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September 23, 2002

Labor Monday (9-23)

Roundup of Labor stories, Sept. 23rd-

  • For the German unions view on yesterday's election, see this interview with the head of Germany's labor federation.
  • Labor issues continue to deadlock negotiations in the Senate over the Homeland Security bill, as Bush seeks to rollback union and civil service protections.
  • As labor protests spread sporadically across China, oil workers in one province have begun sit-down strikes demanding pension guarantees in the face of business shutdowns across the country.
  • The West Coast port industry backed down from a threat to lockout workers, but a shutdown of the ports could loom any day.
  • Following arrests of Yale University union activists distributing pro-union literature, tensions are high in contract negotiations at an institution that has seen bitter union struggles for sixty years, including 11 strikes since the 1940s.
  • Under the threat of the bankruptcy court proceedings, the last of the US Airways unions have agreed to concessions in contracts.
  • Fierce employee and community protest derailed plans by the Hershey charitable trust to sell off the company to multinationals.
  • A good article on the "Enron Effect" of new union outreach to white collar workers.
  • As industry globalizes, unions increasingly are seeking global labor agreements, an encouraging example being the global agreement signed by AngloGold, the largest gold mining firm in the world, with the international mining federation, ICEM.
  • South African trade unions are threatening strikes against the ANC-led government over plans to privatize more industry in that country.
  • The US Post Office has issued a new stamp honoring Cesar Chavez.

    Posted by Nathan at September 23, 2002 10:22 AM

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