Palermo Workers Fast in Solidarity with Colombian Workers.

Palermo Workers Fast in Solidarity with Colombian Workers.

Milwaukee – Palermo Workers on strike participated in a one-day solidarity fast on Monday, September 17, to express their solidarity with workers on strike against a General Motors Colombia. Some of the Colombian strikers are also participating in a “Fast to the Death” to bring attention to their struggle.

Employees of the Colombian outpost of American car manufacturer GM renewed their call for international solidarity actions on September 3rd, after four days of talks facilitated by the Federal Mediation and Reconciliation Services broke down, and even the involvement of US State Department failed to help reach an agreement. Continue reading “Palermo Workers Fast in Solidarity with Colombian Workers.”

Palermo Workers Strike a Major Focus on Labor Day in Milwaukee and Nationally

Palermo Workers Strike a Major Focus on Labor Day in Milwaukee and Nationally

The now three month old strike at Palermo’s was a focus of Milwaukee’s annual Labor Day parade on September 3, as well as celebrations of labor in nearby Racine, Madison, and even as far away as Los Angeles, California.

Striking members of the Palermo Workers Union joined with the local United Steelworkers contingent in the annual Milwaukee Labor Day parade and Labor Fest. Many Palermo workers brought their families and children, some of whom also carried signs, flags, banners, noisemakers, and informational literature. Continue reading “Palermo Workers Strike a Major Focus on Labor Day in Milwaukee and Nationally”

‘Unions Win It’ Fact Sheets on Work-Family Benefits

09/09/2012; Jackie Tortora

 The Labor Project for Working Families recently released a series of new “Unions Win It” fact sheets on bargaining for work-family benefits.

The Labor Project for Working Families recently released a series of new “Unions Win It” fact sheets on bargaining for work-family benefits such as child care, family leave, worker-controlled flexibility, low-wage worker benefits, paid sick days and more. Download the fact sheets from its website and stay tuned for more fact sheets to be released in the coming months.

These short and informative fact sheets give a snapshot of the issues to consider when bargaining for work–family benefits. See below for links to the sheets:

Labor Day Reports Show Long-Term Income, Wealth Decline

08/31/2012; Tula Connell

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Several new economic reports out in time for Labor Day point to long-term trends that are driving a declining standard of living for America’s middle- and low-income workers. Here’s a quick summary (click on charts to expand).

Middle-class incomes have declined over the past decades. For the past several decades, the share of the economic pie that the middle class receives has decreased and fewer people have earned middle-class incomes, according to the Center for American Progress. “Moreover, the costs of middle-class basics have risen and debt levels have increased.”

The center’s “5 Charts on the State of the Middle Class” offers downloadable versions of each chart.  Continue reading “Labor Day Reports Show Long-Term Income, Wealth Decline”

Brazile: What have unions done for us?

 

Brazile: What have unions done for us?

Author: By Donna Brazile CNN Contributor
Published On: Sep 04 2012 06:58:48 AM CDT

 

 (CNN) –

What have unions done for us lately? Other than give us Labor Day, and a three-day weekend to start football season.

The answers may surprise you.

Unions have long been part of our nation’s history, fighting for better pay, safer working conditions, health care and retirement benefits, education and civic participation. Unions have brought diverse voices together, and their struggles have elevated the working conditions, the standard of living and the recognition of not just their members, but of all who labor.

Unions played a major role in ending the sweatshops and child labor so common at the beginning of the 20th century. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, or ILGWU, was one of the first unions to have a primarily female membership. And in the aftermath of the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, in which more than 100 mostly young immigrant women were killed, the ILGWU was at the forefront of reforming working conditions and pushing for comprehensive safety and workers’ compensation laws. Continue reading “Brazile: What have unions done for us?”