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Op-Ed: L.A. union that advocated for wage increases now opposes it

Los Angeles - Sorry Rusty Hicks of Federation of Labor, but unions are not about the individual bargaining, but rather the collective. That's why it's called a union.

Outsourcing bill foments protest in Brazil

Bras - Brazilian police and demonstrators clashed Tuesday in the capital Brasilia during a march opposing a congressional bill to increase outsourcing in the workplace.

Travel chaos in Argentina as transit unions strike

Buenos Aires - Argentina's largest cities ground to a halt Tuesday as transport unions went on strike, demanding tax cuts for low-income workers and putting the government on the defensive seven months out from general elections.

Directors Guild of America nominations offer an eye on Oscar?

A strong move on the way to Oscar glory comes through the Directors Guild of America (DGA). They announced their top five directors and Clint Eastwood is in, while Christopher Nolan is out.

U.S. tyre tycoon mocks 'Communist' France in rejecting investment

Amiens - A U.S. tyre tycoon on Friday ridiculed French laws and trade unions that he said had prevented him from investing in a stricken factory, saying France should become "Communist.

Government employees march in D.C. for higher pay, a union

Washington - Hundreds of federally-contracted government workers staged a day-long protest strike Thursday in an effort to persuade President Barack Obama to issue executive orders that would increase pay and benefits for workers on government contract.

Video: Supreme Court finds Wal-Mart at fault for closing store

Shortly after being unable to come to an agreement with local unions Walmart closed a Quebec area store. Now they will have to pay damages to almost 200 workers after a Canadian Supreme Court ruling.

Brazil unions backing Cup

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's two biggest unions on Tuesday lent their backing to the World Cup and the 2016 Rio Games on the grounds they would "generate tax receipts and jobs" for the hosts."Large events open the possibility of numerous public and private investments, wh...

Conductors' union accepts Canadian National Railway's offer

The Teamsters union representing conductors, yard workers, and traffic coordinators agreed to meet with Canadian National Railway Co one last time in hopes of reaching a new a settlement.

CN Rail, union to meet Wednesday in last push for contract

Canadian National Railway Co and the Teamsters union will meet in Montreal on Wednesday to make a final attempt at reaching a labor deal for some 3,000 conductors, yard workers, and traffic coordinators,...

Cyprus to vote on new sell-off bill as deadline looms

Nicosia - Cyprus is to hold a new vote on a privatisation bill hours before a deadline for the release of the next tranche of a 10-billion-euro bailout, after parliament rejected an initial draft.MPs failed to adopt a first version of the controversial bill in a...

Michigan representative seeks to make picketing illegal

Lansing - The proposed law grants businesses the ability to gain an injunction against anyone picketing their premises and imposes massive fines on protesters.

Chaos at Frankfurt airport as security staff strike

Frankfurt - Passengers were advised Friday not to bother turning up for flights at Frankfurt airport because of a one-day strike by security staff."We have asked passengers not to travel to the airport for now.

Frankfurt airport to be hit by strike Friday

Frankfurt - Germany's largest airport, Frankfurt, is bracing for travel delays Friday due to a scheduled wage strike by security personnel, the airport's operator Fraport said."Due to strike action planned by security staff for Friday, February 21, flight disrupti...

Iberia pilots 'agree to 14% pay cut'

Madrid - Spanish flag carrier Iberia said Wednesday it had reached a deal with its pilots to slash their salaries by at least 14 percent, part of its bid to return to profit.Iberia's roughly 1,400 pilots will see their salaries reduced by 14 percent, and possib...

Directors go with 'Gravity' while producers serve up a tie

Los Angeles - Now, the Oscar race for top prize may have become more clear. Filling out those ballots for many people will now include Alfonso Cuaron and "Gravity" simply because the Directors Guild of America (DGA) has picked him.

Coca-Cola looks to close 4 bottling plants in Spain

Madrid - Coca-Cola is looking to close four of its 11 bottling plants in Spain in a move that would affect 1,250 jobs, the company and the UGT union said.

Platinum firms pull down shutters as S. Africa braces for strike

Johannesburg - Two of the world's three leading platinum producers said they would begin shuttering operations Wednesday, the eve of a mass strike which owners fear could spark violence.

US court dismisses French Goodyear plant closure lawsuit

Washington - US tiremaker Goodyear has won a court battle after a US federal judge threw out a lawsuit by French workers fighting to keep their jobs by preventing a plant closure in Amiens.

Marchionne will stay at Fiat/Chrysler until at least 2017

Detroit - Sergio Marchionne will remain as the chief executive of Fiat and its US subsidiary Chrysler until at least 2017, Fiat chairman John Elkann said Monday.

Madrid — European protest capital with 1,628 demos so far in 2013

Madrid - It's only May, and already the Spanish capital has had the highest number of European street protests, surpassing even Berlin, with 1,628 street demonstrations so far in 2013.

Op-Ed: Why do unions, big businesses, governments hate the poor so much?

Washington - Since elementary school, students are bombarded with endless propaganda that unions and governments are the purveyors of justice when it comes to the impecunious of our society.

Mexico set to implement wide ranging labor reform

Mexico is considering legislation which will lead to a significant change to labor practices across the country. The plans are opposed by labor unions and some opposition groups.

Op-Ed: Is the water your drinking & bathing in safe?

Fracking is high-volume hydraulic fracturing to access deep shale formations. It requires millions of gallons of fresh water and the use of undisclosed chemicals, then it is pumped back into the water table resulting in undrinkable water & unusable land.

Tens of thousands to strike today over UK pension cuts & changes

London - Around 400,000 public sector workers in the United Kingdom will be joining a 24-hour strike over proposed changes to pensions.

May Day: Protests & demonstrations worldwide on Workers' Day

Worldwide demonstrations and protests see tens of thousands of people out on the streets to mark International Workers' Day.

15,000 union workers rally against Ontario's 'austerity' budget Special

Toronto - An estimated 15,000 union members and representatives gathered at Queen's Park in Toronto Saturday to protest against Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and his Liberal government's budget, which many claim is a form of austerity.

Greek unions stage general strike to protest austerity measures

Athens - Greek trade unions have gone on strike for the first time since European technocrat Lucas Papademos became the country’s leader last month. They are protesting fresh austerity measures needed to save Greece from economic collapse.

Op-Ed: Millionaires, unions and activists join Occupy Wall Street

It is apparent that the day of Big Business may soon be lessening its unyielding grip on greedy politicians and innocent American citizens. Unfortunately, it consists of 1% of the most powerful and controlling corporations and individuals of the world.

Op-Ed: What 'Right To Work' Advocates Don't Want You To Know

The idea of "Right to Work" is often touted about in the media, and mostly is presented as if such places where that "right" exists are "ideal" places to be. What they don't say is just as telling, by omission, as what disinformation they do provide.
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Ken Lewenza  CAW National President  speaking at a press conference in Toronto
Ken Lewenza, CAW National President, speaking at a press conference in Toronto
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Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
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Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014
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Canadian New Democratic Party Member of Parliament and NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash speaks wi...
Canadian New Democratic Party Member of Parliament and NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash speaks with Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly outside of Toronto city hall.
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Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014
Rally for Retirement Security  March 2  2014
Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014
Rally for Retirement Security  March 2  2014
Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014
Local 4948 President Maureen O Reilly talks to reporters during a scrum about Monday s strike and th...
Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly talks to reporters during a scrum about Monday's strike and the current negotiations with the City.
Gaetan Menard  CEP Secretary-Treasurer and Proposal Committee co-chair speaking at a press conferenc...
Gaetan Menard, CEP Secretary-Treasurer and Proposal Committee co-chair speaking at a press conference in Toronto.
Huge crowd walks the picket line outside of Toronto City Hall in support of libraries and its worker...
Huge crowd walks the picket line outside of Toronto City Hall in support of libraries and its workers.
Many library and union members walking the picket line outside of Toronto City Hall.
Many library and union members walking the picket line outside of Toronto City Hall.
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EDLC Labour Day Barbecue
The large crowd huddles in for speeches outside of Toronto City Hall.
The large crowd huddles in for speeches outside of Toronto City Hall.
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan shows up in support of Monday s strike outside of To...
Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan shows up in support of Monday's strike outside of Toronto city hall.
Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and Communications  Energy and Paperworkers Union o...
Members of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
Rally for Retirement Security  March 2  2014
Rally for Retirement Security, March 2, 2014