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About Barbara Doherty

My dad drove a laundry delivery truck in San Francisco and I came to appreciate unions sitting in the waiting room at the Teamsters vision center there. More than 30 years ago, I joined the international SEIU publications staff (under the union’s legendary, feisty president, George Hardy). Living in California, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., over the years, I have contributed countless news and feature articles, as well as editing, to the publications and websites of unions in the public and private sectors and the construction trades.

Social Security’s Impact in Rural America

Those who doubt the impact of Social Security benefits on local economies should look to rural America, where 9.3 percent of total personal income in rural counties came from Social Security payments in 2009. That’s according to a study by the Center for Rural Strategies, as reported by the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).

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GOP Plan Offers Cash Bait to Forgo Social Security

If this new Republican idea weren’t so scary, we would be laughing…hysterically.

As reported by the Washington Post 2chambers blog yesterday, Rep. Jeffrey Landry (R-La.) is proposing that working Americans—already battered bloody by the recession—be forced to give up some of their Social Security benefits if they “opt in” to receive a payroll tax cut. (So much for the Republican mantra that tax cuts pay for themselves.)

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Hyatt Seeks to Slash Chicago Workers’ Health Care

Since 2009, more than 1,500 employees of four Hyatt hotels in Chicago have been fighting for a fair contract. Now the company is threatening to strip away their health coverage if they don’t abandon their fight and call off their boycotts.

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Washington State Will Keep Boeing 737 Jobs

Workers in Washington State were cheering this morning’s announcement by the Boeing Co. and Machinists (IAM) District 751 that the company will build the 737 MAX—the next generation of Boeing’s best-selling jet—in Renton, Wash.

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Crystal Sugar CEO Likens Contract to Cancer

Relations between management and the 1,300 locked-out workers at American Crystal Sugar Co. reached a new low this week, as recordings were made public of company CEO David Berg likening the workers and their contract to a cancerous tumor.

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New Tool Helps Jobless Workers Start a New Chapter

When your job gets shipped overseas, you want help fast. You don’t want to decode reams of fine print to get that help.

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