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Workplace Issues Today: San Jose firefighters still fighting the city

Questions about the effect of layoffs on the performance of San Jose firefighters are ratcheting up an already tense subject. Firefighters say that the cities’ layoffs may have caused them to reach a fire later than their intended goal. The City says that the firefighters had the chance to restore the jobs if they took […]

Workplace Issues Today: Transport Workers reject American Airlines offer

American Airlines’ workers, represented by the Transport Workers Union, rejected a pay offer on Tuesday with a vote of 6,074 to 3,371. The TWU requested that the National Mediation Board release the mechanics from mediation earlier this year and was denied. The newest setback has brought up the possibility of a strike. If the NMB […]

Workplace Issues Today: South African Workers Continue Strike

After more than one million South African public workers began a strike on Wednesday, the government obtained an injunction on Sunday that forbids blockades on state buildings and mandates that workers who provide essential services to return to work. Union spokesmen said that they were not urging their members to return to work, but to […]

Workplace Issues Today: Two unions will strike against London Underground

After the Rail Maritime and Transport union voted to go on strike over the planned cuts of 800 ticketing jobs at the London Underground, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association says that 72% of its workers have voted in favor of striking with the RMT. The London Underground called on the TSSA to stop threats of […]

Workplace Issues Today: States try to pre-empt Employee Free Choice Act before it is passed

Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah will ask residents to vote on a measure that would require a secret ballot election for workers trying to unionize. While federal law already allows employers to require a secret ballot election, the states are trying to pre-empt the effect that the Employee Free Choice Act will have […]

Restoring the power of unions : it takes a movement (Book of the Month)

Restoring the power of unions :  it takes a movement by Julius G. Getman is Catherwood’s Book of the Month. The labor movement is weak and divided. Some think that it is dying. But Julius Getman, a preeminent labor scholar, demonstrates through examination of recent developments that a resurgent labor movement is possible. He proposes […]

Workplace Issues Today: Chemical workers hope for compensation sooner

Former employees of Blockson Chemical Co. are waiting on the decision of the secretary of the Department Health and Human Services to see if the process they go through to receive compensation from the company will be made easier. Blockson employees were among those handling material for nuclear weapons during World War II, and some […]


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