The Heart of the Matter
Senators Steve Fielding and Barnaby Joyce are right to quibble over the futures of Christmas Day, Good Friday and Anzac Day.
Interview: Battle Stations
Opposition leader Kim Beazley says he's ready to fight for workers right. But come July 1, he'll have to be fighting by different rules.
Unions: The Workers, United
It was a group of rank and filers who took centre stage when workers rallied in Sydney's Town Hall, writes Jim Marr.
Politics: The Lost Weekend
The ALP had a hot date, they had arranged to meet on the Town Hall steps, and Phil Doyle was there.
Industrial: Truth or Dare
Seventeen ivory towered academics upset those who know what is best for us last week.
History: A Class Act
After reading a new book on class in Australia, Neale Towart is left wondering if it is possible to tie the term down.
Economics: The Numbers Game
Political economist Frank Stilwell offers a beginners guide to understanding budgets
International: Blonde Ambition
Sweden can be an inspiration to labour movements the world over, as it has had community unionism for over 100 years, creating a vibrant caring society, rather than a "productive" lean economy.
Training: The Trade Off
Next time you go looking for a skilled tradesman and canít find one, blame an economist, writes John Sutton.
Review: Bore of the Worlds
An invincible enemy has people turning against one another as they fight for survival Ė its not just an eerie view of John Howardís ideal workplace, writes Nathan Brown.
Poetry: The Beaters Medley
In solidarity with the workers of Australia, Sir Paul McCartney (with inspiration from his old friend John Lennon) has joined the Workers Online resident bard David Peetz to pen some hits about the government's proposed industrial relations revolution.
Carr Fingers Feds
Boeing Scabs Take Flight
Billion Dollar Blow Hards
Door Closes on Foot Soldier
Andrews Ropes In Footy
Gooooood Morning Sydney!
Posties Bite Back
Choice Myth Busted Again
Dumb and DEWR
Combet: Business Can't Be Trusted
Telstra Burns Bush
Detective on Death Site
States of Disunity
A Turbulent Decade
State of the Union
Unions NSW secretary John Robertson lifts the lid on ĎThe Nine Myths of Modern Unionismí
The Locker Room
Phil Doyle trawls the murky depths of tawdry sleaze, and discovers Rugby is behind it all.
To Hew The Coal That Lies Below
Phil Doyle reviews Australia's first coal mining novel, Black Diamonds and Dust.
Donít take your Gunns to town
The Westie Wing
Our favourite State MP, Ian West, reports from Macquarie Street that the Premier is all the way with a State Commission.
Poetry in motion
Losing the faith
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States of Disunity
Two major US unions announced they were disaffiliating the peak union body, the AFL-CIO, as the organisation celebrated itís 50th anniversary in Chicago last week.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have split from the AFL-CIO over differences of opinion on organising priorities and methods.
The SEIU is the largest AFL-CIO affiliate with 1.8 million members.
The two unions announced they were forming a competing union coalition designed to reverse declining union membership.
Service Employees International leader Andrew Stern said the decision to disaffiliate was not an easy one.
"At a time when our corporate and conservative adversaries have created the most powerful anti-worker political machine in the history of our country, a divided movement hurts the hopes of working families for a better life," said AFL-CIO president John Sweeney.
Two other unions -- United Food and Commercial Workers and UNITE HERE, a group of textile and hotel workers -- joined the Teamsters and the SEIU in boycotting the AFL-CIO convention
The four unions represent one-third of the AFL-CIO's 13 million members.
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