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September 09, 2002

Labor Monday (9-9)

Roundup of labor stories on August 9th

  • Here is the AFL-CIO's Honor Roll of union victims of the 911 attacks. Local 100 of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees (HERE) union has been fighting on behalf of the families of undocumented workers who died on 911, families who often fear deportation rather than support in their time of tragedy.
  • AFL-CIO unions are backing the demands of WorldCom workers that the bankruptcy court pay the $36 million owned to the more than 4,000 employees laid-off.
  • This AFL-CIO release details the attacks on union and worker rights in Bush's Homeland Security proposal. Here is more from the Washington Post.
  • Yale University has shown its support for free speech by arresting four union activists distributing pro-union literature. Yale unions have voted to authorize a strike against the University if negotiations break down.
  • Whole Foods has lost a legal challenge to a pro-union vote in Milwaukee, the first union as any of the 137 health food supermarkets of the anti-union chain.
  • This Village Voice article criticizes the union support for Republican Governor George Pataki for his reelection, describing it as "politics as usual."
  • Washington State health care workers have voted to unionize across the state.
  • The sale of Hershey Foods, controlled by a nonprofit trust, has been delayed by a court injunction based on fear of a sale's effects on Hershey workers.
  • This SF Chronicle story details the rising campus support for union activism.
  • Despite the end of dictatorship in Indonesia, employers are using new legal tools, including civil suits such as this one against union activists to bust unions in defiance of international labor standards. Labor leaders are mobilizing and being arrested in protests against new even more repressive labor legislation.
  • While Britain's Tony Blair may be supporting Bush on Iraq, his party's core constituencies in the labor unions are voicing opposition to Blair not only over fears of war with Iraq but on a range of economic and labor issues.

    Posted by Nathan at September 9, 2002 10:24 AM

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