Labor

Longshoremen in New York and New Jersey Reach Labor Agreement With New York Shippers Association

March 9, 2013

“America’s ports have been the scene of a series of increasingly heated struggles between port workers and their employers on the East, West and Gulf coasts in recent months centering on pay, workplace efficiency and automation.”

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Report: Over 100 Million Labor Workers Strike in India Against Government’s “Anti-Labor” Policies

February 21, 2013

“Workers are demanding the government set a legal minimum wage, provide better protections against poor working conditions for those in low paying or unskilled positions, and halt the outsourcing of jobs to foreign investment and private sector markets.”

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President Obama Meets with Labor Leaders and Immigration Advocates to Discuss Immigration Reform

February 5, 2013

“Obama met with representatives of labor and progressive groups — including the AFL-CIO, NAACP and National Council of La Raza — for about an hour at the White House.”

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National Labor Relations Board: New York City School Bus Drivers’ Strike Legal

February 2, 2013

“The National Labor Relations Board in Washington has ruled in favor of New York City school bus drivers’ right to strike, dismissing complaints from bus companies seeking an injunction.”

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) Asks State Supreme Court to Rule on “Right-to-Work” Law

January 29, 2013

“The governor noted that labor unions have publicly promised to challenge the legality of the so-called “right-to-work” law passed by the legislature on December 11.”

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Greek Government Forces Striking Subway Workers Back to Work

January 24, 2013

“In a swift backlash, unions announced immediate strikes that halted all public transport across the capital for the rest of the day, forcing commuters to trudge through a thunderstorm or vie for taxis to get home in the evening.”

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Chinese Police Break Up Factory Worker Protest in Shanghai

January 22, 2013

“A security guard at the Shanghai plant said Tuesday that workers had gone on strike to protest the company’s issuing of new work rules, including time limits on bathroom breaks and fines for being late.”

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Los Angeles Teachers Agree to Have Test Scores Factored Into Performance Evaluations

January 20, 2013

“United Teachers Los Angeles said in a statement that 66 percent of the nearly 17,000 members who cast ballots had voted in favor of the new agreement on evaluations.”

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New York City Bus School Bus Drivers Go On Strike

January 17, 2013

“More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons have gone on strike over job protection. Some 152,000 students, many disabled, have to find other ways to get to school.”

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Data: Over 25% of American Workers with 401(k) and Retirement Savings Use Them to Pay Current Expenses

January 16, 2013

“Fresh data from Vanguard, one of the nation’s largest 401(k) managers, show a 12 percent increase in the number of workers who took loans against their retirement accounts or withdrew money outright since 2008.”

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Third Person Dies in South Africa During Clashes Between Protesting Farm Workers and Police

January 16, 2013

“A man died after he was hit by a rubber bullet during clashes between police and striking farm workers demanding higher wages in one of South Africa’s main grape-growing regions, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.”

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American Airlines Customer Service Agents Narrowly Reject Union’s Bid to Represent Them in Collective Bargaining

January 16, 2013

“The union said it lost votes because American has laid off 2,000 agents since it filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011. Spokeswoman Candice Johnson said workers who were laid off had to give up job-recall rights to get severance payments, which made them ineligible to vote.”

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Union Head: New York City School Bus Drivers Will Go On Strike On Wednesday

January 14, 2013

“A strike would require as many as 152,000 city public and private school students to find another way to get to school. The city has said it would provide parents and students with MetroCards and reimburse cab fare for those without access to public transportation.”

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court Accepts Hostess Brands Inc’s Request to Shut Down

November 22, 2012

“The judge’s decision came after the firm and the union that staged the walkout were unable to reach agreement during a mediation session requested last Monday by the magistrate.”

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Hostess Brands Inc. took Union Workers’ Self-Funded Pensions to Pay Debts without the Workers’ consent

November 18, 2012

“In July of 2011 we received a letter from the company. It said that the $3+ per hour that we as a Union contribute to the pension was going to be ‘borrowed’ by the company until they could be profitable again.”

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