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May Day Message From Working People's Party Of Puerto Rico (Partido del Publo Trabajador-PTT) To ILWU Local 10 Initiated 2016 May Day Rally In San Francisco

Current News - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 20:21

May Day Message From Working People's Party Of Puerto Rico (Partido del Publo Trabajador-PTT) To ILWU Local 10 Initiated 2016 May Day Rally In San Francisco
Message from Puerto Rico
Dear Brothers and Sisters:It is with great pleasure that I send this message of solidarity on behalf of the Working People’s Party of Puerto Rico (Partido del Pueblo Trabajador-PPT), to all those congregated and marching in solidarity with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10 at the ports of the San Francisco bay area. Although we are separated by thousands of miles, land and sea, our struggles are the same. We applaud your courageous efforts in closing the ports of your city, calling attention to the situation of workers in San Francisco and all over the United States. Your call is our call: for $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to racist policing, the expansion of voters rights and quality education for all, as a human right. Since 2010, the PPT has established itself as an electoral party of social movements, dedicated to defending the rights and interests of Puerto Rico’s working class, the decolonisation of our island-nation, and the fight against neoliberal austerity. This year, our battle is two-fold. First, our electoral campaign is dedicated to challenging the two-party system that for nearly 50 years has kept our people chained to economic dependency, under schemes of unsustainable development and corrupt politics. Secondly, we reject the prescriptions that the Republican- controlled Congress has been preparing in order to solve the infamous debt crisis which beleaguers Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), currently in draft, proposes that a Washington-appointed governing board (Junta) take control over all the island’s public financial and fiscal affairs in order, to pay for an unsustainable and unjust debt that has not even been audited. It proposes that minimum wage should be reduced to below the federal standard, to $4.25 per hour for people under 25 years of age; deregulation of environmental standards; privatization of public lands and beaches and our Electric Power Authority. With not a single elected official having word on the proposed board, we denounce the plan as anti-democratic and catastrophic for the people of Puerto Rico. Today, in San Juan, we join all of our country’s trade unions, together with social movements, poor communities and environmental organizations, marching in front of Puerto Rico’s Capitol building to protest PROMESA and all austerity policies. We salute also the people of Puerto Rico who are found among your ranks, and all immigrants who were forced to leave their country in search of better job opportunities. We hope that in the labour movement of the United States, their call for social justice is heard. Finally, we appeal to the working people of the United States to join us in demanding that President Barack Obama release our political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, who has served 34 years behind bars without ever being properly accused and tried, and who’s only crime was to support the independence of his country. To this end, we wish you a very happy yet combatant International Workers’ Day with hopes that the future will see the strengthening of ties and solidarity among our labour organisations.
Abrazo solidario, Rafael Bernabe Gubernatorial Candidate for the Working People’s Party, 2016San Juan, Puerto Rico_____________________¡
Rescata la esperanza!¡Únete al Partido del Pueblo Trabajador!"¿El arte de escribir no es reducir? La verba mata sin duda la elocuencia. Hay tanto que decir, que ha de decirse en el menor número de palabras posible. Eso sí, que cada palabra lleve ala y color." -- José Martí
http://www.pueblotrabajador.com

Tags: ILWU Local 10Working People’s Party of Puerto Rico (Partido del Pueblo Trabajador-PPT)
Categories: Labor News

Korea (South): Tens of thousands of workers hold May Day rallies

Labourstart.org News - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Herald
Categories: Labor News

Egypt: Human Rights Watch: Unshackle Workers’ Right to Organize

Labourstart.org News - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Human Rights Watch
Categories: Labor News

New Jersey Transit union IBT BLET rejects deal that averted strike

Current News - Sat, 04/30/2016 - 16:48

New Jersey Transit union IBT BLET rejects deal that averted strike
http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/20160430_ap_5074db6...
Updated: APRIL 30, 2016 — 10:58 AM EDT
ULIO CORTEZ / AP
A NJ Transit train rides across a portal bridge in Kearny, N.J.
by The Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Members of a union representing some New Jersey Transit rail workers have become the first group to not ratify a new contract with the agency.

The New Jersey Transit Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen announced its decision in a statement posted Friday on its website. But a vote tally was not disclosed.

Union officials say they will now return to the bargaining table with NJ Transit, though it's not clear when that will happen.

NJ Transit declined comment on the matter, saying it had not yet received official word of the vote.

The union was part of an 11-member coalition that reached deals with the agency in March. That came about 24 hours before a strike deadline.

Each union in the coalition voted on specific contracts for their units. Eight unions have ratified their deals, while the two remaining unions planned to vote Saturday.

More than 4,000 workers overall are affected by the deals.

The unions have been working without a contract since the last one expired in mid-2011. Details of the agreements they reached have not been made public.

Once all the unions ratify their contracts, NJ Transit's Board of Directors will vote on it. Gov. Chris Christie will then have the final say on the agreement.

Approximately 105,000 people commute into New York each weekday via NJ Transit, the nation's third-largest commuter railroad.

Published: April 30, 2016 — 10:58 AM EDT

Tags: IBT BLET New Jersey Transit Workers
Categories: Labor News

Argentina: Unions flex muscle in anti-government street protest

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Reuters
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Uzbekistan: Defend human rights defenders monitoring abuses in the cotton harvest

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IUF
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Egypt: Giulio Regeni: May Day rally will raise murdered student's case

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Amnesty
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USA: May 1st: How the Idea of International Workers' Day Was Betrayed in the US

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Sputnik
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South Africa: Vavi’s May Day call: New labour federation set for weekend launch

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Daily Maverick
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United Arab Emirates: Illegal Projections on Guggenheim Protest Labor Practices in UAE

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Observer
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France: Labour law protests turn violent

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AFP
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Global: WATCH ITUC Sharan Burrow's May Day VIDEO Message

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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USA: Their Blood Cried Out from the Soil: Workers’ Memorial Day 2016

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: America Magazine
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Canada: The Origins of April 28th as IWMD

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Labour Exhibit Centre
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China: End Political Repression of Chinese Labour Rights Advocates

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Change.org
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Global: One Worker Dies Every 15 Seconds Due to Employer Negligence

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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IWW Newswire: 2016-4

IWW - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 16:01

Compiled by x344543 - April 27, 2016

The following news items are culled from various other IWW (and other) internet news portals:

May Day: The Soap Box: Other:

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Categories: Unions

Wobbles 2016-5

IWW - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 15:29

Compiled by x344543 - April 27, 2016

The following news items may be of interest to revolutionary industrial workers:

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Categories: Unions

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs

Current News - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 22:07

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs
http://techcrunch.com/2016/04/25/the-driverless-truck-is-coming-and-its-...
CRUNCH NETWORK
The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs
Posted yesterday by Ryan Petersen (@typesfast)

Ryan Petersen
CRUNCH NETWORK CONTRIBUTOR
Ryan Petersen is CEO of Flexport.

A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck.

Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren’t the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks.

Where drivers are restricted by law from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an 8-hour break, a driverless truckcan drive nearly 24 hours per day. That means the technology would effectively double the output of the U.S. transportation network at 25 percent of the cost.

And the savings become even more significant when you account for fuel efficiency gains. The optimal cruising speed from a fuel efficiency standpoint is around 45 miles per hour, whereas truckers who are paid by the mile drive much faster. Further fuel efficiencies will be had as the self-driving fleets adopt platooning technologies, like those from Peloton Technology, allowing trucks to draft behind one another in highway trains.

Trucking represents a considerable portion of the cost of all the goods we buy, so consumers everywhere will experience this change as lower prices and higher standards of living.

While the efficiency gains are too real to pass up, the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well.
In addition, once the technology is mature enough to be rolled out commercially, we will also enjoy considerable safety benefits. This year alone more people will be killed in traffic accidents involving trucks than in all domestic airline crashes in the last 45 years combined. At the same time, more truck drivers were killed on the job, 835, than workers in any other occupation in the U.S.

Even putting aside the direct safety risks, truck driving is a grueling job that young people don’t really want to do. The average age of a commercial driver is 55 (and rising every year), with projected driver shortages that will create yet more incentive to adopt driverless technology in the years to come.

While the efficiency gains are real — too real to pass up — the technology will have tremendous adverse effects as well. There are currently more than 1.6 million Americans working as truck drivers, making it the most common job in 29 states.

The loss of jobs representing 1 percent of the U.S. workforce will be a devastating blow to the economy. And the adverse consequences won’t end there. Gas stations, highway diners, rest stops, motels and other businesses catering to drivers will struggle to survive without them.

The demonstration in Europe shows that driverlesstrucking is right around the corner. The primary remaining barriers are regulatory. We still need to create on- and off-ramps so human drivers can bring trucks to the freeways where highway autopilot can take over. We may also need dedicated lanes as slow-moving driverless trucks could be a hazard for drivers. These are big projects that can only be done with the active support of government. However, regulators will be understandably reluctant to allow technology with the potential to eliminate so many jobs.

Yet the benefits from adopting it will be so huge that we can’t simply outlaw it. A 400 percent price-performance improvement in ground transportation networks will represent an incredible boost to human well-being. Where would we be if we had banned mechanized agriculture on the grounds that most Americans worked in farming when tractors and harvesters were introduced in the early 20th century?

We often discuss the displacement of jobs by artificial intelligence and robots in the abstract, as something that we’ll have to eventually tackle in the far distant future. But the recent successful demonstration of the self-driving truck shows that we can’t afford to put off the conversation on how we’re going to adapt to this new reality.

Tags: robot trucksautomation job loss
Categories: Labor News

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