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Event on Future of Collective Bargaining Set for DC Sept. 13

If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor is hosting a panel discussion tomorrow on last spring’s successful organizing campaign by Georgetown University’s food service workers with the help of students and the support of sympathetic faculty and administrators.

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Locked-Out Sugar Workers Launch QR Code Campaign for a Fair Deal

The locked-out workers at American Crystal Sugar have launched the first-known union quick response (QR) code campaign to educate consumers and the general public about the lockout. This week, the workers will hand out fliers with the code in major cities in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa, the states where they are locked out.

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Robeson Display Traces Singer’s Fight for Equality and Unions

Paul Robeson, once the premier African American artist of the 20th century, is well known as a scholar, athlete, actor and activist. Less well known is his long commitment to the union movement and his belief that the achievement of full equality for African Americans and other people of color is inextricably linked with the full equality of America’s working men and women.

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Hyatt Workers on Strike in Four Cities

Thousands of Hyatt hotel workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu walked out this morning, striking for a fair contract at their own hotels and to take a stand against Hyatt’s poor treatment of hotel workers in cities across the country.

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AFL-CIO Motion Seeks Lost Wages for Undocumented Workers

The AFL-CIO, together with the National Immigration Law Center, filed a motion this week with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to reconsider its recent decision in the Mezonos Maven Bakery case.

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Top Union Leaders Call for Hershey to Rectify Abuses of Foreign Students

Three top union leaders are calling for a meeting with the senior management of the Hershey Co. to discuss the demands by a group of foreign students who staged a sit-in last month  at the company’s Palmyra, Pa., plant.

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Report: Textbooks Ignore Union Contributions

Most American children never receive any education about the union movement’s proper place in our country’s history and its many contributions to the nation’s development, according to a new report.

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Pickets, not Picnics, for San Francisco Labor Day

Steve Stallone is president of the International Labor Communications Association  (ILCA)  and  secretary/editor of the Pacific Media Workers Guild.

Labor Day in San Francisco would not be complete without a large community picket at UNITEHERE! Local 2’s latest target. Tourism is the city’s biggest industry and the country’s largest hotel chains seemingly can’t resist providing the labor movement with a villain all can despise.

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Obama: A Voice on the Job Is Everyone’s Right

President Obama spent Labor Day in Detroit speaking with working families in an event sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other top union leaders joined Obama, who asserted his strong support for workers’ freedom to seek a voice at work through a union.

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Shout Out to Public Workers in Presidential Proclamation

Some good stuff in the Presidential Proclamation on Labor Day issued by President Obama today.

The right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental American value. Since its beginnings in our country, organized labor has raised our living standards and built our middle class. It is the reason we have a minimum wage, weekends away from work to rest and spend time with family, and basic protections in our workplaces….The principles upheld by the honorable laborers of generations past and their unions continue to fuel the growth of our economy and a strong middle class.

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