labor notes

Postal workers elect new leaders who pledge to build a movement

October 10, 2013 - With the Postal Service facing privatization threats, the American Postal Workers Union has elected a new slate of activist leaders. President-Elect Mark Dimondstein led his Greensboro, N.C. local for 12 years and co-founded an area Jobs With Justice chapter and a local community-postal worker coalition.

House of labor needs repairs, not just new roommates

September 17, 2013 - The AFL-CIO is undertaking a new strategy that involves building closer ties with non-labor allies, from the NAACP to the Sierra Club. But given the extreme attacks workers are suffering, will that be enough to meet the challenges of the day?

After a pause, Walmart strikes back

July 31, 2013 - The Arkansas-based retail giant is disciplining and firing workers who participated in a strike in June. While the firings are almost certainly illegal, congressional Republicans have declawed the national labor board, leaving it without a quorum to conduct business.

Secret TPP deal would void democracy

July 10, 2013 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership -- a trade agreement written with help from the likes of Walmart and Halliburton -- would enhance corporations' power to sue governments over laws they don't like, increase pressure for fracking, and make job-killers like NAFTA look puny. Congress will soon debate whether to fast-track it.