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India: Rap song ups ante for Kodaikanal workers against Unilever

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:00
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El Salvador: Driving a bus is a ‘death sentence’ in San Salvador

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Spectator
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Zimbabwe: Unions give Mugabe a 72-hour ultimatum to stop job losses

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The New Zimbabwe
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France: Striking French ferry workers block Calais port route with huge fire

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Guardian
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Arizona IBT 104 Union could strike if Sun Tran talks fail "driver safety is among the issues being negotiated"

Current News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:55

Arizona IBT 104 Union could strike if Sun Tran talks fail "driver safety is among the issues being negotiated"
http://tucson.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/union-could-strike-if-sun...

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A Teamsters official says driver safety is among the issues being negotiated with Professional Transit Management.
By Patrick McNamara0

Sun Tran will post up-to date information on its website at www.suntran.com and on the company’s social media pages.

Information is available by calling the Sun Tran customer service center at 792-9222.

Information also will be posted at Sun Tran transit centers.

Union officials representing Sun Tran workers have been in last-minute contract negotiations with the company that operates the bus system for the city in an attempt to avoid a strike.

Professional Transit Management of Tucson and Teamsters Local 104 planned to continue talks through Friday to try to come to an agreement. The contract expires at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Teamsters members voted last weekend to strike if a new contract cannot be negotiated.

Andy Marshall, secretary-treasurer of Local 104, said the union agreed not to share specifics of the negotiations with the public.

Marshall did say the issues on the table were not only economic — worker safety has been discussed during the negotiations.

In November, a man stabbed a Sun Tran driver who was on break at the Roy Laos Transit Center on West Irvington Road near South Sixth Avenue.

The driver was stabbed multiple times but received non-life threatening injuries.

Joshua Lee Duarte, then 18, was charged with felony and misdemeanor assault. A trial date was been scheduled for December.

In January, another bus driver was assaulted by a passenger who threw a cup of soda at him after being told to leave the bus.

Last-minute negotiations staved off a strike last August.

Sun Tran workers have gone on strike twice over the last 18 years. Union workers stopped work in 1997 and again in 2001.

The 2001 strike lasted 12 days. A federal mediator was brought in to negotiate the settlement.

Tags: IBT 104Drivers
Categories: Labor News

UPS Agrees to Acquire Coyote for $1.8 Billion

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 09:15
Transport TopicsJuly 31, 2015View the original piece

UPS Inc. announced it has agreed to buy truckload brokerage Coyote Logistics for $1.8 billion to expand its presence in the non-asset-based sector. The package carrier, which already has a small truckload brokerage as well as international brokerage and forwarding businesses, said in a statement that closing is expected within 30 days. Private equity company Warburg Pincus is selling the business that had $2.1 billion in sales last year and ranks No. 39 on the Transport Topics Logistics 50.

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Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

YRCW: Concessions and Profits

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 08:27

July 31, 2015: YRCW stock jumped 25% within minutes of today’s opening, following the second quarter report on YRCW’s best period in a decade. What will it mean for 20,000 Teamsters who made it possible?

YRCW’s operating profit for the quarter was $56.9 million, compared to $20 million a year ago.  Analysts noted that YRCW’s profits are up on lower revenues, as LTL freight has declined a bit in 2015.

YRC’s operating ratio is a respectable 97.2%, and YRC’s Regionals hit the jackpot with an operating ratio of 91.9%, better than some nonunion competitors.

YRCW Teamsters have sacrificed many thousands of dollars in wages, and more than that in lost pensions. Is it time to start planning for revisiting some of the concessions – we think so. It’s also time for the IBT reps on YRCW’s board to make sure equipment is upgraded, rather than exec perks or some pet project.

YRCW Teamsters in the West have been kicked out of the Western Conference Pension Plan, with no chance of earning an early retirement (PEER 80). How about lifting that punishment of the Teamsters who made YRCW’s profits possible?

YRCW Teamsters across the country are asking if this profitability will lead to any consideration of proposals by the International Union, which has done nothing, but congratulate themselves for giving concessions.

The Hoffa administration has done nothing for freight Teamsters: no real organizing, to saving the NMFA, and they’ve completely failed to protect Teamster pensions. 

Fortunately, they can be voted out of office in 2016 – if Teamsters unite to make it happen. 

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

YRC Worldwide profits rise despite a drop in revenues

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:49
Mark DavisThe Kansas City StarJuly 31, 2015View the original piece

Trucking company YRC Worldwide Inc. posted a second-quarter profit despite a 4.6 percent drop in sales from a year ago, when it lost money.

The Overland Park-based company said it earned $26 million, or 80 cents a share, contrasted with a loss of $4.9 million, or 16 cents a share, a year ago.

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Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article29569663.html#storylink=cpy

 

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Uber using any means necessary to crush attempts to regulate its practices in NYC

Current News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 06:43

Uber using any means necessary to crush attempts to regulate its practices in NYC
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/uber-determined-fight-attempts-...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 10:27 PM Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2015, 12:45 AM

Uber — the $40 billion ride-sharing service and darling of Wall Street — is determined to fight any limits on its Wild West methods.

In 2014, the company faced major conflicts in 40 locations around the world, according to one study. This year, French cab drivers rioted and burned Uber cars, while the French government declared the company’s operation illegal. In California, that state’s labor commission ruled recently that an Uber driver was an employee, not an independent contractor as the company has repeatedly claimed.

Now, the fight over Uber is about to climax here, with the City Council possibly voting as early as Thursday to temporarily cap Uber’s rapid expansion.
That couldn’t come soon enough for Bhairavi Desai, founder and leader of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, the union of yellow-cab drivers.

“Uber’s model of part-timers is forcing out full-time professional drivers so it can lower wages across the board for all drivers,” Desai said.

David Plouffe, a top Uber official and former strategist for President Obama, acknowledged the part-timer model in an interview Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”
The vast majority of Uber drivers, they or their spouses have other full-time employment,” Plouffe said. “They’re using this as a supplement.”

DEMOCRATS' DUMB ATTACK ON THE SHARING ECONOMY

A supplement?

Tell that to veteran yellow-cab, black-car and livery drivers who toil long hours each day just to pay their bills.

Huge cash infusions from billionaire hedge fund investors like Julian Robertson have allowed Uber to launch a multimillion-dollar ad campaign to recruit new drivers with guarantees of big money and flexible hours.
That money has also bankrolled a stable of high-priced lobbyists and former government officials. They include Bradley Tusk, Stu Loeser and Jason Post, all former aides to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Matt Wing, former spokesman for Gov. Cuomo.

The Wall Street money has also helped pay for attack commercials and mass mailing against Mayor de Blasio and those City Council members, including Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Transportation Committee, who are spearheading legislation that would have a direct impact on Uber.
All of this outcry from a company that already has more cars registered on our streets than all of New York’s yellow-cab companies combined. From a company that’s adding 500 new drivers a week!

And while those cabs don’t all operate at the same time, they do cruise the streets just like yellow and green cabs.

At that rate of growth, it’s no wonder de Blasio and Rodriguez want to apply the brakes while officials study Uber’s impact on Manhattan congestion, especially since most of those pickups are in that borough below 60th St.

“The cap could kill 10,000 job opportunities over the next year,” said Josh Mohrer, Uber’s New York general manager.

Bhairavi Desai (center), head of the union of yellow-cab drivers, says Uber is forcing out full-time professional drivers.
But some veteran cabbies who were initially lured by Uber’s ads have quickly fled.

“There’s a lot of promising but not delivering,” said one driver who found the company deducted from his revenue not only its 20% commission, but an additional 12% in taxes and black-car fees.

“Uber is for Uber,” said the driver, who asked not to be identified.

Like so many Wall Street-funded startups in cyberspace, Uber looks more like another scheme by the people at the top to bleed the people at the bottom.

Tags: UberNew York
Categories: Labor News

OSHA orders company to pay $20,000 for retaliating against sick drivers

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:10
Land LineJuly 30, 2015View the original piece

A Washington trucking company has been ordered to pay more than $20,000 in punitive damages to a truck driver whom the company suspended when he reportedly refused to drive because he felt too ill.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration ordered Oak Harbor Freight Lines to stop retaliating against truck drivers who refuse to drive when they feel too ill or fatigued. The agency announced the punitive damages order in a press release on July 18.

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Categories: Labor News, Unions

Uber tests flexible car leases for drivers-Another Rip-off Of Drivers And Public

Current News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 10:38

Uber tests flexible car leases for drivers-Another Rip-off Of Drivers And Public
Uber tests flexible car leases for drivers
http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Uber-tests-flexible-car-leas...
By Carolyn SaidJuly 30, 2015 Updated: July 29, 2015 8:50pm

Photo: Eric Risberg, Associated PressUberX drivers can get three-year auto leases that are relatively easy to terminate.
Uber has a new program to get more drivers on the road. The San Francisco company is testing a flexible car leasing program for drivers starting Thursday in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and some cities in Georgia and Maryland.

With Xchange Leasing, drivers for UberX can get three-year auto leases through dealers, with the option to terminate their contracts anytime after the first month with a $250 security-deposit fee and two weeks’ notice. Leased cars — both new and used — will come with unlimited mileage and some routine maintenance.

“Right off the bat, I could tell that it’s much superior to Uber’s previous leasing program,” said Harry Campbell, a Los Angeles driver who writes TheRideShareGuy blog. Uber e-mailed him and other drivers with details on the new lease option a couple of days ago.

Uber’s previous leasing program with Santander Consumer USA got a lot of bad feedback as an expensive plan with almost no way for drivers to cancel.

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“I don’t know a single driver who was happy with it,” Campbell said. “A lot of drivers had signed up for it and then Uber cut rates within a few months, so they felt it was a bait and switch.” Uber canceled the program this year.

Campbell thinks the new plan’s flexibility will appeal to drivers, and noted that it seems like a serious challenge to a leasing program offered by San Francisco startup Breeze. That company began a year ago in San Francisco.

Xchange Leasing terms depend on the vehicle. For instance, a 2013 Camry with a sale price of around $15,000 would lease for about $120 a week over a 36-month term, Uber said.

Difficulty in getting a car is a common problem for some potential drivers, according to Uber’s Andrew Chapin. Lacking down payments, having poor credit or having other financial problems are the most common impediments. In response, the company created its vehicle solutions program, headed by Chapin. Since late 2013, it has offered partnerships with dealers and manufacturers to help Uber drivers buy or lease vehicles. About 20,000 drivers have used the program, Uber said.

Uber’s car financing program also generated criticism that it includes subprime loans with excessively high interest rates. Chapin said no one would argue that the third of Americans considered subprime borrowers should be locked out of car purchases.

Uber is not trying to generate a profit with Xchange and the other programs, instead running them as break-even enterprises, it said.

Uber is also testing a rental plan with Flexdrive, a Cox automotive company. That pilot program in Atlanta, Dallas and Nashville offers weekly rentals, including insurance and maintenance, for about $200.

Carolyn Said is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: csaid@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @csaid

Tags: Uberinsurance
Categories: Labor News

Uber cars bashed in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare apps

Current News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 22:37

Uber cars bashed in Mexico, cabbies protest rideshare apps
http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Uber-cars-bashed-in-Mexico-cabb...
Peter Orsi, Associated Press Published 4:37 pm, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Posters of Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera portraying him as a sellout, are taped to the hood of a street taxi during a protest against the smartphone-based ride service Uber, in Mexico City, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Mexican taxi drivers' union called for a protest against unlicensed and UBER taxis working in the city. However Uber is increasingly popular among middle- and upper-class Mexicans, as they turn to what is seen as a safer, more reliable, more pleasant and cost-competitive alternative to street cabs. The message on the poster reads in Spanish; "You need to have money to live in Mexico City! If you do not have enough for a new car and parking fees, that's your problem!"
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Posters of Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera portraying him as a sellout, are taped to the hood of a street taxi during a protest against the smartphone-based ride service Uber, in Mexico City, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The Mexican taxi drivers' union called for a protest against unlicensed and UBER taxis working in the city. However Uber is increasingly popular among middle- and upper-class Mexicans, as they turn to what is seen as a safer, more reliable, more pleasant and cost-competitive alternative to street cabs. The message on the poster reads in Spanish; "You need to have money to live in Mexico City! If you do not have enough for a new car and parking fees, that's your problem!"

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A raucous crowd attacked Uber drivers and their vehicles with clubs and stones outside the Mexico City airport, the company said Wednesday, as licensed taxi drivers demonstrated to demand a "total halt" to app-based rideshare services in the capital.
Video of the incident showed people throwing eggs and flour inside the windows of vehicles, kicking doors and trying to rip off side mirrors. One man destroyed a sedan's rear window with a large rock.
"What happened is a very grave attack on everyone's freedom and right to make a living in a dignified manner," Uber said in a statement. "Incidents like this are completely unacceptable, and we trust that authorities will act so that justice is done."
The assault and the taxi drivers' demonstration outside the Colombian Embassy to proclaim solidarity with cabbies in that country and around the world are a clear signal that recently issued regulations designed to create a legal framework for Uber and the smaller Cabify have not put an end to Mexico City's simmering taxi dispute.
Uber spokeswoman Rocio Paniagua told Televisa news that between 10 and 12 cars were damaged in the attack Tuesday. Some drivers were struck, but there were no reports of serious injuries.
She said taxi cabs were used to block off the street, but those who took part were not carrying anything to identify who they were.
At Wednesday's protest, leaders of the Organized Taxi Drivers of Mexico City union denied any involvement in the "regrettable" incident. They promised to pursue only legal avenues, and said the attack was carried out by people fed up with Uber drivers parking in their neighborhood for airport pickups.
"They are decisions that the neighbors of the area made, but we have nothing to do with it," union spokesman Juan Carlos Rovira said. "We say so categorically."
Earlier this month Mexico City became the first city in Latin America to set down official regulations for smartphone-based ride services like Uber.
They call for the companies to pay 1.5 percent of fares to a fund for improving transportation; require drivers to register and submit to annual inspections; and bar them from accepting cash or establishing the equivalent of taxi stands.
Cabbies questioned whether Uber drivers may have been breaking that last rule by parking outside the airport. Paniagua said the company's drivers are not permitted to wait on airport grounds, so they stay in the surrounding streets until customers who summoned rides are in a place where they can be picked up.
Several dozen medallion-cab drivers rallied at the demonstration, setting off firecrackers. They hoisted signs calling rideshare operators "criminals" and criticizing Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera for letting them operate.
They vowed to continue pushing for the regulations to be repealed or modified until they feel there is a truly level playing field.
"These transnational applications are infiltrating different countries as an economic parasite, endangering the livelihood of thousands of taxi drivers and their families and devouring the market for the legally established service," union official Ignacio Rodriguez said.
However, Uber is increasingly popular among middle- and upper-class Mexicans as they turn to what they consider a safer, more reliable, more pleasant, convenient and cost-competitive alternative to street cabs.
In a recent poll, 80 percent of Mexico City residents surveyed gave Uber positive ratings, compared with 52 percent for medallion cabs. Just 12 percent said they backed a ban on Uber.
Francisco Rodriguez Esquivel, a 61-year-old who has been driving a cab for 15 years, said the airport attack was the "unfortunate" but unsurprising result of pent-up frustration.
"I think it's a logical consequence, that people start to get desperate because these companies continue to work and are probably even laughing at us," Rodriguez said. "The struggle continues, and it is going to continue until this gets fixed."

Tags: UBER Mexico protest
Categories: Labor News

Tunisia: Fighting terrorism and reviving the Tunisian economy

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ETUC
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UPS in Talks to Buy Coyote Logistics

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:55
Gillian Tan & Laura StevensThe Wall Street JournalJuly 29, 2015View the original piece

United Parcel Service  Inc.  is in talks to buy Coyote Logistics LLC, a provider of transportation and shipping services, according to people familiar with the matter.

UPS could pay $1.8 billion or more for the company, according to one of the people familiar with the talks. It isn’t certain the talks will result in a deal, the people said.

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Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS Pledges to Buy 46 Million Gallons of Renewable Diesel

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:51
Transport TopicsJuly 29, 2015View the original piece

UPS Inc. said it will buy 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over three years, 15 times greater than prior contracts, as the company seeks to further reduce carbon emissions. In its statement, the package company said the move will enable it to buy more than 12% of ground fuel from alternative sources within two years and become “one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world”.

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Issues: UPS
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ATU 689 Union representing DC Metro workers: Don’t ignore asbestos, WMATA

Current News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:27

ATU 689 Union representing DC Metro workers: Don’t ignore asbestos, WMATA
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2015/07/29/union-repr...
Dr. Gridlock
ATU 689 Union representing DC Metro workers: Don’t ignore asbestos, WMATA

By Faiz Siddiqui July 29 at 12:08 PM
The union representing many of Metro’s workers says the presence of asbestos in older train cars is a safety issue that must not go ignored.

David Stephen, a spokesman for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, issued a statement Wednesday following reports a day earlier that hundreds of older Metro cars contain a “small amount of asbestos.” Stephen said the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority must address issue.

“In the past, WMATA has seemed to ignore every safety issue unless it came from an [National Transportation Safety Board] directive,” Stephen said. “We hope that Metro will not wait for a tragedy or NTSB directive if further safety precaution is necessary with respect to the asbestos exposure issue.”

Reports on Tuesday highlighted that hundreds of older Metro cars contain a small amount of asbestos in the heater box behind the evaporator in each rail car. The asbestos is only in the system’s 280 remaining 1000-series cars, which date back to its opening in 1976.

The details about the asbestos came to light because Metro had issued a contract proposal seeking its removal ahead of the cars’ retirement.

A Metro spokeswoman said the material does not pose a threat to passengers or employees and that those cars are soon to be replaced. Some, however, said the presence of asbestos — which puts people at risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma — is never safe.

“Millions of passengers a year ride these subway cars, not to mention Metro employees, who likely came into much closer contact with the areas where the asbestos is and are likely at greater risk,” said Alex Formuzis, Vice President for Strategic Campaigns at the non-profit Environmental Working Group Action Fund, in a statement.

Stephen said he hopes Metro will proactively address the asbestos, and not wait until ordered to do so.

“Like all safety issues, we look to Metro to respond swiftly and effectively so that the risk to safety of our members and Metro’s riders is as small as possible,” Stephen said in the statement. “If further protection is necessary, we expect Metro to respond immediately.”

In an interview Wednesday, Stephen said that Metro’s approach to safety can be frustrating.

“Placing all of the responsibility on the employees when there are procedures that should be taken in order to ensure safety that they’re not doing, that’s the problem,” he said. “Metro embraces a culture of discipline, not a culture of safety.”

Faiz Siddiqui is a metro reporter covering transportation and local issues. He has previously contributed to NPR, The Boston Globe and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Tags: ATU 689Asbestos
Categories: Labor News

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 08:30

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: IBT 350Recology
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Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:02

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: hanging noosesracismIBT 350
Categories: Labor News

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:02

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: hanging noosesracismIBT 350
Categories: Labor News

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