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The Church and the Employee Free Choice Act

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

I'm neither a Roman Catholic scholar nor a Biblical scholar, but I can read, and the Pope's language is crisp and clear: restrain the greed of the markets; protect workers; pass the EFCA.

The Day They Arrested President Roosevelt

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Imagine how different America might be today, if FDR had been deposed in a coup. That's what happened in Honduras, where President Zelaya was deported for proposing a referendum on reforming the constitution.

French Nortel Workers Bomb Threat Leads To Talks

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

PARIS, July 15 (Reuters) - Workers at the French arm of telecommunications manufacturer Nortel (NT.TO) have forced management into talks over layoff t...

Illegal People: An Island of Rationality

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hector E. Sanchez

The hostility of globalization forces corporate management to compete for the cheapest possible products at the expense of exploited workers.

Rethinking Who Killed the Electric Car?: How GM Doubled Down on Dinosaurs

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Kim

Instead of embracing the inevitable future of the auto industry, GM decided to be the #1 producer of dinosaurs.

United Steelworkers and AFLCIO Lead Historic Arkansas March for Employee Free Choice Act

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

Civil rights and community leaders, local elected officials and union activists held the largest ever demonstration in Arkansas to demand that Sen. Lincoln support the Employee Free Choice Act.

EFCA Opponent Runs Ad Suggesting Unions Gag Employees With Duct Tape

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A top union is demanding that an Arkansas TV station yank a new ad being run by the "Dr. Evil" of pro-business lobbyists that depicts workers as mobbe...

Labor Movement Backs UNITE HERE Against SEIU Raids

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Randy Shaw

In a dramatic blow to SEIU's efforts to raid UNITE HERE members and jurisdictions, 15 of the nation's leading unions pledged Monday to provide UNITE H...

Is Fresno SEIU's Vietnam?

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Randy Shaw

SEIU defeated NUHW by 233 votes in their bitter election over Fresno's 10,000 home care workers, but now faces a situation analogous to the United Sta...

"We Won't Work For Crumbs": Stella D'Oro Workers Set Precedent for Fighting Back!

Beth Borzone | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Beth Borzone

On Saturday May 30th, 800 striking Stella D'Oro workers rallied in the Bronx for better workers' rights in a bad economy. Two weeks later, is the movement taking hold?

Union Leaders Bail On Meeting With Daley

Chicago Sun-Times | FRAN SPIELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayor Daley dragged himself out of a sick bed today to try and stave off 1,100 layoffs, but he never got the chance to deliver his personal plea to or...

Binding Arbitration, Sooner the Better

Danny Glover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Glover

I will always be a union activist, and I am proud of that. What I am not proud of is what the fight between UNITE HERE and Workers United/SEIU is doing to this movement I care so much about.

An Open Letter to the Labor Movement Regarding UNITE HERE Conflict

Bruce Raynor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Raynor

Let's end this now. Let's get back to fighting for economic and social justice to improve the lives of union members and working families.

GM Bankruptcy Hurts People of Color Hardest. Workers Desperately Need EFCA.

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Seth Freed Wessler

In the economy we've inherited from the last three decades of deregulation and declining union density, people of color are increasingly relegated to low-wage, precarious work that pays too little to support a family.

4 AM: 24-Hour Vigil in Little Rock

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

We are holding a 24 hour vigil for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act during this Memorial Day congressional recess.

Hawkish Union Leaders Hurting Teachers and Your Kids

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

It is profoundly disturbing that AFT, a union representing educators, would elect someone so willing to distort the facts in order to pursue such a racist agenda.

43 Members of Congress Ask Geithner to Weigh in on Wells Fargo on Behalf of Hartmarx Workers

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

With so much at stake for workers, 43 Members of Congress released a letter asking Geithner to weigh in on Wells Fargo's attempt to liquidate nearly 4,000 jobs at Hartmarx.

SAG Executive Director: TV/Theatrical Deal Will Pass

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

David White heralded the proposed agreement between SAG and the studios as "a good deal with solid gains," and added that "Within the context of negotiations [lasting] over a year and an economy changed radically since 2008, it's a fantastic deal."

SAG's Strange Voyage

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Where did the Screen Actors Guild go? After months of news, the guild fell off the radar screen. The quiet was deceptive however.

Politically Driven Union Activism Hurts Shareholders

Tom Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Donohue

Rewarding activist investors at the expense of average shareholders does not move governance of our markets in the right direction.

SAG Hardliners' Picnic No Walk in the Park

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG President Alan Rosenberg, who spoke at the picnic cum rally, predicted "a good chance" of defeat for the pending TV/theatrical deal, but that seems unlikely if MF can only attract a handful of members to an event in LA.

Alderman: Hotels Must Tell Guests About Labor Disputes

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Aldermen sympathetic to striking Congress Plaza Hotel workers are making a new push today for an ordinance that would require hotels to notify potenti...

SAG Hardliners: The Trojan Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG's Hollywood branch, dominated by the hardline Membership First faction, has passed a motion forming a task force to explore "acquisition of actors...

Is the Insurance Industry Getting Behind Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arlene Holt Baker

This week many watched as the president joined with the largest associations of insurers and doctors to acknowledge the excessive costs of health care...

DeMint's Valhalla Syndrome

Ed Kilgore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Kilgore

You do have to say this for South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint: he represents the unmediated subconsciousness of contemporary conservatives, coming right out and saying things that others probably just think.