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Was Patriot Coal Designed to Fail to Dump Retiree Pensions?

In July, Patriot Coal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York. Among the reasons for Patriot’s financial difficulties were the huge legacy costs related to health care benefits and pensions owed to retirees and widows of former employees. The company's intended goal, it seems, according to the Mine Workers (UMWA), is to get out of obligations to the miners that worked hard for decades, often doing significant damage to their own health.

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Workers Vote Union YES for Transport Workers in First Test of New Workplace Election Rules

Jon Bradford is president of Transport Workers (TWU) Local 226, representing some 800 bus drivers and social service workers in New Jersey. The local is about to grow by 100 members, thanks to a successful organizing campaign by bus driver Luis Del Toro and his co-workers who work for Trans-Ed, a company that provides bus service to school districts in northern New Jersey.

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Worker Wins Organizing Update: Organizing Efforts Pay Off in Big Spring for Workers

Workers have stood up in the face of low wages and unacceptable conditions to organize new workplaces. Below are some recent major organizing wins....

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Deepa Iyer

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Deepa Iyer

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. For the last week of our monthlong celebration, we honor a contemporary activist on the rise: Deepa Iyer.

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Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

May Day rally in Washington, D.C., 2013

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Justice Department's appeal of a federal district judge's February decision that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's November executive action on immigration. The court’s ruling threatens immigration relief for as many as 4 million people. Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement (read after the jump).

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Economic News Roundup

The Economic Policy Institute and Think Progress have released important research, news and commentary about the economy recently. Here's a look at some of the key facts they have uncovered about the U.S. economy.

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Echoes of 2011: Kasich Eliminates Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Echoes of 2011: Kasich Eliminates Workers’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), whose attempt to strip tens of thousands of public employees of their bargaining rights in 2011 failed, lashed out last week at the state’s 10,000 child care and home care workers when he issued an executive order stripping them of their collective bargaining rights.

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Thank You, Chris Christie: Winners and Losers of the Week

Thank You, Chris Christie: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Union Veterans Council and Affiliates Mark Memorial Day in Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Photo by Dan Duncan

At the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday, union veterans and members honored the sacrifices of those interred there and of all military service members in a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony.

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Today, We Pause and Remember

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Colton carries wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery during a Wreaths Across America event in Arlington, Va., on Dec. 15, 2012. Colton was among thousands of volunteers who helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. Burnett is attached to the 11th Civil Engineering Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Will Fischer is a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Iraq and the executive director of the Union Veterans Council. To join or learn more about the council, visit www.unionveterans.org and like us on Facebook.

Today is Memorial Day. Flowers are at peak bloom, the laughter of children welcoming summer can be heard from front porches throughout America and families are gathering for barbecues and fellowship. But today, we also pause and remember. Today, we take part in a collective funeral procession to the heart of our nation to pay our respects. Today, we honor those men and women who have drawn their last breaths on sandy beaches, city streets, ancient fields and in far away places, all in the service to our country. 

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Robert Reich: How to Reinvent Education

In the latest video in his “Ideas to Save the Economy” series, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich gives numerous suggestions on how to fix the problems our education system faces, something that would benefit people across the economic spectrum.

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