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Business as Usual for China’s Forced Labor Camps: State Media

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Local officials in charge of China’s controversial forced labor camps say they are operating as usual and have not received any word from Beijing about a possible end to the system. The state-run Global Times Tuesday said officials in at least six regions across China have received no information about proposed changes to the so-called […]

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Sweden’s Ikea Admits Use of Forced Labor in East Germany

Posted November 16th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Swedish furniture giant Ikea is acknowledging that some of its suppliers used forced prison labor in the communist former East Germany more than two decades ago. The company released an independent report Friday concluding that some Ikea managers were aware of the possibility that political prisoners would be used to make the company’s products. Ikea […]

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Obama Meets with Labor Leaders on US Fiscal Cliff

Posted November 13th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. labor leaders met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, calling on him to reject deep cuts in pensions and health care for the elderly as he works to resolve crucial government financial issues by the end of the year. Newly re-elected, Mr. Obama is turning this week toward a series of talks at the […]

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Obama Meeting with Union Leaders on US Fiscal Cliff

Posted November 13th, 2012 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. labor leaders are meeting with President Barack Obama Tuesday, calling on him to reject deep cuts in pensions and health care for the elderly as he works to resolve crucial government financial issues by the end of the year. Newly re-elected, Mr. Obama is turning this week toward a series of talks at the […]

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Wisconsin Judge Strikes Down Union Law, Governor Vows Appeal

Posted September 14th, 2012 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A Wisconsin judge has struck down the state’s controversial collective bargaining law, saying the legislation championed by Governor Scott Walker unconstitutionally limits the rights of public sector workers. Friday’s circuit court ruling said the legislation, which triggered weeks of union protests last year in the state capital, violated union members’ rights to free speech. It […]

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Labor Day: A Changed US Holiday

Posted September 3rd, 2012 at 9:20 am (UTC-5)
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Americans are celebrating the Labor Day holiday, a moment born as a salute to the nation’s unionized workers that now has often morphed into a day of family gatherings marking the unofficial end of summer. The first Monday in September became an official U.S. holiday in 1894 to celebrate a “wokingman’s holiday,” and through the […]

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US Hearing Blasts Working Conditions in China

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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Labor activists say worker’s rights and labor conditions in Chinese factories continue to deteriorate. The activists testified Tuesday before the Congressional Executive Commission on China, which was created to monitor human rights and the development of the rule of law in China. Co-chairman, Congressman Chris Smith blamed Chinese leaders for doing little to ensure worker’s […]

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US Auto Maker Chrysler Reaches Labor Deal

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. automaker Chrysler has reached a labor agreement with its unionized workers, the last of the three big American car manufacturers to complete negotiations on new work and salary terms. Chrysler is the third largest of the U.S. automakers, behind General Motors and Ford, and is the least profitable of the three. All three automakers […]

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NBA Scraps Early Start of Upcoming Season

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The National Basketball Association has cancelled the first two weeks of the 2011-’12 regular season, after franchise owners and players failed to settle their dispute over a new collective bargaining agreement. The league announced the cancellations Monday after a seven-hour negotiation session in New York. NBA Commissioner David Stern told reporters the two sides are […]

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South Korea Closes Door to Vietnamese Guest Workers

Posted September 29th, 2011 at 3:21 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea has suspended the admission of guest laborers from Vietnam because too many of them have disappeared after their visas expired. Officials said Wednesday that Seoul has stopped allowing Vietnamese to take a Korean language test which is required before temporary workers can be admitted. More than 4,000 Vietnamese workers entered South Korea in […]

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