Was the runaway train that killed dozens of people in a small Quebec town simply an unfortunate tragedy? Or is it the latest example of a much bigger problem? In this analysis, retired railroad engineer Dave Riehle traces the roots of this terrible accident to a pattern of greed and neglect that has been growing in the railroad industry for many years.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a massive new international trade pact being pushed by the U.S. government at the behest of transnational corporations. It would be the largest free trade agreement in U.S. history, covering approximately 40% of the global economy.
Workers who clean linens for hospitals across the metro picketed outside Health Systems Cooperative Laundries on St. Paul’s East Side, giving their employer a taste of what to expect if management continues to drag its feet in negotiations.
Striking union members and their supporters filled the Shakopee City Council chambers in an appeal to local leaders for their help resolving the month-long work stoppage at Cretex Companies’ concrete plant inside the city limits.
The AFL-CIO, which saw Democratic President Barack Obama push one top provision of the 2010 health insurance law – a 2018 tax on so-called “Cadillac” health care plans – down its throat, is upset by the latest health care development: one-year postponement of another key section, the employer mandate.
Six years ago, Evelyn Rivera, then a teenager on spring break from high school, saw her mother hauled away to jail and deportation before her very eyes. This week, Evelyn marched on Washington to get her mother back.
Members of Council 5 of AFSCME, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, and MAPE, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, will vote on tentative contract settlements with the State of Minnesota.