Category: Labor

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Mark Weisbrot: Verizon Workers Defend the Right to Organize

Mark Weisbrot Workers at Verizon Communications had a lot of reasons to go out on strike against the nation’s largest provider of local telephone and wireless services: loss of jobs to non- union sub-contractors, forced overtime, overbearing management. And a level of stress that can only be described by someone who handles more than 1000 Read more…

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David Bacon: Unions Take On Immigration-Related Firings

Even though she was working 40 hours a week at the Valencia Street Travelodge, Matilde (the women’s last names are not used in this article at their request) still couldn’t buy clothes for her four kids and husband. “I go first to the places where they give clothes away, like St. Anthony’s Church,” she says, Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Labor in 2000: No Place to Go?

Mark Weisbrot In the movie version of Steven King’s classic, "The Dead Zone," Christopher Walken reads the mind of the mother of a demonic serial killer. His psychic powers discern that she had long been aware of her son’s vicious murders. His eyes widen with shock and repulsion: "You knew!" he exclaims. And so it Read more…

Leon Lazaroff: Steelworkers Face Off Against Kaiser

Like most workers at Kaiser Aluminum Corp.’s plant in Gramercy, Louisiana, Ray Scroggs never thought he’d still be out of work 20 months after talks between his union, the United Steelworkers of America, and company management broke down over job security and retiree health coverage. Since October 1998, Scroggs and his USWA local have joined Read more…

Clayton Sinyai: Battle of Brooklyn’s Domino Sugar

Now well into its eighth month, the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1814’s strike against the Domino Sugar refinery in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn is a good example of what workers can expect in the brave new world of global capitalism—and perhaps show what forms of solidarity will be needed to win. The enemy Read more…

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David Bacon: The Poor Fight For UNAM

In early February, when Mexico’s Federal government moved to end the strike at the National Autonomous University (UNAM), its action was motivated less by concern over the fate of the institution and its students, and much more by the way the strike could be used in its current electoral campaign.      Mexican voters go to Read more…

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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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