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Workplace Issues Today: Senate foot-dragging causes more pain to the unemployed

With Senate Republicans derailing an attempt to further extend unemployment benefits, many San Fransisco jobless have seen their financial situation go from bad to worse. While some decry the GOP’s actions as “callous” and “political,” others look for ways to fund the extension in the hope of breaking the deadlock. And the larger question looms: […]

Workplace Issues Today: Station Casinos workers gain union support for organizing efforts

Culinary Workers Union Local 226 has announced its support for the efforts of workers at Las Vegas’ Station Casinos to organize. The workers have filed a 127-count complaint against Station — which holds stakes in nearly 20 Las Vegas-area businesses — with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the casino operator of a variety of […]

Workplace Issues Today: California unions reach deal with governor

Four California unions, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, California Department of Forestry Firefighters, California Association of Psychiatric Technicians and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have reached an agreement with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over pension reforms. The unions represent about 23,000 of the 170,000 state work force. The changes to the unions’ […]

Workplace Issues Today: Bloomberg to stop teacher raises

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city would not give raises to teachers and principals for the next two years, in an effort to save both jobs and money. The move would save about $400 million next year. Bloomberg said that he wanted to fight for more education funding with the teachers’ […]

Revolt on Goose Island : the Chicago factory takeover, and what it says about the economic crisis (Book of the Month)

Revolt on Goose Island : the Chicago factory takeover, and what it says about the economic crisis by Kari Lydersen  is Catherwood’s Book of the Month. December 5, 2008: It wasn’t supposed to work like this. Days after getting a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. government, Bank of America shut down a line of […]

Workplace Issues Today: NY Gov. announces layoff plan

New York’s Governor David Paterson announced that he would ask state agencies to start choosing positions to be eliminated on January 1. The first of the year is the end of the no-layoffs pledge that Paterson made to public employees unions in exchange for reducing pension costs. It is also the day that he leaves […]


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