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Obama budget draws praise, some complaints, from labor leaders

The president's budget will be ignored in the GOP-run House, where Budget Committee Chairm Paul Ryan, R-Wis., intends to draft a proposal, which is expected to push killing of Medicare as we know it.

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Chicagoans demand "people's library hours"

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was forced to back off his unilateral closure of neighborhood branch libraries on Mondays after the move sparked a public uproar.

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Over 1 million sign to force recall of Wisconsin governor

The people of Wisconsin today submitted over a million signatures on petitions to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker, 460,000 more than  needed to trigger a recall election.

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Black public workers first laid off by job cuts

African Americans are experiencing the sharpest edge of layoffs of government and other public workers across the country

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Red Cross strikers win new contract

Striking workers at Red Cross won a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Not this old lady! GOP caught in “Grannygate” SB 5 scam

The granny in "Grannygate" is Marlene Quinn, a 78-year-old Cincinnati woman whose grandson and great granddaughter were saved by firefighters in a house fire a year ago.

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Journey by bus to a state capital: A firsthand account

It was six in the morning of Oct. 26 and two busloads of motivated Chicago teachers and friends  were on their way to Springfield to rally and lobby to protect their pensions.

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Study: Public employee pensions a bargain

Public employee pension plans are actually far more cost effective than defined contribution, the 401k-style plans fashionable in the private sector.

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Youngstown says vote no on anti-union legislation

A few hundred union members and community residents gathered at Youngstown State University in a kickoff rally to gather support for  the statewide campaign to defeat Issue Number 2 on the Ohio ballot.

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Labor journalists see themselves as a voice for workers

Sometimes the mainstream media just doesn't get it.

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