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Unions of Hyundai, Kia Stage Partial Strike to Oppose Gwangju Work Project

Unions of Hyundai, Kia Stage Partial Strike to Oppose Gwangju Work Project | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
ULSAN, Dec.6 (Korea Bizwire) — Unionized workers at Hyundai Motor and affiliated Kia Motors staged a partial strike on Thursday in …...
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What's in store for rank-and-file feds and managers in 2019?

What's in store for rank-and-file feds and managers in 2019? | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
A change in the political control of the House of Representatives could mean more leverage for federal unions and a focus on workforce policies that both sides of the aisle can support.
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‘A world without errands’: Kroger launches driverless-vehicle grocery delivery in Arizona

‘A world without errands’: Kroger launches driverless-vehicle grocery delivery in Arizona | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The grocery delivery ’bots are coming. Life-giving groceries will soon appear on Scottsdale, Arizona residents’ doorsteps conveyed by driverless vehicles, as a partnership between The Kroger Co. and Nuro gets under way. 
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Portland Airport Workers Win $15!

Portland Airport Workers Win $15! | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Passenger service assistants will earn $15 an hour, but workers continue to call on the Port of Portland to require $15 for all PDX ground service workers. For years, Gladys Hernandez has had to make tough financial decisions.
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Warehouse workers rally for better safety after bear repellent mishap at N.J. Amazon center

Warehouse workers rally for better safety after bear repellent mishap at N.J. Amazon center | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
A rally outside Amazon's Robbinsville warehouse called for improved workplace safety standards after the accident earlier this month.
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What's in UAW's six-year deal with Navistar

What's in UAW's six-year deal with Navistar | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Members of the United Auto Workers said Monday the union has approved a six-year deal with Navistar,...
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Workers union Amcu slams Sibanye for strike interdict at SA gold operations | IOL Business Report

Workers union Amcu slams Sibanye for strike interdict at SA gold operations | IOL Business Report | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) on Wednesday accused Sibanye-Stillwater of trying to interdict its protected strike.
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An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It : NPR

An Epidemic Is Killing Thousands Of Coal Miners. Regulators Could Have Stopped It : NPR | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
More than 2,000 miners in Appalachia are dying from an advanced stage of black lung. NPR and Frontline have found the government had multiple warnings and opportunities to protect them, but didn't.
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Edmonton Red Lobster workers join UFCW | Canadian Labour Reporter

Edmonton Red Lobster workers join UFCW | Canadian Labour Reporter | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
First location in Alberta to join union...
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Labor board will charge Kaiser for refusing to bargain, union says

Labor board will charge Kaiser for refusing to bargain, union says | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
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Video Game Industry Unionization: How it Will Happen –

Video Game Industry Unionization: How it Will Happen – | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Unionization isn’t a new concept in the games industry -- it’s just starting to take a sharper form.
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After Historic Union-Backed Strike, Chicago Charter School Teachers Celebrate New Contract as Win for Students

After Historic Union-Backed Strike, Chicago Charter School Teachers Celebrate New Contract as Win for Students | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
"This is a victory for every educator who sees children getting short-changed by privatization and charter operators putting their business models over the needs of our students."...
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National Grid workers keep faith, in each other - The Boston Globe

National Grid workers keep faith, in each other - The Boston Globe | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Six months into their lockout, National Grid workers are relying on each other to get by....
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Amazon announces new fulfillment centre, 600 jobs near Edmonton | IT World Canada News

Amazon announces new fulfillment centre, 600 jobs near Edmonton | IT World Canada News | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Amazon will create a new fulfillment centre just south of Edmonton that will operate a 1 million-square-foot facility and create 600 full-time jobs, the Seattle...
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US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The U.S. government is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market.
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Acero strike could spur more charter labor action in 2019, say teachers

Acero strike could spur more charter labor action in 2019, say teachers | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The first strike of charter teachers in the nation’s history reverberated across the country, grabbing the attention of the broader education community.
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Navistar officials say company turned a corner in 2018

Navistar officials say company turned a corner in 2018 | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Navistar reported fourth quarter net income of $188 million in a conference call with investors this...
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Unions Demand Firing of Amtrak President Anderson – TWU

Unions Demand Firing of Amtrak President Anderson – TWU | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TWU Contact: John Feltz, 732-567-5262 UNITE HERE Contact: Donald Boyd, 312-404-3526 TCU/IAM Contact: Jack Dinsdale, 661-204-6909 Survey Says: Amtrak Passengers Prefer Skilled, Trained Onboard Service Workers Unions Call for Firing of Chief Executive Outsourcer Richard Anderson On Monday, December 17, members of the Amtrak Service Workers Council (ASWC), comprising the Transportation Workers Union of America (TWU), UNITE HERE and Transportation Communications Union/IAM (TCU/IAM), Massachusetts State AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman, and allies gathered on the corner outside of South Station in Boston, releasing the results of a passenger survey and calling for the removal of Amtrak President Richard Anderson, better known as the Chief Executive Outsourcer. “The responses from the survey prove what we have been saying all along: Amtrak passengers prefer freshly prepared food, are more comfortable riding with onboard service workers who are trained first responders. Amtrak should recognize that the success of our national rail system is due to the hard work of our dedicated members,” said TWU International Railroad Division Director John Feltz. “President Anderson has absolutely no concept of the work that we do, nor does he care. If he thinks he can toss away trained professionals like yesterday’s trash, perhaps the same should be done with him.” Slash-and-burn CEO Anderson is hellbent on privatizing our national rail system. In June, Anderson cut full dining car service on the Lake Shore and Capitol Limited Lines. As a result of the service cuts, seven TWU chefs were furloughed. “I’ve seen first-hand how this villain has degraded passenger services and wrecked employee morale by furloughing some of our onboard chefs,” said TWU Local 1460 President Amy Griffin. “What’s happening at Amtrak is just not right. It’s not right for workers. And it’s not right for passengers, who expect quality service when they ride the train.” “We refuse to stand by and watch Anderson rip these jobs away from us,” said Donald Boyd, Secretary-Treasurer of UNITE HERE Local 43. “Our brothers and sisters have decades of dedicated service on the railroad. We will keep fighting until all careers are saved and full service to all lines is restored. United we stand.” “Amtrak workers beware. It’s game time. This guys Anderson is coming for your jobs, your careers, your livelihood,” said Jack Dinsdale, National Vice President of TCU/IAM. “We’re seeing it in Riverside with our call center right now: 500 jobs are being eliminated and lives uprooted, just so Anderson can bust the union and outsource these jobs to a low-wage, non-union facility in Florida. And with this RFI, it appears on-board service is next.” Survey Results In August, Amtrak released a Request for Information (RFI), seeking outside vendors to replace approximately 1,700 onboard food and beverage service workers. Submissions are due Jan. 19, 2019. As a response, the ASWC put out our own “RFI” in the form of a passenger survey. Between Sept. 28 and Nov. 24, 2018, 264 Amtrak passengers from across the country took the survey, which was distributed via Facebook and targeted toward users who showed an interest in Amtrak, trains and rail travel in general. The ad appeared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The survey asked respondents to say “YES” or “NO” to three statements: “When riding long-distance routes/lines, I would rather have/would prefer freshly prepared meals served in the dining car, not a packaged meal served in a box.” 98.1% said “YES” “I feel more comfortable riding Amtrak knowing that all onboard food service workers are trained first responders who know what to do in case of a medical or other emergency. I wouldn’t feel as confident riding the train knowing it was staffed by outside contractors.” 94.3% said “YES” “Amtrak’s great quality and service is due to the work of dedicated, trained employees with decades of rail service. These careers provided an entry to the middle-class. Amtrak shouldn’t be putting good quality jobs and service at risk by hiring inexperienced, likely low-paid contractors.” 94.3% said “YES” In addition to the 264 who took the survey, Amtrak riders provided 180 separate comments, most lamenting the loss of hot, freshly served meals in the dining car and calling for the ouster of President Anderson. Comments included: “They are not really concerned with customer satisfaction. If that was the primary concern, along with safety, getting rid of employees and food service and actual humans at stations to assist the customer wouldn’t be the norm. Sad. Write your congressmen and senators if they’re not in cahoots.” Francine Forester “Absolutely opposed to the current “Fresh, contemporary menu selections” on the CL and LSL. I want to see 24/7 food service on every route.” Daniel Lilly “Outsourcing will not make it better. Only cheaper…people enjoy eating on the train. They look forward to the dining car. I have enjoyed it many times in the past.” Sharon Rogers Garrard Gamble “BRING BACK HOT FOOD ON ALL LONG-DISTANCE TRAINS! No one wants a cold box lunch. Passengers can bring their own cold box lunch. Amtrak is better than that, or at least they used to be…” Jeri McGee “Stop serving plastic food it is horrible!!!!” Scott Nelson “I hate Anderson, what he’s doing is unforgivable! Get Anderson fired from Amtrak RIGHT NOW!” Brian Falzon “This guy is bound and determined to destroy passenger service in America.” Mike Hutton Next Up The ASWC is planning additional press conferences to take place in early 2019. We will not rest until all Amtrak onboard food and beverage careers are secured and full service is restored to all lines. For updates, follow us on Facebook @AmtrakServiceWorkersCouncil and on Twitter @AmtrakCouncil. Click here to view all the photos. ### The Amtrak Service Workers Council (ASWC) comprises unions representing Amtrak service workers: The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), UNITE HERE and Transportation Communications Union/IAM (TCU/IAM).
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Union urges key Dem to investigate how AT&T is using GOP tax-law savings

Union urges key Dem to investigate how AT&T is using GOP tax-law savings | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) wants likely incoming House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) to investigate how AT&T and other large companies are using the tax savings they've received from President T...
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Airport workers won predictable schedules, higher wages. Can they win affordable health care, too?

Airport workers won predictable schedules, higher wages. Can they win affordable health care, too? | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
A new labor fight will test whether airport jobs can become the kind of family-sustaining jobs that Mayor Kenney has touted.
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GM laying off 50 workers at Brownstown plant

GM laying off 50 workers at Brownstown plant | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
GM laying off 50 workers at Brownstown plant The Detroit News Published 4:48 PM EST Dec 18, 2018 The loss of General Motors Co.'s plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt will affect nearly half of the employees at the automaker's battery assembly plant in Brownstown Township. GM's Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant in Trenton is seen in this file photo from Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. David Coates, The Detroit News, file GM filed a notice with the State of Michigan this week stating it will lay off 50 at Brownstown Battery, including 37 hourly workers represented by the United Auto Workers. A total of 116 workers are currently employed at the plant. The layoffs at Brownstown, slated for Feb. 18, are expected to be permanent, GM said in its filing. Union represented workers will have the opportunity to transfer to other UAW-GM plants, but a GM spokeswoman said plans for those transfers have not been made yet. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, GM announced a sweeping workforce and manufacturing restructuring for 2019 that will include idling five plants in the U.S. and Canada and cutting some 8,000 white collar jobs. The affected workers at Brownstown worked on batteries for the Chevrolet Volt, which will stop production when GM idles the Detroit-Hamtramck plant next year. Brownstown was not part of the November plant announcements because the facility will continue operations despite losing workers. nnaughton@detroitnews.com Twitter: @NoraNaughton   Published 4:48 PM EST Dec 18, 2018
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UAW scandal means 1 year in prison for union's No. 2 in FCA unit

UAW scandal means 1 year in prison for union's No. 2 in FCA unit | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
UAW scandal sending union's ex-No. 2 in Fiat Chrysler Department to prison Detroit Free Press Published 12:26 PM EST Dec 18, 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles headquarters, located in Auburn Hills, left, and UAW headquarters. Detroit Free Press She was once the No. 2 person in the UAW's Fiat Chrysler Department, but now, Nancy Johnson will be headed to prison for using her training center credit card to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in meals, clothing and travel in what prosecutors say was a betrayal of her union brothers and sisters, much of it at the direction of her bosses. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman sentenced Johnson Tuesday in Detroit to one year and one day in prison followed by one year of supervised release, and ordered her to pay a $10,000 fine. "It's a very serious offense, corrupting a labor union," Borman said. Johnson, who dabbed her eyes repeatedly with tissues, apologized for what had happened, saying she takes responsibility for her part and offered a message for her union. "I love my organization. I love the membership, and for that, I'm truly sorry for being here," she said, noting that she hopes members can "find it in their hearts" to forgive her. Johnson said the union is putting safeguards in place because of the court proceedings that have led to seven convictions. "The membership does deserve a whole lot better than they've been getting," she said. Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press Johnson, 58, is the last person among the seven people charged and convicted to date to be sentenced in a scheme that redirected millions of dollars meant for worker training into an array of high-priced goodies for ex-company and union officials alike. The names of other ex-officials, including former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell and President Dennis Williams, have surfaced in connection with the case, but they have not been charged. Jewell's house has even been searched. Prosecutors said the actions of former officials, such as then-FCA Vice President Al Iacobelli, who helped himself to a Ferrari and $37,000 pens and has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison, "fatally compromised" the union's Fiat Chrysler Department in its role representing workers. The UAW issued a statement last week pushing back against that assertion, saying "it is confident that Ms. Johnson’s misconduct had no effect on the collective bargaining agreement between the UAW and Chrysler — which has numerous checks and balances and requires a vote by the entire membership, among other things." $40,000 on credit card Johnson's attorney, Harold Gurewitz of Detroit, sought, in a filing last week, to play down Johnson's role in contract negotiations, claiming "her participation in collective bargaining involved logistics and note taking." Prosecutors, however, have said she was part of the "national committee responsible for negotiating the terms of the collective bargaining agreements between the UAW and FCA." Johnson, who retired in 2016, charged more than $40,000 worth of travel, meals and swanky merchandise on her training center credit card. Tens of thousands of dollars in charges were at the direction of "more senior UAW officials," according to prosecutors. But other items — a $1,160 pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and the $1,700 she spent for women's golf clubs and a diva cart bag — paint a more personal picture of the wrongdoing prosecutors have been exposing since the first charges were filed in 2017. "Through her leadership skills and political savvy within the UAW, Johnson reached the highest levels of the UAW's Chrysler Department. She became enmeshed in a culture of corruption where acceptance of lavish entertainment and personal freebies, all paid for by the car company, was the rule rather than the exception," prosecutors wrote in their memo last week ahead of her sentencing. Prosecutors, citing her acceptance of responsibility and efforts to cooperate, recommended a one-year sentence. During his remarks in court, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Gardey highlighted the efforts of Fiat Chrysler executives to keep union leaders "fat, dumb and happy" and to "grease the skids," but he also noted that Johnson had fallen victim to her own greed even as he said she was being directed by higher-ups in the union to commit wrongdoing. "She went along with the criminal intentions of her bosses," Gardey told the judge. Still, in requesting and receiving a six-month delay to the start of Johnson's prison sentence, Gardey described Johnson as remorseful and someone who had tried to help right the wrongs by cooperating. He said Johnson had been "diligent, truthful and forthcoming" in her dealings with prosecutors over the last several months. "Ms. Johnson is genuinely a good person," Gardey said. Health problems In Johnson's defense and in seeking a noncustodial sentence, Gurewitz focused on her personal history and ongoing cooperation with prosecutors. He noted, in his own memo last week, that Johnson is the daughter of two hard-working UAW members and that her two adult daughters describe her as "exemplary, having served as a role model for them as a consistent fighter for improving the circumstances of hard working autoworkers and particularly to improve the status of women and African-American women within the leadership of the union." More: Feds: UAW's FCA unit 'riddled with corruption' during scandal More: Feds turn focus to UAW presidents: Did they misspend union dues? That memo, however, also noted that Johnson, whose parents both died in 2017 while she was being treated for a brain tumor, "recognizes with great remorse the profoundly negative impact her conduct in this case has on that image generally and on her preceding career and her otherwise exemplary record of personal achievements." Gurewitz noted in court that Johnson is now also dealing with tumors in each eye. Both Fiat Chrysler and the UAW have pushed back against the contention by prosecutors of a culture of corruption. Prosecutors have said the automaker sought to buy labor peace. FCA has called itself "a victim of illegal conduct by certain rogue individuals." The UAW said it took a proactive role when it learned of Johnson's actions. “When the UAW first found out that Nancy Johnson had stolen thousands of dollars from the (National Training Center), we confronted her with her misconduct and Ms. Johnson promptly resigned from the union. The UAW also provided information about Ms. Johnson’s illegal conduct to the federal prosecutors at that time," according to an email last week. Contact Eric D. Lawrence: elawrence@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter: @_ericdlawrence Published 12:26 PM EST Dec 18, 2018
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Grinnell Student Workers Boost Union Cause by Changing the Narrative

Grinnell Student Workers Boost Union Cause by Changing the Narrative | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Undergraduate students at Grinnell College in Iowa are fighting for the right to unionize but are stymied by both university control of the narrative and by President Trump’s conservative appointees to the National Labor Relations Board.
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Automakers, Unions Say Strong Currency Rules a Must in U.S.-Japan Trade Deal –

Automakers, Unions Say Strong Currency Rules a Must in U.S.-Japan Trade Deal – | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Automakers, Unions Say Strong Currency Rules a Must in U.S.-Japan Trade DealDetroit automakers and labor unions on Monday insisted that any U.S.trade deal with Japan contain strong provisions to c…...
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Nurses accuse St. Charles of unfair labor practices; Nurses allege hospital threatened them over union work, workplace staffing

Nurses accuse St. Charles of unfair labor practices; Nurses allege hospital threatened them over union work, workplace staffing | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Nurses working at St. Charles Bend have alleged that the hospital threatened them after they raised concerns about workplace staffing and participated in union activities.Last week, three local nurses filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency...
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The Rise of the Yellow Vest Movement in France

The Rise of the Yellow Vest Movement in France | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
"Yellow Vests" ("Gilets Jaune" named after roadside-safety vests) are a mass popular movement against the current establishment. It is a revolt that has been simmering in France for years. A revolt by ordinary people against the current political system…”- Pamela Anderson, Actress and Activist,...
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