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October 21, 2002

Labor Monday 10-21

On the Docks: Beating employers to the punch of filing their own charge, the dockworkers have filed a charge of "sabotague" against dock owners for deliberately undermining productivity on the docks through understaffing.

  • Boston janitors continue their strike, some employers signing contracts to give health care to all their workers, but the majority of employers refusing proposals to cover health care costs.
  • The AFL-CIO has condemned GOP proposals for extending unemployment insurance, since it would help workers in only three very-high unemployment states.
  • The notorious Pinkerton security guards, often the scourge of unions in history, may soon have its own union as employees are set to vote on unionization.
  • A nice history of the minimum wage with a line by Roosevelt that (changing the numbers for today's prices) is as true today: "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day ... tell you ... that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."
  • A profile of the struggles of Teamsters Local 24 in Akron, worth reading to understand the rise and present trials of unions and the fight of one local with employers and conservative Teamster leaderships in the past,.

  • The major leftwing Italian union federation launched a country-wide general strike to protest the government's budget and labor policies.
  • The Canadian Auto Workers union used labor negotiations to lockdown $5 billion+ in new capital spending to support 2-3000 new jobs in that country.
  • A good article by The Christian Science Montior on the mass firings and lack of labor rights facing Chinese workers as state firms are privatized.
  • The global labor federation, the ICFTU, condemned Zimbabwe for the firing of 627 teachers and the arrest of teacher union leaders for strike actions.

    Posted by Nathan at October 21, 2002 08:51 AM

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