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Unions urge House GOP to stop holding workers and the jobless hostage

The AFL-CIO is urging everyone to call House Speaker John Boehner at 202-225-0600, telling him to stop playing politics with the lives of working families.

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Tenants' struggles heat up at the Chelsea hotel

These days there is a noticeable fine dust permeating the air throughout this historic landmark hotel. One tenant walked into his bathroom to find that the ceiling had collapsed.

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Chicago mayor aims to aggressively privatize schools

The mayor's plan will affect 10,000 students, mostly Black and Latino, and result in the firing of 600 teachers, principals, building maintenance, cafeteria and other workers.

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Mine owner to pay $210M for deadly explosion

The owners of the West Virginia coal mine where 29 died in an explosion agreed to pay $210 million, the biggest ever payout for a disaster the government blamed on "the ruthless pursuit of profits ahead of safety."

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Walker recall campaign off to blazing start

After just two weeks, over 300,000 signatures have been collected for Scott Walker's recall. So far, collection totals average 1,040 signatures an hour and have far exceeded even the most optimistic expectations.

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New Haven prepares for week of action for jobs

Actions include supporting the emergency need for massive public works jobs to restart the economy and aid communities, to be paid for by taxing the rich and ending the wars.

International solidarity ends in win for New York paper mill workers

A pair of international union allies helped Paperworkers at the Huhtamaki Packaging Plant in Fulton, N.Y., defeat a terrible company health insurance scheme.

U.S. last in unionization among developed countries

The U.S. is dead last among 21 top developed nations in both unionization rates and union coverage of the workforce  and it's not because of globalization or high technology.

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University faculty to chancellor: "We are not your ATM!"

In California State University faculty's first such action since collective bargaining began almost 30 years ago, two of the system's 23 campuses were idled in a one-day strike Nov. 17.

SEIU's Medina predicts more Latino voter activism next year

Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina, a skilled organizer and one of the most influential Hispanic Americans in the labor movement, predicts Latino voters will have heightened activism in next year's election.

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