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Bayer Workers Fight to Keep Promised Jobs

Two years after being granted tax subsidies in exchange for creating family-supporting jobs, management at Bayer Pharmaceuticals in Berkeley, Calif., steadfastly refuses to keep its commitment. Instead, it wants to outsource work done by members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 6.

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IAM: Documents Prove Boeing Out to Punish Workers for Strike

The Machinists (IAM) local that has charged the Boeing Co. with unfair labor practices for opening a second assembly line at a plant in South Carolina has unveiled selected internal company documents the union says shows the company moved the work to punish workers for exercising their right to strike.

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Solis to Headline Next Up Summit Panel

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will headline a panel, along with AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler at the second annual AFL-CIO Next Up Young Workers Summit beginning later this week. Since taking office in 2009, Solis, the daughter of union members, has changed the direction of the Labor Department from one that favored employers to one that protects working people.

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Next Up Summit: Young Workers Can Help Build Union Movement

Casey Karns hopes young workers will come to the Next Up Young Workers Summit, which begins next week, ready to take a bigger and stronger role in the union movement. Because if they don’t, she says, Big Business and the far right will win the battle for the future of America.

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23,000 Nurses Take Stand for Patient Care

From Santa Rosa to Fresno and from Sacramento to San Jose, 23,000 registered nurses walked picket lines, joined rallies and sent a strong message yesterday to three large employers that they will not accept reductions in patient services or cuts to nurses and other caregivers. The one-day strike by members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) ended this morning at 7 a.m. PT.

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We Need Jobs and a Voice on the Job

Jenya Cassidy of the Labor Project for Working Families writes that working people don’t just need jobs—they need jobs that pay a living wage and that allow parents to support and nuture their families.

When I was in high school and college, I worked in restaurants. I worked for minimum wage and I worked hard—cleaning, cooking, even counting money and making bank deposits. I remember my pay going from $3.35 an hour to $3.45 an hour when I made “head cashier”—a job that carried a lot more responsibility than a 10-cent raise would imply.

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Latino Heritage Month Celebrates Latino Working Families

Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Latino Heritage Month, offers a time to recognize the contributions of the nearly 47 million Latinos living in the United States and to highlight the issues facing our Latino brothers and sisters.

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Help Locked-Out American Crystal Families

AFL-CIO Community Services Director Will Fischer sends us this report:

The 1,300 workers at American Crystal Sugar have been locked-out  for seven weeks. Management locked out the  employees,  members of the Bakery, Confectionery Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) on  Aug. 1, after they rejected the company’s final offer by a more than nine-to-one margin.

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Tentative UAW-GM Deal Creates New Jobs

The four-year tentative agreement between the UAW and General Motors (GM) provides jobs for UAW members who have been laid off over the past several years, creates and retains more than 17,000 jobs and brings production back to the United States that had been moved to Mexico and other parts of the world.

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California Grocery Workers Reach Tentative Agreement

After six months without a contract, the employees and management at three California supermarket chains reached a tentative agreement today. The agreement came just hours after a deadline set by the employees to strike if no progress had been made in contract talks.

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