Category: Labor

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David Bacon: Will A Social Clause In Trade Agreements Advance International Solidarity?

David Bacon On November 30 the AFL-CIO mobilized thousands of union members to demonstrate in Seattle outside the meeting of trade ministers of the World Trade Organization. The labor federation called for incorporating the rights of working people around the world into the text of future trade agreements, and for treating the impact of trade Read more…

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David Bacon: Dried Garlic And A Busted Union

David Bacon & Bill Berkowitz King City, California is a tough agricultural town about an hour south of Salinas. In King City, vegetables are king—people mostly work in the fields picking them, or in the huge Basic Vegetable Products plant, drying garlic and onions for shipment all over the world. It’s been the height of Read more…

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Nikos Raptis: European Labor

Nikos Raptis The Building The German word "Reichstag" means parliament. In colloquial German it also means the parliament building. It is not an exaggeration to say that this building, the Reichstag, is a very important part of the history of the 20th century. On the evening of February 27, 1933 Putzi Hanfstaengl, a Harvard educated Read more…

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Site Administrator: International Labor Solidarity Puts Pressure on Indonesia

Elaine Bernard In contrast to organized labor’s division over what should be done about the Kosovo crisis, the current mayhem and mass killing in East Timor has galvanized a powerful and unified response from unions internationally. Organized labor, and most especially unions in Australia, Canada, and Europe have not only fired off press statements, but Read more…

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Site Administrator: Labor Law and the Heavy Hand of the State

Elaine Bernard There is one remarkable exception to the deregulatory trend in the United States. While politicians happily hack away at regulation, protective legislation, standards and governmental’s ability to action on behalf of the whole community, one organization seems to be singled out for further containment – unions. There have been, of course, some attempts Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Right to Organize – A Week of Action

For seven days in June, from the 19th to the 25th, unions and their allies all over the US will be organizing hearings and forums, rallies and actions aimed at drawing public attention to the dismal state of labor rights, especially the most fundamental of labor rights – the right to organize. Using the theme Read more…

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Russell Mokhiber: Killing Work

Want to kill somebody and get away with a slap on the wrist? You’d be hard pressed to find a better way than being a employer who endangers his or her employees. Under the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act, violations of health and safety rules that pose a substantial probability of death or serious Read more…

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Site Administrator: Organized Labor and the War in Kosovo

It’s an alarming signal of the declining influence of organized labor that with the start of the bombing of Yugoslavia and the war in Kosovo, that neither the media nor the public at large demand to know labor’s position on the conflict. Alas, labor has not sought to draw much attention to itself and its Read more…

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David Bacon: Miners’ Strike Broken in Cananea

David Bacon In the mile-high mountains of the Sonora desert, just 25 miles south of the border between Arizona and Mexico, over 2,000 miners have been locked in a bitter industrial war since mid-November. Here Grupo Mexico operates North America’s oldest, and one of the world’s largest copper mines—Cananea. For 2 months the mine has Read more…

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Site Administrator: Branislav Canak and the Independent Unions in Yugoslavia

With all the bleak news out of Kosovo and Yugoslavia, I’ve been trying to make contact with the independent union federation Nezavisnost. During a visit to Belgrade, in May of 1996, I had a series of discussions with Nezavisnost President, Branislav Canak. An independently thinking former journalist, and an ardent anti-war activist, Canak and I Read more…

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