Philadelphia Office Cleaners Vote Weds on Strike Option

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Philadelphia City Center office cleaners, unable to reach agreement in labor negotiations with Center City office building administrators will vote Wedsnesday at 1pm on whether or not to strike. The workers contend that a minimum pay of $12 per hour doesn’t take into consideration the increase in cost of living for gas, food, rent and other necessities.

Philly.com

Under the current contract, wages begin at $12 an hour for workers at ABM Industries Inc., Arthur Jackson Co., and Shellville Facility Services. But food, fuel, and rent prices are up, Center City offices are prospering, and workers need a raise, the union says.

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Xenia, Ohio School Employees Could Strike

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The local school board presented the local union members with an all or nothing deal : pay freezes and double insurance premiums or nothing. Union officials cite the fact that before the vote took place to implement the policy – no time was allowed for the union leadership to present the plan to members and seek a vote or counter-proposal. Now Xenia teachers and school employees are faced with the option of accepting the new labor contract placed upon them or striking.

Dayton Daily News

But Jones contends that employees costs will go way up. Someone’s insurance premium that is $90 per month could increase to $250 to $400 per month. Jones said that’s on top of reduced hours (and therefore reduced pay), wage freezes, no step raises. “We’ve already made agreements and concessions,” Jones said.

Military Truck Labor Moves Closer to Strike

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin workers at a plant manufacturing military trucks move closer toward striking as the company pushes an agenda that would see the workers healthcare premiums double and allow for the hire of temporary non-union workers. The company states that their inclusion of an 8% pay raise over the course of 5 years should be enough to satisfy the workers demands. The 3000 workers, skittish over talks of defense spending do not feel that this concession is enough and the two sides appear at loggerheads.

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Oshkosh Corp. made $790 million, or $8.69 a share, in profit in fiscal 2010.

 

 

 

 

Boeing Employees Threatened With Job-Loss If Production Delays Occur

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Boeing employees building the latest in aircraft design for a Japanese firm are being intimidated into rushing sensitive work by site managers. The threat : We’ll move your jobs to a right-to-work state (South Carolina). The translation : We will take your union job away and go where unions aren’t such a nuisance.

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Romney’s comments are as predictable as they are misleading. But the last word here should left to an Everett-based Boeing mechanic, who last week
reported being told by line managers: “If you don’t get [737 aircraft assembly work] done, we’ll move this to South Carolina.” This none-too-subtle intimidation, experienced by millions of American workers who try to form unions and bargain collectively, shows why the NLRB is so essential.

 

 

Experienced Nurses Locked Out of Hospital After Striking ; Patient Death Blame Game

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Oakland, California nurses went on strike at area hospitals. After the strike, involving tens of thousands of experienced nurses, was broken – hospital administrators prevented many of them from returning to their jobs.

The death of an individual at one of the hospitals is being blamed by the regional nurses union as the result of the absence of qualified and regular nurses at the location. The local hospital denies this claim, calls it irresponsible, and says the death was the result of a tragic accident.

But, perhaps the issue that lingers is : why are striking nurses demanding reasonable goals being denied the ability to return to their jobs as first response and healthcare providers?

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Hawaii Teachers Union Labor Petition Denied

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Hawaii teachers filed a petition in the Hawaii Supreme Court after the state imposed spending cuts on teacher’s salaries and health care benefits. The teachers union responded with a compromise which was rejected by the State Supreme Court. Link 

The teachers union wanted relief from a 5 percent salary reduction and an equal split on health insurance premiums while the union pursues a prohibited practices complaint against the state with the labor board

 

 

 

Goldman Sach’s to Lay Off Thousands

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Death And Taxes proposes the soon-to-be laid off Goldman Sachs employees join in the OccupyWallStreet efforts. I have to say, sounds like a stellar idea!

The third quarter earnings statements are about to hit Goldman Sachs hard (down to $1.35 a share), with the banking titan (and all around ubiquitous force in American politics) aiming to axe thousands more jobs to save $1.45 billion, according to a New York Times articlequoting a Goldman Sachs published report.

Non-Violent Protest Training Provided

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St Stephen’s Church in Washington DC will be providing non-violent protest training on October 4th. Details will be announced or you can contact the church for more information. The group coordinating the demonstration is going to be providing further training each morning at the demonstration site.

For some individual reading on how to deal with tear gas and other non-lethal police tactics there is an article provided here from wikimedic.