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By MARK GRUENBERG PAI Staff Writer Lansing,  Mich. (PAI)—Brushing aside massive protests by Michigan union workers and a denunciation from Democratic President Barack Obama, the GOP-run Michigan legislature steamrolled through a pair of so-called “right to work” laws on Dec. 11.  GOP Gov. Rick Snyder promptly signed them. Union members and other workers, who jammed the state capitol building in Lansing,...
Kansas City---Missouri’s union leaders plus delegations from around the Midwest and Washington D.C. turned out to honor Missouri AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Herb Johnson at a retirement celebration here Nov. 30. Speaker after speaker characterized Johnson as a dedicated and courageous union leader whose personality and character represented the very best of the labor movement. Machinists International President Thomas Buffenbarger praised Johnson...
Springfield, IL – Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan and Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez are calling on Governor Pat Quinn to reverse his decision to terminate the union contract that covers some 35,000 state workers. “State employees are on the frontlines every day preserving public safety, safeguarding children and assisting families, caring for aging veterans, responding to disasters,...
Washington – U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, the only pro-labor Republican in Missouri’s congressional delegation and one of a handful of Republicans in state government who are supportive of labor, announced she will retire from the House next year to become the Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Her announcement immediately set off a scramble among...
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Out of work for two years, and now homeless, his family scattered among relatives despite help from $5 for the Fight, a young ironworker expresses his appreciation for the fund’s help that he did receive that staved off losing his home for some time. This will be the first Christmas in 20 years that he’s separated from his family. This...
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is part of an occasional series looking at how the St. Louis Labor Council’s “$5 for the Fight” fund has helped working families during the economic downturn, and the continuing financial difficulties some working families are facing. Names have been changed to protect the privacy of the recipients.) St. Louis – Darrell’s problems began in 1999...
Washington– Armed with a new report showing the harm to millions of Americans if benefits from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are reduced, local AFL-CIO leaders from across the country, including Missouri, were in Washington last week lobbying their state congressional delegations. They asked the lawmakers to let Bush tax cuts for the top two percent expire and say no...
An anonymous phone call from a concerned friend, led IBEW Local 1 to deliver an unexpected Christmas gift last week to a disabled Vietnam veteran living in a South County home without heat. The man, who asked that his name not be used, suffered an electrical fire at his home last summer that left he and his wife and their...
St. Louis – Bricklayers Local 1 set up a banner recently at Harris Stowe State University protesting the fact the university is using an out-of-state contractor who is using out-of-town workers to do construction work. Manning the banner is Bricklayer Local 1’s Paul Mers (left) with his son Alex, who is hoping to follow his father into the trade....