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USA: Walmart hikes minimum wage, announces layoffs on same day

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Reuters
Categories: Labor News

Fiji: Political leader calls for big turn out at solidarity rally for locked out airport workers

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Fiji Times
Categories: Labor News

WorkWeek Radio 1-9-18 On Rail Safety Wrecks 1 Person Crews and KPFA Pacifica Crisis And Future

Current News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:13

WorkWeek Radio 1-9-18 On Rail Safety Wrecks 1 Person Crews and KPFA Pacifica Crisis And Future
WW1-9-18 Rail Safety Wrecks 1 Person Crews and KPFA Pacifica Crisis And Future
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww1-9-18-rail-safety-wrecks-1-pers...
WorkWeek Radio hears from speakers at a rally at the San Francisco Canadian consulate who are demanding the dropping of charges against two Canadian railway workers Tom Harding and Richard Labrie in Quebec for the death of 47 people in the town of Lac-Mégantic. The 67 car train was filled with fuel that exploded and created massive destruction and havoc. The train only had one person as a result of the corporate downsizing and deregulation by the Canadian government.
WorkWeek then interviews John Risch who is the SMART National Legislative Director of the SMART Transportation Division and works on health and safety issues in the rail industry. He discusses the systemic problems that are leading to railroad wrecks.
Next we look at the crisis at Pacifica Foundation and KPFA with Tom Vorhees who is a building of micro and full power radio stations and is on the KPFA local station board. He was also involved in establishing the independent media center in Seattle, Washington to expose the WTO and break the information blockade.
For more information
https://youtu.be/bFawXtH2C-k
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww12-26-17-campaign-for-railroad-w...
http://railroadworkersunited.org/lac-megantic/
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/505b96a8c4aa40a37a143c49/t/5814d3...
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/montreal/mma-lac-megantic-trial-jonat...
http://www.themilitant.com/2015/7905/790553.html
http://www.cbc.ca/…/lac-megantic-criminal-trial-begins-sher…
http://www.newswire.ca/…/steelworkers-local-gives-70000-to-…
https://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/headline.asp?id=39797
http://hardingdefense.org
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/steelworkers-local-gives-70000-to-r...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lac-megantic-criminal-trial-begin...
http://jordanbarab.com/confinedspace/2017/10/24/lac-megantic-trial/
For further information on the case:
Harding Defense Committee
http://hardingdefense.org
Railroad Workers United
www.railroadworkersunited.org
Production of WorkWeek Radio
workweek@kpfa.org
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio

Categories: Labor News

WorkWeek Radio 1-9-18 On Rail Safety Wrecks 1 Person Crews and KPFA Pacifica Crisis And Future

Current News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:13

WorkWeek Radio 1-9-18 On Rail Safety Wrecks 1 Person Crews and KPFA Pacifica Crisis And Future
WW1-9-18 Rail Safety Wrecks 1 Person Crews and KPFA Pacifica Crisis And Future
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww1-9-18-rail-safety-wrecks-1-pers...
WorkWeek Radio hears from speakers at a rally at the San Francisco Canadian consulate who are demanding the dropping of charges against two Canadian railway workers Tom Harding and Richard Labrie in Quebec for the death of 47 people in the town of Lac-Mégantic. The 67 car train was filled with fuel that exploded and created massive destruction and havoc. The train only had one person as a result of the corporate downsizing and deregulation by the Canadian government.
WorkWeek then interviews John Risch who is the SMART National Legislative Director of the SMART Transportation Division and works on health and safety issues in the rail industry. He discusses the systemic problems that are leading to railroad wrecks.
Next we look at the crisis at Pacifica Foundation and KPFA with Tom Vorhees who is a building of micro and full power radio stations and is on the KPFA local station board. He was also involved in establishing the independent media center in Seattle, Washington to expose the WTO and break the information blockade.
For more information
https://youtu.be/bFawXtH2C-k
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww12-26-17-campaign-for-railroad-w...
http://railroadworkersunited.org/lac-megantic/
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/505b96a8c4aa40a37a143c49/t/5814d3...
http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/montreal/mma-lac-megantic-trial-jonat...
http://www.themilitant.com/2015/7905/790553.html
http://www.cbc.ca/…/lac-megantic-criminal-trial-begins-sher…
http://www.newswire.ca/…/steelworkers-local-gives-70000-to-…
https://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/headline.asp?id=39797
http://hardingdefense.org
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/steelworkers-local-gives-70000-to-r...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/lac-megantic-criminal-trial-begin...
http://jordanbarab.com/confinedspace/2017/10/24/lac-megantic-trial/
For further information on the case:
Harding Defense Committee
http://hardingdefense.org
Railroad Workers United
www.railroadworkersunited.org
Production of WorkWeek Radio
workweek@kpfa.org
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio

Categories: Labor News

Russia: Major Russian Labor Union Disbanded by Court For Alledged Foreign Ties

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Times
Categories: Labor News

Iran: Education union leader Esmail Abdi released on furlough from Evin prison

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Education International
Categories: Labor News

Canada: 'Hold the sugar, hold the cream, Tim Hortons don't be mean,' protesters chant

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Canadian Labour Reporter
Categories: Labor News

Iran: ITF urges release of ill Iranian union leader

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITF Global Union
Categories: Labor News

USA: Fast food workers claim a victory in New York labor effort

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: NY Times
Categories: Labor News

Iran: Sugar Cane Factory Workers Launch Collective Strike

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Radio Farda
Categories: Labor News

ILWU Longshore Worker Dies at SSA Marine Terminal in San Diego

Current News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:59

LWU Longshore Worker Dies at SSA Marine Terminal in San Diego

https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/239953/longshore-worker-dies-at-m...

A longshore worker died on January 3 in a forklift accident while working at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego, California.

The worker was an employee of Stevedoring Services-America in San Diego, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“On January 3, 2018 Cal/OSHA was notified of a fatality incident at 1790 Water Street involving a worker of Stevedoring Services-America in San Diego. It has been reported that a worker was fatally injured while operating a forklift,” OSHA said in a statement to World Maritime News.

According to a spokesperson from the Port of San Diego, all the details related to the incident are yet to be determined.

“At this time, we do not know the identity of the person who died. Cal OSHA has been contacted, and the incident is under investigation,” the port spokesperson said.

OSHA added that it has six months to issue citations for violations of workplace safety and health regulations.

World Maritime News Staff

Tags: ilwuDeath on the jobslongshore death
Categories: Labor News

ILWU Longshore Worker Dies at SSA Marine Terminal in San Diego

Current News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:59

LWU Longshore Worker Dies at SSA Marine Terminal in San Diego

https://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/239953/longshore-worker-dies-at-m...

A longshore worker died on January 3 in a forklift accident while working at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego, California.

The worker was an employee of Stevedoring Services-America in San Diego, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“On January 3, 2018 Cal/OSHA was notified of a fatality incident at 1790 Water Street involving a worker of Stevedoring Services-America in San Diego. It has been reported that a worker was fatally injured while operating a forklift,” OSHA said in a statement to World Maritime News.

According to a spokesperson from the Port of San Diego, all the details related to the incident are yet to be determined.

“At this time, we do not know the identity of the person who died. Cal OSHA has been contacted, and the incident is under investigation,” the port spokesperson said.

OSHA added that it has six months to issue citations for violations of workplace safety and health regulations.

World Maritime News Staff

Tags: ilwuDeath on the jobslongshore death
Categories: Labor News

Families Of Korean MV Stellar Daisy Appeal To Get Black Box, Full Disclosure & Safety

Current News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 14:54

Families Of Korean MV Stellar Daisy Appeal To Get Black Box, Full Disclosure & Safety
by Korean Families of the Missing Crewmen of MV
Monday Jan 8th, 2018 2:52 PM
The families of the missing Korean ship MV Stellar Daisy call for finding the black box, full disclosure and proper health and safety protection for all seafarers
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Appeal From The Families Of The Korean MV Stellar Daisy For Finding the Black Box, Full Disclosure And Proper Health And Safety Protection For Seafarers
[the families of MV stellar daisy] 스텔라데이지호

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZU3OoboXnw&feature=youtu.be

Published on Jan 8, 2018
We look forward to your solidarity.

[Korean Families of the Missing Crewmen of MV Stellar Daisy]

https://stellardaisy.weebly.com/

Progressive Korea
https://www.facebook.com/Progressive-Korea-1509062576069743/

Campaign concerning the disaster of the MV Stellar Daisy, a South Korean ore carrier.-Support Needed

The South Korean ore carrier, MV Stellar Daisy, sank in the South Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Uruguay, on March 31 2017.

Two Philippine sailors were rescued, however, 22 crew members (8 Korean and 14 Philippine sailors) are still missing. We suspect they are on a life raft designed for 16 people, and there is still a chance they may be alive, due to their professional emergency training, fishing kits, and survival gear.

After the sinking of the ship, the Uruguay MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre)conducted basic search and rescue missions, but only a limited area was covered. The U.S. Navy also joined the air search, but, on four occasions. We are hopeful survivors will be found, yet we must profess profound disappointment at the assistance offered to date by all parties involved.

In addition, we are also concerned about the safety of other sailors employed by the Korean Polaris Shipping company. The maximum life of a carrier is typically 20 years, yet 17 ships in this fleet are up to 25 years old, which makes them dangerously outdated.

Working conditions on these "Floating Coffins" are horrible. The crew barely have time to eat and sleep, and the internet service on board was cut off by the company, which leaves crew members isolated from the outside world. The sinking of the MV Stellar Daisy has the first accident on the 52 converted carriers currently on the world's oceans. Unfortunately, given the conditions and their age, we fear it will not be the last.

Please help us with this difficult situation.

We call on:
The South Korean government, to uphold its duty to protect the lives of its citizens by resuming the search & rescue mission for the missing crew members as soon as possible, and to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the disaster and punish those responsible.
The U.S. government, to respect the rights of the affected families, by investigating the facts about their loved ones and disclose to the families all information, including photos and videos so far attained, especially concerning the possibility of the unaccounted life raft; first sighted by the U.S. Navy.
International organizations, to work closely to impose stricter safety regulations, to prevent future accidents occurring on these outdated carriers.
International labor unions, to collaborate in a united effort to improve overall working conditions of maritime crew.

Sincerely,
The Korean Families of the missing crewmen of the MV Stellar Daisy

*For further inquiries on this campaign, please contact us at stellardaisy2017(at)gmail.com

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https://stellardaisy.weebly.com/

Progressive Korea
https://www.facebook.com/Progressive-Korea-1509062576069743/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZU3OoboXn...

Tags: MV Stellar Daisy Sinkinghealth and safetymissing crew of ship
Categories: Labor News

Other Countries Have High-Speed Trains. We Have Deadly Accidents and Crumbling Infrastructure

Current News - Mon, 01/08/2018 - 08:49

Other Countries Have High-Speed Trains. We Have Deadly Accidents and Crumbling Infrastructure

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/43143-other-countries-have-high-speed...

Mike Ludwig
Emegency crews work at the scene of a Amtrak train derailment on December 18, 2017 in DuPont, Washington. At least six people were killed when a passenger train car plunged from the bridge. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)Emegency crews work at the scene of a Amtrak train derailment on December 18, 2017, in DuPont, Washington. (Photo: Stephen Brashear / Getty Images)

Japan's high-speed bullet train system carries 1 million riders every day and has a remarkable safety record, at least compared to passenger trains in the United States. Passengers have taken billions of rides on Japanese bullet trains since the system was established 50 years ago, but not one passenger has died due to a derailment or collision.

In the US commuters and travelers use trains less than the Japanese, but US passenger train lines have suffered five major wrecks that killed or injured passengers over the past decade, including the recent derailment of an Amtrak passenger train that killed three people and injured more than 50 others in DuPont, Washington on December 18. Among the dead were two active members of the Rail Passengers Association, a group that pushes for greater access to passenger rail services.

A "constellation of factors" contributed to this spate of deadly train accidents, including train companies' habit of cutting corners to save money and a national failure to fund railroad and transportation infrastructure, according to Railroad Workers United, a national union representing railroad workers.

President Trump has used the DuPont crash to tout an infrastructure proposal due out later this month. However, critics say Trump's plan would leave struggling state and local government on the hook for repairing crumbling roads, bridges and railroads as Congress looks for ways to pay for the GOP tax cut package that Trump signed into law last month.

US Railroads -- Underfunded and Unsafe

Railroads around the world have made significant advances in safety, efficiency and infrastructure over the past century, and passengers in Japan, Europe and beyond enjoy affordable, high-speed transportation between many major cities. This is not the case in the US, where high-speed rail service is limited in most parts of the country. Most US railroads still operate on gradients laid in the 19th century that are "full of curvature, steep grades and other impediments to safe and efficient operation," according to Railroad Workers United.

"When upgrades are made, they are often inadequately funded, leading to unsafe conditions for employees, passengers and those living trackside," the union said in a collective statement released on Wednesday. "Unless and until this nation can make a commitment to advancing modern passenger train transportation through adequate and necessary funding, we will continue to lag behind the rest of the world, and continue to suffer tragedies like the one in Dupont, WA."

The deadly derailment of Amtrak Train 501 in DuPont occurred at a sharp curve in the track that state officials have hoped to restructure as part of an effort to expand high-speed rail to the Seattle region, according to The Seattle Times. However, adequate funding for rail infrastructure projects has not surfaced in Washington State, and the Times recently called the curve "a symbol of unsteady political support in the United States for rapid-rail infrastructure."

"The tragedy in Washington State highlights what everyone already knows, that so much of America's infrastructure is teetering on the edge of disaster," said Donald Cohen, director of the public services policy group In the Public Interest, in an email to Truthout.

The government's investigation of the accident is ongoing, but an initial review by the National Transportation and Safety Board found that the conductor of the Amtrak train hit the curve at a much higher speed than he was supposed to. The accident occurred during the first day of higher-speed service on the line, and Amtrak workers and their unions have expressed concern that operators were not properly trained during nighttime trial runs prior to the change.

John Risch, the legislative director for the SMART Transportation Division, a union of engineers and train technicians, said US railroad companies "do not require training like they should" due to cost-cutting measures.

"Time and time again we have urged the railroads to allow more training trips before they go out, and they will say one or two trips is enough," Risch said in a statement. "It's a cost issue.... That's something that has been a problem."

Railroad Workers United points out that all five major train wrecks in the past decade occurred with only one trained engineer controlling the main cab of the locomotive. (There were two engineers in the cab during the DuPont crash, but only one was trained on the route, and was in the process of training the other for future runs.) The union has long advocated that two qualified engineers be present on every train, as is the case for commercial airliners, which are required to have two pilots in the cockpit.

However, train companies have pushed back on these demands, citing the costs of hiring extra workers. They have also dragged their feet on installing automated braking technology mandated by Congress after a major crash in 2008. Congress extended the deadline for installing the technology from 2015 to the end of 2018 after train operators threatened to shut down the rail system in 2015.

Railroad Workers United said the automated braking technology, known as Positive Train Control, has been around for a century and could have prevented several deadly wrecks, including the crash in DuPont. In the past, Positive Train Control protected thousands of miles of mainline train tracks, but the union said railroad companies have largely dismantled this infrastructure to save money "while government regulators turned a blind eye."

"As rank and file railroad workers, we experience day-in-and-day-out the carriers' cynical view of safety, the push for profit, the demand for increased stock prices, the budget cutting, the recklessness and the total disregard for workers' lives," the union said. "This is why Train 501 wrecked."

All Eyes on Trump's Infrastructure Proposal

This most recent railroad accident has renewed calls for federal investment in transportation and other infrastructure, including from President Trump, who released this tweet shortly after the DuPont crash:

The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly. Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 10:41 AM - Dec 18, 2017
Of course, the Trump administration has done nothing to scale back US involvement in expensive and bloody military entanglements in the Middle East, and Trump recently authorized a massive $700 billion defense budget. In contrast, the White House's 2018 budget proposed cutting programs that fund transportation services and infrastructure by $1.7 billion, including $630 million in cuts to Amtrak alone.

Trump campaigned on promises to rebuild crumbling roads, bridges, railroads and other infrastructure in the US, but his administration's first attempt at rolling out an infrastructure proposal last year failed to generate any excitement in the media or Congress.

The Trump administration's $1 trillion infrastructure blueprint released last spring only includes $200 billion in actual government spending, with the rest coming from unnamed private investors incentivized by a "mixture of loans and grants" and Trump's deregulatory agenda. Other ideas proposed in the plan include allowing more tolls on interstate highways and opening roadside rest areas to private investment.

The White House has promised to release a more detailed infrastructure proposal by the end of January. However, it's still a $1 trillion plan -- about half of what the American Society of Civil Engineers says is needed to fix the nation's infrastructure -- and preliminary reports indicate it would still only allocate $200 billion in federal spending. The remaining $800 billion would be shifted to state and local governments, forcing them to make difficult deals with private companies.

"The hard truth is that we need nothing short of a Marshall Plan level of direct federal investment in our roads, bridges, broadband, and transit and water systems," Cohen said. "What we know of Trump's infrastructure plans is that he wants to do just the opposite and put more burden on city and state governments, essentially forcing them to sell off or lease our infrastructure to Wall Street and global corporations."

Cohen and other critics say Trump should have put "America first" and rolled out a robust infrastructure funding package before signing the GOP tax bill, which gives tax breaks to the rich and adds $1.5 trillion to the federal deficit over the next 10 years. Republicans in Congress are already eyeing cuts to domestic safety net and health care programs to pay for the tax package, which largely benefits corporations and the wealthy.

Meanwhile, the deficit created by the tax package coupled with Congress's self-imposed spending limits could force deep cuts to the trust funds that support railroad workers who are laid off or miss work due to illness, according to the SMART Transportation Division. As the rash of recent rail accidents suggests, this is a workforce that is already stretched too thin.

Tags: high speed trainsinfrastructure
Categories: Labor News

Taiwan: Clashes highlight protest against labor law amendment

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 01/07/2018 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Focus Taiwan
Categories: Labor News

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