Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Labor News and Notes Round-upBy Kenneth Quinnell

  • The layoffs of local public employees are fueling the economic crisis.
  • Cornell University released a study that finds that Project Labor Agreements are expanding job opportunities for veterans, women, and minorities, among others.
  • Abuse of warehouse workers is increasing, but the Department of Labor may be taking action soon.
  • Yahoo! is the latest company to abandon the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
  • Turns out Wall Street is responsible for higher oil and gas prices.
  • Greg Sargent asks the important question: What if working class Americans actually like Occupy Wall Street?
  • Plumbers are not backing "Joe the Plumber" in his possible congressional run.
  • Transport Workers Union President Jim Little's letter of support for Occupy Wall Street.
  • Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick and the state's AFL-CIO leaders are supporting Occupy Boston
  • The agreement between United Auto Workers and Ford is headed toward approval.
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