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  • New labor editor joins Worlds staff

    May 18, 2007By Teresa Albano

    The People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo editorial board welcomed John Wojcik to the newspaper’s staff as labor editor May 1. Wojcik, 56, replaces Roberta Wood, who was elected secretary-treasurer of the Communist Party USA last November. Wood will remain on the editorial board.

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  • Undue influence: Wal-mart, Google, GE press China to curb workers rights

    May 11, 2007

    There is a “tug of war” raging worldwide over reforms in China’s labor law, according to Brendan Smith, Tim Costello and Jerry Brecher, authors of a report released April 5 by Global Labor Strategies (GLS). On one side of the battle, the report says, is Wal-Mart, Google, General Electric and other transnational corporations that have been lobbying to limit rights for Chinese workers. On the other side are workers’ rights...

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  • THIS WEEK IN LABOR

    May 11, 2007

    Union membership would double with EFCA Union membership in the U.S. would almost double from the current 12.4 percent of all workers to 22 percent if the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) were to become law, a new report says. Speaking at an April 30 press conference organized by the Institute for America’s Future, Ross Eisenberg of the Economic Policy Institute and Eric Latke, co-author of a report on the...

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  • LETTERS

    May 04, 2007

    Greetings from France The first round of the French elections saw 80 percent of the eligible voters turn out, the highest percentage since 1965. Since 2002, every person turning 18 years old is automatically registered to vote. Amazing. With right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy heading into the second and last round with about 30 percent of the vote, and Ségolène Royal, a right-of-center Socialist, being his opponent, progressive people in France are...

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  • THIS WEEK IN LABOR

    May 04, 2007

    Steelworkers urge Drummond probe United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard has urged U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to join his counterpart in Colombia, Attorney General Mario Iguarian, in investigating the links between paramilitaries and Drummond Coal Co. The USW urged the probe as Gonzales and Iguarian planned to meet in Washington this week on the issue of support by U.S. companies, including Drummond, for right-wing terrorist groups in Columbia. Gerard demanded...

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  • THIS WEEK IN LABOR

    April 06, 2007

    Things don’t go better with Coca-Cola Teamsters at more than 100 plants in the U.S. and students at more than 70 campuses across the country held shop-floor actions and wore stickers in a national action April 2 to demand that the company stop abusing workers and the environment. Coke recently paid $192 million to settle an employee lawsuit over widespread racial discrimination and is attempting now to cut jobs and...

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  • THIS WEEK IN LABOR

    March 30, 2007

    Union love Kenneth Hill, a member of the Boilermakers Local 693, got married to Sonja McGruffin on the picket line outside the main gate of Northrop Grumman’s Ingalls shipyard, March 23, in Pascagoula, Miss. The wedding party and guest list was made up of fellow strikers, Black and white, who watched as Kenneth and Sonja exchanged vows. Hill works as a welder at the shipyard. The couple wanted to get...

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  • THIS WEEK IN LABOR

    March 23, 2007

    Tell McDonald’s, you’re not lovin’ it Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for McDonald’s don’t have the right to unionize or to receive overtime pay and have no benefits. Most make under $10,000 per year. Liz Cattaneo of American Rights at Work told the World by letter that if the company paid only a penny more a pound for its tomatoes, the wages of the farmworkers could be raised drastically. The company,...

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  • THIS WEEK IN LABOR

    March 02, 2007

    ‘Worker Squeezinart’ Employees of the Albertsons supermarket chain in Los Angeles dramatized their struggles Feb. 22 with street theater. The skits featured “Fatcat Albertson” showing off his “Amazing Profit Machine” churning out money at the expense of workers. Attention-grabbing visuals included giant signs, costumes and a “Worker Squeezinart.” Tens of thousands of LA grocery workers struggle to make ends meet as company profits soar. In 2005 Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons/Pavilions,...

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  • LETTERS

    February 23, 2007

    We want to hear from you! By e-mail: pww @ pww.org Subject: Letter to Editor Or by mail: People’s Weekly World Letter to Editor 3339 S. Halsted St. Chicago IL 60608 Letters should be limited to 200 words. We reserve the right to edit stories and letters. Only signed letters with the return address of the sender will be considered for publication, but the name of the sender will be...

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