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February 2004

This item from the AFL-CIO's weekly online newsletter "Work in Progress" provides yet more reasons not to spend your hard-earned union dollars at Wal-Mart....February 26, 2004.

Groups Say Energy Bills Electricity Title Threatens Consumers, Investors
A groundswell of consumer and investor sentiment is growing against the repeal of the Public Utilities Holding Company Act (PUHCA), proposed in the latest Senate version of the energy bill....February 26, 2004.

Safeway Workers' Strike is Everyone's Fight...
Workers at Safeway and its affiliated stores in California have been on a bitter four-month strike for a new contract. Among the critical issues is protecting decent, affordable health care for the 70,000 workers, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)....February 17, 2004.

Administration Finds Good News In Job Flight Overseas
Sending jobs overseas is a good thing. An economic recovery without broad-based job opportunities is no problem. Who thinks so? The White House in its annual Economic Report of the President....February 12, 2004.

Industrial Trade Workers Mobilize on Capitol Hill ...
What the labor movement has been saying for years is finally resonating with the rest of the country: the United States is suffering from manufacturing losses too severe to ignore. Industrial trade union members came in force to Washington, D.C. on February 3 to urge Congress to support fair trade policies that will help revive the moribund manufacturing climate that has shed 2.6 million jobs in the past three years....February 9, 2004.

Congress Stands Up For the Unemployed, Finally! ...
Congress on Wednesday finally signaled it is not deaf to the plight of the jobless, voting in favor of extending unemployment benefits....February 9, 2004.

Union Labor, Pension Fund Financing Fuel Historic Mall Project ...
The first major all-union construction project in the state of Virginia officially kicked off February 3 with the ceremonial cutting of a red ribbon by several building trades leaders....February 4, 2004.

Benefits Conference Offers Support During Tough Times...
A gathering cloud of challenges confronted attendees to the annual IBEW/NECA Employee Benefits Conference earlier this month, at a time when many pension plans are underfunded and with a health care crisis stirring....February 2, 2004.

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