FROM Steven Greenhouse
As Unions Shrink, Worker Centers Fill the Void On this Labor Day there's no denying that the labor movement is not what it used to be. But there are groups that are filling the void left by declining union membership. Some 225 "worker centers" have sprung up to focus on America's 22 million immigrant workers, both legal and undocumented. The growing immigrant work force is especially vulnerable to abuses, including a lack of health insurance, workers compensation and sometimes even a lack of payment for work performed. In Texas, the Workers Defense Project has taken on some powerful corporate players — including one of the biggest, Apple computers. Steve Greenhouse reports for the New York Times .
A Climate Change Deal in China, and Calls for Change in Mexico The historic deal between the US and China promises to set the most ambitious carbon reduction standards ever from the world’s top two greenhouse gas producers. Also, the case of 43 missing students in Mexico has made headlines around the world. What would it take to break the hold of drugs and political corruption in Mexico?