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One Big Union: 1/06/08.

Posted in Commentary, News with tags , , , on January 6, 2008 by onebigunion

Union hot over Cal Fire criticism: (San Diego Union Tribune)The union that represents state firefighters is fighting back against what it considers undue criticism of Cal Fire, the state fire agency that has been scrutinized for its response to the October wildfires.

CDF Firefighters paid thousands of dollars to publish two advertisements last week in The San Diego Union-Tribune  and Today’s Local News,  a free daily newspaper in North County. Both papers are published by The Copley Press Inc.

Powerful Nev. union plans endorsement after New Hampshire primary: LAS VEGAS (AP) – A powerful Nevada union says it won’t endorse a Democratic presidential candidate until after Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

The 60,000-member Culinary Workers Union, Local 226 plans to announce its endorsement, along with parent union UNITE HERE, at a Wednesday morning press conference at its Las Vegas headquarters, political director Pilar Weiss said Saturday.

Chinese Employers Accused of Goon Hiring: (AP) – Huang Qingnan lifts his hospital sheets and shows a long scar below his left hip. His right thigh needed stitches and surgeons fought to mend muscle and tendon gashed in his calf.

The 34-year-old labor activist was stabbed repeatedly by knife-wielding thugs, one in a series of attacks that experts and workers’ rights advocates fear may signal a worrying new trend — privatized intimidation.

Once it would have been the communist government going after activists such as Huang. Today, he’s less worried about the government and more about gangsters he believes are being hired by China’s rough new capitalists to cow troublesome workers.

New Hampshire and Those Labor AdsMANCHESTER, N.H. (New York Times “The Caucus”) As we’ve been driving around New Hampshire this week, we can’t help but hear the radio ads playing repeatedly. We’ve heard Ron Paul ads, John McCain ads and then ads that just stopped us — those for Hillary Rodham Clinton and against Senator Barack Obama…