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Labor Movement News

  • Polish Uproar Over Secret Tapes Brings Calls for Election

    The uproar in Poland over leaked recordings of conversations among officials threatened to disrupt the government, with the prime minister and the president saying the scandal may lead to early elections.

  • Obama Leadership Has ‘Failed’ World, Poland’s Walesa Says

    Poland’s former President Lech Walesa is “very disappointed” with what he describes as a lack of U.S. leadership in the world and will share his views with Barack Obama when the U.S. leader visits Warsaw next week.

  • Striking Chinese Workers Are Headache for Nike, IBM, Secret Weapon for Beijing

    The Chinese government is gaining an unlikely ally in its effort to overhaul the economy: striking Chinese workers.

  • 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.

  • Keystone Pipeline Fate Now in Hands of Nebraskan Jurists

    The focus of the Keystone XL debate has shifted from a fierce lobbying war in Washington to Lincoln, Nebraska, where the state Supreme Court has been asked to weigh a legal challenge to the pipeline.

  • Lynn Williams, Who Led Steelworkers Amid Contraction, Dies at 89

    Lynn R. Williams, a Canadian union organizer who led the United Steelworkers from 1983 to 1994 when the North American industry was in decline, has died. He was 89.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • AFL-CIO Courts Sierra Club Despite Keystone Disagreement

    The U.S. labor movement, faced with declining enrollment, political attacks and growing economic insecurity among members, is turning to non-union groups for help.

  • Stern Says Obama Ultimately May Ease Tax Rule (Transcript)

    Andy Stern, the former head of the fastest-growing U.S. labor union and a close ally of President Barack Obama, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Conversations with Judy Woodruff,” to be broadcast this weekend, that he expects Obama to reverse his opposition to the easing of tax rules so companies with overseas profits will be encouraged to return the cash to the U.S. Stern is the former president of the Service Employees International Union.

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