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Middle East: People are selling maids online in the Arab world and it's not OK

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 17:00
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French Guiana: France offers €1 bn to strike-hit territory

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Korea (North): North Korean 'slaves' used to build World Cup stadium

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Unions: Spanish Gov’t Boycotts Dockers & Employers’ Deal

Current News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 14:44

Unions: Spanish Gov’t Boycotts Dockers & Employers’ Deal
http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/216456/unions-spanish-govt-boycott...
Image Courtesy: Offshore and Home Trade Seamen's Welfare Trust
Spanish government has again boycotted a deal reached between the country’s stevedores and their employers, according to a joint statement from unions Coordinadora and Federación de Trabajadores Portuarios (FTP).

After intense meetings, port companies’ association Anesco and trade unions have reached an agreement in principle according to which they would seek the government’s subrogation.

The subrogation by the government is said to be the only way for jobs and equal conditions between port operators in Spain – the current and the new ones to be guaranteed.

However, the unions claim that Julio Gómez Pomar, Secretary of Ministry of Public Works, sent contradictory messages, stating that the government’s subrogation is now not feasible.

The agreement in principle also includes provisions for compulsory and voluntary retirement of workers during the transitional period.

Earlier this month, the Spanish Congress rejected the royal decree on the port system reform which was presented by the government.

Proposed earlier this year, the new law was supposed to enable ports to hire non-unionized dockworkers instead of the unionized ones. This was expected to result in massive layoffs in the future.

World Maritime News Staff

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They Fired Me And 'Made' Me Into An Organizer ATU 241 Fired Union Steward And Executive Board Member Eric Slater discusses his struggle and lessons against bullying & his illegal termination by Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

Current News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:56

They Fired Me And 'Made' Me Into An Organizer
ATU 241 Fired Union Steward And Executive Board Member Eric Slater discusses his struggle and lessons against bullying and his illegal termination by Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mAStqL1b7I

In writing:

Official results of the first round of elections for the leadership of my union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 241, were posted yesterday. In the first ballot, I was re-elected by my coworkers for the position of Executive Board representative for the North Park bus garage of the Chicago Transit Authority. For the next three years, I intend to continue to defend and organize our 600 working families. We are some of the most impressive and powerful workers. I look forward to continuing to help turn our union of 10,000 transit worker and retiree families towards the larger struggle of working people. That is where we will begin to win.

Run-off elections for the top two candidates for many other positions will occur later this month. Our current president has been voted out of office and we will have a new president and 1st vice president on April 1. Whoever is elected, they will need the solidarity of the working class to confront our employer and the city administration for the disrespectful and dangerous working conditions we face.

I would like to acknowledge the many coworkers who publicly encouraged workers at our bus garage to vote for me. I would also like to acknowledge my family and allies for supporting me and doing so much work during the campaign.

The program of action that I, and already three other candidates have co-signed included these action items:

-Continue and intensify the public contract campaign. More rank-and-file workers protected and encouraged to speak publicly. Fighting alliances with other unions and working class organizations. We can win good contracts, but we have to organize and fight for it alongside the working-class.
-Form organizing/mobilization and education/training departments of the local.
-Form public committees open to all members to lead: mass-action committee, contract/strike committee, retiree/laid off/fired worker committees, etc. Publicize regular meetings well in advance.
-Transportation stewards should be made into executive board members and additional elections should be held for more stewards and assistant stewards. A stewards council should be formed which meets monthly. All of us are already disciplined leaders – leaders of our family, in our communities and at our workplace – anyone of us can and should lead.

Public Letter of Appreciation to Those who Helped Win my Return to Work Order

(this public letter and hyperlinks can be found on Facebook here: http://tinyurl.com/zcnwmzu)

On October 6, at the International Convention of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) in Toronto, Canada, I was informed that our union had won a return-to-work order with back-pay ruling regarding my termination as a 10-year Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) public bus driver.

On February 11, 2016, I was fired for insubordination for doing the work of defending my coworkers and defending our contract. Because I am a shop steward and elected Executive Board member of our union of over 10,000 working families, this was an attack on our entire union and it's long history.

However, the appointed managers of the CTA may unjustly appeal the ruling, like they did our $20M grievance for breaking our contract and overworking part-time workers as they laid off over 1,000 of us and massively cut public transit service during the “doomsday” cuts of 2011. This is still in the courts even though the CTA knows they cannot win. They would rather pay their lawyers (from the city budget they claim is bankrupt) to stall in order to use this as leverage in contract negotiations that are ongoing (our contract ended December 31, 2015). These managers may also drag out negotiations for the "make whole" ruling among other dirty tricks. All these delay tactics harm our working class communities.

Let's keep the pressure on to return to work (with all back pay and benefits) our hundreds of unjustly fired transit workers. Let’s continue to fight for a massive expansion of public transportation (and other social needs) where thousands of unemployed workers are hired for front-line jobs at union-scale pay and benefits.

The broader struggle is far from over, but I want to take this time to publicly thank some of the many organizations and hundreds of people who directly contributed to this partial victory. I hope workers in struggle will communicate with the organizations, read the websites, look at the pictures and watch some of the videos below. We have a lot to learn from each other.

I would like to thank… (in no particular order)

My partner, family members and friends who supported us in so many ways.

The unionists and coworkers who bravely spoke to the press on CTA property in uniform on the day I was illegally fired. (video: http://tinyurl.com/hk7rjkv). I would also like to thank the 2nd Vice President of ATU 241 and the VP of ATU 308 (CTA rail workers) for speaking out at that press conference.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) (http://www.ctunet.com), The Fight for 15 (and a union) (http://fightfor15.org) along with over 100 mostly immigrant workers who demonstrated in front of our bus garage as part of the April 1 Day of Action (pictures, video and links: http://tinyurl.com/zl7ysnp).

Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents as well as my fellow steward at North Park CTA bus garage for defending me at the discipline hearings. I would like to thank our 1st VP and my fellow steward at North Park garage as well as many other coworker volunteers for trying to hold back the attacks against our working conditions while management repeatedly called the police to have me removed from our bus garage (picture: http://tinyurl.com/jkbl2uk). There are only two “part-time” stewards at our garage of over 600 working families – it’s an impossible situation that harms workers, our families and the riding public.

My coworkers at North Park bus garage and the other nine CTA and PACE suburban bus garages. Thank you for all the phone calls and petitions. Thank you for coming to and leading all the organizing/action meetings. Thank you for your tactical and strategic thinking and advice. Thank you for being the eyes and ears of the union while management kept us off property.

Our ATU International President and his staff for posting a link to one of our press statements on our international website (http://tinyurl.com/hxwkqrj).

The dozens of official statements and resolutions of support from all over the world and hundreds of written statements of support from individual unionists and worker leaders. The Confederation of Trade Unions, Seoul Regional Council, and The Korean Federation of Public Services and Transportation Workers Unions for their statement and pictures of support (http://tinyurl.com/hlvyp3p). The International Transit Workers Conference Against Privatization in Brazil which voted for a resolution supporting the case (http://tinyurl.com/zyl5734, video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU9NXdy5WmE). The International Network for Solidarity and Struggle (http://laboursolidarityandstruggle.org/site_english/) and the International Workers League (http://litci.org/en/) for their organization of international support. The Partisan Defense Committee who published and distributed a call for solidarity (http://tinyurl.com/hqybxnd) and asked their contacts to make a principled, non-sectarian stand on this case. Facts for Working People who also published a letter of support (http://tinyurl.com/z6g6fak).

Black Youth Project 100 (http://byp100.org/) and Black Lives Matter for speaking publicly in support (video: http://tinyurl.com/zdk45qd) and joining our organizing meetings. Public transit passenger advocacy groups and IMPROVE (http://tinyurl.com/j6pmmwt) and other para-transit justice fighters who joined our public actions and spoke out.

The many public transit passengers who called, emailed and exhorted the CTA to reverse their attacks. [see previous posts]

The Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) (http://www.coreteachers.org) for drafting and passing a resolution in support (http://tinyurl.com/jrlfg9g), creating an online petition (http://tinyurl.com/jjd35qo) and speaking out at each of our press conferences. I would also like to thank the many individual coworkers and activists that donated their time and money to writing press releases as well as designing, printing and distributing fliers.

The executive board members of ATU 241 for supporting several of our motions to attempt to mobilize our unions. I would also like to thank our 3rd Vice President and all the maintenance workers of CTA and PACE suburban and their leaders for supporting us during several critical membership votes.

The dozens of transit workers from around North America at the Labor Notes conference, who passed the hat and donated over $700 to help our family make it through this difficult period (http://tinyurl.com/hhk4rmg, twitter: http://tinyurl.com/jqbjbkh).

The volunteer social-justice lawyers who donated a considerable amount of their time and expertise. I would also like to thank the union lawyers who represented the union during arbitration and filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge.

The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, (https://transportworkers.org/) for their public reports. Work Week Radio who published a radio interview (http://tinyurl.com/hjwzyly). United Public Workers for Action (http://www.upwa.info/) and the Labor Video Project
(http://www.laborvideo.org) for videos (http://tinyurl.com/h77satr) and reports on this struggle. I would also like to thank Labor Beat video [http://www.laborbeat.org/] for editing, producing and distributing factual pro-worker, pro-union videos about this and related struggles that have gone around the world.

Tags: CTAATU 241Illegal Retaliationunion bustinglabor management collaboration
Categories: Labor News

They Fired Me And 'Made' Me Into An Organizer ATU 241 Fired Union Steward And Executive Board Member Eric Slater discusses his struggle and lessons against bullying & his illegal termination by Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

Current News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:55

They Fired Me And 'Made' Me Into An Organizer
ATU 241 Fired Union Steward And Executive Board Member Eric Slater discusses his struggle and lessons against bullying and his illegal termination by Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mAStqL1b7I

In writing:

Official results of the first round of elections for the leadership of my union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 241, were posted yesterday. In the first ballot, I was re-elected by my coworkers for the position of Executive Board representative for the North Park bus garage of the Chicago Transit Authority. For the next three years, I intend to continue to defend and organize our 600 working families. We are some of the most impressive and powerful workers. I look forward to continuing to help turn our union of 10,000 transit worker and retiree families towards the larger struggle of working people. That is where we will begin to win.

Run-off elections for the top two candidates for many other positions will occur later this month. Our current president has been voted out of office and we will have a new president and 1st vice president on April 1. Whoever is elected, they will need the solidarity of the working class to confront our employer and the city administration for the disrespectful and dangerous working conditions we face.

I would like to acknowledge the many coworkers who publicly encouraged workers at our bus garage to vote for me. I would also like to acknowledge my family and allies for supporting me and doing so much work during the campaign.

The program of action that I, and already three other candidates have co-signed included these action items:

-Continue and intensify the public contract campaign. More rank-and-file workers protected and encouraged to speak publicly. Fighting alliances with other unions and working class organizations. We can win good contracts, but we have to organize and fight for it alongside the working-class.
-Form organizing/mobilization and education/training departments of the local.
-Form public committees open to all members to lead: mass-action committee, contract/strike committee, retiree/laid off/fired worker committees, etc. Publicize regular meetings well in advance.
-Transportation stewards should be made into executive board members and additional elections should be held for more stewards and assistant stewards. A stewards council should be formed which meets monthly. All of us are already disciplined leaders – leaders of our family, in our communities and at our workplace – anyone of us can and should lead.

Public Letter of Appreciation to Those who Helped Win my Return to Work Order

(this public letter and hyperlinks can be found on Facebook here: http://tinyurl.com/zcnwmzu)

On October 6, at the International Convention of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) in Toronto, Canada, I was informed that our union had won a return-to-work order with back-pay ruling regarding my termination as a 10-year Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) public bus driver.

On February 11, 2016, I was fired for insubordination for doing the work of defending my coworkers and defending our contract. Because I am a shop steward and elected Executive Board member of our union of over 10,000 working families, this was an attack on our entire union and it's long history.

However, the appointed managers of the CTA may unjustly appeal the ruling, like they did our $20M grievance for breaking our contract and overworking part-time workers as they laid off over 1,000 of us and massively cut public transit service during the “doomsday” cuts of 2011. This is still in the courts even though the CTA knows they cannot win. They would rather pay their lawyers (from the city budget they claim is bankrupt) to stall in order to use this as leverage in contract negotiations that are ongoing (our contract ended December 31, 2015). These managers may also drag out negotiations for the "make whole" ruling among other dirty tricks. All these delay tactics harm our working class communities.

Let's keep the pressure on to return to work (with all back pay and benefits) our hundreds of unjustly fired transit workers. Let’s continue to fight for a massive expansion of public transportation (and other social needs) where thousands of unemployed workers are hired for front-line jobs at union-scale pay and benefits.

The broader struggle is far from over, but I want to take this time to publicly thank some of the many organizations and hundreds of people who directly contributed to this partial victory. I hope workers in struggle will communicate with the organizations, read the websites, look at the pictures and watch some of the videos below. We have a lot to learn from each other.

I would like to thank… (in no particular order)

My partner, family members and friends who supported us in so many ways.

The unionists and coworkers who bravely spoke to the press on CTA property in uniform on the day I was illegally fired. (video: http://tinyurl.com/hk7rjkv). I would also like to thank the 2nd Vice President of ATU 241 and the VP of ATU 308 (CTA rail workers) for speaking out at that press conference.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) (http://www.ctunet.com), The Fight for 15 (and a union) (http://fightfor15.org) along with over 100 mostly immigrant workers who demonstrated in front of our bus garage as part of the April 1 Day of Action (pictures, video and links: http://tinyurl.com/zl7ysnp).

Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents as well as my fellow steward at North Park CTA bus garage for defending me at the discipline hearings. I would like to thank our 1st VP and my fellow steward at North Park garage as well as many other coworker volunteers for trying to hold back the attacks against our working conditions while management repeatedly called the police to have me removed from our bus garage (picture: http://tinyurl.com/jkbl2uk). There are only two “part-time” stewards at our garage of over 600 working families – it’s an impossible situation that harms workers, our families and the riding public.

My coworkers at North Park bus garage and the other nine CTA and PACE suburban bus garages. Thank you for all the phone calls and petitions. Thank you for coming to and leading all the organizing/action meetings. Thank you for your tactical and strategic thinking and advice. Thank you for being the eyes and ears of the union while management kept us off property.

Our ATU International President and his staff for posting a link to one of our press statements on our international website (http://tinyurl.com/hxwkqrj).

The dozens of official statements and resolutions of support from all over the world and hundreds of written statements of support from individual unionists and worker leaders. The Confederation of Trade Unions, Seoul Regional Council, and The Korean Federation of Public Services and Transportation Workers Unions for their statement and pictures of support (http://tinyurl.com/hlvyp3p). The International Transit Workers Conference Against Privatization in Brazil which voted for a resolution supporting the case (http://tinyurl.com/zyl5734, video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU9NXdy5WmE). The International Network for Solidarity and Struggle (http://laboursolidarityandstruggle.org/site_english/) and the International Workers League (http://litci.org/en/) for their organization of international support. The Partisan Defense Committee who published and distributed a call for solidarity (http://tinyurl.com/hqybxnd) and asked their contacts to make a principled, non-sectarian stand on this case. Facts for Working People who also published a letter of support (http://tinyurl.com/z6g6fak).

Black Youth Project 100 (http://byp100.org/) and Black Lives Matter for speaking publicly in support (video: http://tinyurl.com/zdk45qd) and joining our organizing meetings. Public transit passenger advocacy groups and IMPROVE (http://tinyurl.com/j6pmmwt) and other para-transit justice fighters who joined our public actions and spoke out.

The many public transit passengers who called, emailed and exhorted the CTA to reverse their attacks. [see previous posts]

The Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) (http://www.coreteachers.org) for drafting and passing a resolution in support (http://tinyurl.com/jrlfg9g), creating an online petition (http://tinyurl.com/jjd35qo) and speaking out at each of our press conferences. I would also like to thank the many individual coworkers and activists that donated their time and money to writing press releases as well as designing, printing and distributing fliers.

The executive board members of ATU 241 for supporting several of our motions to attempt to mobilize our unions. I would also like to thank our 3rd Vice President and all the maintenance workers of CTA and PACE suburban and their leaders for supporting us during several critical membership votes.

The dozens of transit workers from around North America at the Labor Notes conference, who passed the hat and donated over $700 to help our family make it through this difficult period (http://tinyurl.com/hhk4rmg, twitter: http://tinyurl.com/jqbjbkh).

The volunteer social-justice lawyers who donated a considerable amount of their time and expertise. I would also like to thank the union lawyers who represented the union during arbitration and filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge.

The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, (https://transportworkers.org/) for their public reports. Work Week Radio who published a radio interview (http://tinyurl.com/hjwzyly). United Public Workers for Action (http://www.upwa.info/) and the Labor Video Project
(http://www.laborvideo.org) for videos (http://tinyurl.com/h77satr) and reports on this struggle. I would also like to thank Labor Beat video [http://www.laborbeat.org/] for editing, producing and distributing factual pro-worker, pro-union videos about this and related struggles that have gone around the world.

Tags: CTAATU 241Illegal Retaliationunion bustinglabor management collaboration
Categories: Labor News

They Fired Me And 'Made' Me Into An Organizer ATU 241 Fired Union Steward And Executive Board Member Eric Slater discusses his struggle and lessons against bullying & his illegal termination by Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

Current News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:55

They Fired Me And 'Made' Me Into An Organizer
ATU 241 Fired Union Steward And Executive Board Member Eric Slater discusses his struggle and lessons against bullying and his illegal termination by Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mAStqL1b7I

In writing:

Official results of the first round of elections for the leadership of my union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 241, were posted yesterday. In the first ballot, I was re-elected by my coworkers for the position of Executive Board representative for the North Park bus garage of the Chicago Transit Authority. For the next three years, I intend to continue to defend and organize our 600 working families. We are some of the most impressive and powerful workers. I look forward to continuing to help turn our union of 10,000 transit worker and retiree families towards the larger struggle of working people. That is where we will begin to win.

Run-off elections for the top two candidates for many other positions will occur later this month. Our current president has been voted out of office and we will have a new president and 1st vice president on April 1. Whoever is elected, they will need the solidarity of the working class to confront our employer and the city administration for the disrespectful and dangerous working conditions we face.

I would like to acknowledge the many coworkers who publicly encouraged workers at our bus garage to vote for me. I would also like to acknowledge my family and allies for supporting me and doing so much work during the campaign.

The program of action that I, and already three other candidates have co-signed included these action items:

-Continue and intensify the public contract campaign. More rank-and-file workers protected and encouraged to speak publicly. Fighting alliances with other unions and working class organizations. We can win good contracts, but we have to organize and fight for it alongside the working-class.
-Form organizing/mobilization and education/training departments of the local.
-Form public committees open to all members to lead: mass-action committee, contract/strike committee, retiree/laid off/fired worker committees, etc. Publicize regular meetings well in advance.
-Transportation stewards should be made into executive board members and additional elections should be held for more stewards and assistant stewards. A stewards council should be formed which meets monthly. All of us are already disciplined leaders – leaders of our family, in our communities and at our workplace – anyone of us can and should lead.

Public Letter of Appreciation to Those who Helped Win my Return to Work Order

(this public letter and hyperlinks can be found on Facebook here: http://tinyurl.com/zcnwmzu)

On October 6, at the International Convention of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) in Toronto, Canada, I was informed that our union had won a return-to-work order with back-pay ruling regarding my termination as a 10-year Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) public bus driver.

On February 11, 2016, I was fired for insubordination for doing the work of defending my coworkers and defending our contract. Because I am a shop steward and elected Executive Board member of our union of over 10,000 working families, this was an attack on our entire union and it's long history.

However, the appointed managers of the CTA may unjustly appeal the ruling, like they did our $20M grievance for breaking our contract and overworking part-time workers as they laid off over 1,000 of us and massively cut public transit service during the “doomsday” cuts of 2011. This is still in the courts even though the CTA knows they cannot win. They would rather pay their lawyers (from the city budget they claim is bankrupt) to stall in order to use this as leverage in contract negotiations that are ongoing (our contract ended December 31, 2015). These managers may also drag out negotiations for the "make whole" ruling among other dirty tricks. All these delay tactics harm our working class communities.

Let's keep the pressure on to return to work (with all back pay and benefits) our hundreds of unjustly fired transit workers. Let’s continue to fight for a massive expansion of public transportation (and other social needs) where thousands of unemployed workers are hired for front-line jobs at union-scale pay and benefits.

The broader struggle is far from over, but I want to take this time to publicly thank some of the many organizations and hundreds of people who directly contributed to this partial victory. I hope workers in struggle will communicate with the organizations, read the websites, look at the pictures and watch some of the videos below. We have a lot to learn from each other.

I would like to thank… (in no particular order)

My partner, family members and friends who supported us in so many ways.

The unionists and coworkers who bravely spoke to the press on CTA property in uniform on the day I was illegally fired. (video: http://tinyurl.com/hk7rjkv). I would also like to thank the 2nd Vice President of ATU 241 and the VP of ATU 308 (CTA rail workers) for speaking out at that press conference.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) (http://www.ctunet.com), The Fight for 15 (and a union) (http://fightfor15.org) along with over 100 mostly immigrant workers who demonstrated in front of our bus garage as part of the April 1 Day of Action (pictures, video and links: http://tinyurl.com/zl7ysnp).

Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents as well as my fellow steward at North Park CTA bus garage for defending me at the discipline hearings. I would like to thank our 1st VP and my fellow steward at North Park garage as well as many other coworker volunteers for trying to hold back the attacks against our working conditions while management repeatedly called the police to have me removed from our bus garage (picture: http://tinyurl.com/jkbl2uk). There are only two “part-time” stewards at our garage of over 600 working families – it’s an impossible situation that harms workers, our families and the riding public.

My coworkers at North Park bus garage and the other nine CTA and PACE suburban bus garages. Thank you for all the phone calls and petitions. Thank you for coming to and leading all the organizing/action meetings. Thank you for your tactical and strategic thinking and advice. Thank you for being the eyes and ears of the union while management kept us off property.

Our ATU International President and his staff for posting a link to one of our press statements on our international website (http://tinyurl.com/hxwkqrj).

The dozens of official statements and resolutions of support from all over the world and hundreds of written statements of support from individual unionists and worker leaders. The Confederation of Trade Unions, Seoul Regional Council, and The Korean Federation of Public Services and Transportation Workers Unions for their statement and pictures of support (http://tinyurl.com/hlvyp3p). The International Transit Workers Conference Against Privatization in Brazil which voted for a resolution supporting the case (http://tinyurl.com/zyl5734, video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU9NXdy5WmE). The International Network for Solidarity and Struggle (http://laboursolidarityandstruggle.org/site_english/) and the International Workers League (http://litci.org/en/) for their organization of international support. The Partisan Defense Committee who published and distributed a call for solidarity (http://tinyurl.com/hqybxnd) and asked their contacts to make a principled, non-sectarian stand on this case. Facts for Working People who also published a letter of support (http://tinyurl.com/z6g6fak).

Black Youth Project 100 (http://byp100.org/) and Black Lives Matter for speaking publicly in support (video: http://tinyurl.com/zdk45qd) and joining our organizing meetings. Public transit passenger advocacy groups and IMPROVE (http://tinyurl.com/j6pmmwt) and other para-transit justice fighters who joined our public actions and spoke out.

The many public transit passengers who called, emailed and exhorted the CTA to reverse their attacks. [see previous posts]

The Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) (http://www.coreteachers.org) for drafting and passing a resolution in support (http://tinyurl.com/jrlfg9g), creating an online petition (http://tinyurl.com/jjd35qo) and speaking out at each of our press conferences. I would also like to thank the many individual coworkers and activists that donated their time and money to writing press releases as well as designing, printing and distributing fliers.

The executive board members of ATU 241 for supporting several of our motions to attempt to mobilize our unions. I would also like to thank our 3rd Vice President and all the maintenance workers of CTA and PACE suburban and their leaders for supporting us during several critical membership votes.

The dozens of transit workers from around North America at the Labor Notes conference, who passed the hat and donated over $700 to help our family make it through this difficult period (http://tinyurl.com/hhk4rmg, twitter: http://tinyurl.com/jqbjbkh).

The volunteer social-justice lawyers who donated a considerable amount of their time and expertise. I would also like to thank the union lawyers who represented the union during arbitration and filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge.

The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, (https://transportworkers.org/) for their public reports. Work Week Radio who published a radio interview (http://tinyurl.com/hjwzyly). United Public Workers for Action (http://www.upwa.info/) and the Labor Video Project
(http://www.laborvideo.org) for videos (http://tinyurl.com/h77satr) and reports on this struggle. I would also like to thank Labor Beat video [http://www.laborbeat.org/] for editing, producing and distributing factual pro-worker, pro-union videos about this and related struggles that have gone around the world.

Tags: CTAATU 241Illegal Retaliationunion bustinglabor management collaboration
Categories: Labor News

They Fired Me And 'Made' Me Into An Organizer ATU 241 Fired Union Steward And Executive Board Member Eric Slater discusses his struggle and lessons against bullying & his illegal termination by Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

Current News - Thu, 03/30/2017 - 07:53

They Fired Me And 'Made' Me Into An Organizer
ATU 241 Fired Union Steward And Executive Board Member Eric Slater discusses his struggle and lessons against bullying and his illegal termination by Chicago Transit Authority CTA.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mAStqL1b7I

In writing:

Official results of the first round of elections for the leadership of my union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 241, were posted yesterday. In the first ballot, I was re-elected by my coworkers for the position of Executive Board representative for the North Park bus garage of the Chicago Transit Authority. For the next three years, I intend to continue to defend and organize our 600 working families. We are some of the most impressive and powerful workers. I look forward to continuing to help turn our union of 10,000 transit worker and retiree families towards the larger struggle of working people. That is where we will begin to win.

Run-off elections for the top two candidates for many other positions will occur later this month. Our current president has been voted out of office and we will have a new president and 1st vice president on April 1. Whoever is elected, they will need the solidarity of the working class to confront our employer and the city administration for the disrespectful and dangerous working conditions we face.

I would like to acknowledge the many coworkers who publicly encouraged workers at our bus garage to vote for me. I would also like to acknowledge my family and allies for supporting me and doing so much work during the campaign.

The program of action that I, and already three other candidates have co-signed included these action items:

-Continue and intensify the public contract campaign. More rank-and-file workers protected and encouraged to speak publicly. Fighting alliances with other unions and working class organizations. We can win good contracts, but we have to organize and fight for it alongside the working-class.
-Form organizing/mobilization and education/training departments of the local.
-Form public committees open to all members to lead: mass-action committee, contract/strike committee, retiree/laid off/fired worker committees, etc. Publicize regular meetings well in advance.
-Transportation stewards should be made into executive board members and additional elections should be held for more stewards and assistant stewards. A stewards council should be formed which meets monthly. All of us are already disciplined leaders – leaders of our family, in our communities and at our workplace – anyone of us can and should lead.

Public Letter of Appreciation to Those who Helped Win my Return to Work Order

(this public letter and hyperlinks can be found on Facebook here: http://tinyurl.com/zcnwmzu)

On October 6, at the International Convention of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) in Toronto, Canada, I was informed that our union had won a return-to-work order with back-pay ruling regarding my termination as a 10-year Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) public bus driver.

On February 11, 2016, I was fired for insubordination for doing the work of defending my coworkers and defending our contract. Because I am a shop steward and elected Executive Board member of our union of over 10,000 working families, this was an attack on our entire union and it's long history.

However, the appointed managers of the CTA may unjustly appeal the ruling, like they did our $20M grievance for breaking our contract and overworking part-time workers as they laid off over 1,000 of us and massively cut public transit service during the “doomsday” cuts of 2011. This is still in the courts even though the CTA knows they cannot win. They would rather pay their lawyers (from the city budget they claim is bankrupt) to stall in order to use this as leverage in contract negotiations that are ongoing (our contract ended December 31, 2015). These managers may also drag out negotiations for the "make whole" ruling among other dirty tricks. All these delay tactics harm our working class communities.

Let's keep the pressure on to return to work (with all back pay and benefits) our hundreds of unjustly fired transit workers. Let’s continue to fight for a massive expansion of public transportation (and other social needs) where thousands of unemployed workers are hired for front-line jobs at union-scale pay and benefits.

The broader struggle is far from over, but I want to take this time to publicly thank some of the many organizations and hundreds of people who directly contributed to this partial victory. I hope workers in struggle will communicate with the organizations, read the websites, look at the pictures and watch some of the videos below. We have a lot to learn from each other.

I would like to thank… (in no particular order)

My partner, family members and friends who supported us in so many ways.

The unionists and coworkers who bravely spoke to the press on CTA property in uniform on the day I was illegally fired. (video: http://tinyurl.com/hk7rjkv). I would also like to thank the 2nd Vice President of ATU 241 and the VP of ATU 308 (CTA rail workers) for speaking out at that press conference.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) (http://www.ctunet.com), The Fight for 15 (and a union) (http://fightfor15.org) along with over 100 mostly immigrant workers who demonstrated in front of our bus garage as part of the April 1 Day of Action (pictures, video and links: http://tinyurl.com/zl7ysnp).

Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents as well as my fellow steward at North Park CTA bus garage for defending me at the discipline hearings. I would like to thank our 1st VP and my fellow steward at North Park garage as well as many other coworker volunteers for trying to hold back the attacks against our working conditions while management repeatedly called the police to have me removed from our bus garage (picture: http://tinyurl.com/jkbl2uk). There are only two “part-time” stewards at our garage of over 600 working families – it’s an impossible situation that harms workers, our families and the riding public.

My coworkers at North Park bus garage and the other nine CTA and PACE suburban bus garages. Thank you for all the phone calls and petitions. Thank you for coming to and leading all the organizing/action meetings. Thank you for your tactical and strategic thinking and advice. Thank you for being the eyes and ears of the union while management kept us off property.

Our ATU International President and his staff for posting a link to one of our press statements on our international website (http://tinyurl.com/hxwkqrj).

The dozens of official statements and resolutions of support from all over the world and hundreds of written statements of support from individual unionists and worker leaders. The Confederation of Trade Unions, Seoul Regional Council, and The Korean Federation of Public Services and Transportation Workers Unions for their statement and pictures of support (http://tinyurl.com/hlvyp3p). The International Transit Workers Conference Against Privatization in Brazil which voted for a resolution supporting the case (http://tinyurl.com/zyl5734, video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU9NXdy5WmE). The International Network for Solidarity and Struggle (http://laboursolidarityandstruggle.org/site_english/) and the International Workers League (http://litci.org/en/) for their organization of international support. The Partisan Defense Committee who published and distributed a call for solidarity (http://tinyurl.com/hqybxnd) and asked their contacts to make a principled, non-sectarian stand on this case. Facts for Working People who also published a letter of support (http://tinyurl.com/z6g6fak).

Black Youth Project 100 (http://byp100.org/) and Black Lives Matter for speaking publicly in support (video: http://tinyurl.com/zdk45qd) and joining our organizing meetings. Public transit passenger advocacy groups and IMPROVE (http://tinyurl.com/j6pmmwt) and other para-transit justice fighters who joined our public actions and spoke out.

The many public transit passengers who called, emailed and exhorted the CTA to reverse their attacks. [see previous posts]

The Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) (http://www.coreteachers.org) for drafting and passing a resolution in support (http://tinyurl.com/jrlfg9g), creating an online petition (http://tinyurl.com/jjd35qo) and speaking out at each of our press conferences. I would also like to thank the many individual coworkers and activists that donated their time and money to writing press releases as well as designing, printing and distributing fliers.

The executive board members of ATU 241 for supporting several of our motions to attempt to mobilize our unions. I would also like to thank our 3rd Vice President and all the maintenance workers of CTA and PACE suburban and their leaders for supporting us during several critical membership votes.

The dozens of transit workers from around North America at the Labor Notes conference, who passed the hat and donated over $700 to help our family make it through this difficult period (http://tinyurl.com/hhk4rmg, twitter: http://tinyurl.com/jqbjbkh).

The volunteer social-justice lawyers who donated a considerable amount of their time and expertise. I would also like to thank the union lawyers who represented the union during arbitration and filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge.

The Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, (https://transportworkers.org/) for their public reports. Work Week Radio who published a radio interview (http://tinyurl.com/hjwzyly). United Public Workers for Action (http://www.upwa.info/) and the Labor Video Project
(http://www.laborvideo.org) for videos (http://tinyurl.com/h77satr) and reports on this struggle. I would also like to thank Labor Beat video [http://www.laborbeat.org/] for editing, producing and distributing factual pro-worker, pro-union videos about this and related struggles that have gone around the world.

Tags: CTAATU 241Illegal Retaliationunion bustinglabor management collaboration
Categories: Labor News

Korea (South): Samsung Galaxy 8 is a global poster boy for corporate greed

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Categories: Labor News

Burma: 650 clothing factory workers sacked over strike

Labourstart.org News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Myanmar Times
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ITF and unions cheer as Uber pulls out of Denmark “The illegal Uber-business model has had a high price for Danish taxi drivers. Now they can work without illegal and unfair competition again."

Current News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 07:23

ITF and unions cheer as Uber pulls out of Denmark “The illegal Uber-business model has had a high price for Danish taxi drivers. Now they can work without illegal and unfair competition again."
http://www.itfglobal.org/en/news-events/news/2017/march/itf-and-unions-c...
The ITF and its unions have hailed as a victory for jobs and safety Uber’s announcement on 28 March that it is to pull out of Denmark.
29/03/2017
The company claims that the Danish government’s new taxi law – introduced after a vigorous public and lobbying campaign by ITF unions and others – has proved the final straw for the ride-sharing app operator. It has announced that its last day of operations in the country will be 18 April.

Unions say that Uber knew from the start of its Danish operations in 2014 that its business model was illegal under the country’s existing laws – a fact backed up by a court ruling in July 2016. It remains illegal under the new law, which stipulates among other changes that it will become obligatory for taxis to have seat sensors, video surveillance and taxi meters.

Jan Villadsen, president of ITF union 3F Transport, said: “The illegal Uber-business model has had a high price for Danish taxi drivers. Now they can work without illegal and unfair competition again. It took two years and six months to kick Uber out of Denmark, and international solidarity and co-operation has been very important in helping achieve that.

“But other companies and business models like Uber are expected to enter Denmark and multinational companies are creative, so we will have to be very focused on this during the coming years. The people behind these operations have got a single goal – they want to create value for themselves, not for society.”

Mac Urata, ITF inland transport secretary, praised the Danish unions for their creative public relations campaign that sent the message home to the Danish citizens that the Uber business model is destroying their welfare state. He added that he hoped unions in other countries would take heart from this victory as they fought their own battles against Uber and similar ride-sharing services.

The ITF is supporting workers and unions around the globe who are also fighting against Uber and its like – including in Argentina, India and Qatar and Japan.

This news article takes a look at the battles Uber is facing in Europe (in Danish only).

Read about the ITF’s international meeting on the threat to workers of ‘Ubernomics’.

Read about the latest UK legal ruling on Uber.

Find out how your union can help taxi workers.

Tags: UberDenmarkregulation3F Transport
Categories: Labor News

ITF and unions cheer as Uber pulls out of Denmark " “The illegal Uber-business model has had a high price for Danish taxi drivers. Now they can work without illegal and unfair competition again."

Current News - Wed, 03/29/2017 - 07:23

ITF and unions cheer as Uber pulls out of Denmark
http://www.itfglobal.org/en/news-events/news/2017/march/itf-and-unions-c...
The ITF and its unions have hailed as a victory for jobs and safety Uber’s announcement on 28 March that it is to pull out of Denmark.
29/03/2017
The company claims that the Danish government’s new taxi law – introduced after a vigorous public and lobbying campaign by ITF unions and others – has proved the final straw for the ride-sharing app operator. It has announced that its last day of operations in the country will be 18 April.

Unions say that Uber knew from the start of its Danish operations in 2014 that its business model was illegal under the country’s existing laws – a fact backed up by a court ruling in July 2016. It remains illegal under the new law, which stipulates among other changes that it will become obligatory for taxis to have seat sensors, video surveillance and taxi meters.

Jan Villadsen, president of ITF union 3F Transport, said: “The illegal Uber-business model has had a high price for Danish taxi drivers. Now they can work without illegal and unfair competition again. It took two years and six months to kick Uber out of Denmark, and international solidarity and co-operation has been very important in helping achieve that.

“But other companies and business models like Uber are expected to enter Denmark and multinational companies are creative, so we will have to be very focused on this during the coming years. The people behind these operations have got a single goal – they want to create value for themselves, not for society.”

Mac Urata, ITF inland transport secretary, praised the Danish unions for their creative public relations campaign that sent the message home to the Danish citizens that the Uber business model is destroying their welfare state. He added that he hoped unions in other countries would take heart from this victory as they fought their own battles against Uber and similar ride-sharing services.

The ITF is supporting workers and unions around the globe who are also fighting against Uber and its like – including in Argentina, India and Qatar and Japan.

This news article takes a look at the battles Uber is facing in Europe (in Danish only).

Read about the ITF’s international meeting on the threat to workers of ‘Ubernomics’.

Read about the latest UK legal ruling on Uber.

Find out how your union can help taxi workers.

Tags: UberDenmarkregulation3F Transport
Categories: Labor News

WA State IBU ILWU Ferry galley workers frustrated by lack of benefits

Current News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:10

WA State IBU ILWU Ferry galley workers frustrated by lack of benefits
http://www.king5.com/news/local/ferry-galley-workers-frustrated-by-lack-...
Ed Friedrich , The Kitsap Sun , KING 9:26 AM. PDT March 28, 2017

Galley workers remain without health care insurance six months after their new company began providing food services on state ferries.

In late March, Washington State Ferries awarded Connecticut-based Centerplate the galley and vending contracts for four years with a six-year option. The corporation employs 30,000 people at arenas, cinemas, convention centers and other venues in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including Safeco Field and the Tacoma Dome. Its revenues were $850 million in 2014.

Former food vendor Olympic Cascade Services challenged the contract in court, delaying it until October. The Bremerton company employed about 75 workers, for whom it provided insurance through Group Health. Centerplate says no major carrier will cover the galley workers because the risk is too high — mostly women, older than 45 and on the water.

"It's pretty unbelievable that it's a national company and they can't find comparative health care," said Chris Simmons, business agent with the Inlandboatmen's Union.

The contract neither requires Centerplate to provide health insurance nor to participate with the union.

"It's really between labor and the employees," WSF spokesman Ian Sterling said. "We're not involved in it. At the time (of the change), what we tried to do was protect jobs (of Olympic Cascade workers). We were neutral on whether they were in a union."

The company recognized the union from the beginning and quickly negotiated most issues. None can be administered until the entire package, which is awaiting health insurance and pay, is approved. Galley employees now start at $12 an hour. The union is requesting an increase to Seattle's minimum wage of $15 an hour plus 60 cents. Centerplate appeared to find that reasonable, Simmons said.

"This (insurance) is what's holding up negotiations, so the galley employees are upset," Simmons said. "We would have a contract if they had offered us a decent health care package, so right now we have no health care at all."

The Inlandboatmen's Union offered to add the ferry workers to the union insurance, but Centerplate said the cost was too high. Centerplate countered with a self-insure plan, but the union found it no better than catastrophic care and wouldn't accept it.

"We're trying to work with this company because we want them to succeed, but I tell them I can't sign a contract that (the workers) can't afford," Simmons said.

A Centerplate spokeswoman said the company is in contract negotiations with the union.

"As part of those negotiations, we have made an economic offer, which includes health insurance," Diana Evans said. "Beyond that, we are not at liberty to discuss specifics other than reiterate our commitment to continue to negotiate in good faith."

The combination of low pay and no insurance has hindered the hiring and retaining of employees, said Simmons and Wayne Stapelton, a galley worker on the Bainbridge-Seattle route who serves on labor relations and contract negotiation teams. The workforce has dropped to the 80s from 110. Galleys are operating with skeleton crews. It is unclear how the Affordable Care Act mandate would apply to this situation.

"I'm still on their side (compared to Olympic), but when it comes down to them making money hand over fist, why are we the ones being asked to bite the bullet?" Stapleton said. "These (Centerplate) people treat us like human beings. The only problem here is age-old corporate greed."

Tags: WA State Ferry Galley WorkersIBU ILWUhealthcare
Categories: Labor News

WA State IBU ILWU Ferry galley workers frustrated by lack of benefits

Current News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:10

WA State IBU ILWU Ferry galley workers frustrated by lack of benefits
http://www.king5.com/news/local/ferry-galley-workers-frustrated-by-lack-...
Ed Friedrich , The Kitsap Sun , KING 9:26 AM. PDT March 28, 2017

Galley workers remain without health care insurance six months after their new company began providing food services on state ferries.

In late March, Washington State Ferries awarded Connecticut-based Centerplate the galley and vending contracts for four years with a six-year option. The corporation employs 30,000 people at arenas, cinemas, convention centers and other venues in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including Safeco Field and the Tacoma Dome. Its revenues were $850 million in 2014.

Former food vendor Olympic Cascade Services challenged the contract in court, delaying it until October. The Bremerton company employed about 75 workers, for whom it provided insurance through Group Health. Centerplate says no major carrier will cover the galley workers because the risk is too high — mostly women, older than 45 and on the water.

"It's pretty unbelievable that it's a national company and they can't find comparative health care," said Chris Simmons, business agent with the Inlandboatmen's Union.

The contract neither requires Centerplate to provide health insurance nor to participate with the union.

"It's really between labor and the employees," WSF spokesman Ian Sterling said. "We're not involved in it. At the time (of the change), what we tried to do was protect jobs (of Olympic Cascade workers). We were neutral on whether they were in a union."

The company recognized the union from the beginning and quickly negotiated most issues. None can be administered until the entire package, which is awaiting health insurance and pay, is approved. Galley employees now start at $12 an hour. The union is requesting an increase to Seattle's minimum wage of $15 an hour plus 60 cents. Centerplate appeared to find that reasonable, Simmons said.

"This (insurance) is what's holding up negotiations, so the galley employees are upset," Simmons said. "We would have a contract if they had offered us a decent health care package, so right now we have no health care at all."

The Inlandboatmen's Union offered to add the ferry workers to the union insurance, but Centerplate said the cost was too high. Centerplate countered with a self-insure plan, but the union found it no better than catastrophic care and wouldn't accept it.

"We're trying to work with this company because we want them to succeed, but I tell them I can't sign a contract that (the workers) can't afford," Simmons said.

A Centerplate spokeswoman said the company is in contract negotiations with the union.

"As part of those negotiations, we have made an economic offer, which includes health insurance," Diana Evans said. "Beyond that, we are not at liberty to discuss specifics other than reiterate our commitment to continue to negotiate in good faith."

The combination of low pay and no insurance has hindered the hiring and retaining of employees, said Simmons and Wayne Stapelton, a galley worker on the Bainbridge-Seattle route who serves on labor relations and contract negotiation teams. The workforce has dropped to the 80s from 110. Galleys are operating with skeleton crews. It is unclear how the Affordable Care Act mandate would apply to this situation.

"I'm still on their side (compared to Olympic), but when it comes down to them making money hand over fist, why are we the ones being asked to bite the bullet?" Stapleton said. "These (Centerplate) people treat us like human beings. The only problem here is age-old corporate greed."

Tags: WA State Ferry Galley WorkersIBU ILWUhealthcare
Categories: Labor News

WA State IBU ILWU Ferry galley workers frustrated by lack of benefits

Current News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:10

WA State IBU ILWU Ferry galley workers frustrated by lack of benefits
http://www.king5.com/news/local/ferry-galley-workers-frustrated-by-lack-...
Ed Friedrich , The Kitsap Sun , KING 9:26 AM. PDT March 28, 2017

Galley workers remain without health care insurance six months after their new company began providing food services on state ferries.

In late March, Washington State Ferries awarded Connecticut-based Centerplate the galley and vending contracts for four years with a six-year option. The corporation employs 30,000 people at arenas, cinemas, convention centers and other venues in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including Safeco Field and the Tacoma Dome. Its revenues were $850 million in 2014.

Former food vendor Olympic Cascade Services challenged the contract in court, delaying it until October. The Bremerton company employed about 75 workers, for whom it provided insurance through Group Health. Centerplate says no major carrier will cover the galley workers because the risk is too high — mostly women, older than 45 and on the water.

"It's pretty unbelievable that it's a national company and they can't find comparative health care," said Chris Simmons, business agent with the Inlandboatmen's Union.

The contract neither requires Centerplate to provide health insurance nor to participate with the union.

"It's really between labor and the employees," WSF spokesman Ian Sterling said. "We're not involved in it. At the time (of the change), what we tried to do was protect jobs (of Olympic Cascade workers). We were neutral on whether they were in a union."

The company recognized the union from the beginning and quickly negotiated most issues. None can be administered until the entire package, which is awaiting health insurance and pay, is approved. Galley employees now start at $12 an hour. The union is requesting an increase to Seattle's minimum wage of $15 an hour plus 60 cents. Centerplate appeared to find that reasonable, Simmons said.

"This (insurance) is what's holding up negotiations, so the galley employees are upset," Simmons said. "We would have a contract if they had offered us a decent health care package, so right now we have no health care at all."

The Inlandboatmen's Union offered to add the ferry workers to the union insurance, but Centerplate said the cost was too high. Centerplate countered with a self-insure plan, but the union found it no better than catastrophic care and wouldn't accept it.

"We're trying to work with this company because we want them to succeed, but I tell them I can't sign a contract that (the workers) can't afford," Simmons said.

A Centerplate spokeswoman said the company is in contract negotiations with the union.

"As part of those negotiations, we have made an economic offer, which includes health insurance," Diana Evans said. "Beyond that, we are not at liberty to discuss specifics other than reiterate our commitment to continue to negotiate in good faith."

The combination of low pay and no insurance has hindered the hiring and retaining of employees, said Simmons and Wayne Stapelton, a galley worker on the Bainbridge-Seattle route who serves on labor relations and contract negotiation teams. The workforce has dropped to the 80s from 110. Galleys are operating with skeleton crews. It is unclear how the Affordable Care Act mandate would apply to this situation.

"I'm still on their side (compared to Olympic), but when it comes down to them making money hand over fist, why are we the ones being asked to bite the bullet?" Stapleton said. "These (Centerplate) people treat us like human beings. The only problem here is age-old corporate greed."

Tags: WA State Ferry Galley WorkersIBU ILWUhealthcare
Categories: Labor News

Unionized Canadian Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.

Current News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:40

Unionized Canadian Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.
http://ht.ly/meDE30aki8k
GRT workers reject tentative deal
Union must give two days notice before a strike takes place
CBC News Posted: Mar 28, 2017 7:26 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2017 7:26 AM ET

The union representing GRT workers must give two days notice if strike action will occur.

Unionized Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.

The tentative deal was reached about a week ago, but members of Unifor Local 4304 did not agree to the proposal.

Local 4304, who represents 644 workers, have been without a contract since the end of 2016 and negotiations for a new contract began in December.

Buses will continue to run as usual this morning as both sides go back to the negotiation table.

Workers are still in a legal strike or lockout position, but the union must give two days notice before a strike can take place, if an agreement can't be reached.

Unifor Local 4304, represents the transit service's drivers, service attendants, fleet mechanics and dispatchers.

Tags: Canadian Grand River Transit workersUniform 4304
Categories: Labor News

Unionized Canadian Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.

Current News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:40

Unionized Canadian Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.
http://ht.ly/meDE30aki8k
GRT workers reject tentative deal
Union must give two days notice before a strike takes place
CBC News Posted: Mar 28, 2017 7:26 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2017 7:26 AM ET

The union representing GRT workers must give two days notice if strike action will occur.

Unionized Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.

The tentative deal was reached about a week ago, but members of Unifor Local 4304 did not agree to the proposal.

Local 4304, who represents 644 workers, have been without a contract since the end of 2016 and negotiations for a new contract began in December.

Buses will continue to run as usual this morning as both sides go back to the negotiation table.

Workers are still in a legal strike or lockout position, but the union must give two days notice before a strike can take place, if an agreement can't be reached.

Unifor Local 4304, represents the transit service's drivers, service attendants, fleet mechanics and dispatchers.

Tags: Canadian Grand River Transit workersUniform 4304
Categories: Labor News

Unionized Canadian Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.

Current News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:40

Unionized Canadian Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.
http://ht.ly/meDE30aki8k
GRT workers reject tentative deal
Union must give two days notice before a strike takes place
CBC News Posted: Mar 28, 2017 7:26 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2017 7:26 AM ET

The union representing GRT workers must give two days notice if strike action will occur.

Unionized Grand River Transit workers have rejected a deal for a new contract with the Region of Waterloo.

The tentative deal was reached about a week ago, but members of Unifor Local 4304 did not agree to the proposal.

Local 4304, who represents 644 workers, have been without a contract since the end of 2016 and negotiations for a new contract began in December.

Buses will continue to run as usual this morning as both sides go back to the negotiation table.

Workers are still in a legal strike or lockout position, but the union must give two days notice before a strike can take place, if an agreement can't be reached.

Unifor Local 4304, represents the transit service's drivers, service attendants, fleet mechanics and dispatchers.

Tags: Canadian Grand River Transit workersUniform 4304
Categories: Labor News

Russia: 13 journalists detained, more beaten during protests

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: European Federation of Journalists
Categories: Labor News

Belarus: Mass detentions of journalists

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: European Federation of Journalists
Categories: Labor News

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