Last week we interviewed Oshawa, Canada, auto worker Tony Leah about the plant occupation that rank-and-file workers organized to protest the planned shutdown of their General Motors factory. Meanwhile their national union, Unifor, held a rally on January 11 in Windsor, described below by Labor Notes Business Manager Adrian Montgomery.
Five hundred young folks in thick glasses, suspenders, and pocket protectors took to the streets of Detroit Friday to protest Michigan Governor Rick Snyder—kicking off AFSCME's national conference of organizers 35 and under.
Outside the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit, a group of angry people stood together to let Senator Carl Levin know he better not vote for the real death panels: cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
When the House decided before Thanksgiving not to extend unemployment benefits, anxiety set upon my family. My husband will reach his 99 weeks at the end of December, with no job prospects in sight. This is brewing up to be the perfect disaster—and my family and I are trying to survive the storm.