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VW anti-UAW vote

The shocking defeat of the United Auto Workers in a union election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, dealt a serious blow to the organizing strategy of the UAW in the South. Continue reading

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Attacks on organizing

The number of unionized workers in the U.S. last year dropped by 400,000 members, to 14.3 million workers. Assaults on unions like right-to-work legislation in Indiana and Michigan and laws narrowing the right to union representation in Wisconsin had a huge impact on unions. The most important development is the transformation of union leadership from being militant fighters to contract concessionary specialists and corporation supporters. Continue reading

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Black lung disease increasing in youth

From the new September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters: Black lung disease increasing in youth Detroit, Mich.–An alarming increase in black lung disease (pneumoconiosis) among coal miners is raising serious questions about the effectiveness of coal dust suppression in the nation’s mines. … Continue reading

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Justice still overdue for 29 murdered coal miners

From the March-April 2012 issue of News & Letters: Justice still overdue for 29 murdered coal miners Detroit—A new break in late February signaled a giant step forward in the prosecution of officials at the Upper Big Branch coal mine … Continue reading

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Miners’ lives bought at discount rates

From the January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters: Miners’ lives bought at discount rates Detroit—A $209 million settlement, and a record $10.8 million in fines: that’s what newspaper headlines, TV and radio news reports throughout the nation proclaimed on … Continue reading

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UAW and Big 3 still fear rank and file

From the November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters: UAW and Big 3 still fear rank and file Detroit—The new auto industry contract just ap­proved by the autoworkers created a huge well of dis­content among the rank and file that … Continue reading

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Permanent army of the unemployed

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters: Permanent army of the unemployed Detroit–The unemployment crisis is reaching far into the future. Whereas many government and private economists have been predicting that the economy will pick up in the … Continue reading

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