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December 13, 2011

Rita Platt is a teacher in Wisconsin who moved to the small town of Osceola last year. She has gone through FBI background checks in the four states where she has been certified to teach, has her Social Security card, held a Wisconsin driver's license from 1984-1998 and currently has a driver's license from Iowa. Despite all this, she is currently ineligible to vote in the 2012 elections in Wisconsin read more
"It's amazing. Here, people are so willing to come out," she said, shaking her head as she observed the sea of signs -- "we are the 99 percent," "free the wage slaves" -- that filled the park. "Walmart instills such fear in people. They really believe that someone is down the street watching their house. Here, it's different." read more
A group of port truck drivers thanked the “99 Percenters” on Monday for bringing attention to their profession, which they claim is rife with labor abuses. read more

December 9, 2011

The union asked to withdraw the charge following the ratification of a four-year collective bargaining agreement between its members and Boeing earlier this week. read more
Verizon has fired 40 workers in the Northeast who were part of this summer’s picket lines during the two-week strike by 45,000 Communication Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The company said the fired workers were fired for violating the company’s “code of conduct,” which bans harassment, “threats of violence” and intimidation. read more
A 20-year-old worker at Teknor Apex lost his hand when it got caught in a machine that transfers plastics to another machine, fire officials confirmed Thursday night. read more

December 8, 2011

THEY NEED OUR SUPPORT Their last anti-union meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 13 at 7 AM at 800 Warren Ave in Fall River. The election will be Wednesday December 14 from 9 AM to 12 PM in Fall River and at 224 Huttleston Ave in Fairhaven. They need to see solidarity and support to know they are not alone. Mobilize your members. Lets get a support line at both these locations. LETS MAKE HISTORY AND BE THE FIRST TO WIN AN ELECTION AT THE WALMART OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY read more
The Mass AFL-CIO will be holding a phone bank this Saturday, December 10th to support retired firefighter and former President of the Firefighters of Massachusetts Bob McCarthy in the Democratic primary scheduled for this Tuesday, December 12th. This is the seat that was vacated by the current AFL-CIO president Warren Tolman. The phone bank will be held at the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, 389 Main Street, Malden, MA from 10am to 2pm. -- read more
Myths and misstatements of fact frequently circulate on the Internet, in email and on websites, and are repeated in endless loops of misinformation. One common set of such misinformation involves the history of the Social Security system. read more
Union firefighters are stepping up efforts to restore the Civil Service system for fire chief appointments, and Mayor Will Flanagan will reportedly meet Monday with the 11 deputy and district chiefs to reassess the process. read more
A Republican congressman has proposed drug testing people who apply for unemployment insurance. read more
The European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF)—a group of 75 unions from 36 countries representing the interests of 5.5 million members—protested recent layoffs and plant closures announced by ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer. read more

December 7, 2011

September 20, 2011

The AFL-CIO, together with Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM), the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations, filed a complaint today against the United States under the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) on behalf of immigrant workers brought to the United States under the H-2B visa program. read more
More than 17,000 workers employed by Tyson Foods at 41 poultry plants in 12 states will receive back pay as part of a $32 million settlement that ends a 12-year-old federal lawsuit, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union announced on Monday. read more
The press conference at noon on Park Street was one of five held concurrently across the state by the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the Coalition to Protect Massachusetts Patients to rally support for legislation on nurse staffing levels in acute-care hospitals. read more

September 19, 2011

Mayor  Flannigan joins Bus Riders United to urge changes in SRTA Bus  service read more
October 14 7-11 PM ... Eagle Event Center 35 North Main St Fall River Donation $25 Support Dan Rego candidate for Fall River City council read more
The information will help Labor officials target businesses that improperly label workers as independent contractors or as non-employees to deprive workers of minimum wage and overtime pay read more