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<a href=http://www.ituc-csi.org/right-to-strike-re-affirmed-at-ilo target=_blank >Global Right to Strike Re-affirmed at ILO</a>

Global Right to Strike Re-affirmed at ILO

A breakthrough has been made at the International Labour Organization following two years during which employers at the International Labour Organization brought the UN body’s global supervisory system to a standstill, in an attempt to eliminate decades of ILO jurisprudence supporting the right to strike. Union and employer representatives have now reached an understanding at […]

<a href=http://www.industriall-union.org/cambodia-one-year-on-violence-continues target=_blank >Cambodia: Unionists Still Subjected To Violence A Year After Strikers Killed</a>

A year after five people were shot dead by police and 40 more were severely injured during wage protests in Phnom Penh on 3 January 2014, unionists in Cambodia are still being subjected to violence. Last month, a locally elected president from IndustriALL Global Union affiliate, the FTUWKC garment union, was brutally attacked with a […]

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Obama Could Give These Striking Low-Wage Workers The Raise They Need

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Obama Could Give These Striking Low-Wage Workers The Raise They Need

By LAURA CLAWSON, for Daily Kos Labor— The latest round of low-wage workers to stage a one-day strike don’t work for Walmart or McDonald’s. They work for the federal government, kind of—for federal contractors in landmark Washington, DC, buildings like Union Station and the Smithsonian museums. A recent report from the think tank Demos found […]

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Breaking Down This Week’s Fast Food Strikes in St. Louis and Detroit

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Breaking Down This Week’s Fast Food Strikes in St. Louis and Detroit

AlterNet— A new movement of fast food workers demanding better wages and the right to unionize spread this week to St. Louis and Detroit, bringing the total number of such actions to four in five weeks. Similar strikes occurred last month in New York and Chicago. As during the strike in New York, we’ve put together […]

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St. Louis Joins Wave Of Fast Food Strikes

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St. Louis Joins Wave Of Fast Food Strikes

By LAURA CLAWSON, Daily Kos Labor— May 8 and 9, fast food strikes have hit St. Louis, with workers at a Jimmy John’s and a McDonald’s walking out Wednesday evening and workers at more restaurants Thursday morning. New York fast food workers staged a one-day strike on April 4. Chicago fast food and retail workers […]

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US Airways Mechanics File For Election To Become Teamsters

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US Airways Mechanics File For Election To Become Teamsters

 Mechanics and related workers filed for an election with the National Mediation Board (NMB) as part of their campaign to become Teamsters. “Because of the Teamsters’ solid, documented track record of excellent representation, the Teamsters Union is the best and most logical choice to represent us for the future as professionals in the airline industry,” Jim […]

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Nurses Fighting State By State For Minimum Staffing Laws

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Nurses Fighting State By State For Minimum Staffing Laws

By DAVID SCHULTZ, KHN— How many nurses does it take to run a hospital? Legislatures in at least seven states and the District of Columbia are trying to answer that question as they debate bills that would require hospitals to have a minimum number of nurses on staff at all times. So far, only one state […]

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NYC Fast-Food Workers Fight Back Against Super-Sized Corporations

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NYC Fast-Food Workers Fight Back Against Super-Sized Corporations

By PETER RUGH, Waging Nonviolence— Tianna Smalls had planned on working Thursday, April 4, 2013, but her colleagues convinced her otherwise. “‘You’re either with us, or you’re for Wendy’s,’” Smalls remembers her co-workers telling her. Her mother also weighed in Thursday morning as Smalls was heading to work at the franchise in downtown Brooklyn. “She said, […]

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Despite Profits Honda Mexico Cuts Profit Sharing, Workers Strike

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Despite Profits Honda Mexico Cuts Profit Sharing, Workers Strike

Workers at Honda’s Mexican plant began an indefinite work stoppage on 16 April 2013 after the company announced a reduction in this year’s state mandated profit sharing bonus (RPTU). In an initial meeting, management offered a profit share of 300 Mexican pesos (less than US$25) per worker for the year 2012 and a separate bonus of […]

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Teachers Union Absorbs Nurses Group

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Teachers Union Absorbs Nurses Group

The National Federation of Nurses and the American Federation of Teachers, the largest union of professionals in the AFL-CIO, announced an affiliation agreement Thursday, Feb, 14, 2013. The agreement brings 34,000 registered nurses into teachers union, whose 1.5 million members include more than 48,000 nurses and thousands of other health care professionals. The affiliation agreement […]

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