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Congresswoman Barbara Lee: 'Deeply disappointed by PMA's decision'

Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement in response to PMA’s decision to not conduct vessel work from 5PM on February 6th to 8AM on February 9th:

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

“I am deeply disappointed by PMA’s decision to not conduct vessel work this weekend. This unnecessary weekend lockout will hurt workers and their families, businesses and […]


Workers at Bayer pharmaceutical plant in Berkeley, CA win new pact to increase job security, control health costs & raise pay

A new agreement covering 420 pharmaceutical workers at the Bayer HealthCare plant in Berkeley, California has been reached following two months of difficult negotiations. The proposal includes better job security measures, controls on health care insurance costs, and annual raises of more than 3% during four-year contract. The proposed agreement is subject to a membership […]


25 Members of Congress ask Clinton for help as chaos erupts on Costa Rican Docks

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 29, 2010) — This morning, Costa Rica’s docks in Limón erupted in chaos involving police, union members and a reported 10,000 civilians, following a campaign by the Oscar Arias-led Costa Rican government to usurp the workers’ democratically elected leadership and eliminate the SINTRAJAP longshore union.

Twenty-five members of the U.S. Congress […]