Two dramatic battles, the strike among Philadelphia hospital workers and the lockout of Califoronia miners, have come to a close, with the unions claiming victory and workers voting up settlements by large margins. See more below.
Thirty thousand Chicago teachers and para-professionals are voting for new union leadership today, and the Caucus of Rank and File Educators is poised to carry its aggressive agenda into office.
Miners in Boron, California, voted Saturday on an agreement to end their 15-week lockout. The Longshore and Warehouse Union says the pact beats back most of the demands made by Rio Tinto, the world's fourth-largest mining company. Read more.
Philadelphia Hospital Workers Victorious
in Four-Week Strike
After a hard-fought, month-long strike at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, the nurses and technical/professional staff can proudly say, "We won!" They beat back concessions demanded by the hospital on union rights, wages, and working conditions. Read more.
Confronting Blame-the-Worker Safety Programs
For decades, employers have brought in work-restructuring programs that result in understaffing, work overload, long hours, job combinations-and increased stress, repetitive strain, and other injuries. But instead of rethinking their work restructuring, employers came up with a different plan: hide the injuries. Enter "behavior-based safety." Read more.
Warehousing Gets Lean and Mean
Taking a page from manufacturing, retailers are driving their vast network of warehouses and distribution centers to get "lean." Using of technology and ratcheting production standards, U.S. retailers are making warehouse jobs stressful and less safe. Read More.
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