Labor & Economic News Blog
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Walesa snubbed on Solidarity celebrationWalesa snubbed on Solidarity celebration
(UPI) -- Former Polish President Lech Walesa, whose unions helped topple communism, was not invited to attend Thursday's official Solidarity anniversary celebrations. Attending official ceremonies at the Gdansk
Level Field Institute Releases New Report Today That Shows $83 billion in Auto Parts Sales – and 232,000 U.S. Jobs – Could Depend on Differences in DoLevel Field Institute Releases New Report Today That Shows $83 billion in Auto Parts Sales – and 232,000 U.S. Jobs – Could Depend on Differences in Domestic Auto Parts Content
Level Field conducted this most recent study in response to growingconfusion over whether, and how much, a car's domestic content stillmatters. The report examines how much automakers spent on U.S. parts inrecent years, as well as the average domestic content for the cars sold inthe U.S. by each company (as defined by the American Automobile LabelingAct (AALA)).
Garbage Rots in Gaza As Workers Walk OutGarbage Rots in Gaza As Workers Walk Out
By By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer
The smell of festering garbage, dead animals and burning trash hung over Gaza City on Thursday, the result of the latest strike by civil servants demanding that the Hamas-led government pay them their long-overdue salaries. Municipal workers...
Hilton, union close to dealHilton, union close to deal
Hilton Hotels Corp. has reached a tentative agreement with the hotel workers union on a new three-year contract covering 2,300 workers at four major Chicago-area hotels.
What's Wrong With Globalization?What's Wrong With Globalization?
Globalization, as the term is generally used, refers to the extension of the production and distribution of goods and services on a vastly greater international scale than ever before. This increasing internationalization of economic activity is
Chilean Copper Miners to Vote Today to End Strike at BHP's Escondida MineChilean Copper Miners to Vote Today to End Strike at BHP's Escondida Mine
(Bloomberg) -- Workers at BHP Billiton Ltd.'s Escondida copper mine are set to vote today in Chile on a new labor contract, ending a 25-day strike that's disrupted supply.
Outsourcing a net plus for Americans: US ChamberOutsourcing a net plus for Americans: US Chamber
Americans may be complaining about losing jobs to Indians through outsourcing, but a new study says it is a net plus for them with the US getting at least $50 billion more through insourcing. The US is also winning the global
Employment Law Outsourcing ChecklistEmployment Law Outsourcing Checklist
When deciding to outsource, make sure to address all applicable legal obligations to employees. Use the following checklist to assist you with your compliance efforts.
Striking Gary Indiana teachers face deadlineStriking Gary teachers face deadline
GARY, Ind. -- Talks in the 10-day-old Gary teachers strike broke down again and school officials said they might be forced to take legal action.
Women's Rights Violations Still Pervasive in U.S. MilitaryWomen's Rights Violations Still Pervasive in U.S. Military
While the Department of Defense has pledged to crack down on violence against women in the armed forces, follow-up on that promise has been slow and piecemeal.
Jamacia Teachers want more maternity leaveTeachers want more maternity leave
THE teachers' union is pushing for four months paid maternity leave for its members, and has given the Government until 9:59 am today to reconsider its 'outright' rejection of this and other proposals submitted on behalf of the island's approximately
Boeing spinoff slashes labor costsBoeing spinoff slashes labor costs
Boeing sold its former Wichita operations in 2005 to shed its aircraft-parts business — seen as an expensive in-house operation with...
Employees picket UW Medical CenterEmployees picket University of Washington Medical Center
In Local News
Hundreds of union employees of the University of Washington Medical Center held a lunchtime picket rally Wednesday to protest what they...
In Britain Second generation ethnic minorities make 'remarkable progress' in workSecond generation ethnic minorities make 'remarkable progress' in work
Ethnic minorities have gained greater equality in the job market over the past 30 years, according to new research. Second generation minorities, especially men of black Caribbean, Indian and Pakistani heritage, are succeeding in ways their parents could only dream of, a study by Dr Yaojun Li, from Birmingham University, and Professor Anthony Heath, from Oxford University, found.
Three polls find workers sensing deep pessimismThree polls find workers sensing deep pessimism
Three new opinion polls released yesterday found deep pessimism among American workers, with most saying that wages were not keeping pace with inflation and that workers were worse off in many ways than a generation ago.
Northwest Air case tests union right to strikeNorthwest Air case tests union right to strike
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An imminent court decision on Northwest Airlines flight attendants' right to strike could disrupt the carrier's restructuring and also change how the entire industry negotiates with its union employees.
German jobless rate stable at 10.5 percent in August (AFP)German jobless rate stable at 10.5 percent in August (AFP)
AFP - The German jobless rate has stagnated at 10.5 percent in August, suggesting that the recent decline in unemployment in the eurozone's biggest economy had come to a halt.
Factory orders fell less than expected (Reuters)Factory orders fell less than expected (Reuters)
Reuters - New orders at U.S. factories fell by a smaller-than-expected 0.6 percent in July, lead by sharp declines in orders for transportation and defense goods.
Weekly jobless claims dip by 2,000 (AP)Weekly jobless claims dip by 2,000 (AP)
AP - The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefitgs dropped slightly last week, indicating continued underlying strength in the labor market.
NYC issues 9/11 medical guidelines (AP)NYC issues 9/11 medical guidelines (AP)
AP - New York City health officials issued long-awaited guidelines on Thursday to help doctors detect and treat 9/11-related illnesses, medical advice considered crucial for hundreds of ground zero workers now scattered across the United States.
New Zealand: Dispute involving Australasian supermarket giant gets ugly, allegations of dirty tactics and outright liesNew Zealand: Dispute involving Australasian supermarket giant gets ugly, allegations of dirty tactics and outright lies
LabourStart headline - Source: New Zealand Herald
About 500 workers at Progressive Enterprises' distribution centres supplying Foodtown, Countdown and Woolworths supermarkets have been on strike since Friday over a pay and holiday dispute.
Healthy look at retaining older workersHealthy look at retaining older workers
Health-care groups top AARP's list of best places to work for those older than 50. Dawn Olson, a manager at Mercy Health System in Janesville, Wis., took her laptop with her when she and her husband flew south to spend the month of February in Florida.
UPS Pilots Ratify New ContractUPS Pilots Ratify New Contract
UPS Inc. pilots approved a new contract Thursday with the world's largest shipping carrier, ending a lengthy battle that included threats of a walkout.
Chicago Hotels, union talking; pacts end ThursdayHotels, union talking; pacts end Thursday
With union contracts covering 7,000 Chicago hotel workers set to expire at midnight Thursday, new agreements remain out of reach, and three prominent downtown hotels have not engaged in the negotiations, the union says.
Daley: Blacks must move up construction ladder in ChicagoDaley: Blacks must move up construction ladder
Mayor Daley said Tuesday that "no one is satisfied" with the 9 percent share of city contracts going to African-American construction firms, but the only way to increase that number is to encourage more blacks to become general contractors.
Union claims Starbucks winUnion claims Starbucks win
A union claiming to represent Starbucks Corp. workers at a handful of coffeehouses said Wednesday that employees of the Logan Square store have declared their membership, becoming the first outside New York City to do so.
NWA union expects no dealNWA union expects no deal
The standoff between Northwest Airlines and its flight attendants union continued Wednesday as both sides provided discordant outlooks about reconciling their differences.
Minnesota Jobs plentiful, if you don't mind low wagesJobs plentiful, if you don't mind low wages
More open jobs, pay stalled The state issued its twice-a-year look at job vacancies Wednesday, concluding that job seekers had more to choose from in the second quarter. An advocacy group, the Jobs Now Coalition, points out slim pickin's when it comes to what they pay:
Kiss pension plans bye-byeKiss pension plans bye-bye
With the recent passage of a 907-page pension reform bill, you may think you have more retirement security.
Jobless rate in Kansas City metro area dropsJobless rate in the metro area drops
The unemployment rate in the Kansas City metro area slipped to 5.1 percent in July from 5.2 percent in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.
Study shows that boomers like to switch jobs, tooStudy shows that boomers like to switch jobs, too
Conventional wisdom says the baby boom generation doesn’t change jobs as often as younger workers.
Poland eases rules to fill jobsPoland eases rules to fill jobs
Poland is easing restrictions on workers from Eastern Europe and Turkey to fill labour gaps, following massive Polish migration to Western Europe.
New EU migrants 'face job curbs'New EU migrants 'face job curbs'
In UK Politics
The UK government is said to be considering limits for Bulgarians and Romanians seeking jobs in the UK.
UN study knocks Japan and GermanyUN study knocks Japan and Germany
In BBC Business
Japan and Germany need to do more to help stimulate the world economy, a United Nations report warns.
Oil unions set to strike in DeltazOil worker's unions set to strike in Niger Delta
In BBC Africa
The Nigerian oil workers' unions have decided to stage a brief strike to express their concern at the lack of security in the Niger Delta.
Jobs in heart of darknessJobs in heart of darkness
More white-collar workers adjusting to the night shift. Blue-collar workers once ruled the night. But with manufacturing jobs on the decline, a growing number of white-collar professionals are taking on the physical and personal challenges of working the night shift to meet a growing need for round-the-clock services.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Army meets its retention goal (AP)Army meets its retention goal (AP)
AP - Staff Sgt. Michael Obleton has already done two tours in Iraq, dodging roadside bombs as he drove trucks in Army convoys across the hostile countryside.
End in sight for Chile pit strikeEnd in sight for Chile pit strike
A strike at the world's largest privately-owned copper mine may be near an end after an outline deal is reached.
A Year After Katrina, Hispanics More Common in The Big EasyA Year After Katrina, Hispanics More Common in The Big Easy
One of the biggest changes to the complexion of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast a year after Hurricane Katrina hit has been the greater prominence of Hispanics. New Orleans and the southernmost portions of Mississippi and Alabama were never as strongly
Battling the Scourge of IMF "Economic Medicine": Courage and Resistance in Oaxaca and Mexico CityBattling the Scourge of IMF "Economic Medicine": Courage and Resistance in Oaxaca and Mexico City
It began on May 15 this year when teachers belonging to the 70,000 strong National Union of Education Workers in Oaxaca, Mexico took to the streets for the first time to press their demands to the state government to address their long-neglected needs.
Apple trying to resolve labour conditions dispute at Chinese factoryApple trying to resolve labour conditions dispute at Chinese factory
SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Apple Computer Inc. said Wednesday it was working to resolve a dispute over alleged labour abuses by an iPod manufacturer in China. Hongfujin Precision Industry Co., a major exporter owned by a Taiwanese company,
Elijah Cummings: Developing Black Economic Power is as Crucial as Ensuring Our Civil RightsElijah Cummings: Developing Black Economic Power is as Crucial as Ensuring Our Civil Rights
There was a time in the 19th century when leading Black leaders like Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois debated whether the uplifting of dispossessed Americans had to begin with economic self-determination or with a movement toward full civil rights.
GM Europe workers close ranks for new Astra workGM Europe workers close ranks for new Astra work
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Labour leaders at five General Motors Europe plants will not enter in a contest to make the next-generation Astra compact until the carmaker agrees job security steps, its works council head said on Wednesday. GM has said
Around 3,200 VW staff take buyout packages so farAround 3,200 VW staff take buyout packages so far
HAMBURG (Reuters) - Around 3,200 workers at Volkswagen's core VW business in Germany have accepted voluntary redundancy packages that Europe's biggest carmaker is offering to prune labor costs, the company said on Wednesday. 'We assume that we
Dragonair said to axe 700 staff after Cathay Pacific takeoverDragonair said to axe 700 staff after Cathay Pacific takeover
Dragonair may lay off as many as 700 staff after it is taken over by flag carrier Cathay Pacific Airways, according to a press report. Citing an unnamed source, the Standard newspaper reported that a "sizable number of support staff" will be axed as
NWA willing to talk, but flight attendants call it pointlessNWA willing to talk, but flight attendants call it pointless
In StarTribune.com Business
Northwest Airlines Corp. and its flight attendants, locked in a dispute that could end in a strike, offered sharply differing views today on whether they can solve their problems at the negotiating table. Last week a federal district judge blocked random, unannounced job actions planned by flight attendants, who are trying to force Northwest to negotiate a better deal. On Wednesday the Association of Flight Attendants told the judge that it appears there is little likelihood that talks would be fruitful. However, Northwest claimed it is willing to talk and that it "is working on its own ne
AFL-CIO to spend $40 million on electionsAFL-CIO to spend $40 million on elections
The AFL-CIO announced Wednesday it will spend $40 million on get-out-the-vote operations for the midterm elections in an effort to try to drive congressional Republicans from power as well as win governorships in 21 states across the country.
Miami's poor hungry for progressMiami's poor hungry for progress
Miami is the nation's third-poorest major city, behind only Cleveland and Detroit, according to a report released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.
Employers Cut Back on Health InsuranceEmployers Cut Back on Health Insurance
The number of Americans without health insurance has increased by more than a million people since last year. One reason for the increase: the percentage of American's who get their health insurance from an employer keeps going down.
New York City: Some Jewish Lifeguards Claim Bias at Jones BeachSome Jewish Lifeguards Claim Bias at Jones Beach
By COREY KILGANNON
A group of Jewish lifeguards say they have been harassed, unfairly disciplined and made the subject of a police investigation instigated by Jones Beach administrators.
New York City: Census Figures Show Scant Improvement in City Poverty RateCensus Figures Show Scant Improvement in City Poverty Rate
By SAM ROBERTS
Despite New York City’s economic rebound from 9/11 and the national recession, the proportion of city residents who live below the federal poverty level has not budged in the last five years.
Supreme Court Memo: Women Suddenly Scarce Among Justices’ ClerksSupreme Court Memo: Women Suddenly Scarce Among Justices’ Clerks
By LINDA GREENHOUSE
The number of Supreme Court law clerkships held by women is in the single digits for the first time since 1994.
Seattle area: Men rise higher on pay ladderMen rise higher on pay ladder
Women's pay is lagging behind men's in Seattle, where the typical man got a more-than $2,000 pay bump last year while women's pay was virtually unchanged, according to a Seattle P-I analysis of new federal data.
Washington State Growers say fruit's ready, but workers are scarceGrowers say fruit's ready, but workers are scarce
In Local News
Heinz Humann was late this year. Later than he's ever been. His workers finished thinning out apple and pear trees to prepare for the harvest...
New head of campus diversity at Cal heading for big paycheckNew head of campus diversity at Cal heading for big paycheck
By Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has just announced he's creating the new post of vice chancellor for equity and inclusion -- a job that not only has an impressive title, but an equally impressive salary of between $182,000 and $282,000 a year....
Business leaders seek 'unlimited immigration' from new EU statesBusiness leaders seek 'unlimited immigration' from new EU states
The leaders of Britain's biggest businesses employing millions of people have called on the Government to allow unlimited immigration from Bulgaria and Romania when the two former Eastern Bloc states join the European Union next year.
Average daily commute is getting shorter (AP)Average daily commute is getting shorter (AP)
AP - It might be hard for some drivers to believe, but average commuting times are getting shorter for U.S. workers.
WellPoint looks at restructuring, job cutsWellPoint looks at restructuring, job cuts
WellPoint Inc., the nation's largest commercial health insurer, announced today a sweeping restructuring of its internal organization that will result in an undisclosed number of job cuts.
Striking Gary, Indiana teachers face firingStriking Gary teachers face firing
GARY, Ind. -- The Gary Community School Corp. sent letters Tuesday to striking teachers warning them they could be fired if they do not return to their classrooms by Thursday.
RadioShack uses e-mail to lay off employeesRadioShack uses e-mail to lay off employees
RadioShack Corp. followed through on its announced plans to cut about 400 jobs, but the electronics retailer has been forced on the defensive about its method of notifying laid-off employees by e-mail
Home Depot to lay off 300 at HQHome Depot to lay off 300 at HQ
Home Depot told employees Wednesday it will lay off 300 workers at its Cobb County headquarters to offset a recent uptick in costs for its store operations, according to an internal memo. Home Depot, which employs about 5,000 people at its headquarters, has undergone several consolidations since General Electric veteran Bob Nardelli took the helm in 2000. The reduction announced Wednesday is related to Nardelli's decision to spend more on Home Depot stores in the second half of the year.
NWA, union to meet judge todayNWA, union to meet judge today
Northwest Airlines and its flight attendants union, which haven't resumed contract talks, are set to meet today with the judge who urged them to negotiate when he blocked a strike last week.
Bayer’s cutback to affect Kanas City areaBayer’s cutback to affect KC area
German chemical and drug maker Bayer AG on Tuesday said it would cut 1,500 jobs by the end of 2009, mainly in North America, as it reorganizes its CropScience unit.
Extreme poverty in Asia falls, study saysExtreme poverty in Asia falls, study says
BUSAN, South Korea Economic growth in China and India has significantly reduced the number of Asians subsisting below the $1-a-day poverty level, International Labor Organization said Tuesday.
New law means it's time to change the way workers think about 401(k)sNew law means it's time to change the way workers think about 401(k)s
By Pamela Yip
The 401(k) is being transformed. The pension bill that President Bush signed into law makes 401(k)s friendlier to workers and encourages employers to help savings-challenged Americans build their nest eggs for retirement.
Daily Misery Has a Number: D.C. area commute 2nd-Longest in U.S.Daily Misery Has a Number: Commute 2nd-Longest in U.S.
By D'Vera Cohn and Robert Samuels
Residents of Washington's outer suburbs endure some of the nation's longest commutes, according to a U.S. Census survey released yesterday that also showed clogged roads and high gasoline prices are pushing a growing number of people onto mass transit.
More in U.S. lack health insurance / Employers, workers feel financial pinch, U.S. census reportsMore in U.S. lack health insurance / Employers, workers feel financial pinch, U.S. census reports
By Victoria Colliver
A record 46.6 million Americans had no health insurance in 2005 and fewer people received coverage through their employers, according to U.S. census figures released Tuesday. Nearly 1 in 6 Americans, or 15.9 percent of the country, was uninsured for...
U.S. household income rises a bit, but poverty rate maintains its grip / More are working, but for less pay, say advocates for poorU.S. household income rises a bit, but poverty rate maintains its grip / More are working, but for less pay, say advocates for poor
By Ilene Lelchuk
Median household income rose about 1 percent between 2004 and 2005, but the nation's poverty rate remained unchanged, according to a survey released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The American Community Survey for 2005, the Census Bureau's new...
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
WORK SPACE: Little boasting on postingWORK SPACE: Little boasting on posting
Only 6 percent of U.S. workers say they read blogs, message boards or chat rooms about their own companies, and only 5 percent say they’ve contributed to them, according to a survey released this month.
LABOR SCENE: Appeals ruling favors UPS, unionLABOR SCENE: Appeals ruling favors UPS, union
A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s ruling in favor of United Parcel Service and Teamsters Local 41, both of which were sued by two former employees contending they were illegally fired.
Classes come to studentsClasses come to students
Once a week at Armed Forces Insurance Co. in Leavenworth, a handful of employees take off early from work to attend college. They don’t have to leave the building or pay tuition.
Get certified, get an edgeGet certified, get an edge
Proving that a company is owned by a woman sounds easy enough. But the process for certifying a business as woman-owned — whether through a public agency or private organization — involves much more than proof of gender and ownership.
Debt straps middle-income familiesDebt straps middle-income families
Despite increased home ownership — one of the largest assets of most middle-income families — the overall financial condition of many Americans had deteriorated, according to a report on wealth distribution.
Casinos' Rebound Brings Money, Jobs to Gulf CoastCasinos' Rebound Brings Money, Jobs to Gulf Coast
Hurricane Katrina destroyed Mississippi's booming coastal casino business -- taking with it an important source of revenue and jobs. But a year after the storm, the seventh casino is reopening in Biloxi -- the latest sign of the gambling industry's dramatic turnaround.
Making a job workMaking a job work
After quitting her job overseeing four Toys "R" Us stores to raise her newborn son, Allison O'Kelly took her Harvard MBA and designed a career she thought would let her excel in business and make time for kids. Her Cobb County-based venture, Mom Corps, aims to connect companies offering flexible work options with former CPAs, marketing specialists, lawyers and other professionals who took time out to become moms. Some of her client firms offer short-term project work. Others have three-day-a-week jobs that fit within "mom hours" when kids are at school. The concept plays well, especially as the wave of retiring baby boomers threatens to drain employers of experienced workers.
After the Deluge: Big Easy organizers confront racial tensionsAfter the Deluge: Big Easy organizers confront racial tensions
Source: In These Times
In New Orleans, the history of work in this country over the last 15 years was compressed into six months,” says Saket Soni, an organizer for the New Orleans Worker Justice Coalition, one of several groups reaching out to workers in the post-flood city.
National Labor Relations Board may effectively gut millions' right to unionize.National Labor Relations Board may effectively gut millions' right to unionize.
Source: The New Standard
If the NLRB acts as expected in imminent rulings on three separate 2002 cases – collectively known as the "Kentucky River" cases – more than 8 million workers could see their collective-bargaining rights disappear, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a progressive research organization.
Ground Zero Workers: The Continuing Cost Of A Cover-UpGround Zero Workers: The Continuing Cost Of A Cover-Up
Source: Confined Space
In the case of World Trade Center ground zero workers, plenty was known early on about the toxicity of the dust they were inhaling, and little was done to ensure that workers were protected -- especially by those agencies -- the City of New York, OSHA and EPA -- who were responsible for worker safety. One only hopes that, should something like this ever happen again, we've learned our lesson.
If the auto industry is dead what does that mean for workers?If the auto industry is dead what does that mean for workers?
Source: Labor Notes
n the 1980s Chevrolet proclaimed itself the “Heartbeat of America.” Today many would say that the American auto industry qualifies for life support. Last November, General Motors (owner of the Chevy brand) announced that it was cutting 25,000 jobs and closing up to 12 factories by 2008.
Worries about the job market have left confidence among US consumers at a nine-month lowWorries about the job market have left confidence among US consumers at a nine-month low
Last week, figures for July showed slumps in sales of new and existing homes, prompting fears that a slower housing market could harm US growth.
Japan recovery cuts jobless rateJapan recovery cuts jobless rate
Japan's unemployment rate fell to 4.1% in July, official figures show, as the economy continues to recover.
China to tackle workplace deathsChina to tackle workplace deaths
China plans to spend nearly $60bn over five years on industrial safety in a bid to cut workplace accidents.
ILO sees work woe as Asia boomsILO sees work woe as Asia booms
Asian workers fail to reap the full benefits of the region's growth, the International Labour Organization warns.
A dozen years after the end of apartheid, black business leaders are growing increasingly frustrated at the concentration of corporate power in whiteA dozen years after the end of apartheid, black business leaders are growing increasingly frustrated at the concentration of corporate power in white hands.
Peter Vundla, chairperson of a black business working group that met Mbeki last week on the issue, said legislation promoting black economic empowerment was in place but was receiving lip service from government and white business.
New Zealand Union warns employer may break law by using new workersUnion warns employer may break law by using new workers
Source: Radio New Zealand
Hundreds demand jobs in violent protest in GazaHundreds demand jobs in violent protest in Gaza
Hundreds of Palestinians demanding jobs clashed with riot police outside parliament on Tuesday in one of the most violent rallies in Gaza since the Hamas government assumed power seven months ago.
Civil-racketeering claims against Wal-Mart droppedCivil-racketeering claims against Wal-Mart dropped
A federal judge dismissed civil-racketeering claims Monday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., narrowing the scope of a lawsuit that accused the world's largest retailer of knowingly employing illegal immigrants to clean its stores.
Chile: Miners say NO to scabsChile: Miners say NO to scabs
LabourStart headline - Source: Prensa Latina
Members of the Union of Escondida, the world largest private open air mine, lodged an appeal to the Labor Inspector to expel workers hired by the transnational to break the three-week strike.
More Indiana residents sink into povertyMore Hoosiers sink into poverty
The number of Hoosiers living in poverty grew 13 percent from 2004 to 2005, leaving more than 740,000 men, women and children struggling to make ends meet, new census data show.
Liberia: Civil Servants Cry For PayLiberia: Civil Servants Cry For Pay
They told our reporters on tour of several ministries and agencies yesterday, that they had not taken pay for more than two months now a situation blamed on delay in the passage of the 2006/2007 national budget by the National Legislature.
Cameroon: Cameroon Airlines Workers Demand Fcfa 24 BillionCameroon: Camair Workers Demand Fcfa 24 Billion
The coordinator of workers' syndicates at Cameroon Airlines, CAMAIR, Pierre Marie Essimi, has disclosed that contrary to government's decision to allocate FCFA 15 billion to pay potential retrenched workers of the company, calculation done by the syndicates shows that the close to 900 workers are supposed to be paid FCFA 24 billion.
Ford updates union leadersFord updates union leaders
Local union leaders at the Ford Motor Company received an update on the struggling company’s condition Tuesday, but said they were not told about any specific steps the company planned to take.
Washington D.C. Few Places Left for Industrial BusinessFew Places Left for Industrial Business
By Dana Hedgpeth
Finding space in the District to do dirty jobs is getting harder and harder these days. The boom in office, housing and retail development that started in the late 1990s has pushed developers to pay ever-higher prices for land where used-car lots, tire shops and cement plants once were, according to a study by the District's Office of Planning.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Fed chief focuses on global economy / Warns governments to aid citizens in time of sweeping changeFed chief focuses on global economy / Warns governments to aid citizens in time of sweeping change
By Edmund L. Andrews
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that the pace of globalization today is faster and more sweeping than anytime in world history. And while he generally lauded the expansion of global trade and finance, he warned that governments need...
Teaching business methods to Chinese immigrants / Author finds that entrepreneurs from Asia face unique cultural issues when in AmericaTeaching business methods to Chinese immigrants / Author finds that entrepreneurs from Asia face unique cultural issues when in America
By Ilana DeBare
Karina Wong spent her childhood helping out in the Chicago restaurant run by her Chinese immigrant parents. But it wasn't until she started working at an economic development agency in New York's Chinatown that she started thinking about the unique cultural...
Incentives To Cheat: OSHA Recordkeeping And Its Toll On WorkersIncentives To Cheat: OSHA Recordkeeping And Its Toll On Workers
Source: Confined Space
Injury and illness recordkeeping is one of those seemingly boring, but extremely important topics. Who OSHA targets for inspections, funding for workplace safety programs, companies' insurance rates and their ability to secure contracts all depend to some extent on where the injury and illness numbers are.
Strike tactics, but few work shutdownsStrike tactics, but few work shutdowns
During a CHAOS strike, like the one Northwest Airlines flight attendants threatened to launch last week, there's very little actual striking.
Real wages fail to match a rise in productivityReal wages fail to match a rise in productivity
With the economy beginning to slow, the current expansion has a chance to become the first sustained period of economic growth since World War II that fails to offer a prolonged increase in real wages for most workers.
Denver concedes lack of unionized hotels hobbles its bid for Democratic '08 gatheringDenver concedes lack of unionized hotels hobbles its bid for Democratic '08 gathering
Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press
The city once thought to be the front-runner for the 2008 Democratic National Convention may be flagging, and Minnesota organizers say they're more hopeful than ever they'll overtake Denver in the quest to host the gathering.
Chicago Living Wage activists take on `Big Box' retailersChicago Living Wage activists take on `Big Box' retailers
Source: Labor Notes
Chicago’s city council passed a Chicago’s “Big Box” ordinance requires large retailers to pay wages of at least $10 an hour plus $3 in benefits by 2010. Photo: SEIU Local 880. “Big Box Ordinance” on July 25 requiring large retailers (those with stores over 90,000 square feet) to pay their employees $10 an hour, plus another $3 an hour in benefits, by 2010.
Rail Reform Group wins victories in quest for cross-union unity, democracyRail Reform Group wins victories in quest for cross-union unity, democracy
Source: Labor Notes
Since its founding in the spring of 2005, the rank-and-file reform group Railroad Operating Crafts United (ROCU) has been plugging away at organizing around the twin themes of rail labor unity and internal union democracy. After a year of hard member-by-member organizing, ROCU, whose members come from the United Transportation Union (UTU) and the Teamster-affiliated Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLET), has some reasons to celebrate.
Detroit Teachers Reject Contract, Go on StrikeDetroit Teachers Reject Contract, Go on Strike
DETROIT (AP) - Teachers frustrated by failed efforts to reach a contract agreement with the city's public school district went on strike Monday and said they were prepared to stand their ground for as long as it takes. The Detroit Federation of Teachers
For business owners, a shortage of vacation timeFor business owners, a shortage of vacation time
(Inc.com) - Last year, Mary Schellhammer and her husband Paul left behind their Spotsylvania, Va., personal-chef business and took an extended summer vacation in Europe. Next year, they're planning a two-week trip to Alaska.
FedEx Pilots Reach a Tentative ContractFedEx Pilots Reach a Tentative Contract
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FedEx Express, the largest division of the FedEx Corporation, and its 4,700 pilots had been negotiating since March 2004.
Global Trends May Hinder Effort to Curb U.S. InflationGlobal Trends May Hinder Effort to Curb U.S. Inflation
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
Economists said global trends of low-priced Chinese goods and foreign investment in the U.S. and Europe could soon change, increasing inflation.
Buyouts at Ford Are No. 1 Topic for Union Leaders TuesdayBuyouts at Ford Are No. 1 Topic for Union Leaders Tuesday
By NICK BUNKLEY and MICHELINE MAYNARD
The meeting comes about three weeks before Ford is expected to detail its amended “Way Forward” reorganizing plan.
Friday, August 25, 2006
California Employers Threatened With New Waive of 17200 SuitsCalifornia Employers Threatened With New Waive of 17200 Suits
By Sheppard Mullin on Immigration
A new organization by the name of "Illegal Employers.org" has established a website for reporting employers alleged to be engaged in the employment of unauthorized workers in California and elsewhere. The website describes the organization as a network of law firms,...
Seattle Times, Union Set Tentative DealSeattle Times, Union Set Tentative Deal
The Seattle Times and its largest union have tentatively agreed on a new, two-year contract that calls for no across-the-board wage increases, the newspaper reported. But Liz Brown, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild's administrative officer, said...
S.F. hotel workers authorize strikeS.F. hotel workers authorize strike
Source: SF Business Times
Joining hotel workers in Hawaii, Toronto and Chicago, employees from 13 large San Francisco hotels last night authorized their union to call a strike. Members of Local 2 of the Unite Here union authorized a strike by a 93 percent vote, union officials said.
Employers Flock to Government Screening ProgramEmployers Flock to Government Screening Program
The government's Basic Pilot program, which employers can voluntarily use to screen prospective employees, tells whether someone is legally eligible to work in the U.S. In the past year, the number of employers using the program has doubled.
Wal-Mart Reaches Out, Gets SlappedWal-Mart Reaches Out, Gets Slapped
The discount giant takes criticism from all sides as it tries to appeal to a more diverse clientele.For Wal-Mart Stores Inc., even trying to make new friends is controversial.
Northwest flight attendants temporarily blocked from strikingNorthwest flight attendants temporarily blocked from striking
Northwest Airlines Corp. flight attendants were temporarily blocked from striking tonight while a U.S. judge considers the bankrupt carrier's request to permanently bar a work stoppage.
Minnesota's HMO rate hikes slowHMO rate hikes slow
The hefty reserves being socked away by Minnesota's health maintenance organizations might have helped keep down last year's premium increases, which were their lowest since 1998, according to an industry report issued Friday.
High noon for NWA, unionHigh noon for NWA, union
Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines could start walking off flights or launch other job actions as early as 9:01 p.m. today. The union is vague about its strike strategy. The airline pledges to continue to operate a normal schedule, but won't say how. What to watch for today:
Persistence pays with 401(k)sPersistence pays with 401(k)s
NEW YORK — Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to retirement savings, according to a study of 401(k) accounts released Thursday.
Many skip employer medical benefitsMany skip employer medical benefits
Nearly three-fourths of U.S. workers in private industry had access to employer-sponsored health-care benefit plans this year, but only about half participated in those plans.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Foreign Briefs: Jobless Rate in Brazil at 15-Month HighBusiness" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/25/business/25fobriefs-002.html?ex=1314158400&en=26cae2d8709eb82d&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss" target=_blank>Foreign Briefs: Jobless Rate in Brazil at 15-Month High
By BLOOMBERG NEWS
Brazil’s unemployment rate jumped to a 15-month high in July as an appreciation in the currency eroded profits on exports and led companies including Volkswagen to cut payrolls. The jobless rate in Brazil’s six largest metropolitan areas rose to 10.7 percent, from 10.4 percent in June and 9.4 percent in July 2005, the government said. Economists had predicted a decline in the rate to 10.2 percent, according to the median of 14 forecasts in a Bloomberg survey.
Airlines ask judge to block walkoutsAirlines ask judge to block walkouts
The U.S. Justice Department and more than 20 airlines asked a judge to block a flight attendants' strike at Northwest Airlines, saying a work stoppage would disrupt transportation and hurt the economy.
Weekly jobless claims drop by 1,000 (AP)Weekly jobless claims drop by 1,000 (AP)
AP - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell by 1,000 last week.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Dunbar v. Albertson's: Could Class Certification Denial Be The New Trend?Dunbar v. Albertson's: Could Class Certification Denial Be The New Trend?
By Sheppard Mullin on Wage and Hour
The California Supreme Court decision in Sav-On Drugstores v. Superior Court, 34 Cal. 4th 319 (2004), concerned many employers who feared that post-Sav-On courts would simply rubber-stamp class certification motions and employers would have no appellate recourse. However, the recent Court...
Employers Tap Web for Employee InformationEmployers Tap Web for Employee Information
More employers are looking online to learn about their employees. Some people are putting sensitive personal information on Web sites, such as myspace.com and friendster.com. And some employers are watching.
Los Angeles mayor faces first major labor battle as workers stage strikeLA mayor faces first major labor battle as workers stage strike
Tested by a labor revolt for the first time, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offered no encouragement Tuesday to city engineers and programmers who walked off their jobs to press for fatter raises.
IRS outsourcedIRS outsourced
WASHINGTON — As the Internal Revenue Service prepares to implement a new program that sends private debt collection agencies after delinquent taxpayers, critics — including several lawmakers and the employee union at the Treasury Department — are gearing up to protest it.
Businesses sue competitors who hire illegal immigrantsBusinesses sue competitors who hire illegal immigrants
LOS ANGELES — Frustrated by lax enforcement of immigration law, businesses are taking their fight against illegal immigration to court, accusing competitors of hiring illegal workers to achieve an unfair advantage.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Delta retired pilots group shifts pension stanceDelta retired pilots group shifts pension stance
A group representing retired pilots is having second thoughts about its decision not to oppose Delta Air Lines' plans to terminate their pension plan. The group, DP3, asked the federal bankruptcy court to delay a Sept. 1 hearing on Delta's request to terminate the pension plan. The group argued that it needs more time to study pension relief legislation signed into law last week that could open a way for Delta to save the pilots' pensions. Delta wants to shed the deeply underfunded pension plan effective Sept. 2, shifting responsibility for further benefit payouts to a quasi-federal agency.
Hiring Of Hispanic Professors Lags In FloridaHiring Of Hispanic Professors Lags In Florida
The enrollment of Hispanic students at Florida colleges and universities has ballooned spectacularly in recent years, prompting many Hispanic professors to question why their numbers aren't growing at a corresponding pace. Hispanic professors and
California to raise minimum wage to highest in US (Reuters)California to raise minimum wage to highest in US (Reuters)
Reuters - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers reached a deal late Monday to hike the minimum wage to the highest level in the nation, aides said on Tuesday.
Ford plant to eliminate shiftFord plant to eliminate shift
Ford Motor Co. told union officials Monday that it will eliminate one of the two shifts at its St. Paul truck-assembly plant in December, which will affect up to 700 jobs.
Monday, August 21, 2006
California's jobless rate slips to 4.8% / Employers added only 900 positionsState's jobless rate slips to 4.8% / Employers added only 900 positions
By Carolyn Said
California's unemployment rate edged down to a seasonally adjusted 4.8 percent in July, even though employers added a scant 900 payroll jobs during the month, the state Employment Development Department said Friday. "It was a quiet July in the labor...
Worried at workWorried at work
In StarTribune.com Business
Lori Murphy waits for two phone calls every day. She does this at work, as a youth-enrichment coordinator for Edina Community Education Services. The rule is that her sons, Connor, 15, and Jack, 12, check in when they let themselves into the house after school. After four years of this, Murphy's maternal anxiety level has dropped to the high-normal range for the hour or two the boys are alone. Still, she doesn't relax until those calls come. "It's a scary thing to do with your children," Murphy said. "You want to make sure you're doing the right thing." Multiply Murphy about 14 mil
China's aging population to slow economy: report (Reuters)China's aging population to slow economy: report (Reuters)
Reuters - China's one-child policy has led to an aging population and labor shortages that could undermine a key basis for the country's economic growth -- its seemingly endless supply of cheap workers, a newspaper said on Monday.
Costly Promises: New York Gets Sobering Look at Its PensionsCostly Promises: New York Gets Sobering Look at Its Pensions
By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH and MICHAEL COOPER
Pension funds look fully funded because the city has been using an unusual pension calculation that does not comply with accepted accounting rules.
Detroit Waves Flag That No Longer FliesDetroit Waves Flag That No Longer Flies
By Sholnn Freeman
Sen. Lamar Alexander has backed a measure to outlaw burning of the American flag and supported a move to recognize English as the national language. He also takes what he calls a pro-American stance on issues related to the U.S. auto industry, but his view doesn't sit well in Detroit.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Politics of Outsourcing Aren't Dead YetPolitics of Outsourcing Aren't Dead Yet
U.S. election and business cycles are both here to stay. In the absence of hard evidence that would conclusively prove that the U.S. economy gains from the relocation of labor-intensive tasks to cheaper centers, it is quite safe to assume that the politics of outsourcing are in hibernation, not dead.
Asians 2nd largest immigrants to USAsians 2nd largest immigrants to US
Every eighth person in America today is foreign-born with Asians making up the second largest group of immigrants with India, China and the Philippines supplying the greatest numbers.
U.S. Homeland Security Estimate 10.5M Illegal ImmigrantsFeds Estimate 10.5M Illegal Immigrants
WASHINGTON -- An estimated 10.5 million illegal immigrants were living in the United States in 2005, the federal government said in a report Friday. That's up from an estimated 8.5 million living in the country in 2000, according to calculations by the
Vietnam legislature debates gender equality billVietnam legislature debates gender equality bill
Vietnam legislature debates gender equality bill Vietnamese legislators discussed the draft Law on Gender Equality Thursday with focus on the retirement age and pensions for women and the ratio of women in elected bodies.
Daley slams visitors who tout wage lawsDaley slams visitors who tout wage laws
`You manage your city,' mayor says of 2 leaders. Officials from Santa Fe and San Francisco told Chicago aldermen on Thursday that minimum-wage ordinances have had no negative effects on their cities and have not scared off big retailers.
Boeing's Long Beach C-17 Plant to Shut DownBoeing's Long Beach C-17 Plant to Shut Down
Boeing Co. said today it was taking the first steps toward closing its sprawling C-17 assembly plant in Long Beach, a shutdown that is expected to be completed by the middle of 2009 unless significant new orders are placed for the giant military transport aircraft.
Maryland unemployment increases in JulyMd. unemployment increases in July
State employers cut 1,100 jobs, signaling broader economic slowdownMaryland employers cut jobs for the second month in a row, according to federal numbers released today, leading economists to speculate that the economic slowing nationally is causing ripple effects across the state.
Judge Won’t Block Strike by Northwest AttendantsJudge Won’t Block Strike by Northwest Attendants
By JEREMY W. PETERS
A federal judge said he could not block the strike, opening the door for a potentially crippling labor disruption.
Delphi to see exodus of 6,300 US workersDelphi to see exodus of 6,300 US workers
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi Corp. said on Friday that 6,300 U.S. hourly workers at the company's second largest union, or 83 percent of those eligible, have opted to leave through retirements or buyouts.
Jobless claims drop by most in a month (AP)Jobless claims drop by most in a month (AP)
AP - The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell last week by the largest amount in a month.
NY Gov Pataki will veto change in anti-public-union Taylor lawNY Gov Pataki will veto change in anti-public-union Taylor law
Gov. George E. Pataki will veto a bill that would have strengthened unions in negotiations with public employers, his staff said yesterday. The bill was backed by the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and passed by the Legislature in June. It would have amended the Taylor Law, which governs public employees’ labor negotiations, in part by expediting decisions from the state’s Public Employment Relations Board in cases in which employers are accused of negotiating in bad faith.
Same-sex pairs to benefit under new pension law / Provision allows nonmarried beneficiaries to postpone taxesSame-sex pairs to benefit under new pension law / Provision allows nonmarried beneficiaries to postpone taxes
By Wyatt Buchanan
Same-sex couples will be able to save on taxes starting next year under a massive overhaul of U.S. pension rules signed into law Thursday by President Bush. The law includes a provision that will allow "nonspousal beneficiaries," including same-sex...
Apple says iPod factory in China treats workers fairly / Cupertino company denies child-labor, low wages chargeApple says iPod factory in China treats workers fairly / Cupertino company denies child-labor, low wages charge
By Ellen Lee
The popular iPod digital music player is not made by child laborers, nor is it manufactured by employees forced to toil for long hours for low wages, Apple Computer Inc. said Thursday. The Cupertino technology company sent a team of human resources,...
Ford to Slash Production, Shutter PlantsFord to Slash Production, Shutter Plants
By By SARAH KARUSH, Associated Press Writer
Ford Motor Co. on Friday announced sharp cuts in its 2006 North American production that will force it to temporarily shut down plants in the U.S. and Canada as it struggles to boost profits against intense foreign competition. The company said fourth-...
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Delphi: Progress in talks with GM, unionsDelphi: Progress in talks with GM, unions
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- There has been progress in talks aimed at reaching a new labor agreement that could avoid a crippling strike at bankrupt auto parts maker Delphi and shutdown of operations at General Motors, according to a Delphi spokesman.
Fiat boss in Swiss labor rowFiat boss in Swiss labor row
Fiat boss in Swiss labor row Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne is trying to defuse a row over allegations he illicitly underpaid foreign laborers for work on the grounds of his villa in Switzerland.
VW Mexico workers consider wage offer, strike loomsVW Mexico workers consider wage offer, strike looms
Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Mexico, where the popular new Beetles are made, are considering a company proposed 4 percent wage hike but if they reject it, they could go on strike Friday.
Bush signs pension bill backed by DeltaBush signs pension bill backed by Delta
President Bush on Thursday signed new rules to prod companies into shoring up their pension plans and offered strong words for corporate America: "Set aside enough money now." But while the legislation toughens pension funding rules overall, it also gives Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines much more time than other companies to fully fund its main plan. Delta executives, who lobbied hard for the provision, say that should enable the carrier to keep the plan intact as its restructures in bankruptcy court. Delta's main plan covers 91,000 workers, retirees and dependents. A separate plan for pilots is being scuttled, and the airline says the pension bill won't change that.
Foreign Briefs : Jobless Claims Rise in BritainForeign Briefs : Jobless Claims Rise in Britain
By BLOOMBERG NEWS
Britain’s unemployment rose the fastest in more than four years in July as factories shed workers and migrants swelled the work force. The number of people claiming benefits rose by 2,000 from June, to 957,000, the most since January 2002, the Office for National Statistics said. The jobless rate held at 3 percent for a fifth month, in line with economists’ forecasts. The gain in unemployment prompted one of the Bank of England’s seven policy makers, David G. Blanchflower, to vote against this month’s interest rate increase to 4.75 percent, according to published minutes of the meeting. Investors are betting on one more rate increase before the end of the year after inflation held above the bank’s 2 percent target for a third month in July. “The rise in unemployment is strong evidence of ample spare capacity in the U.K. economy, and should over the medium term restrain pay growth,” said Gavin Redknap, an economist at Standard Chartered Bank in London.’’.
Taxi Drivers Organize for Better TreatmentTaxi Drivers Organize for Better Treatment
High gas prices are hitting taxi drivers particularly hard. That's one reason hundreds of cabbies in Los Angeles, and other major cities, have started to organize for better pay and work rules.
The Ins and Doubts of Pension PlansThe Ins and Doubts of Pension Plans
President Bush signs sweeping new pension reforms. Olivia Mitchell, Executive Director of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School, explains how pension plans work for employees and employers. She also talks about the problems that arise when a company doesn't set aside enough money to pay off those promises.
Will the Pension Protection Act Do the Job?Will the Pension Protection Act Do the Job?
President Bush signs the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which he calls the biggest reform of the nation's pension system in more than three decades. The legislation is designed to strengthen the government's deficit-ridden pension insurance program. But some companies say the stricter funding requirements could push more firms to dump pension programs in favor of 401(k) programs.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
What does a dying U.S. auto industry mean for the rest of America?What does a dying U.S. auto industry mean for the rest of America?
Source: Washington Spectator
In the 1980s Chevrolet proclaimed itself the "Heartbeat of America." Today, many would say that the American auto industry barely has a pulse. Last November, General Motors (owner of the Chevy brand) announced that it was cutting 25,000 jobs and closing up to 12 factories by 2008
Labor tries to heal its differencesLabor tries to heal its differences
Source: NY Times
A year after their breakup, former partners in organized labor are trying to heal some differences by joining forces politically for the November midterm elections.
Data theft may hurt workersData theft may hurt workers
By David Lazarus
Chevron may have pocketed record profits of $4.35 billion in the most recent quarter, but that wasn't enough to protect the names and Social Security numbers of potentially tens of thousands of employees. The San Ramon oil giant sent an e-mail to U.S....
Industrial output up less than expected (Reuters)Industrial output up less than expected (Reuters)
Reuters - Output at U.S. factories, mines and utilities rose by a smaller-than-expected 0.4 percent in July, while capacity use edged higher but also came short of forecasts, according to a government report on Wednesday, signaling a hot manufacturing economy may be ready to cool.
Marketplace: Wal-Mart's Policy LetterMarketplace: Wal-Mart's Policy Letter
Wal-Mart Stores released a letter that it sent to its 18,000 Iowa workers this week. The letter warns that some local politicians are wrongly criticizing Wal-Mart's health and wage policies, but the company insists it's not trying to influence voting. Alex talks with Marketplace's Amy Scott.
Building Trades Bring Fight for Future of American Workers at Georgia Immigration Bill HearingBuilding Trades Bring Fight for Future of American Workers at Georgia Immigration Bill Hearing
Today the Building Trades submitted testimony in strong support of wage floor protection contained in the Senate Immigration Bill (S. 2611) to protect American workers. Terry Yellig, representing the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA), at a hearing on "Immigration: Economic Impact on American Workers and their Wages" at the federal courthouse in Gainesville, Georgia.
New U.S. immigrants fan out across nationNew U.S. immigrants fan out across nation
The number of immigrants living in American households rose 16 percent over the past five years, fueled largely by recent arrivals from Mexico, according to fresh data issued by the Census Bureau. Increasingly, immigrants are bypassing the traditional
Monday, August 14, 2006
Workers contribute to bottom lineWorkers contribute to bottom line
Manufacturers ask employees to find ways to improve businessAt some Chicago manufacturing companies, the traditional suggestion box has vanished.
Minimum wage proposal in Nevada pits unions against restaurant ownersMinimum wage proposal in Nevada pits unions against restaurant owners
Source: Mohave Daily News
A proposal on the November ballot to increase the state's minimum wage by $1 an hour has pitted union groups against the Nevada Restaurant Association, which says it will hurt businesses and consumers.
State of the TA unionsState of the TA unions
Source: Inside Higher Ed
The video had the same amateur quality as those that circulate on YouTube and other Internet sites. Set to the lyrics of “We’re Not Going to Take It,” a handheld camera followed friends of the graduate student unionization movement to a New York University alumni fund-raising event this past year that featured the unions’ public enemy of the moment, NYU President John Sexton.
Northwest Mechanics: Life after the strikeLife after the strike
Source: St. Paul Pioneer-Press
In the early days of the strike, the picket lines were a busy rallying post for Northwest Airlines' union mechanics.
A year later, NWA strikers left with no jobs, no leverageA year later, NWA strikers left with no jobs, no leverage
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
The mechanics union at Northwest Airlines will return to the bargaining table Tuesday -- only four days shy of the one-year anniversary of the start of the strike that many labor observers believe has been one of the worst-timed strikes in years.
San Francisco Hotel workers union schedules strike vote / Contracts expired nearly 2 years ago; talks continueHotel workers union schedules strike vote / Contracts expired nearly 2 years ago; talks continue
By George Raine
The union representing workers at 13 San Francisco hotels has scheduled a strike authorization vote Aug. 24. Before the vote, four contract bargaining sessions are scheduled between the union, Unite Here Local 2, and the bargaining agent representing...
California Catholic Hospitals' union workers reach tentative agreementHospitals' union workers reach tentative agreement
Catholic Healthcare West and the union representing service workers at 24 hospitals in California have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract that the union and employer say has an improved benefit package. The tentative contract covers 12,000...
Wal-Mart Workers Mixed on New Pay CapsWal-Mart Workers Mixed on New Pay Caps
By By MARCUS KABEL, AP Business Writer
A dozen years into a Wal-Mart career, Brad Moore looked forward to earning more money based on his good annual performance reviews
Friday, August 11, 2006
Massachusett Senator aims to lift firms' role in health planSenator aims to lift firms' role in health plan
By Jeffrey Krasner, Globe Staff
Senator Richard T. Moore says the Romney administration's proposed standards for company contributions to employees' healthcare insurance are inadequate and that he may seek to change them through a bill intended to correct technical defects in the healthcare reform law.
Study: Immigrants Not Hurting U.S. JobsStudy: Immigrants Not Hurting U.S. Jobs
By By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer
Big increases in immigration since 1990 have not hurt employment prospects for American workers, says a study released Thursday. The report comes as Congress and much of the nation are debating immigration policy, a big issue in this fall's midterm...
Delphi to return to court without any union dealsDelphi to return to court without any union deals
With talks on wage concessions apparently stalled, bankrupt supplier Delphi Corp. is headed back to court Friday to resume its efforts to void its union contacts.
Wal-Mart backs down and allows Chinese workers to join unionWal-Mart backs down and allows Chinese workers to join union
Source: The Guardian
Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retail company, conceded defeat yesterday in a two-year battle against the world's largest labour federation, by offering to support the formation of labour unions at its 60 stores in China.
Terror news may alter NWA attendants' strike plansTerror news may alter NWA attendants' strike plans
In StarTribune.com Business
Northwest Airlines flight attendants, who serve on the front lines in ensuring the safety of airplane cabins, found themselves in a new political climate Thursday. Should they go ahead with plans to engage in selective work stoppages next week, even though new terrorist threats are already causing delays at airports nationwide? Mollie Reiley, interim president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) at Northwest, said union leaders are weighing their options as they approach Tuesday's strike deadline. "Today, there is a security issue in this country, and we're going to stay focused
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Global: Union militancy grows as mining profits riseGlobal: Union militancy grows as mining profits rise
LabourStart headline - Source: Reuters
Emboldened by high profits at mining companies, trade unions demanding higher wages are stretching industrial relations to the breaking point.
Union, Goodyear to resume talksUnion, Goodyear to resume talks
Source: Houston Chronicle
As the world's largest tire producer and its workers' union resume talks on a new labor deal, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. says it wants a contract that will improve its competitiveness in an industry where costs have become a drag on profits.
Labor federation forms a pact with day lorkersLabor federation forms a pact with day lorkers
Source: NY Times
The A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the nation’s largest organization of day laborers signed a partnership agreement yesterday intended to help the languishing labor movement tap into the potent energy of the immigrant rights movement.
NYC transit union contract dispute must be settled outside courtNYC transit union contract dispute must be settled outside court
A judge ruled Thursday that a contract dispute between transit officials and a bus and subway workers' union that led to an illegal strike in the nation's largest mass transit system in December must be settled outside court.
Jobless claims rise more than expected (AP)Jobless claims rise more than expected (AP)
AP - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased by a larger amount than expected last week.
Pensions take their lumpsPensions take their lumps
By Kathleen Pender
Most people who take lump-sum distributions from their defined-benefit pension plans will get slightly less starting in 2008, thanks to a provision in the pension bill awaiting President Bush's signature. This provision applies only to lump-sum...
Europe Faces Shrinking Pool of WorkersEurope Faces Shrinking Pool of Workers
By By DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press Writer
With almost 5 million people out of work, Germany's labor market might seem a manager's dream when it comes to filling jobs _ easy pickings from a sea of desperate applicants. Not so for entrepreneur Martin Hubschneider when he needs top talent for his...
NWA says strike could force it into liquidationNWA says strike could force it into liquidation
In StarTribune.com Business
Northwest Airlines said a strike by flight attendants could force the company into liquidation and asked a federal bankruptcy judge to bar a walkout. "If in fact the flight attendants were to strike a flight in late August, we could sustain that," Julie Hagen Showers, Northwest's vice president of labor relations, testified Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. "But they also refer to shutting down a hub for a week. That is the type of thing we can't sustain." Showers said Northwest "has not finalized" a contingency plan in the event of a strike. The fifth-biggest U.S. airline ask
Allianz cuts 200 workers to cope with slower salesAllianz cuts 200 workers to cope with slower sales
In StarTribune.com Business
Allianz Life Insurance of North America, the U.S. subsidiary of the German financial services conglomerate, on Thursday laid off about 7 percent or 200 of its employees, many of them at its Golden Valley headquarters. Allianz said it has experienced a slowdown in the sale of annuity products that are tied to the performance of the Standard & Poor's 500 and other stock market indexes -- one of its largest businesses. CEO Mark Zesbaugh said Thursday that the business downturn is partly a result of new rules governing how annuity products are sold through securities firms -- requiring less
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Britain: Council tax 'rises for migrants'Council tax 'rises for migrants'
The LGA says official figures on migration are grossly inaccurate Sharp council tax rises may be needed in the next few years to fund housing and education for immigrant families, says the Local Government Association. The LGA, which represents local
England: Two million migrants in the MidlandsTwo million migrants in the Midlands
NEARLY two million foreign migrants have moved into the West Midlands since 2002, sparking fears that council services are in danger of being over-whelmed by population growth. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that 1,822,110
South Africa: Textile wage settlement 'due soon'Textile wage settlement 'due soon'
The Cosatu-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) says it is optimistic that the one outstanding wage negotiation in the sector should be settled in the next two weeks. 'We are optimistic that the one
India: Lack of skilled labour ties textiles sector in knotsLack of skilled labour ties textiles sector in knots
Even as the domestic textile sector is in an expansion mode following huge investment, the companies are facing a severe manpower crunch for diversified products in the emerging export market.
Income differences between Finnish men and women persist - reportIncome differences between Finnish men and women persist - report
The BIT Research Centre of Helsinki University of Technology published its report on equal pay through pay systems reforms on Wednesday, concluding that income differences between men and women could still be reduced. The report observed that new pay systems are insufficient to address the problem, and workplace bosses should be encouraged to value the work of all workers under their authority equally. This is deemed to require training and education.
The Outsourcing TrapThe Outsourcing Trap
In light of outsourcing trends worldwide, contracting out is appropriate only for a function that is not core to a business. According to the OMB Circular A-76, an activity is inherently governmental if it "is so intimately related to the public interest as to mandate performance by government personnel." Now, the Transportation Security Administration is outsourcing security workers, the Homeland Security Department is turning over the sovereign function of border security to private industry, and the Pentagon is contracting out thousands of intelligence jobs. How much more inherently governmental can these functions get? They define the federal government's role.
Now, Indian hospitals begin to outsourceNow, Indian hospitals begin to outsource
Health outsourcing is not just about American hospitals offshoring work to India. Within India hospitals are looking to increase their efficiency by moving diagnostic, lab and even managerial work to specialised units in the country.
HACU Urges Federal Agencies to Recruit More HispanicsHACU Urges Federal Agencies to Recruit More Hispanics
SAN ANTONIO Hispanics continue to be the most under-represented ethnic group recruited by federal agencies, according to a new report published by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
Day Laborer Network, Laborers' Union Vow to Help Thousands of California Residential Construction Workers Unite for Better LivesDay Laborer Network, Laborers' Union Vow to Help Thousands of California Residential Construction Workers Unite for Better Lives
The Laborers' International Union and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network will hold a news conference for Los Angeles area news media at 1 p.m. Thursday, unveiling efforts to help California residential construction workers organize to improve their lives.
China labor pains and holiday woesChina labor pains and holiday woes
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Retailers have a new, and unexpected, Grinch to worry about this Christmas: a Chinese labor crunch. Make that a cheap labor crunch. The migrant workers that typically man China's low cost factories are drifting away. And it has
China's state-backed union warns Wal-MartChina's state-backed union warns Wal-Mart
BEIJING (Reuters) -- Sparring between China's official trade union and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. intensified Wednesday, with the union warning the world's largest retailer not to act against members while the company called for talks. Guo Wencai, an official
Chinese Union: Wal-Mart Wants to TalkChinese Union: Wal-Mart Wants to Talk
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has asked to hold talks with China's state-sanctioned labor group after employees formed
China's Shenzhen Airline recruits 40 foreign pilotsAirline recruits 40 foreign pilots
Shenzhen Airlines recently hired 40 Brazillian pilots in China's largest single hiring of foreign pilots. All are experienced pilots who used to work for Brazil's bankrupt national airline Varig, said a human resource staff member with Shenzhen Airlines.
Pakistani-born pilot sues JetBlue, claiming discriminationPakistani-born pilot sues JetBlue, claiming discrimination
Faisal Baig, a U.S. citizen who was raised in Yonkers, claims in the suit that an airline manager told him in March that he was a 'security risk.' According to the suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Baig asked, 'Are you saying that you are not
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
California Supreme Court Confirms At-Will Means "At Any Time"California Supreme Court Confirms At-Will Means "At Any Time"
By Sheppard Mullin on Termination
On August 3, 2006, the California Supreme Court decided the case of Dore v. Arnold Worldwide, Inc. The issue before the Court was whether the use of the phrase "at any time" to define the term "at will" in an offer...
Delta seeks OK to outsource computer workDelta seeks OK to outsource computer work
Delta Air Lines asked a bankruptcy judge Tuesday to let it use IBM rather than its own employees to maintain its computer systems. Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton said the outsourcing agreement, if finalized and approved by the court, would result in "substantial savings," though she declined to say how much. About 200 of the 1,800 employees in Delta's technology unit would be affected, though it's unclear how many might lose their jobs. Often in such arrangements, some employees transfer to the company to which the work is being outsourced.
Court: Workers can't expect computer privacyCourt: Workers can't expect computer privacy
By Bay City News
A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled today that workers have no legal expectation of privacy on their office computers when their employer has an announced policy of monitoring computers. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the...
China Tests US Immigration PlanChina Tests US Immigration Plan
China Tests US Immigration Plan In spat over asylum policy, Beijing refuses return of illegal entrants June Kronholz , 4 August 2006 What can the U.S. do if a huge trading partner like China won't take back thousands of illegal immigrants? Not much,