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November 11, 2002

Labor Monday (11-11)

  • The AFL-CIO condemned both parties for failing to present clear plans to restore the economy. 72% of union members voted for Democrats last Tuesday.
  • This New York Sun article details the turnout operation for the major GOP endorsee of unions, NY's Pataki, and why the various unions were supporting him.
  • With unemployment rising, the AFL-CIO is demanding a series of labor measures to extend unemployment insurance, assist states with recession-related costs, and extend health care.

  • The New York City Council pushed through a modest living wage law to require that workers on contract to the city receive at least $8.10 per hour with benefits.
  • Yale President Richard Levin faced union protests at alumni receptions in three midwestern cities. Yale officials are being targetted for violating free speech rights of union members who distributed pro-union leaflets.
  • United Food and Commercial Workers are planning nationwide protests on Nov. 21 at Wal-Mart discount stores and Sam's Club warehouse stores in all 50 states.
  • The United Mine Workers are condemning a preliminary state report on what caused the Quecreek Mine accident in July as "woefully inadquate"
  • Part-time faculty at universities across the country are organizing as schools replace permanent tenure positions with adjunct teachers.
  • In the Bay Area, the new United Child Care Union (AFSCME), already representing 900 child care workers in the East, has begun organizing in the Bay Area.

  • A national strike by South Korean workers forced the government to back off labor law reform opposed by the major unions.
  • A German union head is predicting a "winter of discontent" over heath service cuts and public sector pay.
  • The Chinese government now admits that at least 14 million workers are unemployed, with possibly 100 million more migrant workers streaming into cities with little social support.

    Posted by Nathan at November 11, 2002 11:02 PM

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