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High-Tech’s Low-Wage Strategy

High-Tech’s Low-Wage Strategy

When Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook and the other big-time cyber giants say they need to import more foreign high-tech workers and then put on a full-scale lobbying assault to up the number of H-1B visas allowed in the immigration reform bill now under consideration, what are they really after? AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has the answer in an op-ed in today’s edition of USA Today.

This is about powerful companies pursuing lower wages.

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A First in New York: Queens ‘Carwasheros’ Win First Contract

WASH New York photo

Workers at a Queens, N.Y., carwash are the first “carwasheros” east of Los Angeles to win a collective bargaining agreement. The new contract, announced Tuesday by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), is a part of the union movement’s continuing effort to bring workplace justice to low-wage immigrant workers.

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Opposition to Unions Has Real-World Consequences

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A New York Times editorial this weekend criticizes Republican obstructionism designed to stop the National Labor Relations Board from protecting workers' rights by blocking President Obama's appointments to the board.

On a more global scale, similar opposition to unions is contributing to a business climate that allows tragedies like the recent deaths of 1,100 factory workers in Bangladesh to happen. In The Washington Post, Lance Compa argues that a stronger labor movement in the countries that build the products sold by multinational corporations like Walmart, Apple and many others would go a long way to improving worker safety and working conditions.

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Gov. Hickenlooper (D) Signs 'Keep Jobs in Colorado Act'

Gov. John Hickenlooper signs  the "Keep Jobs in Colorado Act" at the United Steelworkers hall in Pueblo.

On Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed the "Keep Jobs in Colorado Act," which would increase protections for the state's working families and help make sure that taxpayer money stays in the state. The bill reforms the state contracting system, requiring state agencies to focus on more than the bid in contracting and to include other factors that would help the state's workers, such as wages and benefits.

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New Ways to Organize? Join the Discussion

New Ways to Organize? Join the Discussion

Join Harold Meyerson on Wednesday, May 29, from 1–2 p.m. EDT for the fourth in the AFL-CIO series of live online discussions on how we build a movement for the future of working people. Meyerson, editor-at-large of The American Prospect and an op-ed columnist—and the AFL-CIO—want to hear your ideas on new ways to organize. He poses this question:

Since unions represent only a sliver of private-sector workers on their jobs, should labor open its rolls to other workers outside a collective bargaining context? Should the focus shift to organizing working people at the community level?

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Community Says ‘No’ to Newark Walmart

When word leaked out late last year that Walmart was eyeing a piece of the prime Springfield Avenue Marketplace project in Newark, N.J., more than 50 local community, faith, labor and other groups said the last thing Newark needed was a Walmart that kills local small businesses, replaces those jobs with low-paid part-time work and lowers community standards.

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IBEW Member, First Iwo Jima Flag Raiser, Honored in Bronze

The first flag raisng in Iwo Jima. U.S. Marine Corps photo.

Standing at the center of the “Honoring All Veterans Memorial” that was dedicated Monday in Richfield, Minn., is a bronze statue of longtime Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 292 member and World War II veteran Chuck Lindberg, who raised the first U.S. flag on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.

Most of us know the iconic image captured by photographer Joe Rosenthal that was recreated for the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. But earlier that day Lindberg and several other Marines, after four days of bloody combat, were the first patrol to make it to the top of Mount Suribachi.

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Innovation @Work: Writing Across Borders

Innovation @Work: Writing Across Borders

After her husband was murdered while working as a journalist in the Philippines, Marivir Montebon arrived in the United States seeking political asylum with the hope of finding a better, safer life for herself and for her daughter, who arrived two years later.

When she presents at the Writing Across Borders Conference, sponsored by the National Writers Union (NWU)/UAW Local 1981, in New York on June 1, Montebon will join other women and people of color on a panel to tell their stories about escaping abuse, oppression and the legacy of slavery.

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Report: United States Is the 'No-Vacation Nation'

Report: United States Is the 'No-Vacation Nation'

The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation days. That's the key finding of the Center for Economic and Policy Research's new report, No-Vacation Nation Revisited, by Rebecca Ray, Milla Sanes and John Schmitt. With the exception of Japan, none of the other surveyed countries offer their workers fewer than 19 combined paid vacation days and holidays, leaving the United States far behind leading countries, including Austria, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy and France—all of which guarantee workers more than 30 paid vacation days and holidays each year.

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