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January 06, 2003

Labor Monday (1-6)

  • AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has denounced Bush's proposal for elimination in taxes on dividends as "class warfare" against workers.
  • Communication Workers of America (CWA) is promoting a campaign to stop the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from ending rules limiting media ownership. See the six new rules under consideration by the FCC.
  • Temp agency Labor Ready, accused of illegal and abusive employment practices, is seeking to silence criticism by suing over a web site, SlaveryReady, of the Anti-Displacement Project Inc. of Springfield for accusing the company of promoting a modern form of slavery.

  • Two labor leaders in China face the death penalty for leading large-scale labor protests last year and signing petitions in support of a party challenging the Communist leadership monopoly on power.
  • Brazil's new Workers Party government has delayed purchase of 12 military jets to fund social programs in the coming year.
  • Ten major labor unions, joined by business leaders, in Indonesia are calling for strikes against government plans to hike prices on power and telephone services.
  • British employers are proposing plans to slash pensions by a third compared to present payments to retirees. These "money purchase pensions" tie pensions to the stock market with little relation to final pay, as under the present system.

    Posted by Nathan at January 6, 2003 09:51 AM

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    You know, maybe the workers of the world should unite!
    I mean, what have they got to lose?

    On second thought, it's probably a bad idea. Or somebody would have already thought of it. Never mind.


    Posted by: Tom at January 12, 2003 11:00 PM

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