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Barcelona Dockers Salute Solidarity Action By ILWU Local 10 & Local 34 On Boycott Of Zim Ship Piraeus

Current News - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:31

Barcelona Dockers Salute Solidarity Action By ILWU Local 10 & ILWU Local 34On Boycott Of Zim Ship Piraeus
Date: September 5, 2014 5:36:19 AM PDT
Subject: Barcelona Dockworkers Salute ILWU's Anti-Zionist Action

Tags: Barcelona DockerssolidarityLabor Boycott Of Zim LinesAttach PDF:  Barcelona Letter from Barcelona to ILWU.pdf
Categories: Labor News

Philippines tuna workers escalate dispute action with help of international delegation

ITF - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:28
Philippines tuna workers dismissed for forming a union have staged a week of action with the support of an international delegation from the ITF/IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) fisheries programme.
Categories: Union Federations

ITF applauds US DOT decision on Norwegian Air

ITF - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:51
The ITF has applauded the decision on 2 September by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to refuse Norwegian Air International (NAI) – a key offender in attempting to introduce flags of convenience (FOCs) in aviation – an exemption for a foreign air carrier permit.
Categories: Union Federations

9/8 Seattle Public Rally-Say No To Bus Cuts And Labor Concessions

Current News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 22:20

9/8 Seattle Public Rally-Say No To Bus Cuts And Labor Concessions
PUBLIC RALLY
SAY NO TO BUS CUTS AND LABOR CONCESSIONS!

MON. SEPT. 8, 12NOON – 2pm
6TH AVE. S. AND S. ROYAL BROUGHAM (by Stadium station.)

RIDERS AND TRANSIT WORKERS UNITE! Metro has already suffered $798 million in cuts. Yet more cuts are coming in September and beyond. ATU 587 members sacrificed $60 million in concessions over the 2010-13 contract. Now management wants over $100 million more in takeaways. Cuts are sacrificing the quality of Metro bus service.

STAND UP FOR SAFETY! Punishing schedules from “efficiencies,” packed buses, cuts to vehicle maintenance staff and equipment, and hiring freezes are causing stress and strain on transit workers. Illness, injury, and accident rates are up. It’s time for King County to fund bus service and quit balancing its budget on the backs of riders and workers.

STAND UP FOR SERVICE! Metro gives lip service to “customer service.” But plans to cut customer service hours in the Fall, fare hikes, bus cuts, tightented schedules, and crowded buses go against “customer service.” Meanwhile, Metro wants to drop the tool allowance for mechanics, and keep a broken “customer complaint system” on steroids. The way for Metro to support customer service is to fix the schedules, increase bus service, roll back the fare hikes, and adequately fund workforce needs. Let’s make Metro #1 again – as it was in 1992, before it became part of King County government!!

STAND UP FOR EQUITY AND RESPECT! While King County cries poverty, it gave management a 2 percent annual raise and signing bonus. Yet front-line workers, who are under the gun from soaring ridership, are being told to take a COLA freeze for 2 years out of three. Workers Compensation is also on the chopping block, even as injury rates rise. This is a slap in the face to transit workers, and the riding public.

FUND PUBLIC TRANSIT, NOT CORPORATE WELFARE! Tens of billions of dollars are reaped from our public transit system as it delivers tens of thousands of workers to their jobs on a daily basis – and frees up roads for commerce. The King County Executive, as well as state and local politicians support $8.7 billion in tax breaks for Boeing, new stadiums, and $130 million in street car expansions to benefit developers, while overseeing Metro bus cuts. Let’s demand a different set of priorities from elected officials. Public tax dollars should benefit the public!

Issued by Shop Floor 587 – a rank-&-file caucus of members of ATU 587, committed to democratic unionism and the ATU motto “Freedom through Organization. For info: shopfloor587@gmail.com

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Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) is an open, multiracial organization of labor activists formed to forge solidarity across union lines, revive the fighting spirit of labor, and promote the unionization of all workers, especially the lowest paid.
Meetings are fourth Tuesdays at Seattle Labor Temple, 2800 1st Ave. For info: www.organizedworkers.org •facebook.com/OrganizedWorkers • email OWLS@riseup.net • call 206-261-1420OWLS is an open, multiracial, multicultural group of labor activist

Tags: ATU 587Transit ServicesShop Floor 587
Categories: Labor News

Global: Globe Trade Agreements for Corporations Explained

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RadioLabour
Categories: Labor News

Video: Thousand march in annual Wilmington Labor Day parade

ILWU - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:53

Thousands of workers marched in the 35th Annual Labor Day Parade in Wilmington, CA on September 1st. CBS-LA was at the event and broadcast the following report on the parade. It includes an interview with Local 13 President Bobby Olvera, Jr.

From the CBSLA website:

WILMINGTON (CBSLA.com) — A huge crowd gathered for the 35th annual Labor Day Parade in Wilmington Monday.

Thousands of union members and their families and friends marched to Banning Park, 1331 Eubank Avenue, where a rally and barbecue was held at noon.

The event featured speakers, music and food.

Many came for the festivities and fun but organizers said there was a serious message behind the get-together, whose theme was “Stop the War on Workers.”

“The working people are in a much worse place today than we have been in decades,” Los Angeles County labor movement official Maria Elena Durazo said. “So the level of poverty is deeper. The number of people in the middle class is much, much smaller.”

But with declining membership and strong opposition to new labor laws, union leaders said they’re picking their battles carefully. They’re currently focusing on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“I think the minimum wage most definitely needs to be raised and I think that corporations need to take a vested interest in the health of their workers and their families,” ILWU Local 13 member Bobby Olvera, Jr. said.

Categories: Unions

Fast Food Strikes Hit 150 Cities

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:33

September 4, 2014: Fast Food workers are walking off the job in 150 cities today to win a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to be union members. TDU stands with them! 

The walkouts are the latest in a series of coordinated strikes that began in November 2012. Today marks the first time that the actions include nonviolent civil disobedience.

Police arrested at least 19 people outside of a McDonald’s in New York City.

In Detroit, demonstrators blocked traffic at another McDonalds.

The average pay for a food prep and service worker is $8.74 an hour, or about $18,000 a year. That's roughly $5,000 lower than the Census Bureau's poverty threshold level of $23,000 for a family of four.

Today’s protests come more than a month after the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel ruled that McDonald's is a joint employer that exerts substantial power over working conditions at its franchisees.

The ruling, if upheld, means McDonald's could be held liable for labor violations at its more than 12,000 franchisee-owned restaurants.

Click here for more information. 

Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Industrial Worker - Issue #1768, September 2014

IWW - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:54

Headlines:

  • Baltimore Jimmy John’s Workers Announce IWW Membership
  • Portland Canvass Workers Walk Off The Job, Demand Unpaid Wages
  • Work People’s College Europe: A Huge Success

Features:

  • Fighting Patriarchy In The One Big Union
  • Review: Case Studies Of Worker Self-Organization
  • John Reed’s First Labor Love: The IWW

Download a Free PDF of this issue.

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Categories: Unions

Don’t Steal From Me! More Workers Say They Are Victims Of ‘Wage Theft’

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:38
Ann BrownMadame NoireSeptember 3, 2014View the original piece

When you work overtime, you're supposed to get paid for it. And more employees are saying they aren't and they're suing.

A group of warehouse workers are set to get more than $20,000 in back pay each as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with national trucking company Schneider.

Click here to read more at Madame Noire.

Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Why is the trucking industry so resistant to new safety regulations and technologies?

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 09:26
Howard AbramsonFleet OwnerSeptember 3, 2014View the original piece

In my many years covering trucking, I’ve been surprised by the industry’s steadfastly antagonistic approach to government attempts to impose new regulations and requirements to improve safety. By and large, fleets seem to look upon safety regulations as a burden to be resisted when possible and to be grudgingly endured only when active political resistance fails.

While I accept that most fleets strive to reduce accidents and injuries—which executives understand will keep damage claims and customer complaints down -- carrier officials seem to lead with their chins. In fact, short-term savings gained by delaying safety improvements are quite costly to the industry in terms of the public’s perception of trucking and are often harmful to the financial performance of fleets.

Click here to read more at Fleet Owner.

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

SF Cabbie Runs 5 Apps at Once

Current News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 07:32

SF Cabbie Runs 5 Apps at Once
http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/09/02/sf-cabbie-runs-5-apps-at-once
Posted By Rachel Swan
@rachelswan
on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 10:43 AM

• Twitter/Thomas Purves
• The 5-app cab driver.

"Signs we have reached peak-app?" product designer and tech pundit Thomas Purves asks, tweeting an ominous photo of an SF cabbie with 5 smartphones — and a meter — affixed to his dashboard.
Evidently, this is the unsettling new normal for cabbies. While Uber has quietly discontinued its UberTaxi app, which allowed cab drivers to pick up Uber fares during their shifts, cab drivers can still take advantage of similar services like Flywheel and Curb (formerly TaxiMagic).

While these taxi-friendly apps might help level the playing field between highly regulated cab companies and their new startup competitors, they've also raised concerns about distracted driving.

"Sounds like we need a new rule to be disobeyed," Metro Cab company owner Richard Hybels suggested.

Fortunately, this driver still has some room to see the road.

Tags: Cabbiestechapps
Categories: Labor News

Railway Noise and Vibration Negatively Affects Overall Quality of Life

Railroaded's Blog - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:56

As the shipment of dangerous goods by rail increases, especially crude oil and other petroleum products, residents who live near railways are becoming more concerned about their safety, health, property values and overall quality of life. For example, North Battleford City Council in Saskatchewan, is wrestling with complaints from west side residents regarding the increasing noise and movement of hazardous goods by Canadian National Railway “at all hours of the day and night” (News-Optimist).

One North Battleford resident wrote to City Council, “The piercing horns that blow at over 100 decibels can make you jump out of your skin. The banging and screeching are often so loud that conversations are halted as words are drowned out. People who live half a block from tracks have items rattling on shelves when the trains are shunting…I, along with any other residents of the west side, don’t get a lot of sleep some nights due to the clanging, banging cars, screeching metal, hissing airbrakes and rumbling engines…Buying a home on the west side has always made good financial sense. But that was before the exponential increase in train traffic. Is it fair that people who most likely have the majority of their personal wealth invested in their homes see this wealth eroded through no fault of their own?”

Most cities like North Battleford have noise bylaws that prohibit noises that interfere with the peace and comfort of the community. However, these bylaws do not apply to CN or other railways. Railroaded has received many complaints from residents across Canada similar to those expressed above. Railway noise, particularly train horns or whistles that are blown at road crossings, can often travel several miles, especially on otherwise quiet nights.

It’s high time the federal government, which legislates the manner in which railways operate, address the growing problem of railway noise and vibration, especially at night. The health, safety, property values and overall quality of life for hundreds of thousands of residents in Canada who live near railways are negatively affected by Canada’s antiquated railway legislation.

See this link for more information on the negative impacts of railway noise.


Filed under: Canadian National Railway, Noise and vibration, shipping oil by rail
Categories: Labor News

Canadian National Railway Causing Delays to Amtrak Service

Railroaded's Blog - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:19

On August 29, Amtrak filed an amended complaint with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) seeking an investigation of Canadian National Railway for causing unacceptable delays on the Illini/Saluki service that uses the CN-owned line from Chicago to Carbondale, Illinois (PR Newswire). According to Amtrak, the action is being taken under the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, which indicates Amtrak has a statutory preference in the dispatching of intercity passenger trains before freight trains.

The amended complaint is part of an ongoing case initially filed by Amtrak in January 2012 regarding CN’s performance, which has caused a significant decrease in Amtrak’s on-time performance. Amtrak is asking the STB to investigate the causes of delay on the Illini/Saluki service, and to award damages and other relief if CN is found to have violated Amtrak’s right to preference.

Amtrak claims poor on-time performance creates a major disruption for Amtrak customers due to delayed trains and missed connections. It also negatively impacts Amtrak and state-supported services through decreased ridership, lost revenues and higher operating costs.

An online petition was started in February 2013 by Amtrak customers who asked CN Railway to please stop delaying Amtrak passenger trains. The petition reads, “By ending your delay of Amtrak passenger trains, you’ll help make the use of passenger rail in the United States more attractive and help us reduce our carbon emissions and our contribution to climate chaos.” The petition remains active.


Filed under: Canadian National Railway, U.S. Surface Transportation Board
Categories: Labor News

Nigeria: Health workers launch safety measures against Ebola

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Guardian
Categories: Labor News

Cambodia: Union Leaders Charged Over Nationwide Protests

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Daily
Categories: Labor News

Iran: IndustriALL demands release of arrested Iranian miners

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL Global Union
Categories: Labor News

Thailand: Andy Hall: Thailand trial for UK labour activist

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: BBC
Categories: Labor News

Electronic Logs Mandate: Outrage & Applause

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:19
Oliver PattonTruckinginfo.comSeptember 2, 2014View the original piece

Comments on the proposed electronic logging device mandate cover the full spectrum of reactions, from outrage and disdain at Big Brother government to applause for a sensible and long-overdue safety rule.

Most of the 2,213 comments are from individuals who do not like what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to do. Many include substantive suggestions for how to improve what the agency is proposing.

Click here to read more at Truckinginfo.com

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Global: Global labour's challenge to climate change

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Guardian
Categories: Labor News

USA: Les employés des fast-food partent en grève

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RTBF
Categories: Labor News

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