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Aid workers free after month's captivity in Darfur: UN

Khartoum - Three Sudanese employees of international aid agencies were released on Saturday in the troubled Darfur region after 32 days in captivity, peacekeepers said.
In the Media by AFP

Mass sickout by transit workers cripples San Francisco commute

San Francisco - San Francisco's legions of downtown office workers faced a grindingly slow commute Monday after two-thirds of the city's transit operators called in sick in an apparent contract protest.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 1 comment

Tuilagi named in England squad to face Italy

England have named center Manu Tuilagi in their squad for the Six Nations game against Italy in Rome on Saturday.
In the Media by Tom Hayward (Reuters)

Mealamu's calf causes All Black and Blues problems

Auckland Blues hooker Keven Mealamu has been forced to return home early from South Africa with a calf injury that is likely to cause Steve Hansen some concern as the All Blacks coach finalizes his planning for the 2015 World Cup...
In the Media by Reuters

American Air flight attendants pact on union representation

Flight attendants at US Airways, which merged with AMR Corp late last year to form American Airlines Group <AAL.O>, on Friday approved an agreement to change their union at the merged company.
In the Media by Reuters

Strike-hit Amplats says suing union in South Africa

Johannesburg - South African mining giant Anglo American (Amplats) on Saturday said it was suing a trade union for damages and losses suffered over the past three-week work stoppage."The company is suffering damages arising from the failure by AMCU (union) to maintai...
In the Media by AFP

Strike-hit Amplats says suing union in South Africa

Johannesburg - South African mining giant Anglo American (Amplats) on Saturday said it was suing a trade union for damages and losses suffered over the past three-week work stoppage."The company is suffering damages arising from the failure by AMCU (union) to maintai...
In the Media by AFP

UAW suffers major defeat as VW workers reject US union

Chattanooga - The United Auto Workers union suffered a major defeat when workers at German auto giant Volkswagen's Tennessee plant rejected its organizing efforts.The closely-watched Friday's vote came as the US labor movement is fighting for its very survival after...
In the Media by AFP

Republic Air says reaches tentative pact with pilots union

Republic Airways Holdings Inc <RJET.O> said on Friday that it reached a tentative accord for a four-year labor contract with the Teamsters union, which represents more than 2,200 pilots at its Republic, Chautauqua and Shuttle America ...
In the Media by Reuters

VW's US workers to vote on union representation

Chicago - Workers at Volkswagen's US plant will vote next week on whether to form a union and win a seat on the German automaker's global works council, the United Auto Workers said Monday.
In the Media by AFP

US auto union close to big win thanks to Germany's VW

Detroit - American labor leaders are closing in on a decades-long goal of organizing a factory run by a foreign automaker, thanks to a bridgehead opened up at Germany's Volkswagen.
In the Media by Joseph Szczesny  (AFP)

US labor board files complaint on Walmart violations

Washington - The US National Labor Relations Board issued a formal complaint Wednesday against giant retailer Walmart, saying it violated labor rules by threatening and punishing workers who joined pro-union protests.
In the Media by Paul Handley (AFP)

Pretoria Diplomatic Fair celebrates 50 years of the African Union Special

Pretoria - South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the City of Tshwane (Greater Pretoria) have held a Diplomatic Fair celebrating 50 Years of the Organisation of African Unity, now re-christened the African Union.
Digital Journal Report by Christopher Szabo

France: Goodyear's CGT leader forces plant closure

Amiens - In France, two unionized tire companies located on the same street near Amiens, France chose very different directions begetting polar opposite results.
In the Media by Larry Clifton - 2 comments

Fox News reporter attacked by Michigan union protesters at rally

Detroit - In an attempt to interview union members during a rally in Lansing, Fox News reporter Steven Crowder was punched several times and then later grabbed from behind as he tried to head back to the media tent.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 3 comments

Union strike forces Hostess to close; 18,500 jobs lost

Crippled by a nationwide strike, on Friday the makers of Wonder Bread and Hostess Brands snack products that include iconic Twinkies cakes announced plans to permanently close its doors and lay off all of its 18,500 employees.
In the Media by Larry Clifton - 37 comments

Lufthansa strike: Around 300 flights have been canceled

Frankfurt - Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, has canceled around 300 flights in Frankfurt, with 26,000 passengers stranded. Berlin has joined in and Munich will follow shortly.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Op-Ed: Public-sector unions are Democrats’ albatross

Gov. Scott Walker’s recent victory in Wisconsin is not a political fluke, nor is the notion that big unions, particularly public-sector unions, have become an impediment for Democratic candidates in local, state and national elections.
In the Media by Larry Clifton - 12 comments

Spain is accused of draconian plans to clamp down on protests

Madrid - Spain is apparently planning draconian new laws against street protests by curbing the use of social networking, following recent strikes and protests by the unions against changes in the labor laws.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

IWW Union’s statement on Wall Street protests Special

New York - Standing in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement is the IWW, the General Defense Committee of the Industrial Workers of the World, denouncing the brutal silencing of dissent of passive protesters by New York police.
Digital Journal Report by Nancy Houser - 6 comments

45,000 Verizon employees go on strike

Nearly half of the workforce employed by Verizon Wireless Communications Inc. are opening the week on strike. The movement follows a breakdown in labor negiotiations between the union and Verizon.
In the Media by Vincent Sobotka - 2 comments

Air Canada strike likely unless airline makes concessions: CAW Special

Toronto - Air Canada workers are likely to strike at 12:01 a.m. today unless Canada's largest airline makes concessions to union members.
Digital Journal Report by Andrew Ardizzi

Op-Ed: Union start-up attempt reveals chips in Apple's trendy veneer

For years, Apple has been establishing itself as one of the most enigmatic companies in its industry. But an attempt by an employee to form a union is shining a light on the tech giant's inner workings.
In the Media by Justin Crann

Op-Ed: The 4,700 public union pink slips that didn't bring outrage

When Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker grappled with an unsustainable state budget and faced off with public union, the protests became a national sensation, but Connecticut's deep public union cuts have not received a whimper.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 6 comments

60-year-old teacher stabbed by student

Darwin - Yesterday a relief teacher at the Nightcliffe Middle School in Darwin, Australia was allegedly punched and stabbed a number of times by a 14-year-old student.
In the Media by Kimberley Pollock

Photo Essay: What democracy looks like in Madison Wisc. Mar. 2011 Special

Madison - The snapshots included in this photo essay were taken on Saturday March 12, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin where it is estimated that well over 150,000 gathered in protest the recent decision regarding collective bargaining rights.
Digital Journal Report by J Ocean Dennie - 3 comments

Ohio public unions’ collective bargaining lands in the crucible

Columbus - "We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike" - Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933
In the Media by Samantha A. Torrence - 10 comments

Putting the 'dem' in pandemic: Anti-union budget battles spread

The fleeing method used by Wisconsin democratic lawmakers to prevent quorum has now been imitated by Indiana. As many state require drastic budget changes, similar techniques by the opposition threaten to become a trend.
In the Media by Vincent Sobotka - 2 comments

CUPE1's John Camilleri discusses Toronto Hydro violations Special

Toronto - During the summer CUPE One were informed that Joe Pessoa, the union's Health and Safety Representative was being watched by private investigators hired by Toronto Hydro.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

NYPost: New York snow clearing slowed purposely as budget protest

Unionized snow-clearing sanitation teams operating in New York City boroughs purposely slowed their efforts to protest budgetary issues, stranding countless city residents. The city denies the allegations.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 2 comments
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Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
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A look at the government administrative center  the Union Buildings  from the South Lawn.
A look at the government administrative center, the Union Buildings, from the South Lawn.
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Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
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FAST FOOD: McDonald"s Corp. corporate headquarters in Oak Park, Ill.
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SAT fieldworkers expropriate food from supermarkets and give to the poor.
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Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
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"Citizens and public employees are not responsible for the waste" - Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
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Teamsters Union General President Jim Hoffa
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Teamsters Union General President Jim Hoffa
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YouTube screengrab of Fox News's Steven Crowder getting beat up.
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Rough translation: "Full for Oña (Mayoress) and the scavenger civil servants." Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
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Night view of the Union Buildings. Photo by Susan Pruijsen.
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Night view of the Union Buildings. Photo by Susan Pruijsen.
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