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Germany: The one thing Elon Musk can’t bend to his will: German trade unions

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 05/05/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Quartz
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Iran: Workers continue to struggle for independent trade unions

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Equal Times
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Fired DC ATU 689 track workers sue Metro for racist discrimination, hostile work environment

Current News - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 07:16

Fired DC ATU 689 track workers sue Metro for discrimination, hostile work environment
" lawsuit argues that these kinds of retaliatory actions targeted African American workers, and were usually performed by white managers. The five plaintiffs, who are all black, say they were verbally harassed by managers. The lawsuit also points out that, of the 21 people terminated by Metro in the aftermath of inspection report investigation, all but two were black."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/05/02/fired-trac...
By Martine Powers May 2 at 3:02 PM

The July 29 derailment of a Silver Line train outside East Falls Church is believed to have been caused by deteriorating wooden rail ties, allowing the metal rails to spread too far apart. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)
Five former employees of Metro’s track inspection department are suing the agency, saying they were wrongfully terminated as part of an investigation into falsified inspection records.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that Metro had no evidence that the workers — two track walkers, two supervisors, and one maintenance manager — committed any wrongdoing. Instead, the workers’ lawyers argue, Metro officials sought to blame rank-and-file workers, who are predominantly black, and protect higher-ranking officials within the agency.

“Senior WMATA officials, who are predominantly Caucasian, willfully neglected job functions, including but not limited to, maintenance oversight and approval of safety measures, but were not disciplined,” the lawsuit alleges. “Instead, trackwalkers and other Inspection Department employees, who are predominantly African-American, were targeted for discipline as scapegoats for issues that resulted from the willful neglect of senior WMATA officials.”

[One-third of Metro’s track inspection department has been fired for falsifying records, Wiedefeld confirms]

The workers are suing Metro on one count of racial discrimination and one count of a hostile work environment. They are seeking damages from the transit agency, as well as back pay from the time that they were fired.

“We are unable to comment on active or pending litigation,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

The lawsuit comes three months after Metro officials announced they had fired, suspended or disciplined more than half the agency’s track inspection department as part of an investigation into inspection records that officials believed had not been accurately completed. That investigation came in response to the derailment of a Silver Line train near East Falls Church last July. The derailment was attributed to deteriorated rail ties that failed to keep the tracks from spreading too far apart.

[Metro officials may have known of track defect in 2009, NTSB officials say]

At the time that the firings were announced, General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said there “were systemic issues we were having in that department.” He said that many of the firings were not directly related to the section of the tracks where the derailment occurred.

But the workers’ lawsuit alleges that the wrongdoing came from upper-level management, who they say berated workers for taking tracks out of service due to safety defects. The workers tried to warn their managers about worsening conditions on the tracks or call attention to the problems, attorneys said, but their warnings were not heeded.

Metro’s conclusion that workers had filled out inspection reports without properly performing inspections was “completely fraudulent, and had absolutely no basis in fact,” the lawyers allege.

“It was widely known that senior WMATA officials would target trackwalkers for disciplinary action whenever they imposed legitimate speed restrictions to reduce the speed of trains for safety reasons, despite the fact that this was an essential function of a trackwalkers’ job,” the lawsuit said.

Additionally, the lawyers added, “Inspections Department employees were often punished and labeled as incompetent if they elected to restrict train speed.”

The lawsuit argues that these kinds of retaliatory actions targeted African American workers, and were usually performed by white managers. The five plaintiffs, who are all black, say they were verbally harassed by managers. The lawsuit also points out that, of the 21 people terminated by Metro in the aftermath of inspection report investigation, all but two were black.

Attorneys for the terminated workers argued that the blame for the July 2016 derailment should have been placed on Metro’s track maintenance department, which they say was aware of the worsening defects on the tracks and the urgent need for repairs.

“The Maintenance Department was fully responsible for the derailment, not the Inspections Department,” the lawsuit said. “WMATA chose to take no corrective or disciplinary action against the Maintenance Department, or senior WMATA officials who supervised the Maintenance Department, for the willful neglect of required track maintenance.”

Metro has three weeks to respond to the lawsuit.

[‘I just can’t seem to get a break’: After a year, Metro’s chief still faces an uphill climb]

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Fired DC ATU 689 track workers sue Metro for racist discrimination, hostile work environment

Current News - Wed, 05/03/2017 - 07:16

Fired DC ATU 689 track workers sue Metro for discrimination, hostile work environment
" lawsuit argues that these kinds of retaliatory actions targeted African American workers, and were usually performed by white managers. The five plaintiffs, who are all black, say they were verbally harassed by managers. The lawsuit also points out that, of the 21 people terminated by Metro in the aftermath of inspection report investigation, all but two were black."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2017/05/02/fired-trac...
By Martine Powers May 2 at 3:02 PM

The July 29 derailment of a Silver Line train outside East Falls Church is believed to have been caused by deteriorating wooden rail ties, allowing the metal rails to spread too far apart. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)
Five former employees of Metro’s track inspection department are suing the agency, saying they were wrongfully terminated as part of an investigation into falsified inspection records.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that Metro had no evidence that the workers — two track walkers, two supervisors, and one maintenance manager — committed any wrongdoing. Instead, the workers’ lawyers argue, Metro officials sought to blame rank-and-file workers, who are predominantly black, and protect higher-ranking officials within the agency.

“Senior WMATA officials, who are predominantly Caucasian, willfully neglected job functions, including but not limited to, maintenance oversight and approval of safety measures, but were not disciplined,” the lawsuit alleges. “Instead, trackwalkers and other Inspection Department employees, who are predominantly African-American, were targeted for discipline as scapegoats for issues that resulted from the willful neglect of senior WMATA officials.”

[One-third of Metro’s track inspection department has been fired for falsifying records, Wiedefeld confirms]

The workers are suing Metro on one count of racial discrimination and one count of a hostile work environment. They are seeking damages from the transit agency, as well as back pay from the time that they were fired.

“We are unable to comment on active or pending litigation,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

The lawsuit comes three months after Metro officials announced they had fired, suspended or disciplined more than half the agency’s track inspection department as part of an investigation into inspection records that officials believed had not been accurately completed. That investigation came in response to the derailment of a Silver Line train near East Falls Church last July. The derailment was attributed to deteriorated rail ties that failed to keep the tracks from spreading too far apart.

[Metro officials may have known of track defect in 2009, NTSB officials say]

At the time that the firings were announced, General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said there “were systemic issues we were having in that department.” He said that many of the firings were not directly related to the section of the tracks where the derailment occurred.

But the workers’ lawsuit alleges that the wrongdoing came from upper-level management, who they say berated workers for taking tracks out of service due to safety defects. The workers tried to warn their managers about worsening conditions on the tracks or call attention to the problems, attorneys said, but their warnings were not heeded.

Metro’s conclusion that workers had filled out inspection reports without properly performing inspections was “completely fraudulent, and had absolutely no basis in fact,” the lawyers allege.

“It was widely known that senior WMATA officials would target trackwalkers for disciplinary action whenever they imposed legitimate speed restrictions to reduce the speed of trains for safety reasons, despite the fact that this was an essential function of a trackwalkers’ job,” the lawsuit said.

Additionally, the lawyers added, “Inspections Department employees were often punished and labeled as incompetent if they elected to restrict train speed.”

The lawsuit argues that these kinds of retaliatory actions targeted African American workers, and were usually performed by white managers. The five plaintiffs, who are all black, say they were verbally harassed by managers. The lawsuit also points out that, of the 21 people terminated by Metro in the aftermath of inspection report investigation, all but two were black.

Attorneys for the terminated workers argued that the blame for the July 2016 derailment should have been placed on Metro’s track maintenance department, which they say was aware of the worsening defects on the tracks and the urgent need for repairs.

“The Maintenance Department was fully responsible for the derailment, not the Inspections Department,” the lawsuit said. “WMATA chose to take no corrective or disciplinary action against the Maintenance Department, or senior WMATA officials who supervised the Maintenance Department, for the willful neglect of required track maintenance.”

Metro has three weeks to respond to the lawsuit.

[‘I just can’t seem to get a break’: After a year, Metro’s chief still faces an uphill climb]

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Palestine: ITUC stands in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 05/02/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
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Global: Defiant rallies for worker rights mark May Day around world

Labourstart.org News - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AP
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PSR Fleet Memo for April 29 2017

IBU - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 08:47
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IBU wins Puget Sound Pilots arbitration

IBU - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 08:46
IBU wins PSP Arbitration
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UPS IBT Local 2727 air maintenance workers threaten strike ahead of shareholders meeting

Current News - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 19:18

UPS IBT Local 2727 air maintenance workers threaten strike ahead of shareholders meeting

http://in.reuters.com/article/united-parcel-strike-idINL1N1I101E

By Luciana Lopez | APRIL 30
A union representing 1,200 U.S. air maintenance workers at United Parcel Service Inc turned up pressure on the company on Sunday to settle a three-year contract dispute, saying it would seek clearance to strike.

The union is taking its grievances directly to UPS shareholders, running as an advertisement an open letter to David Abney, the company’s chief executive officer, ahead of a Thursday shareholders meeting.

The letter, which has been delivered to board members, was signed by nearly 78 percent of members of Local 2727 of the Teamsters union, asking the company to maintain air mechanics’ current health plan and not demand other concessions.

“We’re not willing to back off of this and we will strike over it,” said Tim Boyle, the local president.

Union members will also protest at the UPS shareholders’ meeting on Thursday in Wilmington, Delaware. That will include both protests outside the meeting and, for union members who are also shareholders, questions to company officials inside.

The local plans additional protests on Tuesday in Atlanta, where the company is headquartered.

The union already voted in November to strike, but saw that request denied by federal authorities. The air maintenance workers are governed by the U.S. Railway Labor Act, which only allows strikes after it finds negotiations and mediation have failed.

But if the company does not agree to keep members’ health plans intact at the next bargaining session, on May 11 and May 12, Boyle said the union would ask again for permission to strike.

“If the company doesn’t back off we’ll submit another request to the mediator to be released” to strike, Boyle said.

Even if the board grants permission, though, a strike would take at least another 30 days because of other procedural hurdles.

A strike could ground the package delivery company’s airplanes and disrupt packages sent by air, even as UPS and its rivals grapple with higher costs for surging e-commerce business.

(Reporting by Luciana Lopez in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Tags: IBT UPS Mechanicsstrike
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South Africa: Zuma booed off stage at COSATU May Day rally

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: BBC
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Global: What is International Workers Day?

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Al Jazeera
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Solidarity From TWSC to 13 Jailed India Murati Suzuki Auto Workers

Current News - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 16:25

Solidarity From TWSC to 13 Jailed India Murati Suzuki Auto Workers
The Transport Workers Workers Solidarity Committee (TWSC) sends greetings to the 13 jailed auto worker of Murati Suzuki plant on May Day 2017. Your fight for freedom is part of our international struggle for worker and human rights. The Indian government like the US government represent the same multi-nationals that have framed you up and jailed you. We will continue to demand your freedom and support the international campaign. An injury to one is an injury to all!
For Your Freedom and Victory,
Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
www.transportworkers.org

Tags: India Suzuki Murati Workersrepression
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Solidarity From TWSC to 13 Jailed India Murati Suzuki Auto Workers

Current News - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 16:25

Solidarity From TWSC to 13 Jailed India Murati Suzuki Auto Workers
The Transport Workers Workers Solidarity Committee (TWSC) sends greetings to the 13 jailed auto worker of Murati Suzuki plant on May Day 2017. Your fight for freedom is part of our international struggle for worker and human rights. The Indian government like the US government represent the same multi-nationals that have framed you up and jailed you. We will continue to demand your freedom and support the international campaign. An injury to one is an injury to all!
For Your Freedom and Victory,
Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
www.transportworkers.org

Tags: India Suzuki Murati Workersrepression
Categories: Labor News

Egypt: Relentless assault on rights of workers and trade unionists

Labourstart.org News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AI
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ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates meet in San Francisco; Proposed contract extension goes to membership vote

ILWU - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:35

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 28, 2017) – Nearly 90 delegates from 29 West Coast ports from San Diego, CA, to Bellingham, WA, who were elected by rank and file members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s Longshore Division (ILWU), convened this week in San Francisco to review a wide range of issues, including an employer-initiated proposal to extend the 2014-2019 collective bargaining agreement between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

The current contract will expire on July 1, 2019. A majority of Longshore Caucus delegates voted on April 28 to refer the employer’s proposed extension to a ratification vote by the membership.

“One of the ILWU’s Guiding Principles is that the rank-and-file members will make the best decision when they have the facts and an opportunity to decide for themselves, and that’s how this will be decided,” said ILWU International President Robert McEllrath.

“The rank-and-file membership always have the final say on any contract – including this non-precedent-setting proposed extension,” McEllrath said.

The vote will occur on a schedule according to the union’s internal rules.

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