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Lockouts a ‘Slap in the Face’ to Workers

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Linda Jones went to work at Cooper Tire in Findlay, Ohio 37 years ago. Nathan Rand was on the job for five years at the American Crystal Sugar plant in Hillsboro. N.D.  Jones and 1,000 of her co-workers were locked out in August. American Crystal locked out Rand and 1,300 workers at seven plants in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota in November.

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Finnish Corp. Ignores Mexican Workers’ Requests for Real Union

Elizabeth Boomer of the AFL-CIO International Affairs Department sends us this.

PKC, a Finnish auto parts corporation with production facilities located in more than 10 countries in Asia, South America, Europe and North America, recently acquired a subsidiary named Arneses y Accesorios de Mexico. The workers in the plants want the National Miners’ and Metalworkers Union (Los Mineros) to represent them, but PKC North America President and CEO Frank Sovis informed the workers that “to protect itself and jobs, the company has decided to sign a collective agreement with the Mexican Confederation of Workers” (CTM).

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Steelworkers, Cooper Tire Reach Tentative Agreement

This just in: There is now a tentative agreement between the United Steelworkers (USW) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., with a vote expected on Monday.

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Wisconsin Workers Sticking with the Union

Two groups of Wisconsin public employees showed Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his anti-worker allies they are not intimidated by Walker’s law that eliminates most collective bargaining rights for public workers.

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Aer Lingus Flight Attendants Stand Strong in Face of Management Attacks

Darren Shiroma, executive assistant to the international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, sends us this.

Last year, a small and brave group of flight attendants approached the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA with a goal to become union members with rights to collective bargaining with their employer. Today, they are being attacked by a textbook anti-union campaign run by a management that boasts positive labor relations with the 1,100 unionized Aer Lingus Cabin Crew in Ireland. Management honors the contract in Ireland and works collaboratively with IMPACT, the union representing 65,000 transport workers, while imposing lesser pay, benefits, work rules and an oppressive work environment for the 53 American-based Aer Lingus Flight Attendants.

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Trumka: 'Domestic Worker Rights Are Human Rights'

Trumka: 'Domestic Worker Rights Are Human Rights'

When the country's basic labor law was written three-quarters of a century ago, the workers, mostly women, who clean homes and take care of children the sick and the elderly, were written out of it. Today, across the country, those workers are knocking on the door, demanding rights most workers take for granted.=. In California, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined workers yesterday to press for Domestic Workers Bill of Rights legislation.

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Arizona Tea Party Legislature Proposes Budget So Bad Even Gov. Jan Brewer Objects

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Imagine a plant in your state announcing it was closing and taking 5,000 jobs with it. That is the shock to the economy that Arizona can expect with budget bills introduced yesterday by the Republican tea party majority legislature. The bills were rushed through committee hearings with less than 24 hours notice to the public. The 5,000 state jobs cut or lost through attrition is just the start of it. Here are some other lowlights of the GOP proposed budget:

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Workers at SoCal Carwashes Win First Contracts

Workers at SoCal Carwashes Win First Contracts

Workers at two more Southern California carwashes won their first contracts with carwash owners after they voted last year to join the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675.

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From Fargo to Findlay, Locked-Out Workers Journey for Justice

Locked-out workers from American Crystal Sugar and Cooper Tire will begin a 1,000-mile Journey for Justice tomorrow from Fargo, N.D., to Findlay, Ohio. The journey will highlight the corporate greed that marks their lockouts, and the growing drive by corporate CEOs to drive down wages and benefits to pad their own pockets.

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Laughter and Activism Work Together in Portland

Work—and laughter—does connect us all and that couldn’t have been more true than Sunday night in Portland, Ore., when the comedians of Laughter Works Comedy tour took the stage before a full house at the Helium Club.

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