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Tobacco Companies Agree to Talk Workers’ Rights with FLOC

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After more than four years of pressure from the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and other worker advocates, several of the largest tobacco companies, tobacco growers and workers are close to sitting down to discuss the issues of freedom of association without fear of retaliation, wages, housing, forced labor and other issues.

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Taxi Workers Protest High Fees, Daily Struggles

Taxi Workers Protest High Fees, Daily Struggles

Members of the National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA) protested today outside three Long Island City, N.Y., garages that lease vehicles and broker permits for taxi drivers, calling attention to their daily struggles. Led by Bhairavi Desai (shown speaking in photo) and joined by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the Taxi Workers are calling for lower lease rates, credit card fees and permit costs.  In October, the NTWA became the most recent AFL-CIO affiliate.

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Machinists Reject Lockheed's Health Care, Pension Cuts

Machinists (IAM) members at three Lockheed Martin locations are on strike after voting overwhelmingly to reject a company contract offer that reduced health care benefits and dropped defined-benefit pensions for newly hired workers. Some 3,700 members are on strike in Fort Worth, Texas, Edwards Air Force Base in California and Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

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Sutter Nurses Set 1-Day Strike for Patient Care

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Some 4,500 RNs at eight Sutter Health Bay Area hospitals will hold a one-day strike May 1 to dramatize the highly profitable health care chain’s demand for more than 100 sweeping reductions in patient care and nurses’ standards and workplace conditions. Sutter Health has made $4.2 billion in profits over the past five years, pays its CEO $4 million a year after a 215 percent raise and pays 21 top executives $1 million or more a year.

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New Union Mentoring Guide Helps Build Future Leaders

New Union Mentoring Guide Helps Build Future Leaders

The Next Generation: A Handbook for Mentoring Future Union Leaders, just released by the Berger-Marks Foundation and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), provides hands-on advice and concrete tools for unions and other organizations to develop and implement mentoring programs for members and staff.

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UW Class Explores Springsteen’s Message and Social Change Today

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Bruce Springsteen has chronicled a working-class world through the eyes of young dreamers full of hope and ambition and those beaten down by an economy that has shuttered factories and shattered dreams--a musical indictment of economic injustice. But to many young people, Bruce is their parents’ music. University of Wisconsin professor Craig Werner is opening up Springsteen’s world to a new generation.

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