windows and Doors who have occupied the plant since Dec. 5 when it was shut down after the company’s main financer, Bank of America, refused to extend a line of credit.

Only one fix for auto industry: nationalize it

A raging debate is under way across the country, in Congress and between the incoming Obama and outgoing Bush administrations on the fate of the auto industry. General Motors, Ford and Chrysler CEOs have faced tough questioning in Congress. GM is begging for $25 billion to keep it and its ailing Detroit counterparts going. But nobody seems too thrilled about the prospect.

Hurricane Ike: Dj vu all over again

GALVESTON, Texas — After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, many speculated that if a similar disaster hit Texas, the Bush administration would respond more positively. Over two months after Hurricane Ike struck, the evidence suggests otherwise.

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Street theater links general strike date to todays struggles

OAKLAND, Calif. — For a moment last weekend the leaves of the calendar flipped backward, as Latham Square in the center of downtown became again the site of that great post-World War II demonstration of labor solidarity, the Oakland General Strike of 1946.

OPINION: The Jewish vote Obama by a landslide shows support for progressive agenda

Despite a targeted anti-Obama campaign directed at Jewish Americans by right-wingers, using racism, anti-Muslim slurs and lies about Obama’s character and political stances, Jewish Americans voted overwhelmingly for Obama last month, giving him 78 percent of their votes.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney issues statement in support of striking Chicago factory workers

The 10 million members of the AFL-CIO stand in solidarity with over 200 members of the United Electrical Workers who, in championing their own rights, are taking on the rampant corporate abuse of workers across this country during dire economic times.

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