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Work—and Laughter—Connect Us All

Have you heard the one about the corporate CEO and the duck? Or how about the classic description of what happens when three shop stewards walk into a bar? If you’re in Portland, Ore., Sunday night, you just might hear these and more when Laughing Liberally and the Oregon AFL-CIO showcase strategies for infusing activism with comedy.

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Trader Joe’s Latest Food Chain to Sign Pact to Protect Tomato Pickers

Sarah Seltzer writes for Alternet and other online publications and sends us this.

Trader Joe’s, the popular food chain, which caters to the socially conscious set, had been falling short of its healthful and “progressive” image recently—by refusing to sign onto an agreement to protect tomato pickers. But after a tireless campaign by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), the company has agreed to sign on, and planned protests in front of a Trader Joe’s were canceled.

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Oil Workers Rally for Jobs

This is a report from the Metropolitan Washington Labor Council by Chris Garlock and Julia Kann.

Hundreds of oil workers from three Philadelphia refineries slated for permanent shutdown early this year came to Capitol Hill yesterday to tell Congress “the closures threaten family-supportive jobs and will lead to persistent shortages of home heating oil and motor vehicle fuels in Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast.” The workers—members of United Steelworkers—rallied in front of ConocoPhillips Co. and Sunoco Inc. in downtown Washington, D.C., presenting “pink slips” to management at both oil companies.

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