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Workplace Issues Today: South African union fights Wal-Mart buyout

The South Africa Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union, which represents around 80,000 workers at South African retail store Massmart, launched an Anti-Walmart Campaign last month, ad has hired lawyers to go over the proposed buyout of Massmart by Wal-Mart. The union says that it will not rule out striking, and will see how their […]

Workplace Issues Today: Postal Service and union continue talks

The Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union say that they will continue negotiations to try and reach a contract agreement. The contract expired on Saturday. the APWU represents around 220,000 postal workers. Negotiations between the Postal Service and its other union, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association reached an impasse and will be […]

Workplace Issues Today: Mine workers refuse to end strike despite bonus offer

Despite an offer of an almost $29,000 bonus to any striking workers who came back to work, the vast majority of the striking miners at Chile’s Collahuasi mine have refused to go back to work. While the union says around 36 workers have taken the deal, the mine says that 120 or 8% have taken […]

Workplace Issues Today: Hawaiian Hilton workers protest

Workers at a Hilton hotel in Hawaii demonstrated in and around the hotel on Tuesday in an effort to pressure the hotel into negotiating a better contract. Estimates for the demonstration ranged from 400 to 2,000 people, with workers being joined by attendees of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans conference. The organizers of […]

Workplace Issues Today: Employment-law cases bring up old debate

The Supreme Court will consider three employment-law cases this year that will effect retaliation cases in the future. The three cases fall under different statutes, but all concern retaliation by employees. The debate over whether the Court is pro-business or pro-worker is flaring up again as the Justices consider the merits of the cases. Many […]

Workplace Issues Today: Hyatt housekeepers file complaints

Housekeepers have filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asking the agency to look into high injuries rates among housekeepers at Hyatt hotels. The complaints are against Hyatt hotels in eight cities, including San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles. The complaints say that the workers are given too many rooms to clean per […]

Workplace Issues Today: Actors reach deal with studios

The Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists reached a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after six weeks of negotiations. The early negotiations and the lack of public announcements by the unions were part of an effort to end the history of contentiousness and drawn-out […]

Workplace Issues Today: Cuomo will fight public sector unions

New York Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo says that the public sector unions will have to make concessions to help the state out of its financial hole. Cuomo thanked the unions in his speech Tuesday night, but said that the system needs to be fixed. While labor leaders say that they trust Cuomo and understand the financial […]

The Oxford handbook of participation in organizations (Book of the Month)

The Oxford handbook of participation in organizations edited by Adrian Wilkinson, Paul J. Gollan, Mick Marchington and David Lewin is Catherwood’s Book of the Month. Employee participation encompasses the range of mechanisms used to involve the workforce in decisions at all levels of the organization–whether direct or indirect–conducted with employees or through their representatives. In […]

Workplace Issues Today: New report calls for increase in minority contract awards by Los Angeles

The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce has released a report advocating reforms to the city’s contract bidding procedures. The report says that the reforms will help direct more of the $1.1 billion that the city spends every year on contracts to those owned by minorities and service-disabled veterans. The report says that […]


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