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35,000 activists and union members march in UK

A rally of 35,000 demonstrators organized by Britain’s Trades Union Congress marched peacefully in Manchester, UK on Sunday to protest the opening of the Conservative Party’s annual conference. A statement from the TUC had announced that it was “organising a march and rally to show opposition to the coalition government’s…

Ohio House committee passes public union curbs

An Ohio House committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would restrict collective bargaining rights for about 350,000 public employees and ban them from striking. The bill was modified to remove jail time as a possible penalty for workers who participate in strikes and to allow police and firefighters to…

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…

Buffalo Beast tricks Wisc. Gov. Walker into taking call from fake ‘David Koch’

Governor’s official phone line goes down: ‘The number you dialed is not a working number’ Update: Walker’s office says call was real Second update (at bottom): Watchdog calls for probe on possible ethics violation Prepare for prankgate. Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican Governor wasted no time in taking the fight to…

NY City to fire teachers, cut capital spending

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday unveiled a $65.6 billion budget plan for fiscal year 2012 that calls for firing 4,666 teachers and reducing capital spending 10 percent over the next decade. Bloomberg blamed reductions in aid from the state of New York and…

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