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Local 201 members meet to oppose cuts in GE health care benefits
STP60730.JPGLynn, MA – With less than four months before the start of national GE contract negotiations, a top union negotiator told almost 300 GE's River Works union members and retirees that there is no good economic reason for GE to shift its medical costs to employees.

Steve Tormey, from the United Electrical Workers Union, spoke with IUE-CWA Local 201 members about GE's real health care costs and why it is important to oppose any cuts in health care benefits.
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25 Jan 2007 | Filed under: News / Labor : Social Welfare
Boston Delegation to the World Social Forum 2007 in Nairobi Kenya Proposes Intercontinental Unity in the Struggle for Migrant Workers Rights in the World
uhuru4-b.jpgThis activity seeks to demonstrate the need to join forces in the world to confront the injustices of a condition created by contemporary capitalism: large masses of migrant workers desperately seeking work to survive. In that process they are abused, victimized, exploited and discriminated.

[Read more about WSF in Kenya at Global Indymedia:
http://www.indymedia.org/en/2007/01/878667.shtml. Download radio/audio files at: http://wsf.amarc.org/]
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22 Jan 2007 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Labor
Human Rights Organization Denounces Egregious Workplace Immigration Raids in Six Meatpacking Plants
061213_immigration_hmed_7a.hmedium.jpgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Regional office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) expresses deep concern that the immigration sweeps which recently took place in six Swift & Company meatpacking plants in six states represent an egregious attack on the right to work, and whose sole effect serves to stir up unfounded negative sentiments towards migrants and divide working-class families and migrant communities. Furthermore, some press reports indicate that less than 5% of those detained were charged with identity theft raising serious questions about the use of identity theft as a principle motive behind the raids.
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17 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
Call for 'Stewards Army' opens door for new labor activism
At a December 2 meeting of rank-and-file activists and stewards held in Braintree MA, CWA President Larry Cohen described a "vicious attack" by telecommunications employers on our standard of living, right to organize and ability to negotiate collective agreements. To rousing applause, Cohen said that for the labor movement to defend its members' wages and working conditions -- or that of workers more generally -- would require "creating an army of stewards."
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17 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
Justice for Boston Children's Museum Workers!
workers.gifThe Boston Children's Museum (BCM) is widely known for its commitment to the children of Boston. But this Christmas, the president of the museum, Lou Casagrande is acting like a big Grinch to workers at the museum.

More than 15 BCM employees (mostly part-time, low-wage workers)were told on December 2 that their jobs would be terminated shortly after the holiday when the museum closes for renovations. Further, despite their experience at the museum, they were told they would not be guaranteed employment when the museum reopens.
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13 Dec 2006 | Filed under: News / Labor
Providence RI Solidarity Vigil Reportback
284617979_6ebf0c3dd6.jpgProvidence, Rhode Island -- On Monday Oct 30th at noon, 20 folks gathered outside the Federal Building in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca and in remembrance of Brad Will and all those killed in the struggle for justice in Oaxaca.

We will see you in Boston at 4pm at the Mexican Consulate on Thursday Nov 2nd.
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31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : International : Labor
Fair Trade Farmers Speak in Boston
silvia_arevalo.jpgCambridge, Mass. – Sponsored by Farm Aid, Oke USA, and the Student Labor Action Movement, four representatives of fair trade family-owned farming spoke last Thursday at Harvard University about their experiences as part of the People Before Profit: A Week of Action for Global Justice in Boston. Rich Bonanno from Methuen, Mass., Shirley Sherrod from Georgia, Tadesse Meskela, from Ethiopia, and Silvia Arevalo, from Ecuador, were invited to discuss the benefits reaped from and challenges still faced by small farmers all over the world.
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29 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Education : Environment : Globalization : International : Labor : Organizing
Boston McDonald’s Hit by Protests Against Labor Abuse
02.jpgBOSTON, MA – A group of young protesters braved the pouring rain to demonstrated at three local McDonald’s branches in downtown Boston today, Oct. 28.

They were calling on fast-food giant McDonald’s to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to help establish real labor rights for the workers who pick tomatoes for McDonald’s suppliers. The young protesters, several of whom wore colorful scary “Ronald McDonald” halloween masks, entered the fast-food stores and distributed hundreds of leaflets documenting sweatshop conditions and human rights abuses in the Florida fields where McDonald’s tomatoes are grown.
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28 Oct 2006 | Filed under: News / Human Rights : Labor
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