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Auto union mobilizes to save the industry, but with tight strings attached

DETROIT — The prospect of 3 million jobs lost; pension and health care benefits cut for 1 million retirees, spouses and dependents; thousands of other businesses - dealers, suppliers and others - threatened; huge pension and health care costs tossed onto the federal government and taxpayers; a drop in revenues to federal, state and local governments forcing cuts in vital social services; a devastating blow to the entire economy, already in crisis — it’s a scenario that gets people's attention.

OPINION: To save auto jobs, and our planet, dont leave CEOs in the drivers seat

The Big Three auto companies may not like unions, consumers, environmentalists and the government having input into how their business is run, but with sales at a 25-year low, they would be in a much better position if they did.

Un momento histrico

Fue el 4 de noviembre que pasó, Barack Obama fue elegido el primer presidente afroestadounidense. Este fue un momento histórico. En un país en la cual se mantuvo a la gente de decendencia africana en la esclavitud por tres ciento años y les negaron los derechos básicos de un ciudadano por cien años más eligió a un negro para presidente.

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Mining for minerals fuels Congo conflict

LONDON (AP) – The Democratic Republic of Congo has been in a ceaseless war for some 10 years with a mind-numbing toll: 5.5 million dead and 300,000 women raped.

Calif. the poster child for states economic woes

As the nation’s economic crisis deepens, more states are struggling with huge and escalating budget gaps. Unless they receive substantial help soon from the federal government, many will be forced to make further cuts in health and human services programs just when these are needed more than ever by growing numbers of laid-off workers and their families.

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Violet Russell, 92, lifelong activist

“Strength, grace, courage.” That is how Violet Russell and 12 other women are described in a 2008 calendar honoring “Rosie the Riveter,” women who worked in armaments production in Washington State during World War II.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down

In late September, North Texas union activists started receiving pleas to help get “Battle in Seattle” into more movie theaters. At that time, it was scheduled to open on only 11 screens nationwide. AFL-CIO, Change to Win, the Teamsters and Steelworkers asked activists to demand that the movie be shown in their cities. The promotional web site is www.battleinseattlemovie.com/labor. This is a “grassroots-powered” movie.

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Keep an eye on Maher

If lightning doesn’t strike comedian Bill Maher in the next few days, you might want to buy a ticket for his new movie, “Religulous.” It rhymes with “ridiculous.” In it, Maher takes a lighthearted but very honest look at religious fundamentalism at home and around the world. Interviewing two Muslims in a gay bar, he displays his well-known brand of chutzpah.

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Celebrating Latino Heritage Month

A Dominican woman wears a costume and mask representing the mischievous “Diablos Cojuelos” (Lame Demons)

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