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Deal with CIW farmworkers recognized nation-wide

The deal reached last week between Florida farm workers and Pacific Tomato Growers represents a landmark in their long battle for increased wages and improved working conditions. The story has gained a lot of attention from both local and national

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Posted in Labor, Migration Policy and Research

Walmart and NYC Restaurant Workers

Wal-Mart’s announcement that it would increase its purchase of local food a few days ago has been applauded by some food activists but treated skeptically by others. On that same day last week, New York City Council President Christine Quinn

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Posted in Grocery Accountability Project, Labor, Uncategorized

ALERT! — HELP SAVE UCLA LABOR CENTER

Friends, One of the most important progressive resources in Los Angeles — the UCLA  Labor Center — is under attack and needs our help. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block has decided to shut down the Labor Center , a valuable, cutting-edge,

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What Is a Reasonable Compromise on Health Care Reform?

Friends and Colleagues: The debate over health care reform is heating up.  Within a few months, Congress is likely to pass a health care bill.  It is possible that it could be a fundamental reform that makes America a much

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Upcoming Battles Over Reform: Business Keeps Crying Wolf to Challenge Obama Agenda

Friends: The right-wing lunatic fringe of the Republican Party (Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Dick Cheney, and the GOP leadership in the House and Senate) are becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream America. Because they have nothing positive

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Will Obama be hurt by racism among white voters?

Friends and Colleagues: AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka, former president of the United Mine Workers union, recently gave one of the most powerful speeches I’ve ever seen, challenging white voters, especially union members, not to allow racism to get in the

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Rev. Martin Luther King: Anti-War, Pro Union

Most Americans today know that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 40 years ago — on April 4, 1968 –  in Memphis, Tennessee, but they may not know why he was there. He went to Memphis to support African

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The Year of the Organizer

In California,  Hillary Clinton’s lead over Barack Obama is narrowing. The Los Angeles Times today even says the primary is now dead even.  The same is true in other states where Clinton was leading, but where now the race is

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What have unions ever done for us ? – Monty Python Australian style

Friends: Watch this video and send it to anyone who has ever asked, “why do we need unions?” The AFL-CIO and/or Change to Win should make a US version of this. It would help lay the groundwork for getting the

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Mortgage Meltdown; Baseball Steroid Scandal; How Unions Help the Economy; Edwards; NCLB; What the Dems Should Do On Jan. 2008; Fun With Alan Greenspan

Friends – Here is a hodgepodge of articles (only one by me) on different topics that might be of interest:

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Posted in Housing Justice, Politics & Elections, Uncategorized
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