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Abortion rights curtailed in Texas

By October 10, 2014

On Oct. 2, with a wave of its judicial wand, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals shut down 14 of the 21 abortion clinics serving women in the state of Texas. Its long-awaited, but not unexpected, reactionary decision upheld the harsh, medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion services in the Texas bill known as HB2. The […]


On the picket line

By October 4, 2014

Nurses stage die-in to demand Ebola readiness in U.S. About 1,000 members of National Nurses United staged a die-in during their conference in Las Vegas on Sept. 24. They protested the lack of readiness in this country to confront the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa. Marching through the Planet Hollywood casino, they moved on to […]


On the picket line

By September 20, 2014

Ironworkers on strike in San Francisco San Francisco ironworkers, who do very dangerous but essential work on huge construction projects, walked off the job on at least two sites on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 to demand a re-vote on a concessions contract. A major issue that prompted the wildcat was no translations of the […]


Broad coalition builds for single-payer health care

By September 13, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has made a dent in the glaring lack of health care for many millions of poor people in this, the wealthiest country in the world. But allowing states to op-out of providing Medicaid coverage for the poor, most often people of color, youth and those living in rural areas, means many […]


On the picket line

By September 7, 2014

UFCW on mother of Michael Brown On Aug. 22, Joe Hansen, international president of the Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents more than 1.3 million workers primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries, issued a solidarity statement of support for UFCW Local 88 member Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael […]


On the picket line

By August 22, 2014

Kellogg ordered to end lockout On July 30, a federal judge ordered Kellogg to end its union-busting lockout of 226 workers at its Memphis cereal plant, reinstate their jobs by Aug. 4 and bargain with Bakery union (BCTGM) Local 252G in good faith. Kellogg locked the workers out on Oct. 22 because they refused changes […]


NLRB ruling: Workers 1, McDonald’s 0

By August 9, 2014

Labor organizing involves fighting injustice — on the picket lines, in the streets. When the bosses retaliate — and they always do — workers and unions need to use every resource to fight for their rights. Thanks to the hard-fought labor struggles of the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935, setting […]


On the picket line

By August 1, 2014

Low-paid workers win big raises at Johns Hopkins Hospital Some 2,000 low-paid workers — janitors and service, maintenance and technical workers — at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore won substantial raises under a new four-year contract reached July 8 by Service Employees 1199 United Healthcare Workers East. In 2015 veteran workers of 20 years at one […]


Senate hearing airs pro/con views about abortion

By July 22, 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing July 15 about the Women’s Health Protection Act. The law is needed to stop states from implementing laws claiming to protect women’s health and safety, but which limit access to legal, safe abortion and drive women’s health care providers out of business. This is the first federal legislation […]


On the picket line

By July 17, 2014

UAW forms local at Tenn. Volkswagen plant In an unorthodox move on July 10, the United Auto Workers set up Local 42 at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., where it lost a close vote (712 to 626) in February. The February vote was heavily influenced by outside interference: Republican politicians, who relied upon big […]