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The year in headlines: High hopes at start, roadblocks at end

WASHINGTON (PAI) — It was a year that started with such high hopes for workers and their unions — and ended in roadblocks and looming disappointment.


San Francisco hotel workers march for a new citywide pact

SAN FRANCISCO ― As contracts covering some 9,000 hotel workers were expiring Aug. 14, hundreds of workers and community supporters marched down Market St., the city’s main thoroughfare, and past several prime tourist hotels, proclaiming their determination to win a good new agreement with over 60 of the city’s best-known hotels.

More job stimulus desperately needed

Economic reports for July showing unemployment rising, retail sales falling and mortgage foreclosures at an all time high, touched off warnings from economists: only stronger action by the federal government to create jobs, extend unemployment benefits and stop foreclosures can turn the economy around.

Bloombergs grip may be slipping

NEW YORK—“Rich guys don’t always win.” That’s what Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Working Families Party forum July 6. Unfortunately for Bloomberg, his statement may prove true in November.

Soldier resists Afghanistan deployment

Sgt. Travis Bishop served 14 months in Iraq before he was ordered to deploy to war stricken Afghanistan. Yet he refused to go and calls the war “illegal.” He is the second soldier in the past two weeks to resist the war from Fort Hood. Bishop believes it’s unethical to support the occupation in Afghanistan on moral and legal grounds.


Oklahomans battle poultry companies to save their rivers

Oklahoma’s attorney general is suing Tyson Foods and other poultry processors, charging them with polluting an area of his state known for its chain of scenic lakes and rivers.


We want to take you to Pittsburgh with us

Labor history will be made in Pittsburgh next month. We’re sending a top-notch team of writers, photographers, podcasters and videographers to bring you on-the-spot coverage. You will be able to see, hear and read first-hand accounts of the AFL-CIO, Pride At Work and International Labor Communications Association national conventions.


Sea Stories and Other Dirty Lies, Movie Review: In the Loop

I am grateful to the British facility with language for not having any tattoos anywhere on my skin, and for one of the best movies of recent times.

Immigrant rights leaders welcome Obamas detention plan

Civil rights leaders and immigrant advocacy groups say they welcome President Barack Obama’s new plan to institute badly needed reforms within the country’s broken immigration detention system.

Pa. shooters blog mixed racism, sexism, despair

The gunman who killed three women and then himself at a Pittsburgh-area fitness club yesterday had a blog in which racist and sexist comments mixed with constant talk of his failure to have relationships with women, and of not having control over his life.

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