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By Eileen McNamara | June 21, 1996
SHE HAS NEVER been inside the institutional laundry in South Boston, but the workers have drawn Robin Clark a mental picture.She can see the dirty washroom, the overhead pipe where the women warm their meals, the heavy overcoats they wear inside all winter when the heat never seems to be on.She conjures up those images when the days are too long or the work she chose too discouraging.If the labor movement has a future, it is in the hands of people like 23-year-old Robin Clark.Two years ago, when her Yale classmates left for law and medical school, Robin enrolled in the Organizing Institute, established in 1989 by the AFL-CIO to train union organizers.
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NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 22, 1996
After a 30-year estrangement, in which union leaders shunned academics as too far to the left and the liberal intelligentsia scorned big labor as part of the establishment, many academics are forging a new alliance with the revived labor movement.Academics are counseling students to become union organizers and are donating time to teach courses to union officials.Cornell University professors held a conference with the AFL-CIO on how to do more organizing, while many sociology professors are revamping their courses to focus more on labor's role in society.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark and Kim Clark,Staff Writer | August 9, 1992
As she sauntered out of her usually quiet Social Security Administration office at quitting time Wednesday, Eileen Freter walked smack into a clump of jostling, obscenity-shouting union activists -- and history.She and her 12,000 fellow SSA workers at the Woodlawn complex are a focus of one of the biggest raids in American history, and an important experiment in union democracy.For Ms. Freter and many like her, a fight between two unions over the right to represent federal employees is little more than a rear-guard action in a doomed cause.
NEWS
September 7, 1998
HERE'S something on which labor and industry can agree: America needs to bolster its work-force skills.This year, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to help states improve job training. The Workforce Investment Act, pushed by President Clinton and earlier by former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, should help both sides in the years to come.Businesses certainly benefit from training programs; they need employees who are equipped to handle increasingly technical tasks that require more than a 12th-grade education.
NEWS
By Peter Morici | August 8, 2005
ANDREW STERN has taken the Service Employees International Union out of the AFL-CIO, along with the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers. Given federation President John Sweeney's failure to deliver on his 1995 promise to reinvigorate the labor movement and declining union membership, few can blame the rebels. But all the debate about organizing tactics and political strategy misses what really ails the labor movement. In the 1950s, unions made sense. Most American workers were employed as agricultural laborers, in routine factory jobs and in similar repetitive tasks.
NEWS
By Robert Kuttner | February 28, 1994
AT THEIR annual winter board meeting last week, America's unions emphatically mended fences with President Clinton and the Democratic Party. Concretely, they voted to put an unprecedented $10 million into Mr. Clinton's campaign for universal health insurance and to mobilize rank-and-file support. And they will resume their customary contributions to Democratic fund-raising operations.With a handful of exceptions, labor will also work to elect and re-elect Democrats to the House and Senate.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,Sun reporter | October 4, 2006
The National Labor Relations Board issued a decision yesterday that experts say expands the definition of who can be considered a supervisor. The ruling in Washington could have far-reaching implications for trade unions and at workplaces around the country. The federal panel ruled 3-2 that permanent charge nurses at hospitals should be categorized as supervisors, meaning they would not be covered by the National Labor Relations Act and would be barred from joining a union. The long-awaited NLRB decision involved nurses at Oakwood Health Care in Michigan.
NEWS
By JACK W. GERMOND and JULES WITCOVER | September 26, 1997
PITTSBURGH -- The scene at the Convention Center seemed more like an old-fashioned religious revival meeting than an AFL-CIO convention as it opened under the command of president John Sweeney, who took over from labor's old guard two years ago in an insurgent movement.New union members from around the country marched up to the podium and gave personal testimony about their successful labor organizing fights in a host of professions and industries, many of them long-resistant to any union presence.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 26, 1996
Displaying some of the labor movement's newfound aggressiveness, the United Steelworkers of America hopes to turn today's Indianapolis 500 into something more than a car race.Through demonstrations, banners, a blimp and a new country music song, the 700,000-member union is seeking to transform the speedway into a soapbox from which to urge consumers to boycott Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., the tire company.This is all part of a multipronged campaign, including rallies at tire dealers, to increase pressure on Bridgestone, a Japanese-owned company that the steelworkers have been fighting since they began a failed 10-month strike against it in July 1994.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | August 15, 1997
WASHINGTON -- As the Teamsters union's strike against the United Parcel Service drags on, raising tempers on both sides and among inconvenienced customers, organized labor is launching a TV campaign to improve its image."
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