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The Union-Free Good Times May Be Over in China

July 12, 2007
For years, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, the only legally recognized workers organization in China, had been passive insofar as foreign-invested enterprises in the country have been concerned. But multinational companies like Wal-Mart and McDonald's are striking unionization deals with the federation, and that's a signal that those days could be over.
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GE Unions Ratify New Contract

July 5, 2007
The new contract’s terms will be extended to nine other unions that have local contracts with GE and will affect about 20,000 workers nationwide, company says.
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Senate Likely to Squelch Unionization Legislation

June 20, 2007
The bill, which has 46 Democratic co-sponsors, would allow a union to form if a majority of workers sign cards authorizing a bargaining unit. Unions strongly favor it; employers abhor it. President Bush has vowed a veto.
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Union Takes Aim at Private Equity Buyouts

May 4, 2007
The Service Employees International Union has set its sights on a new target: private equity firms. Late last month, the union launched a Web site and published a paper expressing its concerns about the wave of private equity deals taking over corporate America and the implications for workers.
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