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Mine Tragedy Highlights Decay of Regulations, Enforcement

1/5/06

News Report

Labor Issues || Health / Safety

Brendan Coyne

The federal government and even the AFL-CIO have shifted attention away from workplace safety concerns at the national level in recent years, and labor says fines are just a slap on the wrist.

Trapped Miners’ Employer, Feds Left Worksite Unsafe

1/3/06

News Report

Health / Safety || Business

Brendan Coyne

Though the Sago mine was fined for hundreds of violations, even under safety rules relaxed by the Bush administration, regulators issued only small fines and allowed the facility to operate until tragedy struck.

‘Worker Centers’ Pick Up Where Unions, Govt. Leave Off*

12/30/05

Feature Article

Labor Issues || Social Movements / Activism

Michelle Chen

An emerging form of unconventional labor organizing is taking root in immigrant communities, providing services, networks and hope where mainstream unions and state protections have fallen short.

Opposition Delays Free Trade Implementation

12/30/05

News Report

Corporate Globalization || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Brendan Coyne

As CAFTA member-nations struggle to comply with the free trade pact's requirements, opponents of the deal say the delays show how unpopular and undemocratic the mandated reforms are.

Telecom Laws Overhaul Threatens Public-access TV, Services

12/29/05

News Article

Media || Business

Tara Tidwell Cullen

Lawmakers looking to encourage competition in television provider markets are insisting on bills that would undermine local governments’ ability to force cable companies to pay for essential public services.

Chicago Turns Down Discounted Venezuelan Oil

12/28/05

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Foreign Policy / International Relations

Jessica Pupovac

As Chicago's poorest face an increase to already-high public transit fees, the city is ignoring an offer of discounted diesel fuel to benefit low-income people.

Home-heating Hardships: This Winter, Some Choose Between Warmth, Food, Health

12/27/05

Feature Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Energy

Catherine Komp

Beneath the banter about a booming economy resides a growing class of families who suffer through cold months unable to afford the very basic necessities.

For Motel-bound Katrina Survivors, FEMA Help Still Elusive

12/23/05

News Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Poverty / Class Issues

Michelle Chen

As national attention turns away from those left homeless by the Gulf Coast catastrohpes, people stranded in temporary housing are fighting for every morsel of federal assistance.

Striking Workers Shut Down New York Public Transit

12/20/05

News Report

Labor Issues

Brendan Coyne

Risking an array of threatened punitive measures, New York City transit employees made good on their own threat to halt trains and buses until the Transit Authority meets more of their demands.

Anti-Wal-Mart Activists See Local Threat in World Trade Talks

12/16/05

News Article

Corporate Globalization || Social Movements / Activism

Michelle Chen

As lofty and distant as the ongoing discussions of international trade rules taking place in Hong Kong may seem, community groups and watchdogs in North America see the potential for localized conflicts.

McDonald’s on Tip-toes with Newly Empowered Farmworkers

12/14/05

News Article

Labor Issues || Agriculture

Kari Lydersen

Since the Coalition of Immokalee Workers won better wages for some tomato-pickers, corporations exploiting migrant workers’ cheap labor have been looking for ways to avoid Immokalee’s crosshairs.

Proposed Welfare Overhaul Targets Single Moms, Kids

12/12/05

News Article

Poverty / Class Issues || Politics / Legislation

Michelle Chen

As is traditionally the case with “welfare-reform” proposals, legislation under consideration by Congress is set to slash benefits for those who need them most.

Knight Ridder Halts Union Talks to Ease Company Sale

12/5/05

News Report

Energy || Media

Brendan Coyne

One of the biggest recent casualties in the national decline in newspaper audiences, the news conglomerate looks to be heading down the typical path of workforce cuts and other trimmings.

Threatened New Orleans Tenants Fight Back Against Evictions Scourge

11/23/05

News Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Poverty / Class Issues

Jessica Azulay

As landlords in the Crescent City area file eviction notices at a rate of some 100 a day, community organizers and local renters are waging a two-front battle to resist homelessness.

New Orleans Neighborhoods Demand Trailers to Help Rebuild

11/18/05

News Article

Catastrophe / Crisis || Poverty / Class Issues

Jessica Azulay

Many residents whose houses require repair complain that they are unable to live in their neighborhoods while they try to rebuild. FEMA has so far been unable or unwilling to provide trailers to many in need.

Grassroots Group Plans Thanksgiving Relief Effort in New Orleans

11/10/05

News Article

Social Movements / Activism || Catastrophe / Crisis

Jessica Azulay

Poor New Orleanians who continue to rely mostly on themselves and on grassroots-level support will get a big helping hand from activists across the United States later this month.

Immigrants Rebuilding Gulf Coast Suffer ‘Third World’ Conditions

11/3/05

News Article

Immigration / Refugees || Catastrophe / Crisis

Kari Lydersen

As businesses reap huge profits from contracts to clean up and reconstruct the storm-devastated Gulf Coast, a hidden underclass doing much of the toiling is underpaid, defrauded and mistreated.

Electoral Funding Scandals Expose Cracks in Still-broken System

11/1/05

News Article

Elections / Democracy || Business

Michelle Chen

Campaign-finance critics say accusations of misdeeds recently leveled against lawmakers like Tom DeLay point to much bigger problems concerning the methods both parties employ to generate funds and votes.

Cuts to Federal Programs Come into Focus

10/31/05

News Report

Poverty / Class Issues || Politics / Legislation

Brendan Coyne

Congress’s campaign to address budget problems by slashing programs that serve the poor continues with new proposals that would impact welfare, food stamps, health care and other staples.

House Passes Bill Discouraging Voter Outreach

10/27/05

News Article

Elections / Democracy || Poverty / Class Issues

Michelle Chen

In legislation providing much-needed funds to affordable-housing advocates, lawmakers inserted a clause prohibiting recipients from even remote involvement in any electoral activity.

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