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FedEx Charged with More Anti-Union Actions in Massachusetts

A federal agency is accusing FedEx Home Delivery of cracking down on employees’ attempts to organize in Massachusetts by harassing workers, threatening firings and monitoring employees’ activities.

Congress Challenges Labor Board Anti-Union Definitions

Lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would give back millions of workers the right to join unions.

‘Racism’ Seen in Liberals’ Opposition to Mexican Truckers

Labor and public-interest groups are arguing that permitting Mexican truckers to drive US roads under NAFTA raises safety concerns. But the facts suggest otherwise, and some activists see a deeper problem.

Activists Seek Alternative Model to ‘Neo-Liberal’ Trade Pacts

With two controversial trade deals awaiting ratification, Congress is taking stock of the White House’s free-trade agenda, and activists are seizing the moment to call for policies that respond to the social needs of all countries involved.

Unprotected by Laws, Domestic Workers Face Exploitation

Largely because few laws limit their mistreatment by employers, US housekeeping staff are underpaid and underappreciated. A new survey details their conditions and their predicament.

Anti-Junk-Mail Laws Trashed by Businesses, Labor

A growing movement to curb junk mail for ecological and privacy reasons is meeting stiff opposition from marketing associations, businesses and a postal workers’ union.

Grad Students Appeal to U.N. for Union Rights

Unions representing graduate teaching assistants recently filed a complaint with a United Nations agency over a federal ruling that disqualified them from collective bargaining.

‘Independent’ Cabbies Fight for Union Rights

Taxi-cab drivers in Oakland, California are demanding that their employer recognize them as direct employees and guarantee them the right to negotiate workplace conditions through their union.

Last-Minute Campaign Money Could Hurt Living Wage Push

Big retailers are injecting late donations into the coffers of some Chicago aldermen in what critics see as a move to squash a living-wage ordinance that would hit stores like Wal-Mart and Target.

Employers Asked to Cough Up Paid Sick Days

A renewed push by federal and state lawmakers offers promise to many of the 59 million workers who currently go unpaid when they have to call in sick or tend to a family emergency.

Labor ‘Free Choice’ Bill Stares Down Bush Veto*

Vice President Dick Cheney recently promised that President Bush would veto pending legislation that union activists say would greatly improve workers’ ability to organize.

Progressives See Bad Policy in Growing Trade Gap

In the debate over what the trade deficit really means, progressives are challenging popular assumptions that the trade gap simply shows free markets at work, pointing to pro-corporate policies aimed at exploiting cheap labor.

HIV-Prevention Groups Protest Anti-Prostitution Pledge

A ban on US funding for AIDS-prevention groups that don't denounce the sex trade is meeting stiff resistance from advocates who say they can’t do their job if they have to demonize their clients.

Unions Push OSHA to Make Bosses Pay for Safety Gear

Two unions filed suit against a government agency this week for continuing to allow employers to make their workers pay for safety equipment needed on hazardous job sites.

Groups Clash over Ariz. Minimum-Wage Disability Exemption

Some Arizonians want their state’s hard-won minimum-wage hike to apply only to “able-bodied” employees, leaving a loophole for paying disabled workers less.

Immigration Sweeps Raise Questions About ‘Identity Theft’

Critics say the illegal use of Social Security numbers by undocumented immigrants – like those rounded up in a massive raid this week – is a predictable result of a broken system.

DuPont Still Hiding Teflon Hazard Study

Nearly two months after DuPont claimed to have evidence that a chemical it uses in the Teflon-manufacturing process is safe for workers, the chemical giant still refuses to release its full findings to the public.

LAX Hotel Workers Hungry for Living Wage

As Los Angeles airport hotels fight a law ordering them to pay enough to barely raise a family on, some workers are staging a hunger strike to gain public sympathy and realize the promise of a better wage.

Spontaneous Strike Forces Smithfield to Change Policy

An employee walk-out at a giant hog slaughterhouse in North Carolina forced company officials to alter its policy on firing workers whose Social Security numbers are not verified.

Employers May Get Access to Applicants’ Minor ‘Offenses’

The FBI is looking to make people's criminal records more extensive and more accessible to private employers. Critics say that increased exposure of people's criminal histories will unfairly foreclose job opportunities.

Employers Use ‘No-Match’ Social Security Letters to Fire Immigrants

Immigrant workers throughout the US are facing layoffs as employers haphazardly, and perhaps illegally, implement a proposed rule from the Homeland Security Department.

Voters Could Raise Min. Wage in Six States

Low-income voters in six states will have a chance to give themselves a raise on November 7 with minimum-wage ballot initiatives that could boost the earnings of hundreds of thousands of workers.

Immokalee Workers Tell Chipotle to Walk Its Talk

Tomato pickers have targeted McDonald’s and the green-tongued Chipotle restaurant chain for buying tomatoes from growers that underpay workers.

Wildlife Refuge Workforce to be Downsized

The US Fish & Wildlife service plans to tighten the fiscal belt around 4 million acres of protected wilderness in the southeastern United States by cutting crucial staff.

Amid Harsh New Border Plans, Death Toll Mounts*

As the government moves forward with harsh border-enforcement legislation, immigrant-rights advocates point to a mounting death toll that they warn will only continue to climb.

Grocery Giant Agrees to Pay Workers Backpay

A US District judge has accepted a guilty plea from a California grocery store chain for felony charges of illegally rehiring hundreds of workers that management locked-out during a labor dispute.

Nuke Watchdog Urges New Look at Whistleblower Case

Newly uncovered documents show discrepencies between what managers told two different federal agencies before and after firing an employee who raised safety concerns at Fitzpatrick nuclear plant.

Corporate-friendly Rules Threaten Alaskan Crabbers

A crab fishing program started in 2005 -- ostensibly to stop overfishing and ensure fishermen's safety -- has given fishing rights to corporations, put individual fishermen out of work, and risked the marine ecosystem.

Cali. Gov. Vetoes Farm-Worker Protection Bill

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last week vetoed a bill meant to give protection to California’s farm workers, a population the state estimates to have topped 1 million.

Unemployment, Poverty Higher for People with Disabilities

A "dramatic" gap in unemployment and poverty separates people with and without disabilities, according to a new report released by Cornell University in collaboration with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

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