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Conservative think-tank FOIAs Michigan labor profs

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a think tank backed by some big-name conservatives, has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to professors at labor-centric schools, asking to see any emails containing certain key words, Talking Points Memo reports. The subjects mostly relate to the Wisconsin union protests: “Scott…

NYC mayor booed at Triangle fire commemoration

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was loudly booed Friday at a speech commemorating the deaths a century ago of 146 people in a factory fire that then led to major labor law reforms across the United States. Bloomberg was one of the principal speakers at the ceremonies…

In ‘message’ to big business, Maine governor LePage orders labor mural removed

Exclusive update: Artist ‘disappointed’ by decision The Republican governor of Maine has a wild idea: displace history to make the state appear more friendly to wealth. That’s precisely what Gov. Paul LePage has ordered. In the state’s Department of Labor building, a 36-foot mural depicting the history of labor movements…

Young women continue to die locked in sweatshops, labor group warns

As the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire approaches, the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights urged the United States to pass legislation to prevent multi-national corporations from violating internationally recognized worker rights standards, such as no child or forced labor, decent working conditions, freedom of association…

Unions attack New Mexico governor for firing labor board

SANTA FE (Reuters) – New Mexico’s governor broke the law by firing all members of the state’s Labor Relations Board and unions seek to reverse the move by an appeal to the state Supreme Court, a union leader said on Thursday. New Mexico AFL-CIO president Christine Trujillo said she was…

Jobless claims fall, 4-week average at 2-1/2 year low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell as expected last week, with the four-week moving average dropping to its lowest level in more than 2-1/2 years, pointing to a strengthening labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 385,000, the Labor…

Slideshow: Protesters flood Wisconsin Capitol

Tens of thousands of people are flooding the Wisconsin Capitol building to protest Gov. Walker’s budget cuts and blows to organized labor rights. We’re crowdsourcing the best images from the protests to share with you. Check out our slideshow below. You can add to this slideshow! Tag your twitpics with…

Idaho passes Republican bill to curb union rights

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Idaho state legislature approved a bill on Tuesday to strip public school teachers of many of their collective bargaining rights while protesters in six states rallied against Republican efforts to curb union power. The Idaho bill, which excludes issues like class size and workloads from negotiations…

Exclusive: Readers share photos from Saturday’s labor protests

Millions of Americans were out in the streets this past Saturday, participating in the largest flare-up of labor protests the nation has seen in decades — yet images like these were conspicuously missing from the major television news networks. At the rallies’ epicenter was Madison, Wisconsin, where over 100,000 gathered…

Help Raw Story cover Saturday’s nation-wide labor protests: send us your media

RELATED: Non-partisan ‘US Uncut’ group calls for progressives, conservatives to unite, demand that corporations pay their taxes The United States today is more politically active than at any point in recent years thanks to the growing budget crunches turning up the heat on workers coast to coast. In the wake…

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