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Archive for 'Trade Unions'

Power to the Workers in Israel

If there is any hope for the Israeli Left, it does not lie with the likes of Peace Now, as well-meaning as they are. It lies with Israelis like Aliza Yadey, a 63-year-old self-described “poor” and “rightwing” day-care provider living in a crumbling apartment block outside of Tel Aviv– a labor organizer for a union [...]

Labor Day 2014

“It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.”
–Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US president
To mark Labor Day here in the US, Laura Clawson at Daily Kos Labor has a good selection of pictures documenting some key moments in the struggle for workers’ [...]

WAC-MAAN vs. Sodastream: Who’s in the right?

Back during the Scarlett Johansson/Oxfam controversy, I was rather impressed by Daniel Birnbaum’s defence of Sodastream an ethical employer, a view which seemed to be confirmed by many of the firm’s Palestinian workers who opposed calls to boycott the company. But, on the face of it, Sodastream’s mass sacking of 60 Palestinian workers seems very [...]

Sacked trade unionists get their jobs back

Recently it was reported that book store workers in New York had been fired as a direct result of their trade union activism.  The employees of Book Culture had voted in favour of union representation (they backed the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union) and promptly received the following response:
“It was indicated to me … that two [...]

In support of striking lecturers at Lambeth

Today there is a UCU day of action in support of colleagues who are striking over unfairly imposed new contracts at Lambeth College.  Here is a little background information on the case:
The dispute centres on the college’s introduction of contracts for new staff joining after 1 April 2014 which leaves them with bigger workloads, less [...]

The comedy stylings of Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and possible candidate for president in 2016, has (like a lot of politicians with higher ambitions) written a book.
Walker rose to national prominence in 2011, shortly after taking office, when he set out to cripple Wisconsin’s public sector unions, provoking an angry reaction from organized labor in the [...]

Southern labor update

The United Auto Workers union is claiming unfair interference by leading Republican officials after losing a union representation election in February at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen assembly plant.
NewsChannel 5 in Nashville reports:

United Auto Workers lawyers issued subpoenas Wednesday for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Bob Corker and key members of the Haslam administration to [...]

You strike, you settle, you get arrested

This is  a press release from Labour Start
Imagine if this happened to you:
Your union is in a dispute with your employer.  You call a strike.  The employer agrees to negotiate.  The strike ends, the workers return to work.
And then the government steps in, announces that what you have done is illegal, and arrests the [...]

Cambodian and Vietnamese workers fight back

Some years ago, I quoted hopefully from an article by Karen Tramontano of the Global Fairness Initiative:
The nation of Cambodia, which endured some of the worst tribulations of the past half-century, has managed in recent years to write at least one hopeful chapter. Cambodia has not only established itself as a competitive force in the [...]

Israel’s Histadrut wins big victories as unions elsewhere struggle to grow

Cross-posted from Eric Lee
This article appears in German in Jungle World with the headline “Per SMS zum Arbeitskampf”.
In early November, Ofer Eini announced the end of his 8-year stint as the head of Israel’s national trade union center, the Histadrut.
The end of the “Eini era” is a good moment to reflect upon some of the [...]