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October 14, 2002

Labor Monday 10-14

Roundup of Stories, October 14, 2002

Special On the Docks Section

  • The dockworkers are back on the job, but the "cooling off" period is just heating up tempers among the ILWU workers, who may just outwait the 80-day limit on Taft-Hartley injunctions.
  • Controversy still swirls around the fact that the Bush administration briefed business lobbyists seven hours before seeking a court order, yet made no similar briefing to labor unions.
  • Management is accusing the ILWU of illegally defying the court order through slowdowns, while the union says any loss of productivity is do to the danger and safety needed to deal with the backlog of work.
  • So if the employers are complaining about slow cargo traffic, why won't they hire and train additional workers to clear the backlog, asks the ILWU?
  • Senator Feinstein has been condemned widely for her anti-union support for invoking Taft-Hartley in the dockworkers conflict.

    Other US stories:

  • The AFL-CIO is planning a National Day of Action for Corporate Accountability on October 19th and is distributing this action toolkit for the day.
  • Wal-Mart is facing lawsuits in 29 states over alleged violations of wage abuses.
  • Over 4000 lecturers, clerical and other technical employees at the University of California system walked off the job over stalled contract negotiations. The strike could expand as unionized grad student teachers honor the picket lines.
  • In a special service, Boston's Cardinal Law called for a "just and peaceful" solution to the janitors strike in that city. ''This sermon was for them. The cause is just. Their families are in no less a need than other families of security, health care, housing.''
  • Here is the tribute by the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical & Energy Workers (PACE) to its former leader, Tony Mazzocchi, who died on October 5.
  • Oregon will be voting on raising the minimum wage to $6.90 per hour, and, as importantly, indexing the rate to inflation so its value won't erode in the future.
  • Labor is mobilizing on the ground for a variety of critical races over the next few weeks.

    Global labor:

  • The International Confederation of Trade Unions (ICFTU) has put forward its own vision of the global economy in a submission to the UN-linked International Labor Organization. See the full ICFTU proposal.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Israeli workers took to the streets in a strike to protest government taxing of pensions, with new escalation of the strike threatened.
  • The South African union federation, COSATU, is increasingly condemning its anti-Aparthied allies from the ANC for the government's economic policies.
  • Kenyan teachers are on a nationwide strike in protest of the government reneging on a pay deal negotiated in 1997.

    Posted by Nathan at October 14, 2002 11:42 PM

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