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Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. “If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he’d have a lot to write about….” (with videos)... Read more»

Arizona's shrinking workforce driving drop in jobless rate

Arizona’s jobless rate is falling toward pre-recession levels, but experts say the drop could be driven as much by a shrinking labor force as a growing job market.... Read more»

Think again

Labor for a day, capital for the rest of the year

In the mainstream media, we focus on the business world every day and on labor one day a year. This obscures the awful treatment that so many U.S. workers endure—particularly their meager vacation time.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. “If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he’d have a lot to write about….” (with videos)... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Labor Day

As the nation celebrates Labor Day, 131 years after the first holiday dedicated to workers was proclaimed in the state of New York, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Here’s the low-down:... Read more»

Union membership continues decline in Az

Arizona labor unions have little to celebrate this Labor Day weekend, as membership numbers continue plunge in the state. Union membership fell from 6 percent of the state’s workers in 2011 to 5.1 percent in 2012. That 16 percent drop – from 149,000 to 125,000 workers – was one of the steepest in the nation.... Read more»

Downtown Lowdown

The DL: City center to simmer with Labor Day fun

If you’re staying in town this holiday weekend, Downtown has plenty to keep you entertained, with food, music and more on the books. You’d have to work hard to not find something to enjoy over Labor Day.... Read more»

Labor Day

Union families swing at piñatas, reflect on struggles

Members of local labor unions and their families gathered at Reid Park on Monday to celebrate Labor Day. Organizers estimate that about 1,200 people enjoyed food, music and the occasional speech from a local politician.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. “If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he’d have a lot to write about….” (with videos)... Read more»

Photos: Tucson's Labor Day picnic

Hundreds of workers and their families, many with dogs in tow, enjoyed a cool day at Reid Park at the Pima Area Labor Federation’s Labor Day Picnic on Monday.... Read more»4

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. “If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he’d have a lot to write about….” (with videos)... Read more»

GOP candidates spend Labor Day on campaign trail

Six Republican presidential candidates are spending Labor Day at an event hosted by South Carolina Senate. Jim DeMint, an influential leader in the new conservative grassroots movement that includes Tea Party members.... Read more»

Community Labor Day picnic honors area's workers

Monday is Labor Day, which means many offices and services will be closed, and the community is invited to join the Pima Area Labor Federation to celebrate the working women and men of Pima County at the 15th Annual Labor Day Picnic in Reid Park.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Celebrate those who do honest work on Labor Day

In respect to workers let’s plan to spend Monday simply celebrating all those who work – blue collar, white collar, no collar. Recognize those who hold their head high and do hard, honest work despite attacks on their rights and living standards by politicians and their big business backers.... Read more»

Pima County pools shut for season

It might still be hot outside, but in another sign that we’ve hit the end of summer and kids are back in school, Pima County’s seasonal pools are now closed on weekdays.... Read more»

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