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Workplace Issues Today: Suicides in France lead to questions about reorganization

There have been 24 suicides by employees at France Telecom in the last year and a half, a number of which have appeared to be related to workplace issues. Although France is generally considered a great place to work by labor standards, it seems the economic crisis has hit it in some unusual ways. At […]

Workplace Issues Today: Emmy-award winner to lead Screen Actors Guild

As of last Sunday, actor Ken Howard became an Emmy-award winner; as of Thursday Howard became the President of the Screen Actors Guild. Howard, who leads the ‘moderate’ faction within the divisive SAG, soundly defeated his closest opponent, actress Anne-Marie Johnson. The moderate faction also won a majority of the vacant board seats. The moderates, […]

Workplace Issues Today: Hospital fees create contention in Boston

The Service Employees International Union Local 1199 has been trying to organize workers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In the midst of their efforts the union discovered the ‘late-night fee’ charged by Beth Israel and five other Massachusetts hospitals, which bills patients a $30 surcharge if they are seen between the hours […]

Directory of U. S. Labor Organizations, 2009 Edition

BNA Books, a division of specialized news and information publisher BNA, has issued the Directory of U.S. Labor Organizations, 2009 Edition.  Find it in the Catherwood Library. [from publisher site] “Published annually, the Directory is a favored tool for reference and research, allowing for quick access to information on and analysis of: membership and earnings […]

Labor icon Crystal Lee Sutton, 1940-2009

Labor icon Crystal Lee Sutton has died at age 68. Sutton’s efforts to organize workers at Southern textile plants in the 1970s inspired the 1979 film “Norma Rae”; Sally Field won an Oscar for her portrayal of the character based on Sutton. Sutton’s battle with the cancer that took her life also placed her within […]

H-2 worker (DVD)

H-2 Worker, a film directed by Stephanie Black, “reveals the systematic exploitation of Caribbean laborers by the Florida sugar industry from World War II through the 1990s. Each year more than 10,000 foreign workers were granted temporary guest worker (‘H-2’) visas to spend six brutal months cutting sugar cane near Lake Okeechobee.” “Originally released in […]

Child Labor Reports in DigitalCommons@ILR

Three new U.S. Department of Labor reports on child labor  have recently been made available through DigitalCommons@ILR. The Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor The Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor: Bibliography of Each Product Listed in the Initial Determination by […]

Workplace Issues Today: Troopers’ union accuses Commissioners of illegal retaliation

Union leaders from the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association filed a 53-page lawsuit yesterday accusing several high-ranking commanders of illegally retaliating against union members. Those accused include Commissioner Frank Pawlowski, Deputy Commissioner John Brown, and former Commissioner Jeffrey Miller. The suit accuses the commissioners of encouraging non-union employees to retaliate against union members, punishing those who […]

Workplace Issues Today: Monday night football may suffer in 2011

Tensions between NFL owners and the players’ union continue to rise as the season begins and the deadline for a new contract looms closer. If an agreement is not reached by March of 2010, owners have threatened a lock-out for the 2011 season. Already, union leaders are advising players to prepare for an off-season, and […]

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