Friday, September 23, 2011

Labor News and Notes Round-up

The latest stories from the front lines of the labor fight across the country...

  • Thousands of nurses are on strike at Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California. Take action to show your solidarity.
  • Families of the 1,300 workers locked out by American Crystal Sugar need your help.
  • Lindsey Graham continues the Republican assault on the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Our trade deficit with China is costing us nearly three million jobs.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is suing to block the new Notification of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act ruling.
  • Four of four union-backed candidates won in New Hampshire elections.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers reached a three-year deal with grocery storkes in Southern California, avoiding a strike.
  • united Food and Commercial Workers International Union settled a lawsuit over getting paid for work done that has stretched out for 12 years.
  • Working America has expanded its Job Tracker to help workers find out what companies are doing in terms of outsourcing, violation of codes and discriminatory and illegal practices.
  • The Department of Labor is cracking down on wage theft.
  • The deal reached between the United Auto Workers and General Motors is predicted to create 17,000 jobs.
  • Corporations supporting new free trade deals are big-time outsourcers.
  • is continues to allow discrimination against the unemployed.
  • Only the top 3% of Americans, in terms of education level, saw wage increases over the last ten years.

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