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NYC TWU 100 Subway workers not thrilled about new post as ‘customer service ambassadors’

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:26

NYC TWU 100 Subway workers not thrilled about new post as ‘customer service ambassadors’
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Subway workers have expressed their concerns about the risks they see in the “customer service ambassadors” job title.
Subway workers have expressed their concerns about the risks they see in the “customer service ambassadors” job title. (KEVIN C. DOWNS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
BY
DAN RIVOLI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10:50 PM
These subway workers are not rolling out the red carpet for their new ambassador jobs.

From being attacked by angry members of the public to losing their jobs, “customer service ambassadors” are not thrilled with the risks they see the job title, and its responsibilities, presenting.

And they said so Thursday at morning and evening informational meetings in the Transport Workers Union Local 100 hall in Brooklyn. Workers attending asked about and criticized the deal the TWU struck with the MTA to bring station clerks out of their booths and onto platforms to help riders.

A one-year pilot program will put 355 ambassadors on the ground at the subway system’s busiest and tourist-heavy hubs. Ambassadors will earn an extra $1 an hour over conductor pay.

MTA, TWU Local 100 agree on deal to boost station agents

But they’re worried how safe they’ll be on open platforms when angry straphangers confront them. Frankly, the ambassadors prefer the sanctuary of their booths.

“Our quality of life is put in jeopardy,” a young station agent with four years on the job said at the evening meeting in the TWU hall.

“The extra work ain’t worth the money we’re being paid,” the agent told the Daily News.

John Ferretti, a conductor and TWU shop steward, described the ambassador pilot program as a chance for the MTA to close even more booths, saying the authority recently eliminated overnight cleaning positions to focus on rush hours.

“It’s a massive invitation to close those booths,” Ferretti said after the meeting.

Anthony Staley, a TWU shop steward, said the MTA should focus on fixing the subway, not creating the ambassador post, which copies a program in London’s transit system.

Some agents worried how safe they’ll be on open platforms when angry straphangers confront them.
Some agents worried how safe they’ll be on open platforms when angry straphangers confront them. (DAN RIVOLI/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“That’s a distraction,” Staley said. “This is New York. You can’t compare us to London.”

Union officials who brokered the deal have said station agents’ jobs are already at risk with rider-managed tap-and-go bank cards and smart phones that will replace the MetroCard by 2023, cutting down on the need for riders to go to a booth for help.

“Drive over the Henry Hudson Bridge or through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. How many toll collectors do you see?” TWU spokesman Pete Donohue said, referring to the new electronic, cashless tolling the MTA introduced. “This is about being proactive, getting ahead of technological changes and protecting union jobs into the future.”

Donohue stressed that workers contract with the MTA and the new deal for the ambassador position protects them from combining responsibilities between job titles, known as “broad-banding.”

Derick Echevarria, the TWU vice chair for station workers, said the union is avoiding layoffs that hit booth agents in the past. He said the ambassador role would be separate from conductors who work the station platforms to manage crowds moving in and out of trains.

“We have to be prepared for the future,” said Echevarria, who attended the union meeting. "Our job is strictly customer service."

The boosted pay would mean an extra $2,800 a year without overtime for station agents who become ambassadors, according to Donohue.

MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said transit employee concerns will be worked out.

“Working with our partners in labor, we’re looking forward to providing a higher, better level of customer service. Employee relations is an essential piece of the puzzle, and we’re going to work through any concerns that are raised.”

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NYC TWU 100 Subway workers not thrilled about new post as ‘customer service ambassadors’

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:26

NYC TWU 100 Subway workers not thrilled about new post as ‘customer service ambassadors’
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Subway workers have expressed their concerns about the risks they see in the “customer service ambassadors” job title.
Subway workers have expressed their concerns about the risks they see in the “customer service ambassadors” job title. (KEVIN C. DOWNS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
BY
DAN RIVOLI
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 10:50 PM
These subway workers are not rolling out the red carpet for their new ambassador jobs.

From being attacked by angry members of the public to losing their jobs, “customer service ambassadors” are not thrilled with the risks they see the job title, and its responsibilities, presenting.

And they said so Thursday at morning and evening informational meetings in the Transport Workers Union Local 100 hall in Brooklyn. Workers attending asked about and criticized the deal the TWU struck with the MTA to bring station clerks out of their booths and onto platforms to help riders.

A one-year pilot program will put 355 ambassadors on the ground at the subway system’s busiest and tourist-heavy hubs. Ambassadors will earn an extra $1 an hour over conductor pay.

MTA, TWU Local 100 agree on deal to boost station agents

But they’re worried how safe they’ll be on open platforms when angry straphangers confront them. Frankly, the ambassadors prefer the sanctuary of their booths.

“Our quality of life is put in jeopardy,” a young station agent with four years on the job said at the evening meeting in the TWU hall.

“The extra work ain’t worth the money we’re being paid,” the agent told the Daily News.

John Ferretti, a conductor and TWU shop steward, described the ambassador pilot program as a chance for the MTA to close even more booths, saying the authority recently eliminated overnight cleaning positions to focus on rush hours.

“It’s a massive invitation to close those booths,” Ferretti said after the meeting.

Anthony Staley, a TWU shop steward, said the MTA should focus on fixing the subway, not creating the ambassador post, which copies a program in London’s transit system.

Some agents worried how safe they’ll be on open platforms when angry straphangers confront them.
Some agents worried how safe they’ll be on open platforms when angry straphangers confront them. (DAN RIVOLI/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
“That’s a distraction,” Staley said. “This is New York. You can’t compare us to London.”

Union officials who brokered the deal have said station agents’ jobs are already at risk with rider-managed tap-and-go bank cards and smart phones that will replace the MetroCard by 2023, cutting down on the need for riders to go to a booth for help.

“Drive over the Henry Hudson Bridge or through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. How many toll collectors do you see?” TWU spokesman Pete Donohue said, referring to the new electronic, cashless tolling the MTA introduced. “This is about being proactive, getting ahead of technological changes and protecting union jobs into the future.”

Donohue stressed that workers contract with the MTA and the new deal for the ambassador position protects them from combining responsibilities between job titles, known as “broad-banding.”

Derick Echevarria, the TWU vice chair for station workers, said the union is avoiding layoffs that hit booth agents in the past. He said the ambassador role would be separate from conductors who work the station platforms to manage crowds moving in and out of trains.

“We have to be prepared for the future,” said Echevarria, who attended the union meeting. "Our job is strictly customer service."

The boosted pay would mean an extra $2,800 a year without overtime for station agents who become ambassadors, according to Donohue.

MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said transit employee concerns will be worked out.

“Working with our partners in labor, we’re looking forward to providing a higher, better level of customer service. Employee relations is an essential piece of the puzzle, and we’re going to work through any concerns that are raised.”

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Categories: Labor News

Presentations At Tokyo International Labor Rally Against Imperialist War, Privatization & Union Busting

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:16

11/5/17 Some Presentations At Tokyo International Labor Rally Against Imperialist War, Privatization & Union Busting

Nov. 5 Speech of Yasuhiro TANAKA (President of Doro-Chiba)

全国各地からの結集ありがとうございます。また、韓国、アメリカ、ドイツをはじめ世界各地から多くの仲間たちがかけつけて下さったことに心から感謝致します。

 Thank you to all who have gathered here today from around the country. And I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our many allies in attendance from South Korea, the US and Germany.

 私たちが「闘う労働組合の全国ネットワークをつくろう」と訴えて、初めて11月集会を開催したのは1998年でした。今日は20回目の記念すべき集会です。

Our first time organizing this November Rally event was in 1998, and we did it with the message of creating a “national network of fighting workers’ unions”. This rally is the 20th of its kind, itself a milestone worth commemorating.

 私たちは今日、民主労総を先頭とした韓国における歴史的闘い-「ロウソク革命」に応えて、日本の労働運動の現状を変革したいと念ってこの場に集まっています。日本では、30年前、国鉄分割・民営化攻撃によって一旦は解体された労働運動を再建するための悪戦苦闘が今も続いています。多くの労働運動のリーダーたちが激しい攻撃の前に変節して労働者を裏切っていきました。しかし私たちは、日本の労働者が社会を変革する力を失ったわけではないことを固く信じ、労働運動の変革めざす闘いの火を守りぬいてきました。そして今、私たちは労働者の未来を分かつ歴史の分岐点に立っています。

We’re here with the earnest ambition of responding to the historic struggle of the “Candle Revolution” in Korea, led by the KCTU, and changing the present state of the Japanese labor movement. In Japan, the harsh struggle to rebuild this movement, which was mostly broken by the division and privatization of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), 30 years ago continues today. Many leaders of the workers movement betrayed their cause in the face of these fierce attacks by capital. We, on the other hand, stubbornly believe that Japanese workers have not lost the power to change society, and we have protected the flame of the struggle which demands change in the labor movement. Now we are standing at a fork in the road of history, one that is set to divide the future of workers.

 朝鮮半島-東北アジアをめぐる戦争の危機が切迫しています。そして今日、米大統領・トランプが来日、日米戦争会談が行なわれようとしています。

The crisis of war is upon us; in the Korean Peninsula and Eastern Asia as well. What’s more, today the American President Trump is here to hold state-level conferences to advance Japanese and American war cooperation.

 安倍政権は、安保関連法(戦争法)や共謀罪制定を強行し、「2020年新憲法施行」を表明しました。そして、「国難突破」を掲げ、北朝鮮のミサイル発射を大本営発表まがいに騒ぎたてて解散・総選挙に訴えました。恐怖と憎悪を煽って憲法改悪や大軍拡を強行しようとしているのです。それはクーデターに等しい暴挙でした。その渦中では民進党が一夜にして崩壊するという驚くべき事態が起きています。しかも、その引き金を引いたのは連合・神津会長でした。戦争が社会全体を呑み込んで頭を持ち上げようとしています。

The Abe administration has forced through the establishment of the AMPO (War) and Conspiracy laws, and announced that they will enact revision of the constitution in 2020. They have propagandized the message of “overcoming a national crisis” in a similar style to announcements from the wartime Imperial Headquarters, in order to dissolve the Diet and call a snap general election. They want to gut the constitution and accelerate massive military buildup by inciting fear and hatred. These reckless actions are the equivalent of a coup d'etat. Parallel to these developments, we have seen the shocking collapse of the Democratic Party in a single night. And the person who pulled the trigger was the head of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), Rikio Kozu. War is trying to consume all of society, and raise its terrible head into the sky.

 「二度と戦争をしてはならない」「改憲を許してはならない」は、戦後日本労働運動の一貫とした最大の課題でした。その原点に帰ってすべての怒りの声を結集しなければいけないときがきたのです。

The twin slogans of “We must never wage war again” and “We must never allow revision of the constitution” represent the most important lines in the sand for the entire Japanese labor movement. We’ve reached a point where we must return to those slogans, and gather all the voices of rage of those who have seen these lines crossed.

 今こそ新自由主義攻撃、民営化攻勢、労働改悪を終わらせるために立ち上がらなければなりません。新自由主義とは、成長の余地を失った資本主義体制を延命させるために吹き荒れた激しい暴力的攻撃でした。

Now is the time to stand up and end the neo-liberal attacks, the privatization attacks, and the deterioration of labor laws. Neo-liberalism is a violent attack against our livelihoods, one brought on by a capitalist shell that has no more room for growth and must find a way to survive.

 「働き方改革」「生産性革命」「選択と集中」「社会保障制度改革」を掲げた安倍政権の攻撃が、すべてを粉砕して進む戦車のように社会を破壊しています。国鉄分割・民営化から30年、新新自由主気政策が行き着いたのは「全世代が集団懲罰にかけられている」ような社会です。

The Abe administration’s attacks on labor, which come in the form of “Work-style Reform”, a “Productivity Revolution”, “Selection and Concentration”, and “Social Security Reforms” are much like tanks that destroy everything in their path, destroying society. 30 years on from the division and privatization of the JNR, the end point of neo-liberalism is a society in which “every generation is punished collectively”.

 安倍政権は、戦後労働法制に最後の一撃を振り下ろそうとしています。その核心は「正社員ゼロ(総非正規職化)、解雇自由」社会をつくることにあります。「残業代ゼロ法」制定、「雇用契約に基づかない働き方」=労働者の個人請負化が画策されています。来年4月、「無期雇用転換」で生み出される450万人の膨大な解雇と「名ばかり正規職」は、雇用を根底から破壊する重大な攻撃です。 さらに安倍政権は、「中曽根行革」「小泉改革」に次ぐ第三次民営化=社会丸ごと民営化攻撃にのめり込んでいます。しかしそれは、ただひたすら社会を破壊するだけの絶望的な攻撃です。すべてを競争原理にかりたてていった新自由主義がもたらしたものは、労働力の再生産すら断ち切られ、生産年令人口が毎年百万人づつ減少していくという恐るべき現実でした。「社会の総崩れ」が始まろうとしているのです。

The Abe administration is trying to land the final blow on Japan’s post-war labor laws. The core goal of its offensive is a society with “zero full-time employees (mass casualization) and the freedom to fire”. Within the state’s legislation for the “Zero Overtime Pay Law” and “Work-styles Unbound by Employment Contracts”, we can see the plan to reduce workers to atomized individual contractors. The massive layoffs of 4.5 million people starting next April as the result of the state’s plans for “Indefinite Employment Transition” and the parallel casualization of Full-time employees are powerful capitalist offensives that will destroy employment from the bottom up. Beyond this, the Abe administration has plunged full-speed ahead into a third wave of privatization legislation to follow the Nakasone and Koizumi Reforms; one that will privatize our entire society. However, the result of this will simply be the wanton destruction of society itself. What neo-liberalism has achieved, with its principles of positioning everything in the prism of competition, is a terrifying reality in which even the reproduction of labor power has been severed, and the productive labor force of Japan drops by 100,000 people every year. What we are witnessing is the beginning of an overall societal collapse.

 こうした情勢のなかで、労働運動の再編が始まろうとしています。1940年の産業報国会化、1950年朝鮮侵略戦争の最中に起きた産別会議解体と総評結成、そして国鉄分割・民営化と総評解散・連合結成に継ぐ4度目のナショナルセンター再編です。それは、労働運動の変革・再生が俎上にのぼる情勢が到来していることを示すものです。

Within this background, the labor movement is starting to re-organize. This will be the fourth National Trade Union Center re-organization in Japanese history, in the wake of the integrations of unions into the Industrial Patriotic Boards in 1940, the dissolution of the Congress of Industrial Unions of Japan and the birth of Sohyo (All Japan Federation of Labor Unions) in 1950, the division and privatization of the JNR, the dissolution of Sohyo and \] the formation of the Rengo union.

 30年にわたる国鉄分割・民営化反対闘争は、戦後最大の労働運動解体攻撃との攻防であると同時に、今日まで改憲をおし止めてきた大きな力でもありました。そもそも国鉄分割・民営化は、これで「お座敷をきれいにして立派な憲法を安置する」ことが狙いだったのです。

JRでも「第3の分割・民営化」と呼ぶべき分社化・転籍、地方路線の廃線化攻撃が始まろうとしています。私たちは、国鉄1047名解雇撤回、外注化・転籍・非正規職化粉砕の旗をますます高く掲げ、反転攻勢に転ずる決意です。

The struggle against the division and privatization of the JNR over the last 30 years has been, simultaneously, an offensive/defensive struggle against the largest capitalist attack to demobilize labor in the post-war era, and also a force that managed to stop attempts to revise the constitution until today. From the beginning, the state’s aim in dividing and privatizing the railways was to “tidy up the tatami room for the enshrinement of a new constitution”. In the JR as well, we can see that plans are underway to further sub-divide the company, transfer employees and obviate rural train lines, in what we must identify as a third wave of division and privatization. We are determined ever more to refuse to side with those who would allow this to happen, and stand under the banner of solidarity with the 1,047 employees who were wrongly terminated by the JNR, and for the immediate halt of outsourcing, staff transfer and casualization.

 改憲からJR体制大再編まであらゆる攻撃が2020年を焦点として動き出しています。この3年余りが戦後史の重大な転換転になろうとしています。今日から一日一日が、われわれの手でもう一度闘う労働運動の復権を実現し、新自由主義攻勢と戦争を止めることができるのかをかけた決戦です。

All of these offensives by capital, from revising the constitution to the massive reorganization of the JR railways, are moving with the year 2020 as an objective. These 3 years are going to become the biggest transition point in post-war history. Every single day from today on will be a decisive struggle to determine whether we ourselves can once again manifest the power of a fighting labor movement, and stop the neo-liberal offensive and its war.

 人類を脅かす危機から世界を守る力は今や、労働者階級の国際連帯から生まれる以外にありません。私たちは、同じ一つの攻撃にさらされ、同じ一つの希望に向かって前進する労働者の力強い叫び声が世界中に響きわたっているのが聞こえます。国境を越えた労働者の団結で、改憲と戦争を止めよう。労働法制解体・民営化を許すな。国鉄1047名解雇撤回。沖縄、福島、三里塚、すべての怒りの声を結びつけて反動安倍政権を倒そう! 甦れ!労働組合。取り戻そう!団結。あらゆる職場に闘う労働組合を甦らせよう。

The power to protect humanity from this crisis that menaces it, still to this day can only be born from the womb of working class international solidarity. We can hear the powerful calls of workers moving forward, attacked by the same offensives, moving towards the same hopes as us, echoing around the world. Let’s stop all constitutional revision and war with a working class solidarity that goes beyond borders. Don’t allow the dismantling of labor laws and privatization. Reinstate the 1,047 workers politically incorrectly dismissed by the JNR. Bring the voices of Okinawa, Fukushima, Sanrizuka and all those with fury in their hearts to bear, and topple the reactionary Abe administration! Labor movement, revive yourself! Let’s take back solidarity! Let’s bring fighting unions back to every workplace.

Yoshimasa Nakamura,

President of Minato-Godo (Metal and Machinery Workers’ Union in Osaka) 

Today we are witnessing the 20th anniversary of the November National All-out Workers’ Rally.

When we initiated this endeavor in 1998, although it was roundly mocked as unrealistic and compared with a tiny mantis’ charge against a wheel of coach described in an ancient Chinese book.

Now, after 20 years of our direct actions in workplaces against gigantic capital JRs (Japan Railway Companies), which resulted in great achievements in the courts and other arenas, have forced even these huge corporations to face with the consequences of their miscalculation.  

The foundation of this advance is that the very unions and their fired members targeted by such assaults have forged unity and build strongholds and thus got strong support from workers all around country and abroad.

Today, we are not unrealistic tiny mantises any more. We can carry through our struggle with more and more confidence.

My union, Minato-Godo, was founded as an affiliate of Zenkin, national federation of metal workers union, under Sohyo, the trade union national center. Since that time our pivotal policy has been “solidarity of public and private sector workers and cooperation of workers of all industries in our geographical area.” Two pillars of it are struggle against militarization of the port of Osaka and support for unions with fired members.

For more than four decades, many affiliate unions of Minato-Godo have suffered harsh union busting assault from steel monopoly capital and from bankruptcy of their company as a result of it. Their companies were adjudged to be bankrupt. A decade long struggle against bankruptcy and firing became the new norm. We have, however, a union which has defended its unity of membership for 22 years under such circumstances.

During these struggles, public workers have shown great solidarity and support for us.

In regard to public sector labor movement, militant workers in Osaka fought back against blatant unfair labor practices of Toru Hashimoto, the governor of Osaka Prefecture and then mayor of Osaka City in last decade, and wrecked his union busting scheme. Even though the militant struggle against him were carried out by small minority of union members, Hashimoto did not succeed in dismantling of the Municipal Workers Union. Workers won victory after victory in their lawsuits against him.

Hashimoto initiated “Osaka Metropolis Plan” which included re-division of 24 wards of Osaka City. He was defeated, however, in its referendum. Clear majority of residents of Osaka City voted against re-divisions of the wards.

He resigned as the Osaka Major after that. However, his party, Ishin (the Osaka Restoration Association), is still the leading party in Osaka City Council and Osaka Prefectural Assembly.

Now, they are preparing to hold the second referendum for “Osaka Metropolis Plan” in October next year.

The Ishin focuses on dismantling of any and all organizations of people. Labor unions were the first target of newly made codes of Osaka City. Even organizations for regional development were demolished. Daily contacts in neighborhoods were substantially attenuated.

It was done because Ishin can’t achieve its objective if any unity of people and their organizations remains.

The first referendum wasted huge tax money of 3.6 billion Yen. Why they try to do it again?

They want to split each of 24 wards into 5 to 8 tiny municipality and thus divide workplaces of municipal workers and weaken resistance against privatization. Whole-sale casualization of workforce is the objective.

Already, front office jobs have outsourced to dispatched workers form Pasona Corporation and other temp staff companies. We encounter nowadays less and less members of the Municipal Workers Union at the front desks.

Minato-Godo is determined to fight back against Shinzo Abe’s scheme to revise the Constitution and Ishin’s “Osaka Metropolis Plan” and its division and privatization scheme and whole-sale casualization. We stick with our principle: “when supported by other workers, support them by our movement!” and “solidarity with public workers.”

We fight together with 1,047 fired rail workers and their iron will.

We are not mantises any more. Let’s fight together.

民主労総ソウル本部 連帯あいさつ

Solidarity Speech of KCTU Seoul Regional Council

Lee Jaewoong, a member of the leadership committee

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions Seoul Regional Council

政権と資本・支配階級の労働弾圧と外注化反対に対して、民主労組として拡大する闘いをしている動労千葉の同志たち、そして社会変革闘争を絶えず切り開いている日本の同志たちに熱い気持ちをこめて挨拶申し上げます。民主労総ソウル本部指導委員イジェウンです。トゥジェン(闘争)!

I would like to extend my cordial greetings to the comrades of Doro-Chiba who fight against union busting and outsourcing by the government, capital and ruling class, organizing more and more workers into a democratic rank and union, and to Japanese brothers and sisters who consistently fight to change the society. I am Lee Jaewoong, a member of the leadership committee of KCTU Seoul Regional Council. Tujaeng! (fight)!

韓国は、経済水準が世界11位と騒ぎ立てていますが、自殺率世界1位、福祉と出産率、老人の貧困率、長時間労働、労働災害率が最悪の国です。

The economy of our country is 11th largest in the world and the government is making a big thing of it. But South Korea’s suicide rate is the highest in the world. The fertility rate is one of the lowest in the world with poor social welfare, and in addition to that, the poverty rate of elderly people, long working hours, rate of work-related injuries—all these are the worst in the world.

不公正と両極化、低賃金、非正規職の量産化という略奪的賃金構造の労働現実の中で、労働者たちが労組活動する権利さえ奪われたまま、労働が徹底的に排除された国です。

In our country, workers have to work in a predatory wage structure—unfair and deep polarizing gaps, low wages, mass production of irregular workers. Having been deprived of the right of workers to engage in union activities, Korea is the country where the workers have no say.

ところで、パククネ政権は、国民たちにビジョンを提示するどころか、民間人の査察、言論弾圧、労働弾圧、話の通じない政権として過去へ回帰させながら、国家情報院、政治検察の政治体制を構築し、民衆たちを抑圧したのです。

The Park Geun-hye government did not provide the people the vision of its policy. On the contrary, it rather did oppress workers by investigating, suppressing free speech and union busting. And it shifted its political direction towards a repressive dictatorship. Park Geun-hye established the National Intelligence Service and the prosecutorial framework closely connected to the government.

このようなパククネ政権に対して、民主労総は社会的ゼネストを展開し、持続的なパククネ政権退陣闘争を展開し、反パククネ戦線を作ってきました。

The KCTU developed the social general strike against the Park Geun-hye government, which became a persistent struggle of demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye.

パククネ-チェスンシルゲートで爆発した大衆闘争の呼び水の役割を果たし、闘いをけん引した民主労総は、社会全般に対する大変化を叫びながら、民衆たちと共にパククネ退陣闘争のロウソク革命を切り開きました。

The KCTU played a pioneering role of a mass struggle exploded by the Park Geun-hye and Choi Soon-sil Scandal. We led the struggle calling for the fundamental change of society as a whole and developed the Park Geun-hye Resignation Nationwide Movement—Candlelight Revolution— with the masses.

パククネ政権の退陣闘争の本質的な原因は、この数十年にわたる新自由主義的支配秩序の中で、大衆の社会的、経済的はく奪と排除に対する怒りが爆発したものです。

The Park Geun-hye Resignation Movement arose from the pent-up anger of people under neoliberalism for these several decades. The masses’ anger against social and economic deprivation has exploded.

民主労総はロウソク革命の本質を実践するために、積弊清算、財閥解体、労組活動の 権利、労働改革などの実現はもちろん、社会全般に対する大改革闘争を闘い抜いています。

The KCTU is fighting to carry out what the Candlelight Revolution really aims to create for the future. We consistently struggle not only to realize the eradication of deep-rooted evils, the dissolution of big business chaebol (family-run conglomerates), the acquisition of workers’ right to engage in labor union activities, the reform of the labor system and so on, but also to fundamentally change the society as a whole.

労働は、文化様式であり、純粋な人間の倫理であり、統合的価値です。世の中は、第4次産業革命の時代が中心になるとはいえ、人間中心の社会では、労働は、尊重され、存続されなければならない未来の価値だと考えます。

Labor is social behavior, pure human norms and value of social integration. It is said that we are entering the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, in the human centered society, labor must be respected and exist eternally.

問題は、暴れまわる新自由主義の中では、このすべての価値が普遍的価値として尊重されないということです。

The problem is that the rampaging neoliberalism does not respect overall value of labor as universal value.

新自由主義反対の戦線を形成することであり、この新自由主義反対闘争は、あらゆる国の労働者たちの闘いによって克服することができない闘いではないという事実です。

It is important to establish a united front against neoliberalism. Workers’ anti-neoliberal struggle in every country can overcome neoliberalism.

日本の労働者、アメリカの労働者、韓国の労働者が、反新自由主義の連帯戦線のために、共に手を取り合い、新自由主義に対する抵抗の闘いを作り出して行く時、新自由主義を突破することができると思います。

When workers in Japan, the US and Korea are united together and work hand in hand to create a resisting struggle against neoliberalism, we can surely smash neoliberalism.

行動し、実践する粘り強い国際連帯として、新自由主義を打破し、労働者が主人公になる世の中を作って行きましょう。ありがとうございます。

トゥジェン(闘争)!

Let us join together to build an active and preserving international solidarity to overthrow neoliberalism and create a world in which the workers become true masters of the society.

Tujaeng!

民主労総ソウル本部指導委員 イジェウン

民主労総ソウル本部 連帯あいさつ

Solidarity Speech of KCTU Seoul Regional Council

Lee Jaewoong, a member of the leadership committee

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions Seoul Regional Council

政権と資本・支配階級の労働弾圧と外注化反対に対して、民主労組として拡大する闘いをしている動労千葉の同志たち、そして社会変革闘争を絶えず切り開いている日本の同志たちに熱い気持ちをこめて挨拶申し上げます。民主労総ソウル本部指導委員イジェウンです。トゥジェン(闘争)!

I would like to extend my cordial greetings to the comrades of Doro-Chiba who fight against union busting and outsourcing by the government, capital and ruling class, organizing more and more workers into a democratic rank and union, and to Japanese brothers and sisters who consistently fight to change the society. I am Lee Jaewoong, a member of the leadership committee of KCTU Seoul Regional Council. Tujaeng! (fight)!

韓国は、経済水準が世界11位と騒ぎ立てていますが、自殺率世界1位、福祉と出産率、老人の貧困率、長時間労働、労働災害率が最悪の国です。

The economy of our country is 11th largest in the world and the government is making a big thing of it. But South Korea’s suicide rate is the highest in the world. The fertility rate is one of the lowest in the world with poor social welfare, and in addition to that, the poverty rate of elderly people, long working hours, rate of work-related injuries—all these are the worst in the world.

不公正と両極化、低賃金、非正規職の量産化という略奪的賃金構造の労働現実の中で、労働者たちが労組活動する権利さえ奪われたまま、労働が徹底的に排除された国です。

In our country, workers have to work in a predatory wage structure—unfair and deep polarizing gaps, low wages, mass production of irregular workers. Having been deprived of the right of workers to engage in union activities, Korea is the country where the workers have no say.

ところで、パククネ政権は、国民たちにビジョンを提示するどころか、民間人の査察、言論弾圧、労働弾圧、話の通じない政権として過去へ回帰させながら、国家情報院、政治検察の政治体制を構築し、民衆たちを抑圧したのです。

The Park Geun-hye government did not provide the people the vision of its policy. On the contrary, it rather did oppress workers by investigating, suppressing free speech and union busting. And it shifted its political direction towards a repressive dictatorship. Park Geun-hye established the National Intelligence Service and the prosecutorial framework closely connected to the government.

このようなパククネ政権に対して、民主労総は社会的ゼネストを展開し、持続的なパククネ政権退陣闘争を展開し、反パククネ戦線を作ってきました。

The KCTU developed the social general strike against the Park Geun-hye government, which became a persistent struggle of demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye.

パククネ-チェスンシルゲートで爆発した大衆闘争の呼び水の役割を果たし、闘いをけん引した民主労総は、社会全般に対する大変化を叫びながら、民衆たちと共にパククネ退陣闘争のロウソク革命を切り開きました。

The KCTU played a pioneering role of a mass struggle exploded by the Park Geun-hye and Choi Soon-sil Scandal. We led the struggle calling for the fundamental change of society as a whole and developed the Park Geun-hye Resignation Nationwide Movement—Candlelight Revolution— with the masses.

パククネ政権の退陣闘争の本質的な原因は、この数十年にわたる新自由主義的支配秩序の中で、大衆の社会的、経済的はく奪と排除に対する怒りが爆発したものです。

The Park Geun-hye Resignation Movement arose from the pent-up anger of people under neoliberalism for these several decades. The masses’ anger against social and economic deprivation has exploded.

民主労総はロウソク革命の本質を実践するために、積弊清算、財閥解体、労組活動の 権利、労働改革などの実現はもちろん、社会全般に対する大改革闘争を闘い抜いています。

The KCTU is fighting to carry out what the Candlelight Revolution really aims to create for the future. We consistently struggle not only to realize the eradication of deep-rooted evils, the dissolution of big business chaebol (family-run conglomerates), the acquisition of workers’ right to engage in labor union activities, the reform of the labor system and so on, but also to fundamentally change the society as a whole.

労働は、文化様式であり、純粋な人間の倫理であり、統合的価値です。世の中は、第4次産業革命の時代が中心になるとはいえ、人間中心の社会では、労働は、尊重され、存続されなければならない未来の価値だと考えます。

Labor is social behavior, pure human norms and value of social integration. It is said that we are entering the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. However, in the human centered society, labor must be respected and exist eternally.

問題は、暴れまわる新自由主義の中では、このすべての価値が普遍的価値として尊重されないということです。

The problem is that the rampaging neoliberalism does not respect overall value of labor as universal value.

新自由主義反対の戦線を形成することであり、この新自由主義反対闘争は、あらゆる国の労働者たちの闘いによって克服することができない闘いではないという事実です。

It is important to establish a united front against neoliberalism. Workers’ anti-neoliberal struggle in every country can overcome neoliberalism.

日本の労働者、アメリカの労働者、韓国の労働者が、反新自由主義の連帯戦線のために、共に手を取り合い、新自由主義に対する抵抗の闘いを作り出して行く時、新自由主義を突破することができると思います。

When workers in Japan, the US and Korea are united together and work hand in hand to create a resisting struggle against neoliberalism, we can surely smash neoliberalism.

行動し、実践する粘り強い国際連帯として、新自由主義を打破し、労働者が主人公になる世の中を作って行きましょう。ありがとうございます。

トゥジェン(闘争)!

Let us join together to build an active and preserving international solidarity to overthrow neoliberalism and create a world in which the workers become true masters of the society.

Tujaeng!

民主労総ソウル本部指導委員 イジェウン

Grußworte an die Kundgebung (November 05.)

We are honored to speak before your assembly today. Thank you for this opportunity and thank you for your warm welcome to us, the German delegation of unionists from the GDL, Locomotive Engineers Union, and ECG, Railroad and Transport Union!

Now, being faced with a looming war in East Asia, it is important for us to join all the people in this world who are prepared to openly and resolutely oppose the warmonger Abe and Trump governments and against an imminent war in East Asia, which would wipe out entire nations with nuclear weapons of the financial industry, of capital, in order to further suppress humanity.

From our history in Germany, we know well what it means to be born and live under the constant threat of nuclear war. It was only the people in West Germany who took to the streets against nuclear missiles and war. Then in East Germany, the people took to the street against the dictatorial system of oppression. And as we see and understand today, this fight of the people must never end on the street.

This fight requires a clearly anti-capitalist alternative to the existing social system, a system of war, oppression and exploitation. It needs a clear and concrete alternative for workers in factories, for students in schools and colleges, soldiers in the barracks, in which they can participate actively and hopefully.

A warning to another visitor here in Japan. Mr. Trump, you are not welcome here! Nowhere in the world! And you, Mr. Abe, who welcome Mr. Trump, stop your preparations for war against the Korean people! Immediately!

Danketsu! Ganbaro!

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Comrades from Japan and around the world.

I bring greetings from US workers from ILWU, CWA, TWSC and and other workers who are fighting like you to protect their jobs, conditions and lives. US workers are growing angrier and angrier about what capitalism is doing to them and are looking for ways to fight back. Transit workers, public workers and unorganized workers are starting to fight back against privatization, union busting and the racist attacks that Trump and his racist thugs are pushing. Workers are beginning to rise up and demand that their unions fight back.

They want a democratic union movement where the workers run the unions instead of corporate union officials. The growing threat of dictatorship, repression and world war can only be fought by workers power and the politicians will not save us. Only working people can save themselves.
Trump is seeking to divide workers with xenophobia, racism and nationalism but more and more workers and unionists are seeing through this.

Our power is through uniting all working people in the US with our power. Our enemies are not the workers of the world but the capitalists who have no borders in their drive for profits and exploitation.
US capitalists are fearful and fully aware that this growing anger will explode and they will not be able to control a workers rebellion with no borders. Workers in the US are international from the entire world. We are linked with workers throughout the world fighting the same multi-nationals and capitalists and now communication technology is allowing us to link up with workers throughout the world to fight privatization, union busting and slave labor. This is what the capitalists really want.

They want a world without unions and for full exploitation. They want a world of militarism and war. We want a world of solidarity and internationalism. Our actions today to build our world is the only solution to our crisis and working people here and around the world have the power to make a new world.
Victory to our struggle and break free from our chains.

Steve Zeltzer

TWSC

Categories: Labor News

Presentations At Tokyo International Labor Rally Against Imperialist War, Privatization & Union Busting

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:16

Presentations At Tokyo International Labor Rally Against Imperialist War, Privatization & Union Busting

11/5/17

Nov. 5 Speech of Yasuhiro TANAKA (President of Doro-Chiba)

全国各地からの結集ありがとうございます。また、韓国、アメリカ、ドイツをはじめ世界各地から多くの仲間たちがかけつけて下さったことに心から感謝致します。

 Thank you to all who have gathered here today from around the country. And I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to our many allies in attendance from South Korea, the US and Germany.

 私たちが「闘う労働組合の全国ネットワークをつくろう」と訴えて、初めて11月集会を開催したのは1998年でした。今日は20回目の記念すべき集会です。

Our first time organizing this November Rally event was in 1998, and we did it with the message of creating a “national network of fighting workers’ unions”. This rally is the 20th of its kind, itself a milestone worth commemorating.

 私たちは今日、民主労総を先頭とした韓国における歴史的闘い-「ロウソク革命」に応えて、日本の労働運動の現状を変革したいと念ってこの場に集まっています。日本では、30年前、国鉄分割・民営化攻撃によって一旦は解体された労働運動を再建するための悪戦苦闘が今も続いています。多くの労働運動のリーダーたちが激しい攻撃の前に変節して労働者を裏切っていきました。しかし私たちは、日本の労働者が社会を変革する力を失ったわけではないことを固く信じ、労働運動の変革めざす闘いの火を守りぬいてきました。そして今、私たちは労働者の未来を分かつ歴史の分岐点に立っています。

We’re here with the earnest ambition of responding to the historic struggle of the “Candle Revolution” in Korea, led by the KCTU, and changing the present state of the Japanese labor movement. In Japan, the harsh struggle to rebuild this movement, which was mostly broken by the division and privatization of the Japanese National Railways (JNR), 30 years ago continues today. Many leaders of the workers movement betrayed their cause in the face of these fierce attacks by capital. We, on the other hand, stubbornly believe that Japanese workers have not lost the power to change society, and we have protected the flame of the struggle which demands change in the labor movement. Now we are standing at a fork in the road of history, one that is set to divide the future of workers.

 朝鮮半島-東北アジアをめぐる戦争の危機が切迫しています。そして今日、米大統領・トランプが来日、日米戦争会談が行なわれようとしています。

The crisis of war is upon us; in the Korean Peninsula and Eastern Asia as well. What’s more, today the American President Trump is here to hold state-level conferences to advance Japanese and American war cooperation.

 安倍政権は、安保関連法(戦争法)や共謀罪制定を強行し、「2020年新憲法施行」を表明しました。そして、「国難突破」を掲げ、北朝鮮のミサイル発射を大本営発表まがいに騒ぎたてて解散・総選挙に訴えました。恐怖と憎悪を煽って憲法改悪や大軍拡を強行しようとしているのです。それはクーデターに等しい暴挙でした。その渦中では民進党が一夜にして崩壊するという驚くべき事態が起きています。しかも、その引き金を引いたのは連合・神津会長でした。戦争が社会全体を呑み込んで頭を持ち上げようとしています。

The Abe administration has forced through the establishment of the AMPO (War) and Conspiracy laws, and announced that they will enact revision of the constitution in 2020. They have propagandized the message of “overcoming a national crisis” in a similar style to announcements from the wartime Imperial Headquarters, in order to dissolve the Diet and call a snap general election. They want to gut the constitution and accelerate massive military buildup by inciting fear and hatred. These reckless actions are the equivalent of a coup d'etat. Parallel to these developments, we have seen the shocking collapse of the Democratic Party in a single night. And the person who pulled the trigger was the head of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation (Rengo), Rikio Kozu. War is trying to consume all of society, and raise its terrible head into the sky.

 「二度と戦争をしてはならない」「改憲を許してはならない」は、戦後日本労働運動の一貫とした最大の課題でした。その原点に帰ってすべての怒りの声を結集しなければいけないときがきたのです。

The twin slogans of “We must never wage war again” and “We must never allow revision of the constitution” represent the most important lines in the sand for the entire Japanese labor movement. We’ve reached a point where we must return to those slogans, and gather all the voices of rage of those who have seen these lines crossed.

 今こそ新自由主義攻撃、民営化攻勢、労働改悪を終わらせるために立ち上がらなければなりません。新自由主義とは、成長の余地を失った資本主義体制を延命させるために吹き荒れた激しい暴力的攻撃でした。

Now is the time to stand up and end the neo-liberal attacks, the privatization attacks, and the deterioration of labor laws. Neo-liberalism is a violent attack against our livelihoods, one brought on by a capitalist shell that has no more room for growth and must find a way to survive.

 「働き方改革」「生産性革命」「選択と集中」「社会保障制度改革」を掲げた安倍政権の攻撃が、すべてを粉砕して進む戦車のように社会を破壊しています。国鉄分割・民営化から30年、新新自由主気政策が行き着いたのは「全世代が集団懲罰にかけられている」ような社会です。

The Abe administration’s attacks on labor, which come in the form of “Work-style Reform”, a “Productivity Revolution”, “Selection and Concentration”, and “Social Security Reforms” are much like tanks that destroy everything in their path, destroying society. 30 years on from the division and privatization of the JNR, the end point of neo-liberalism is a society in which “every generation is punished collectively”.

 安倍政権は、戦後労働法制に最後の一撃を振り下ろそうとしています。その核心は「正社員ゼロ(総非正規職化)、解雇自由」社会をつくることにあります。「残業代ゼロ法」制定、「雇用契約に基づかない働き方」=労働者の個人請負化が画策されています。来年4月、「無期雇用転換」で生み出される450万人の膨大な解雇と「名ばかり正規職」は、雇用を根底から破壊する重大な攻撃です。 さらに安倍政権は、「中曽根行革」「小泉改革」に次ぐ第三次民営化=社会丸ごと民営化攻撃にのめり込んでいます。しかしそれは、ただひたすら社会を破壊するだけの絶望的な攻撃です。すべてを競争原理にかりたてていった新自由主義がもたらしたものは、労働力の再生産すら断ち切られ、生産年令人口が毎年百万人づつ減少していくという恐るべき現実でした。「社会の総崩れ」が始まろうとしているのです。

The Abe administration is trying to land the final blow on Japan’s post-war labor laws. The core goal of its offensive is a society with “zero full-time employees (mass casualization) and the freedom to fire”. Within the state’s legislation for the “Zero Overtime Pay Law” and “Work-styles Unbound by Employment Contracts”, we can see the plan to reduce workers to atomized individual contractors. The massive layoffs of 4.5 million people starting next April as the result of the state’s plans for “Indefinite Employment Transition” and the parallel casualization of Full-time employees are powerful capitalist offensives that will destroy employment from the bottom up. Beyond this, the Abe administration has plunged full-speed ahead into a third wave of privatization legislation to follow the Nakasone and Koizumi Reforms; one that will privatize our entire society. However, the result of this will simply be the wanton destruction of society itself. What neo-liberalism has achieved, with its principles of positioning everything in the prism of competition, is a terrifying reality in which even the reproduction of labor power has been severed, and the productive labor force of Japan drops by 100,000 people every year. What we are witnessing is the beginning of an overall societal collapse.

 こうした情勢のなかで、労働運動の再編が始まろうとしています。1940年の産業報国会化、1950年朝鮮侵略戦争の最中に起きた産別会議解体と総評結成、そして国鉄分割・民営化と総評解散・連合結成に継ぐ4度目のナショナルセンター再編です。それは、労働運動の変革・再生が俎上にのぼる情勢が到来していることを示すものです。

Within this background, the labor movement is starting to re-organize. This will be the fourth National Trade Union Center re-organization in Japanese history, in the wake of the integrations of unions into the Industrial Patriotic Boards in 1940, the dissolution of the Congress of Industrial Unions of Japan and the birth of Sohyo (All Japan Federation of Labor Unions) in 1950, the division and privatization of the JNR, the dissolution of Sohyo and \] the formation of the Rengo union.

 30年にわたる国鉄分割・民営化反対闘争は、戦後最大の労働運動解体攻撃との攻防であると同時に、今日まで改憲をおし止めてきた大きな力でもありました。そもそも国鉄分割・民営化は、これで「お座敷をきれいにして立派な憲法を安置する」ことが狙いだったのです。

JRでも「第3の分割・民営化」と呼ぶべき分社化・転籍、地方路線の廃線化攻撃が始まろうとしています。私たちは、国鉄1047名解雇撤回、外注化・転籍・非正規職化粉砕の旗をますます高く掲げ、反転攻勢に転ずる決意です。

The struggle against the division and privatization of the JNR over the last 30 years has been, simultaneously, an offensive/defensive struggle against the largest capitalist attack to demobilize labor in the post-war era, and also a force that managed to stop attempts to revise the constitution until today. From the beginning, the state’s aim in dividing and privatizing the railways was to “tidy up the tatami room for the enshrinement of a new constitution”. In the JR as well, we can see that plans are underway to further sub-divide the company, transfer employees and obviate rural train lines, in what we must identify as a third wave of division and privatization. We are determined ever more to refuse to side with those who would allow this to happen, and stand under the banner of solidarity with the 1,047 employees who were wrongly terminated by the JNR, and for the immediate halt of outsourcing, staff transfer and casualization.

 改憲からJR体制大再編まであらゆる攻撃が2020年を焦点として動き出しています。この3年余りが戦後史の重大な転換転になろうとしています。今日から一日一日が、われわれの手でもう一度闘う労働運動の復権を実現し、新自由主義攻勢と戦争を止めることができるのかをかけた決戦です。

All of these offensives by capital, from revising the constitution to the massive reorganization of the JR railways, are moving with the year 2020 as an objective. These 3 years are going to become the biggest transition point in post-war history. Every single day from today on will be a decisive struggle to determine whether we ourselves can once again manifest the power of a fighting labor movement, and stop the neo-liberal offensive and its war.

 人類を脅かす危機から世界を守る力は今や、労働者階級の国際連帯から生まれる以外にありません。私たちは、同じ一つの攻撃にさらされ、同じ一つの希望に向かって前進する労働者の力強い叫び声が世界中に響きわたっているのが聞こえます。国境を越えた労働者の団結で、改憲と戦争を止めよう。労働法制解体・民営化を許すな。国鉄1047名解雇撤回。沖縄、福島、三里塚、すべての怒りの声を結びつけて反動安倍政権を倒そう! 甦れ!労働組合。取り戻そう!団結。あらゆる職場に闘う労働組合を甦らせよう。

The power to protect humanity from this crisis that menaces it, still to this day can only be born from the womb of working class international solidarity. We can hear the powerful calls of workers moving forward, attacked by the same offensives, moving towards the same hopes as us, echoing around the world. Let’s stop all constitutional revision and war with a working class solidarity that goes beyond borders. Don’t allow the dismantling of labor laws and privatization. Reinstate the 1,047 workers politically incorrectly dismissed by the JNR. Bring the voices of Okinawa, Fukushima, Sanrizuka and all those with fury in their hearts to bear, and topple the reactionary Abe administration! Labor movement, revive yourself! Let’s take back solidarity! Let’s bring fighting unions back to every workplace.

Yoshimasa Nakamura,

President of Minato-Godo (Metal and Machinery Workers’ Union in Osaka) 

Today we are witnessing the 20th anniversary of the November National All-out Workers’ Rally.

When we initiated this endeavor in 1998, although it was roundly mocked as unrealistic and compared with a tiny mantis’ charge against a wheel of coach described in an ancient Chinese book.

Now, after 20 years of our direct actions in workplaces against gigantic capital JRs (Japan Railway Companies), which resulted in great achievements in the courts and other arenas, have forced even these huge corporations to face with the consequences of their miscalculation.  

The foundation of this advance is that the very unions and their fired members targeted by such assaults have forged unity and build strongholds and thus got strong support from workers all around country and abroad.

Today, we are not unrealistic tiny mantises any more. We can carry through our struggle with more and more confidence.

My union, Minato-Godo, was founded as an affiliate of Zenkin, national federation of metal workers union, under Sohyo, the trade union national center. Since that time our pivotal policy has been “solidarity of public and private sector workers and cooperation of workers of all industries in our geographical area.” Two pillars of it are struggle against militarization of the port of Osaka and support for unions with fired members.

For more than four decades, many affiliate unions of Minato-Godo have suffered harsh union busting assault from steel monopoly capital and from bankruptcy of their company as a result of it. Their companies were adjudged to be bankrupt. A decade long struggle against bankruptcy and firing became the new norm. We have, however, a union which has defended its unity of membership for 22 years under such circumstances.

During these struggles, public workers have shown great solidarity and support for us.

In regard to public sector labor movement, militant workers in Osaka fought back against blatant unfair labor practices of Toru Hashimoto, the governor of Osaka Prefecture and then mayor of Osaka City in last decade, and wrecked his union busting scheme. Even though the militant struggle against him were carried out by small minority of union members, Hashimoto did not succeed in dismantling of the Municipal Workers Union. Workers won victory after victory in their lawsuits against him.

Hashimoto initiated “Osaka Metropolis Plan” which included re-division of 24 wards of Osaka City. He was defeated, however, in its referendum. Clear majority of residents of Osaka City voted against re-divisions of the wards.

He resigned as the Osaka Major after that. However, his party, Ishin (the Osaka Restoration Association), is still the leading party in Osaka City Council and Osaka Prefectural Assembly.

Now, they are preparing to hold the second referendum for “Osaka Metropolis Plan” in October next year.

The Ishin focuses on dismantling of any and all organizations of people. Labor unions were the first target of newly made codes of Osaka City. Even organizations for regional development were demolished. Daily contacts in neighborhoods were substantially attenuated.

It was done because Ishin can’t achieve its objective if any unity of people and their organizations remains.

The first referendum wasted huge tax money of 3.6 billion Yen. Why they try to do it again?

They want to split each of 24 wards into 5 to 8 tiny municipality and thus divide workplaces of municipal workers and weaken resistance against privatization. Whole-sale casualization of workforce is the objective.

Already, front office jobs have outsourced to dispatched workers form Pasona Corporation and other temp staff companies. We encounter nowadays less and less members of the Municipal Workers Union at the front desks.

Minato-Godo is determined to fight back against Shinzo Abe’s scheme to revise the Constitution and Ishin’s “Osaka Metropolis Plan” and its division and privatization scheme and whole-sale casualization. We stick with our principle: “when supported by other workers, support them by our movement!” and “solidarity with public workers.”

We fight together with 1,047 fired rail workers and their iron will.

We are not mantises any more. Let’s fight together.

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4 ILWU Local 10 Oakland dockworkers allege racially hostile environment at 3 companies

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:55

4 ILWU Local 10 Oakland dockworkers allege racially hostile environment at 3 companies
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/4-Oakland-dockworkers-allege-racia...
By Annie Ma Published 7:21 pm, Monday, October 30, 2017

Four dockworkers at the Port of Oakland are suing three companies that employ them for allegedly supporting a racially hostile work environment after racial epithets, nooses and Confederate flags reported in the workplace went unaddressed.
The suit, filed on Sept. 1 in Alameda County Superior Court, names the Pacific Maritime Association and the affiliated Stevedoring Services of America and SSA Terminals LLC, both of which are overseen by Pacific Maritime Association.
The alleged incidents of harassment and intimidation listed in the suit include nooses hung around the docks, signs that included racial epithets and Confederate flags put up by other company employees.
Immediately after the 2016 election, Keith Hamilton, a plaintiff, witnessed three white men driving a labeled company-owned vehicle around the docks, waving a Confederate flag and saying “Screw you, we got our man (Trump).”
The other three plaintiffs — Rickie Cox, John Hughes and Devin Thompson — witnessed various cases of hangman’s nooses and racially charged vandalism at the work site. All four plaintiffs are black men.
Hughes also alleges that when he reported a confrontation in which a foreman called him a racial epithet, Pacific Maritime Association scheduled a meeting to hear his complaint but did not notify him of the time and date. The foreman was not disciplined, according to the suit.
The suit also alleges that SSA refused to provide video footage of racially charged confrontations between black and white workers on the grounds that the cameras had not recorded, though video footage requested for other reasons such as workplace accidents was readily provided.
Angela Alioto, the attorney representing the workers, said that the incident with the truck in particular made her clients fear for their physical safety.
“I honestly believe that the election of Trump has unleashed people who have previously hidden this animus,” Alioto said. “It’s emboldened them to be racist and there are many good examples of that.”
The plaintiffs are requesting a jury trial and compensatory damages, according to the suit.
Annie Ma is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: ama@sfchronicle.com

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4 ILWU Local 10 Oakland dockworkers allege racially hostile environment at 3 companies

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 13:55

4 ILWU Local 10 Oakland dockworkers allege racially hostile environment at 3 companies
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/4-Oakland-dockworkers-allege-racia...
By Annie Ma Published 7:21 pm, Monday, October 30, 2017

Four dockworkers at the Port of Oakland are suing three companies that employ them for allegedly supporting a racially hostile work environment after racial epithets, nooses and Confederate flags reported in the workplace went unaddressed.
The suit, filed on Sept. 1 in Alameda County Superior Court, names the Pacific Maritime Association and the affiliated Stevedoring Services of America and SSA Terminals LLC, both of which are overseen by Pacific Maritime Association.
The alleged incidents of harassment and intimidation listed in the suit include nooses hung around the docks, signs that included racial epithets and Confederate flags put up by other company employees.
Immediately after the 2016 election, Keith Hamilton, a plaintiff, witnessed three white men driving a labeled company-owned vehicle around the docks, waving a Confederate flag and saying “Screw you, we got our man (Trump).”
The other three plaintiffs — Rickie Cox, John Hughes and Devin Thompson — witnessed various cases of hangman’s nooses and racially charged vandalism at the work site. All four plaintiffs are black men.
Hughes also alleges that when he reported a confrontation in which a foreman called him a racial epithet, Pacific Maritime Association scheduled a meeting to hear his complaint but did not notify him of the time and date. The foreman was not disciplined, according to the suit.
The suit also alleges that SSA refused to provide video footage of racially charged confrontations between black and white workers on the grounds that the cameras had not recorded, though video footage requested for other reasons such as workplace accidents was readily provided.
Angela Alioto, the attorney representing the workers, said that the incident with the truck in particular made her clients fear for their physical safety.
“I honestly believe that the election of Trump has unleashed people who have previously hidden this animus,” Alioto said. “It’s emboldened them to be racist and there are many good examples of that.”
The plaintiffs are requesting a jury trial and compensatory damages, according to the suit.
Annie Ma is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: ama@sfchronicle.com

Tags: ILWU Local 10racismdiscriminationTrumphanging noose
Categories: Labor News

SF TWU 250a Drivers claim every new woman running in Muni union election was disqualified

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:32

SF TWU 250a Drivers claim every new woman running in Muni union election was disqualified

http://www.sfexaminer.com/drivers-claim-every-woman-running-muni-union-p...

Willa Johnson stands in a cable car on Powell St. in San Francsico on Nov. 8, 2017. (Daniel Kim/Special to S.F. Examiner)
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on November 9, 2017 1:00 am

Willa Johnson isn’t new to breaking glass ceilings — for about 10 years she’s served as San Francisco’s second-ever woman “grip” on a cable car.

It’s a tough job regarded for decades by Muni operators as a man’s job, one that requires the physical strength, concentration and tenacity to pull the stiff levers that grip a cable car’s cables and yank it up San Francisco’s steepest hills.

Now, Johnson is trying to break another glass ceiling by becoming the first-ever woman president of Muni’s operator union, the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, and represent her 2,000-plus fellow members.

But Johnson and the four other women running for leadership positions at the TWU in the upcoming December election have been disqualified from running, which they allege is discrimination perpetrated by their union.

President Eric D. Williams, who presided during the controversial 2014 “sick out” that saw more than 700 Muni operators call in sick to work during contract negotiations with The City and crippled Muni service, is termed out as president in December. Four operators are now running: Rafael Cabrera, Roger Marenco, Andrew Simmons and DeJohn Williams.

Chairperson and union seats at Muni yards across The City are also up for elections, who help operators deal with grievances and management. None of the new candidates are women — and only two incumbents out of 28 available positions are women.

“I’m not wavering,” Johnson said.

She contacted the TWU International to allege discrimination against the would-be women leaders, as well as some fellow male members who also wished to run, who she said were also disqualified as candidates for allegedly dubious reasons.

“We love our union,” said LaCrecia Logan, a 20-year Muni operator who is running for the chair position of Muni’s Woods Division, a vehicle yard. “We just want to be treated fairly.”

LaCrecia Logan stands in front of a Muni bus on Market St. in San Francsico on Nov. 8, 2017. (Daniel Kim/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Karl Cato, chairman of the election committee for TWU Local 250-A, said in a statement to the San Francisco Examiner, “We are conducting the 2017 General Election in accordance with the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO International Constitution.”

Cato wrote that operators running for election needed to be in “good standing” by paying union dues for a period of 12 consecutive months, and attend at least 50 percent of membership meetings. He declined to answer any questions.

But Johnson, Logan and another operator running for office, Loree Woods-Bowman, contest they meet all the criteria. Johnson was out of work for a car accident for several months, she said, but was allowed to pay her dues once she came back to work by the union.

She showed the Examiner documentation from Cato clearing her to run for another office, as a delegate, despite the payment snafu from her car accident, which she says calls into question her disqualification for president.

Logan said the female candidates want to highlight issues for all operators, but particularly women and single mothers at Muni, who struggle under workplace rules — including a lack of bathroom breaks — that harm them in particular.

Johnson isn’t deterred by her union’s alleged discrimination.

“Women are born leaders,” she said.

Tags: TWU 250Adiscriminationwomen workersunion elections
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SF TWU 250a Drivers claim every new woman running in Muni union election was disqualified

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:32

SF TWU 250a Drivers claim every new woman running in Muni union election was disqualified

http://www.sfexaminer.com/drivers-claim-every-woman-running-muni-union-p...

Willa Johnson stands in a cable car on Powell St. in San Francsico on Nov. 8, 2017. (Daniel Kim/Special to S.F. Examiner)
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on November 9, 2017 1:00 am

Willa Johnson isn’t new to breaking glass ceilings — for about 10 years she’s served as San Francisco’s second-ever woman “grip” on a cable car.

It’s a tough job regarded for decades by Muni operators as a man’s job, one that requires the physical strength, concentration and tenacity to pull the stiff levers that grip a cable car’s cables and yank it up San Francisco’s steepest hills.

Now, Johnson is trying to break another glass ceiling by becoming the first-ever woman president of Muni’s operator union, the Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, and represent her 2,000-plus fellow members.

But Johnson and the four other women running for leadership positions at the TWU in the upcoming December election have been disqualified from running, which they allege is discrimination perpetrated by their union.

President Eric D. Williams, who presided during the controversial 2014 “sick out” that saw more than 700 Muni operators call in sick to work during contract negotiations with The City and crippled Muni service, is termed out as president in December. Four operators are now running: Rafael Cabrera, Roger Marenco, Andrew Simmons and DeJohn Williams.

Chairperson and union seats at Muni yards across The City are also up for elections, who help operators deal with grievances and management. None of the new candidates are women — and only two incumbents out of 28 available positions are women.

“I’m not wavering,” Johnson said.

She contacted the TWU International to allege discrimination against the would-be women leaders, as well as some fellow male members who also wished to run, who she said were also disqualified as candidates for allegedly dubious reasons.

“We love our union,” said LaCrecia Logan, a 20-year Muni operator who is running for the chair position of Muni’s Woods Division, a vehicle yard. “We just want to be treated fairly.”

LaCrecia Logan stands in front of a Muni bus on Market St. in San Francsico on Nov. 8, 2017. (Daniel Kim/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Karl Cato, chairman of the election committee for TWU Local 250-A, said in a statement to the San Francisco Examiner, “We are conducting the 2017 General Election in accordance with the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO International Constitution.”

Cato wrote that operators running for election needed to be in “good standing” by paying union dues for a period of 12 consecutive months, and attend at least 50 percent of membership meetings. He declined to answer any questions.

But Johnson, Logan and another operator running for office, Loree Woods-Bowman, contest they meet all the criteria. Johnson was out of work for a car accident for several months, she said, but was allowed to pay her dues once she came back to work by the union.

She showed the Examiner documentation from Cato clearing her to run for another office, as a delegate, despite the payment snafu from her car accident, which she says calls into question her disqualification for president.

Logan said the female candidates want to highlight issues for all operators, but particularly women and single mothers at Muni, who struggle under workplace rules — including a lack of bathroom breaks — that harm them in particular.

Johnson isn’t deterred by her union’s alleged discrimination.

“Women are born leaders,” she said.

Tags: TWU 250Adiscriminationwomen workersunion elections
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UK RMT Rail workers to walk out for 48 hours this week

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:24

UK RMT Rail workers to walk out for 48 hours this week
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/07/rail-workers-to-walk-out...
RMT members to strike on Wednesday and Thursday, with South Western Railway affected for first time
South Western Railway
South Western Railway is affected by the dispute over the future of guards on trains for the first time. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
Gwyn Topham
@GwynTopham
Tuesday 7 November 2017 17.55 GMT
Rail strikes over the future of guards on trains will disrupt services across the country on Wednesday and Thursday, with one of Britain’s busiest commuter franchises, South Western Railway, affected for the first time.

Members of the RMT union will walk out for 48 hours on South Western, Greater Anglia and Southern trains, while Merseyrail and Northern will see strikes only on Wednesday as a row over guards that started on the Southern route last yearripples around the UK.

Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, has accused the RMT union of lying over the reasons for the action, while Labour has informed train operators it would halt any plans to remove guards.

Writing in the Evening Standard, Grayling accused the RMT of “calling political strikes over things that aren’t actually happening”. He said: “It’s difficult not to see the threat from Sean Hoyle, president of the RMT, to have a ‘quasi-national rail strike just like 1911 all over again’ to ‘bring down this working class hating Tory government’ as the real reason for the action.”

But the RMT warned that the possibility of driver-only trains on South Western would discriminate against older and disabled passengers, with around 70% of the stations on the network left unstaffed. Mick Cash, the general secretary, said: “We have already had concerns raised with us that de-staffing trains will increase the risk of crime and antisocial behaviour.

“Now we know that 140 – or seven out of 10 – of South Western’s stations are unstaffed … Protection for disabled and older people will be ripped up as there will no longer be the guarantee of a guard and instead the profits of the company will take priority over the needs of the most vulnerable in our society.”

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South Western, like Northern and Greater Anglia, has said it has no plans to remove guards – but the RMT says the firms will not provide guarantees, while new trains entering service could be operated by a driver alone. Southern has rebranded guards as onboard supervisors and downgraded their safety role.

Labour has written to the rail operators facing strikes this week to tell them that the party would stop plans to remove more guards from trains if it wins power. The shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald, said in a letter that guards are “vital” for safety and to ensure accessibility for passengers who need assistance. He wrote: “I also wish to advise you that an incoming Labour government will stop plans for any future roll-out of driver-only operation across the rail industry. We will examine the full range of options to realise this objective.”

Services on South Western have been disrupted already this week due to a series of problems, including the partial derailment of a train at Wimbledon on Monday. The RMT pointed to the incident as underlining the importance of guards. Cash added: “These strikes are about rail safety and accessibility pure and simple. It was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation.”

South Western, which operates into Britain’s busiest railway station, London Waterloo, expects to run around 60% of its normal train service during the strike. It has warned passengers to expect much more crowded trains, while rail replacement buses will operate in parts of the network.

Greater Anglia and Southern are expecting to run a near-normal service, although Southern anticipates worse crowding than usual on routes near South Western stations. Merseyrail and Northern will cancel early morning and evening services, but intend to run most trains between 7am and 7pm.

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UK RMT Rail workers to walk out for 48 hours this week

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:24

UK RMT Rail workers to walk out for 48 hours this week
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/07/rail-workers-to-walk-out...
RMT members to strike on Wednesday and Thursday, with South Western Railway affected for first time
South Western Railway
South Western Railway is affected by the dispute over the future of guards on trains for the first time. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
Gwyn Topham
@GwynTopham
Tuesday 7 November 2017 17.55 GMT
Rail strikes over the future of guards on trains will disrupt services across the country on Wednesday and Thursday, with one of Britain’s busiest commuter franchises, South Western Railway, affected for the first time.

Members of the RMT union will walk out for 48 hours on South Western, Greater Anglia and Southern trains, while Merseyrail and Northern will see strikes only on Wednesday as a row over guards that started on the Southern route last yearripples around the UK.

Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, has accused the RMT union of lying over the reasons for the action, while Labour has informed train operators it would halt any plans to remove guards.

Writing in the Evening Standard, Grayling accused the RMT of “calling political strikes over things that aren’t actually happening”. He said: “It’s difficult not to see the threat from Sean Hoyle, president of the RMT, to have a ‘quasi-national rail strike just like 1911 all over again’ to ‘bring down this working class hating Tory government’ as the real reason for the action.”

But the RMT warned that the possibility of driver-only trains on South Western would discriminate against older and disabled passengers, with around 70% of the stations on the network left unstaffed. Mick Cash, the general secretary, said: “We have already had concerns raised with us that de-staffing trains will increase the risk of crime and antisocial behaviour.

“Now we know that 140 – or seven out of 10 – of South Western’s stations are unstaffed … Protection for disabled and older people will be ripped up as there will no longer be the guarantee of a guard and instead the profits of the company will take priority over the needs of the most vulnerable in our society.”

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South Western, like Northern and Greater Anglia, has said it has no plans to remove guards – but the RMT says the firms will not provide guarantees, while new trains entering service could be operated by a driver alone. Southern has rebranded guards as onboard supervisors and downgraded their safety role.

Labour has written to the rail operators facing strikes this week to tell them that the party would stop plans to remove more guards from trains if it wins power. The shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald, said in a letter that guards are “vital” for safety and to ensure accessibility for passengers who need assistance. He wrote: “I also wish to advise you that an incoming Labour government will stop plans for any future roll-out of driver-only operation across the rail industry. We will examine the full range of options to realise this objective.”

Services on South Western have been disrupted already this week due to a series of problems, including the partial derailment of a train at Wimbledon on Monday. The RMT pointed to the incident as underlining the importance of guards. Cash added: “These strikes are about rail safety and accessibility pure and simple. It was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation.”

South Western, which operates into Britain’s busiest railway station, London Waterloo, expects to run around 60% of its normal train service during the strike. It has warned passengers to expect much more crowded trains, while rail replacement buses will operate in parts of the network.

Greater Anglia and Southern are expecting to run a near-normal service, although Southern anticipates worse crowding than usual on routes near South Western stations. Merseyrail and Northern will cancel early morning and evening services, but intend to run most trains between 7am and 7pm.

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Union Busting SF Mayor Ed Lee Helps Billionaire Owners of UBER & Lyft With Privatization Of Public Spaces

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:31

Union Busting SF Mayor Ed Lee Helps Billionaire Owners of UBER & Lyft With Privatization Of Public Spaces

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Mayor Lee strikes deal to allow Uber, Lyft vehicles to use SF curb space

In exchange for traffic data from Uber and Lyft, Mayor Ed Lee has agreed to a pilot program to convert some parking spaces into painted curbs that could be legally used by ride-hail drivers. (Aleah Fajardo/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on November 7, 2017 12:00 pm

Mayor Ed Lee and tech giants Uber and Lyft struck a deal this week to provide city curb space for ride-hail vehicles as part of a new pilot designed to ease San Francisco traffic, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

In exchange for traffic data from Uber and Lyft that The City will use to combat congestion, Lee agreed to a pilot program to convert some parking spaces — in a yet-to-be determined commercial corridor — into painted curbs that could be legally used by ride-hail drivers.

That data is a holy grail sought aggressively by city leaders to help transportation planners ease local traffic, including City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who has filed with the California Public Utility Commission to obtain such data. The CPUC regulates Uber and Lyft in California.

“The City and shared mobility organizations both want the same thing for our city — a world class transportation network that is safe and efficient for everyone,” Lee wrote in a Tuesday morning email to the CEOs of Uber and Lyft, Dara Khosrowshahi and John Zimmer, respectively.

The deal follows Lee’s effort to negotiate with Uber and Lyft that began in May, which was first reported by the Examiner, to combat increasing traffic jams and safety concerns that city leaders say is exacerbated by 5-6,000 Uber and Lyft vehicles that descend on San Francisco daily, out of a pool of 45,000-plus local ride-hail drivers.

The deal struck by Lee, Uber and Lyft comes after months of negotiations behind the scenes.

In the letter to the Uber and Lyft CEOs, Lee wrote that prior to the implementation of the pilot program, ride-hail companies will electronically ban ride-hail drivers from using certain locations via the cellphone app, called geofencing.

Geofencing would help designate for drivers which painted curbs they could use to pick up passengers, Lee wrote, and the ride-hail companies will begin “in-app education” of customers and riders on the new protocol.

“To ensure compliance,” Lee wrote, “The City will require data, such as anonymized trip details, from shared mobility providers (Uber and Lyft).”

Uber said it was “excited” to collaborate with the Mayor’s Office and would share data through a third party, but did not clarify what level of data would be shared.

Notably, the company has said that it shares trip data in heat maps, which they call “Movement,” but it lacks specificity necessary to help transportation planners.

“Lyft looks forward to partnering with the Mayor’s Office” Lyft spokesperson Chelsea Wilson said in a statement. She added, “The details of the program are still being finalized, but we believe there is a way to share anonymized data that helps The City understand the current transportation environment while still protecting user privacy.”

Exactly what commercial corridor the pilot will take place in, and in which neighborhood, has not yet been determined, according to Lee’s letter.

After the agreement was announced Tuesday, Supervisor Hillary Ronen voiced her desire to find alternatives for Uber and Lyft on Valencia Street, where cyclists complain thousands of ride-hail drivers block bike lanes each day.

“I strongly urge that Valencia [Street] be selected as the corridor for this program,” Ronen told the Examiner. However, she said she does not want parking to be impacted.

Meanwhile, in a public letter Ronen sent to Uber and Lyft on Tuesday, she asked the companies to voluntarily geofence Valencia, and only pick up riders on side streets.

Data from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority shows on one average Dolores Street block on any given Friday, there are about 280 ride-hail pickups and dropoffs, the Examiner previously reported. On just one block of Valencia Street near 16th Street, by contrast, there are as many as 2,190 daily pickups and dropoffs by ride-hails like Uber and Lyft.

Though no neighborhood has been identified for Lee’s pilot with Uber and Lyft, the agreement will kick off an outreach effort with the Board of Supervisors, merchants and residents, to see who would be willing to host this ride-hail pilot.

At least one Lyft driver is a fan, with some concerns. Ken, who declined to give his last name, drove on Fulton Street as he discussed his concerns about the deal with The City.

“It depends on the location. Just like here, we don’t need a white zone, you know what I’m talking about?” he said, gesturing to Alamo Square Park

Ken, a three-year Uber driver who switched to Lyft two months ago, said it would be more useful to have white zones to pickup and drop off passengers along Market Street, for instance, or Valencia Street, where bicyclists have held human chain protests to highlight the danger of Uber and Lyft vehicles swooping into bike lanes to pick up passengers.

“I know there’s a lot of drivers on the street,” Ken said. “Traffic is getting worse and worse.”

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Categories: Labor News

UK Bus Boss Fires Workers After Burning Workers Out ‘I can’t work with you a moment longer’: boss fires bus drivers with blunt note

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 06:10

UK Bus Boss Fires Workers After Burning Workers Out
‘I can’t work with you a moment longer’: boss fires bus drivers with blunt note
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Staff angry after Sydney Hardy shuts down Somerset company Nippybus ‘to pursue my dream of not having to work here’
The Nippybus depot in Great Western Road, Martock.
The Nippybus depot in Great Western Road, Martock. The closure of Nippybus has affected hundreds of passengers, including more than 300 students. Photograph: SWNS.com
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The boss of a Somerset bus company who took his fleet off the road without warning and sent staff a brusque and foul-mouthed note explaining he could not bear to work with them “a moment longer” has been criticised by drivers, mechanics and passengers.

Staff at Nippybus said they were out of pocket and desperately searching for new jobs to pay their bills, while hundreds of passengers, from children to pensioners, were left trying to find a way to get to school, work and the shops and to keep medical appointments.

Campaigners said the Nippybus situation highlighted problems faced by under-pressure bus services, especially in very rural areas, across the UK.

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In an internal memo to staff, Sydney Hardy, 57, explained in no uncertain terms he was “getting off” after 13 years in charge of Nippybus, which is based in the village of Martock, near Yeovil.

He wrote: “There is a difference between giving up and knowing when you have had enough. I have had enough and realise I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer.

“There comes a time in any relationship when you just have to say ‘Fuck it’, say goodbye and move on. This is my time! I am quitting to pursue my dream of not having to work here.”

Hardy added: “The gates are now closed and will not open so you can stay in your scratchers and have a lie in.”

MD Syd Hardy
MD Syd Hardy
The gates were indeed closed on Wednesday and Hardy was not available for further comment. A security guard was posted at the fence and fetched possessions for employees who arrived from time to time. Some were also handed payslips – though they said no money had gone into their banks.

Driver Terry Lehmann said he was “gobsmacked” when he went on the company’s site to check the rota and came across Hardy’s note. “How can a human being do that to his colleagues? It’s disgusting,” he said.

Another driver, Steve Atkins, said staff were “in total shock”, adding: “Everybody’s got mortgages and bills to pay. I’ve had to ring up and cancel all my direct debits. There’s no way I can cover them.”

Dave English, who was a driver at Nippybus for almost nine years, claimed the company was struggling because it had been losing drivers. “Everyone was doing long shifts, but he [Hardy] just expected us to do them. The memo makes out that it’s the drivers’ fault this has happened, but without us he would never have had his company.”

The county council has been working hard to find replacement buses for the routes, including school runs, that were covered by Nippybus.

Martock councillor Neil Bloomfield said many people in the area relied heavily on the buses to get to work and to the shops. “We have a high proportion of people who don’t have cars. They are very isolated without buses.”

Bloomfield said there was a shortage of drivers in Somerset partly because many were working on the Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project. “It is a worry for people here,” he said.

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Lianna Etkind, public transport campaigner at the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Buses are the lifeblood of local communities and economies, and play a major part in reducing road congestion and air pollution as well. Unfortunately, we are hearing more and more of small bus companies ceasing operations without any warning, leaving staff without jobs and passengers without a means to get to work or school.”

People from Martock shared their tales of misery caused by the demise of Nippybus. Marie Bennett, who works at Claire’s cafe next to the bus yard, said her 16-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn, was forced to go to college on the back of a motorbike. “I wasn’t so happy with that,” she said. Her boss, Claire Lambert, said the loss of the company would have a knock-on effect on other businesses in the village.

A temporary bus service has been running between Yeovil and the village. Jon Tucker, who has relied on the buses since losing a leg in a road accident, said he and his family would struggle without a regular, reliable service.

“I go to the gym in Yeovil three times a week to help improve my mobility and take the children into town to the cinema and bowling at the weekend. We need a good service.”

Retired power company worker Barry Fry said many elderly people would be lost without buses. “There are lots of vulnerable people who rely on that bus.

“We don’t know what is going on at the moment, which is very concerning. It’s disgraceful that the company has acted like this.”

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Categories: Labor News

FedEx ‘deeply saddened’ by ‘tragic accident’ at Lubbock airport facility

Sun, 10/29/2017 - 18:57

FedEx ‘deeply saddened’ by ‘tragic accident’ at Lubbock airport facility

http://lubbockonline.com/news/2017-10-17/fedex-deeply-saddened-tragic-ac...
Posted October 17, 2017 06:40 pm - Updated October 17, 2017 07:08 pm
By Adam D. YoungA-J Media Local News Editor
FedEx ‘deeply saddened’ by ‘tragic accident’ at Lubbock airport facility

Federal officials are looking into a death after what FedEx officials are calling an accident late Tuesday morning at the FedEx facility at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport.

Lubbock police spokeswoman Tiffany Pelt confirmed officers responded to a report of a death just before noon at the FedEx facility, but that the death is not being investigated as a homicide.

“There was nothing suspicious that warranted a homicide callout,” she said.

A spokesman for FedEx released a brief statement to the A-J Monday.“We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues affected by the loss of our team member. We are cooperating fully with investigating authorities.”

Asked for additional details about the death, FedEx did not release additional details by late Tuesday, including information about the employee, what happened or potential impacts to the facility’s operations.

A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration late Tuesday indicated the accident came during maintenance on equipment.

“We will investigate the accident to determine whether the maintenance was being performed in accordance with approved safety procedures and if the mechanic had received adequate training,” according to the statement from FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

Lunsford referred the A-J to company or local authorities for specific details.

Juan Rodriguez, a spokesman with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, released a statement to the A-J Tuesday confirming “OSHA has an open and ongoing investigation into this incident.”

“No other information is available until the case is closed,” the statement reads.

Tags: FedExhealth and safetyosha
Categories: Labor News

Labor, Mumia, The Trial And The Fight For Freedom With Mumia's Lawyer Rachel Wolkenstein

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 22:00

Labor, Mumia, The Trial And The Fight For Freedom With Mumia's Lawyer Rachel Wolkenstein
https://youtu.be/vTzNrB-zlyk
Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of the most important political prisoners in the United States. Rachel H. Wolkenstein who has been a lawyer for Mumia from the start of his legal fight for freedom spoke in San Francisco on October 27, 2017. She was introduced by ILWU Local 10 retired longshoreman Jack Heyman, Mumia is also an honorary member of CWA NABET and was a reporter in Philadelphia from many years before he was charged with murder. The meeting was sponsored by the Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia.
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DC Transit Union ATU Local 689 Threatens Safety Stand-Down, Could Delay Service

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 11:06

DC Transit Union ATU Local 689 Threatens Safety Stand-Down, Could Delay Service
https://wamu.org/story/17/10/27/transit-union-threatens-safety-stand-pot...
October 27, 2107
Martin Di Caro

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 brought their safety concerns to the WMATA board on Thursday.

Martin Di Caro / WAMU

Metro’s largest labor union issued a warning on Thursday to the transit authority’s leadership that employees will stop working if they encounter what the union believes to be unsafe working conditions, potentially delaying rail or bus service or halting maintenance activities. It was not immediately clear how many employees would participate, or when.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents 9,200 front line workers, were careful to avoid describing the threat of a “safety stand-down” as a planned job action, because transit strikes are illegal under the terms of the union’s collective bargaining agreement with WMATA.

After a string of attacks on bus drivers and other safety disputes with management, the union contends Metro is not listening to its concerns or acting quickly enough to rectify them. Metro denies the charges, saying it meets with union leaders regularly and has taken action to protect bus drivers on the most dangerous routes.

“We are finished talking. We are finished asking you to listen to us,” said ATU Local 689 president Jackie Jeter in remarks before the Metro board and general manager Paul Wiedefeld during a public meeting at WMATA headquarters.

“We have talked about safety. We have talked about what needs to be done. We have talked about the changes that need to take place,” Jeter said. “Talking about them has not saved our workers.”

Jeter addressed the board moments after another union leader attempted to read a list of names of transit workers who have died on the job, but who exceeded the two-minute time limit for public speakers at WMATA board meetings. Board chairman Jack Evans tried in vain to gavel the meeting back to order, provoking angry shouts from both union members and disability rights advocates who were in attendance to protest cuts to a popular taxicab program run by the District.

The threatened “safety stand-down” recalled an incident on the morning of Sept. 1, when drivers on Metro’s X2 bus line refused to drive unless each was given a transit police officer to ride along with them. ATU Local 689 denied that the drivers refused to do their jobs, but Metro forcefully denounced their behavior as “an unauthorized and potentially unlawful labor action” that severely delayed service.

The Sept. 1 incident happened days after passenger Opal Brown threw urine on an X2 driver as she got off the bus. She dumped the liquid over a protective plastic shield installed around the driver’s seat. The union says the shields are ineffective.

Asked if Metrorail and bus riders should expect unannounced service delays, Jeter said nothing was planned. She also sought to refute the notion that the union was organizing strikes.

“Metro uses any excuse they can to take you away from the narrative that we are working in unsafe conditions,” Jeter said.

“Whatever you want to call it, call it. We are not going to work in unsafe conditions. If I am a worker and I encounter an unsafe situation, I should have the right to take myself out of that situation until safety is procured. That is the difference between a strike and a stand-down,” Jeter added.

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld said he wasn’t sure what union leaders meant when they addressed him during the board meeting.

“Obviously we are very serious about any safety concerns. We deal with them when people bring them to us, and that is what we’ll do,” Wiedefeld said, before referencing the collective bargaining agreement’s prohibition against job actions that affect passenger service.

“We also have a contract that has certain requirements in it that they need to meet,” he said. “We are working hard on the bus assault issue. We are working with the union.”

Jeter cancelled a meeting scheduled with management on Thursday to discuss bus driver safety concerns, according to a Metro spokesman.

ATU Local 689 and Metro management have been engaged in a contentious contract negotiation that reached an impasse this summer – more than a year after the previous, four-year labor deal expired. It will be up to an arbitrator to settle the ongoing dispute over wages and benefits, including management’s proposal to shift new employees from defined pensions to a 401(k) retirement plan.

Tags: ATU 689health and safetylabor rights
Categories: Labor News

DC Transit Union ATU Local 689 Threatens Safety Stand-Down, Could Delay Service

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 11:06

DC Transit Union ATU Local 689 Threatens Safety Stand-Down, Could Delay Service
https://wamu.org/story/17/10/27/transit-union-threatens-safety-stand-pot...
October 27, 2107
Martin Di Caro

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 brought their safety concerns to the WMATA board on Thursday.

Martin Di Caro / WAMU

Metro’s largest labor union issued a warning on Thursday to the transit authority’s leadership that employees will stop working if they encounter what the union believes to be unsafe working conditions, potentially delaying rail or bus service or halting maintenance activities. It was not immediately clear how many employees would participate, or when.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents 9,200 front line workers, were careful to avoid describing the threat of a “safety stand-down” as a planned job action, because transit strikes are illegal under the terms of the union’s collective bargaining agreement with WMATA.

After a string of attacks on bus drivers and other safety disputes with management, the union contends Metro is not listening to its concerns or acting quickly enough to rectify them. Metro denies the charges, saying it meets with union leaders regularly and has taken action to protect bus drivers on the most dangerous routes.

“We are finished talking. We are finished asking you to listen to us,” said ATU Local 689 president Jackie Jeter in remarks before the Metro board and general manager Paul Wiedefeld during a public meeting at WMATA headquarters.

“We have talked about safety. We have talked about what needs to be done. We have talked about the changes that need to take place,” Jeter said. “Talking about them has not saved our workers.”

Jeter addressed the board moments after another union leader attempted to read a list of names of transit workers who have died on the job, but who exceeded the two-minute time limit for public speakers at WMATA board meetings. Board chairman Jack Evans tried in vain to gavel the meeting back to order, provoking angry shouts from both union members and disability rights advocates who were in attendance to protest cuts to a popular taxicab program run by the District.

The threatened “safety stand-down” recalled an incident on the morning of Sept. 1, when drivers on Metro’s X2 bus line refused to drive unless each was given a transit police officer to ride along with them. ATU Local 689 denied that the drivers refused to do their jobs, but Metro forcefully denounced their behavior as “an unauthorized and potentially unlawful labor action” that severely delayed service.

The Sept. 1 incident happened days after passenger Opal Brown threw urine on an X2 driver as she got off the bus. She dumped the liquid over a protective plastic shield installed around the driver’s seat. The union says the shields are ineffective.

Asked if Metrorail and bus riders should expect unannounced service delays, Jeter said nothing was planned. She also sought to refute the notion that the union was organizing strikes.

“Metro uses any excuse they can to take you away from the narrative that we are working in unsafe conditions,” Jeter said.

“Whatever you want to call it, call it. We are not going to work in unsafe conditions. If I am a worker and I encounter an unsafe situation, I should have the right to take myself out of that situation until safety is procured. That is the difference between a strike and a stand-down,” Jeter added.

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld said he wasn’t sure what union leaders meant when they addressed him during the board meeting.

“Obviously we are very serious about any safety concerns. We deal with them when people bring them to us, and that is what we’ll do,” Wiedefeld said, before referencing the collective bargaining agreement’s prohibition against job actions that affect passenger service.

“We also have a contract that has certain requirements in it that they need to meet,” he said. “We are working hard on the bus assault issue. We are working with the union.”

Jeter cancelled a meeting scheduled with management on Thursday to discuss bus driver safety concerns, according to a Metro spokesman.

ATU Local 689 and Metro management have been engaged in a contentious contract negotiation that reached an impasse this summer – more than a year after the previous, four-year labor deal expired. It will be up to an arbitrator to settle the ongoing dispute over wages and benefits, including management’s proposal to shift new employees from defined pensions to a 401(k) retirement plan.

Tags: ATU 689health and safetylabor rights
Categories: Labor News

WA Port of Longview OK's new lease for Bridgeview Terminal

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:31

WA Port of Longview OK's new lease for Bridgeview Terminal
The commissioners gave the green light on the lease despite opposition from the local longshoremen’s union, which said it still has jurisdictional issues to work out with IRM.

“Once again we’re getting into an EGT-type situation,” said Billy Roberts, president of ILWU Local 21, referring to the union’s highly-charged battle over a lease with EGT in 2011, which lead to protests and several arrests.

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Bridgeview Terminal
Eight days after reaching a tentative deal with International Raw Materials, Port of Longview commissioners Wednesday agreed to enter a new five-year lease with the terminal operator, in what is expected to bring millions of dollars in new revenue and dozens of jobs to the port.

Commissioners Jeff Wilson and Doug Averett approved the lease as presented to the commission last week, but Commissioner Bob Bagaason abstained, citing concerns about the process being too rushed.

Bagaason said he did not like the fact that the lease, which staff has spent months negotiating, was presented to commissioners as a done deal.

“I don’t want to be seen as a rubber stamp for anything,” he said.

Wilson and Averett said the agreement will be a boon for the terminal, which has struggled to turn a profit under its former operator, Kinder Morgan.

“I think this is good for the port and good for the community,” Averett said.

The commissioners gave the green light on the lease despite opposition from the local longshoremen’s union, which said it still has jurisdictional issues to work out with IRM.

“Once again we’re getting into an EGT-type situation,” said Billy Roberts, president of ILWU Local 21, referring to the union’s highly-charged battle over a lease with EGT in 2011, which lead to protests and several arrests. “This is like packing up and moving across the country when you don’t have a house. At this time, we still have a lot of work to do … and we’re not in support of this project.”

If the two sides can’t reach a compromise by next Tuesday, when a ship is scheduled to dock at the terminal, Roberts said it’s likely the two sides will have to enter a formal arbitration process to resolve their differences. But IRM President Tip O’Neill said the company wants to avoid arbitration, noting that IRM has never reached that level of conflict with the ILWU at Port of Portland, nor at Port of Longview when it operated here in the 1980s and 1990s.

O’Neill said the company is committed to working with the ILWU to address any remaining concerns.

“I’m a bit upset when I hear reference to EGT (labor unrest) because that’s a whole different scenario,” O’Neill said.”We’ve got people that have been part of the community ... we’re not going to do that to this community. We’re going to get things sorted out.”

Wilson said the lease explicitly states that IRM will have to honor the port’s working agreement with the ILWU.

“It was a good lease … staff worked tirelessly on this,” Wilson said. “This is (economically) good news for the community.”

Under the deal, the port will make an additional $1.5 million to $2 million annually from Berths 1 and 2, now collectively called the Bridgeview Terminal. Currently, the Bridgeview Terminal isn’t breaking even.

In its first year of operations, IRM will guarantee that 250,000 metric tons of product will be shipped through the terminal. This will double in the second year, hitting 500,000 metric tons annually and possibly exceeding that minimum if IRM can attract more business. The company will handle pot ash, soda ash and other dry bulk commodities.

That level of volume will support more than 30 longshoremen jobs, although it’s possible that jobs number could be higher if the terminal is busier. According to a 2012 economic impact study of Berth 2, there are about 15 direct jobs supported for every 220,000 metric tons of cargo shipped at the dock.

The port charges wharfage fees based on the volume of cargo passing through its docks, so higher volumes will mean more revenue and more jobs.

IRM operated the terminal from 1981 to 2001, when it sold its operating rights to Kinder Morgan. But Kinder Morgan only shipped an average of 360,000 metric tons through the terminal, although it is capable of handling more than double that amount.

IRM officials say they want to make the terminal more lucrative for the port again. The Philadelphia-based company will invest at least $1.25 million into modernization and upgrades at the 20-acre terminal, which will be credited back to cover the company’s initial wharfage and lease payments.

Unlike Kinder Morgan, which only ran the vessel side of the terminal’s operations, IRM will be responsible for managing the entire terminal, including rail unloading. It will contract with Seattle-based Jones Stevedoring to manage labor.

Under the five-year agreement, IRM would pay the port a minimum of $410,000 in wharfage fees in the first year and a minimum of $820,000 thereafter. The base lease would generate $473,000 annually, and the company would pay the port’s standard dockage fees. The agreement includes two five-year options to extend.

“We’re committed to being a good neighbor, to running a safe operation and protecting the environment,” O’Neill of IRM said Wednesday.

Tags: ILWU Local 21egtunion busting
Categories: Labor News

WA Port of Longview OK's new lease for Bridgeview Terminal

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:31

WA Port of Longview OK's new lease for Bridgeview Terminal
The commissioners gave the green light on the lease despite opposition from the local longshoremen’s union, which said it still has jurisdictional issues to work out with IRM.

“Once again we’re getting into an EGT-type situation,” said Billy Roberts, president of ILWU Local 21, referring to the union’s highly-charged battle over a lease with EGT in 2011, which lead to protests and several arrests.

http://tdn.com/news/local/port-of-longview-ok-s-new-lease-for-bridgeview...
Marissa Luck mluck@tdn.com Oct 19, 2017 1

BUY NOW
Bridgeview Terminal
Eight days after reaching a tentative deal with International Raw Materials, Port of Longview commissioners Wednesday agreed to enter a new five-year lease with the terminal operator, in what is expected to bring millions of dollars in new revenue and dozens of jobs to the port.

Commissioners Jeff Wilson and Doug Averett approved the lease as presented to the commission last week, but Commissioner Bob Bagaason abstained, citing concerns about the process being too rushed.

Bagaason said he did not like the fact that the lease, which staff has spent months negotiating, was presented to commissioners as a done deal.

“I don’t want to be seen as a rubber stamp for anything,” he said.

Wilson and Averett said the agreement will be a boon for the terminal, which has struggled to turn a profit under its former operator, Kinder Morgan.

“I think this is good for the port and good for the community,” Averett said.

The commissioners gave the green light on the lease despite opposition from the local longshoremen’s union, which said it still has jurisdictional issues to work out with IRM.

“Once again we’re getting into an EGT-type situation,” said Billy Roberts, president of ILWU Local 21, referring to the union’s highly-charged battle over a lease with EGT in 2011, which lead to protests and several arrests. “This is like packing up and moving across the country when you don’t have a house. At this time, we still have a lot of work to do … and we’re not in support of this project.”

If the two sides can’t reach a compromise by next Tuesday, when a ship is scheduled to dock at the terminal, Roberts said it’s likely the two sides will have to enter a formal arbitration process to resolve their differences. But IRM President Tip O’Neill said the company wants to avoid arbitration, noting that IRM has never reached that level of conflict with the ILWU at Port of Portland, nor at Port of Longview when it operated here in the 1980s and 1990s.

O’Neill said the company is committed to working with the ILWU to address any remaining concerns.

“I’m a bit upset when I hear reference to EGT (labor unrest) because that’s a whole different scenario,” O’Neill said.”We’ve got people that have been part of the community ... we’re not going to do that to this community. We’re going to get things sorted out.”

Wilson said the lease explicitly states that IRM will have to honor the port’s working agreement with the ILWU.

“It was a good lease … staff worked tirelessly on this,” Wilson said. “This is (economically) good news for the community.”

Under the deal, the port will make an additional $1.5 million to $2 million annually from Berths 1 and 2, now collectively called the Bridgeview Terminal. Currently, the Bridgeview Terminal isn’t breaking even.

In its first year of operations, IRM will guarantee that 250,000 metric tons of product will be shipped through the terminal. This will double in the second year, hitting 500,000 metric tons annually and possibly exceeding that minimum if IRM can attract more business. The company will handle pot ash, soda ash and other dry bulk commodities.

That level of volume will support more than 30 longshoremen jobs, although it’s possible that jobs number could be higher if the terminal is busier. According to a 2012 economic impact study of Berth 2, there are about 15 direct jobs supported for every 220,000 metric tons of cargo shipped at the dock.

The port charges wharfage fees based on the volume of cargo passing through its docks, so higher volumes will mean more revenue and more jobs.

IRM operated the terminal from 1981 to 2001, when it sold its operating rights to Kinder Morgan. But Kinder Morgan only shipped an average of 360,000 metric tons through the terminal, although it is capable of handling more than double that amount.

IRM officials say they want to make the terminal more lucrative for the port again. The Philadelphia-based company will invest at least $1.25 million into modernization and upgrades at the 20-acre terminal, which will be credited back to cover the company’s initial wharfage and lease payments.

Unlike Kinder Morgan, which only ran the vessel side of the terminal’s operations, IRM will be responsible for managing the entire terminal, including rail unloading. It will contract with Seattle-based Jones Stevedoring to manage labor.

Under the five-year agreement, IRM would pay the port a minimum of $410,000 in wharfage fees in the first year and a minimum of $820,000 thereafter. The base lease would generate $473,000 annually, and the company would pay the port’s standard dockage fees. The agreement includes two five-year options to extend.

“We’re committed to being a good neighbor, to running a safe operation and protecting the environment,” O’Neill of IRM said Wednesday.

Tags: ILWU Local 21egtunion busting
Categories: Labor News

Canadian ATU 1505 Winnipeg Transit union says assaults on drivers will spike if Winnipeg reopens Portage and Main to pedestrians

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 10:04

Canadian ATU 1505 Winnipeg Transit union says assaults on drivers will spike if Winnipeg reopens Portage and Main to pedestrians
Council approves a $3.5M plan to improve intersection and prepare for 2019 reopening
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By Bartley Kives, CBC News Posted: Oct 25, 2017 1:49 PM CT Last Updated: Oct 25, 2017 8:26 PM CT

Winnipeg Transit service through Portage and Main would slow if the intersection is reopened to pedestrians, a traffic study has concluded. (Trevor Brine/CBC)
Winnipeg's transit union says reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians will lead to more assaults on bus drivers.

The Amalgamated Transit Union, which has already expressed opposition to reopening the intersection on the grounds buses might strike pedestrians in turning lanes, now says changes to the central intersection also pose a safety risk to transit operators.

A city-commissioned traffic study concluded Winnipeg Transit travel times will increase if the intersection is amended to allow pedestrians to cross above ground.

"When service is delayed, people get upset, and when people get upset, they tend to assault the driver," said John Callahan, the ATU's international vice president and the former president of the union's Winnipeg branch.

Callahan made his comments at city hall before city council considered a plan to spend $3.5 million to make improvements to Portage and Main and plan for a reopening that could take place as soon as 2019.

CAO recommends Winnipeg spend $3.5M this year to get ball rolling on Portage and Main reopening
Winnipeg Transit to be hit hardest by reopening Portage and Main, study suggests

The plan, approved Wednesday afternoon in a 10-5 vote, calls for the city to redirect $2 million in road repair funds to the project and use $1.5 million worth of other existing budget lines to pay for a three-pronged Portage and Main plan:

Up to $1.5 million would be spent this year on architectural and engineering services, obtained through a competitive bidding process, to develop a more accurate cost estimate for reopening Portage and Main, a detailed design study, a phased construction schedule and a traffic staging plan.
Up to $500,000 would pay for new sidewalks, curbs, paving bands and trees connected to the Richardson plaza at the northeast corner of the intersection.
Up to $1.5 million would improve city property in the underground concourse, consisting of work below the 201 Portage Avenue office tower at the northwest corner of the intersection, removing the bunker at the Richardson plaza and concourse evaluations, assessments and studies.

Couns. Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), Shawn Dobson (St. Charles), Ross Eadie (Mynarski), Janice Lukes (South Winnipeg-St. Norbert) and Jason Schreyer (Elmwood-East Kildonan) voted against the funding, citing a series of concerns.

Browaty raised concerns about traffic snarls, Eadie said no one lives near Portage and Main and Lukes complained of a lack of consultation.

The sixth member of council's unofficial opposition, Transcona's Russ Wyatt, was absent from the October council meeting.

On Wednesday morning, about 20 members of the transit union and other labour unions protested the reopening outside city hall. Callahan said transit workers are frustrated by the slow progress on safety improvements, flat funding from the province for transit and the potential for transit cuts in 2018.

Inside city hall, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce chair Johanna Hurme appeared before council to support reopening the intersection. So did Rosanne Hill Blaisdell, vice-president of Harvard Developments, which owns the 201 Portage office tower at the northwest corner of Portage and Main.

Hill Blaisdell said it's important for the city to invest in Portage and Main when neighbouring property owners such as her company are investing millions in their properties.

Harvard is spending millions on its underground concourse, plans are in place for Richardson plaza improvements on the northeast corner of Portage and Main and at the southwest corner, Artis intends to build a new tower on the south pad of Winnipeg Square.

Tags: ATU 1505assaults on drivershealth and safety
Categories: Labor News

Puerto Rico Labor Action By US Unionists & Jones Act

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 21:48

KPFA WorkWeek Radio-Puerto Rico Labor Action By US Unionists & Jones Act
WW10-24-17 Puerto Rico Labor Action By US Unionists And Jones Act
https://soundcloud.com/workweek-radio/ww10-24-17-puerto-rico-labor-actio...
WorkWeek looks at the ongoing struggle in Puerto Rico for survival. We interview NNU CNA Alta Bates nurse Gregory Callison about his solidarity action and that of the NNU-CNA to help the people of Puerto Rico. The union sent a delegation of over 50 nurses. We also interview retired ILWU Local 10 longshoreman Jack Heyman. Heyman talks about the Jones Act and why it coming under attack.
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https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/10/11/nurses-demand-congress-...
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