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November 04, 2002

Labor Monday (11-04)

Roundup of labor stories, November 4, 2002

  • West Coast longshoremen have apparently reached a tentative agreement on the use of technology, the major sticking point in their bitter contract talks, a federal mediator said. The ILWU is still calling on the Justice Department to conduct a full investigation into the apparent collusion between the Bush Administration, shipping companies and associations during the West Coast ports contract dispute.
  • U.S. Appeals Court agrees with NLRB: Workers cannot be used in union-busting videos without their consent.
  • Carpenters President Douglas J. McCarron and Bush's strongest ally in the labor movement, announced he would return profits of $276,000+ he made on stock transactions that are under investigation by three separate parts of the federal government.
  • A coalition of New Haven labor unions representing Yale-New Haven Hospital workers have filed unfair labor practices charges with the NLRB over the arrests of eight activists who were distributing leaflets.
  • New comedy play is making the rounds - 21 Dog Years -Doing Time @ Amazon.com detailing the sixty-hour work weeks and the cult of personality around Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

  • Labor actions expanded across China in protest of layoffs and corruption leading up to the new Party Congress.
  • Korean Confederation of Trade Unions announced Monday it will push for an all-out strike in 21 cities nationwide on Tuesday to hold back the passage of the five-day workweek bill and the gutting of holidays. Civil servants of regional governments also struck throughout the country as they pressed their demand to form a labor union. The unions are also forming a new political party, the Democratic Socialist Party, in the runup to the December Presidential election.
  • Unions have marched in Venezuela calling for a vote on President Chavez's presidency.

    Posted by Nathan at November 4, 2002 11:13 PM

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