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UAW Must Resist Strategy to Divide Members, NAACP Leader Says

Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press
“Are you going to be able to keep what you have? Are you going to be able to sit at the table as one?” NAACP National President Derrick Johnson asked UAW members, as he urged them to avoid division based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender.

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New GM Faces Old Headwinds in D.C.

Keith Laing, The Detroit News
"GM needs to pay more attention to relationships on the Hill," said U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, who described GM recently as the “most disliked company in Washington."

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Greeks Take to Streets Again Amid General Strike Over Job Cut Plans

Helena Smith The Guardian
Commentators questioned the wisdom of inflicting further austerity on a nation where more than 1.3 million are out of work, salaries have been cut by an average 25%, and poverty has been imposed on more than a third of the entire population.

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Philly Hunger Strike: Locals Fast To Protest School Layoffs

Rebecca Klein Huffington Post
Philadelphia parents concerned about the decision to layoff 1,200 school aides are fasting outside Governor Tom Corbett's offices. State lawmakers have until June 30 to amend the state's budget and eliminate the layoffs.

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IBM News-Global Layoffs

IBM, the world’s largest computer-services provider, began cutting jobs in the U.S. and around the world Wednesday as part of a global restructuring plan announced in April, IBM acknowledged and workers reported. Based on data gathered from around the world, Alliance at IBM estimates several thousand cuts already have been made or are planned.

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French Unions Back Revisions of Labor Law

Liz Alderman The New York Times
PARIS — French labor unions and business leaders struck a deal to overhaul labor laws. The changes include more flexibility for employers to reduce hours to prevent lay offs in times of "economic distress." Employers will pay a higher tax for using temporary labor. In exchange for flexibility, unions secured improvements to unemployment benefits and health insurance, as well as seats on the board of large companies.
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