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Labor Movement News

  • Japan Unions Get $19-a-Month Raises Amid Abe Wage Push

    Japanese labor unions said they clinched their biggest raises in years as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calls for companies to boost wages to help put the world’s third-largest economy on a path to sustainable growth.

  • Occupy Tastes Rare Success in Rise of Seattle Socialist

    The Tea Party feted its five-year anniversary last month with three U.S. senators it helped elect, two of them presidential contenders. Now Occupy Wall Street, the other populist movement to emerge from the financial crisis, can claim electoral success: a Seattle city council member.

  • Auto Union Regrouping After Loss at Volkswagen Plant

    The United Auto Workers could be forced to reconsider its efforts to organize at foreign-owned factories in the U.S., a labor expert said, as the union vowed to keep fighting after losing a closely watched vote at Volkswagen AG’s Tennessee plant.

  • UAW Fails to Unionize Volkswagen Workers in Tennessee

    The United Auto Workers lost its bid to organize workers at a Volkswagen AG factory in Tennessee, a setback in its effort to gain a foothold in the U.S. South and a victory for Republicans who urged voting against the union.

  • UAW Loses Bid to Unionize Volkswagen Workers in Tennessee

    The United Auto Workers lost its bid to organize workers at a Volkswagen AG assembly factory in Tennessee, a setback for its long-term goal of gaining a foothold in manufacturing plants in the U.S. South.

  • Can Occupy Wall Street Replace the Labor Movement?

    When protesters settled in New York's Zuccotti Park in September, few anticipated how big a phenomenon the Occupy Wall Street movement would become. Soon, dozens of encampments were established around the world.

  • Volkswagen and Labor Might Start a Revolution in Dixie

    As a union-side lawyer, I know many write off the labor movement as lost. But maybe globalization will save us. Consider how the United Auto Workers has come so close to organizing the Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UAW may not win immediately, yet something earth- shaking has already happened: a U.S. union opting to push a German company to bring its own model over here.

  • Obama’s Goals Clash as Allies Say Trade Push Widens Income Gap

    Even as he calls income inequality the “defining challenge of our time,” President Barack Obama is pursuing new trade agreements that some of his political allies say will only make the problem worse.

  • King Was Really a Labor Leader, Too

    For one of the country’s greatest orators, Martin Luther King Jr. rarely gets his say on labor. It’s as if some keepers of his flame don’t want to hear him say that we are not free at last until labor can check capital.

  • Tale of Two Polish Mines Shows Biggest EU Producer’s Woes

    Stock markets aren’t usually a subject of discussion when you’re a kilometer underground, yet Dariusz Batyra isn’t a typical Polish miner.

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