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Labor activists in Idaho hope to repeal repressive "Right To Work" laws
and educate a new generation on the history of labor struggles.

Cesar, who was always good at symbols, saved his best for last: a simple pine box, fashioned by his brother's hands, carried unceremoniously through the Central Valley town he made famous.

While the edges continue to be smoothed off Martin Luther King Jr.'s bracing challenges to racism, war and free-market exploitation, the holiday is a time to remember a leader who believed civil rights and labor rights are tightly intertwined.

New York City's first transit strike in a quarter-century resulted in an agreement that both the union leadership and the MTA insist is the greatest contract ever--but that the union's left opposition calls a disastrous sell-out.

Labor issues involve not only economic rights, but also human rights,
in the US, but especially in nations around the world where the right
of free speech and assembly is not a given.

General Motors is dimming the headlights on its industrial utopia in
Spring Hill, Tennessee. The cutback at the visionary Saturn plant,
where workers and managers once shared decision-making and cooperated as equals, is the latest affront to US autoworkers and American self-esteem.

Buoyed by their defeat of Schwarzeneggar's "referendum revolution,"
Democrats and organized labor are now energized to defeat the
governor's re-election bid next year.

The cynical restructuring plan for bankrupt Delphi Automotive calls for
massive wage and benefit givebacks for 51,000 American workers.
Governors of affected states must craft strategies to minimize loss of
jobs and income.

Delphi's bankruptcy is a marker of a new America in which there is no
collective security, no union to make you strong, no government to give
you shelter, in which workers stand alone.

When one of New York's biggest and most liberal institutions gets into the business of union-busting, it's hardly an internal matter.

Blogs

Disregarding and disrespecting protests of teachers and nurses does not prepare him to see off global threats.

February 27, 2015

Voters force school-closing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff and demand an elected school board.

February 25, 2015

The 2016 contender who last year warned new anti-labor measures were divisive and “a distraction” is back in for a fight with unions.

February 20, 2015

The mayor’s spending millions, but unions and progressives are fighting for grassroots democracy.

February 19, 2015

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is getting bipartisan pushback against his attack on labor unions.

February 16, 2015

We banned police from the “house of labor.” Look at them now.

January 9, 2015

San Francisco employees of the green-capitalism giant are organizing themselves to fight for livable working conditions.

November 14, 2014

This is not a time to panic. It is a time to get things right.

October 12, 2014

Can the protests go beyond calls for greater electoral transparency, to embrace a truly social democratic agenda?

October 1, 2014

Unions are more welcome in New York than most places in the country, but a revival of the labor movement will require new traditions of workplace activism.

September 3, 2014