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Southern Workers in Transition

Southern Workers in Transition

The familiar world of the post-World War II South has been changing. The textile and garment industries are now in a free fall. Agricultural employment has shrunk. Urban hubs such as Houston; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; and Northern Virginia have expanded as centers of information and research-based employment. Meanwhile, the South has become increasingly diverse.

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17,000 Workers at United Airlines Join IAM

17,000 Workers at United Airlines Join IAM

Passenger service and reservation workers at the new United Airlines voted to join the Machinists (IAM). The 17,000 new members represent the passenger service and reservation workers at United who previously were IAM members before the merger with Continental and the Continental workers who had no union prior to the merger.

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Judge Orders Hospital to Reinstate Union Supporter

Here’s one for the good guys. David Warrick, executive director of AFSCME Council 62, reports that a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge has ruled that Louisville, Ky.’s Our Lady of Peace psychiatric hospital must reinstate former employee Amanda Doyle, who was fired, says Warrick, for trying to form a union at the hospital.

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New York City Carwash Workers Launch Fight for Rights

NYC carwash workers

New York City carwash workers are following their Los Angeles counterparts to battle rampant mistreatment, wage theft and unsafe working conditions. Today the coalition, WASH New York, released a report—“The Dirty Business of Cleaning NYC’s Cars”—that details the long hours, low pay and dangerous conditions the city’s more than 5,000 carwash workers at some 200 carwashes face every day.

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CWA/AT&T Mobility Pact Brings Jobs Back to U.S.; Other Talks Continue

CWA Photo

A tentative agreement that will bring 2,000 jobs back from overseas and other outsourced facilities has been reached between the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and AT&T Mobility.

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IBEW, Facebook Partner for Jobs in North Carolina

The Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Facebook, the social network with more than 800 million users across the globe, are working together to bring new jobs to North Carolina.

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Fired Up Young Workers Organize Our Future in Boston

Some 85 union members, community activists and students age 35 and younger took part in the 2nd Annual “Organizing Our Future” conference hosted by the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee at the Boston Teachers Union Hall.  The goal of the conference on Sunday was to empower, educate and connect young union members around Boston to be more knowledgeable and active in their local unions, in their communities and the Greater Boston Labor Council Futures Committee.

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IBEW, Facebook Partner for Jobs in North Carolina

The Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Facebook, the social network with more than 800 million users across the globe, are working together to bring new jobs to North Carolina. Check out this video.

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USW Members Ratify Cooper Tire Pact, Journey for Justice Wraps Up

Together, Journey for Justice photo

United Steelworkers (USW) Local 207L members ratified by a 2-to-1 margin a new five-year contract with Cooper Tire and Rubber Company  The vote ends a three-month lockout at the company's Findlay, Ohio tire plant. USW Local 207L President Rodney Nelson says:

We are proud to have remained united and delivered a fair contract, despite Cooper's best attempts to divide us.

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UVA Students, Football Player on Hunger Strike for Workers’ Living Wage

UVA Hunger Strike

More than a dozen students at the University of Virginia are the 11th day of a hunger strike organized by the Living Wage at UVA campaign. The students are demanding a living wage, safer working conditions and better job security for university and university contracted workers, some of whom make just $7.25 an hour.

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