Labor

The Changing Working Class

In the old progressive narrative of American culture, everyone would do better over time. The son of a miner with an 8th grade education would graduate from high school, and even if he got an industrial job, stronger unions and general prosperity would mean that he worked fewer hours than his father and earned enough to buy a small house.
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So Long Twinkies! Hostess Closes; Blames Unions, Not Greedy Execs

Hostess is closing down shop and would like you to believe the Unions killed your Twinkies and Ding-Dongs. Hint: They didn't. Perhaps it has to do with poor management and the massive raises they gave their executives while they were in BANKRUPTCY.
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After a petition: Hurricane Sandy diaster relief workers get health coverage

Do you think the first responders who came to our aid when Hurricane Sandy hit should have health protection if they get sick or injured taking care of us?
Well, they're going to get it, thanks to some on line activism;  a Change.org petition posted by Dena Patrick of Wishadoo!, the "Craigslist of Compassion" which connects people in need with people who want to help through a Wishlist posted there.
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44 Workers Awarded $858K in Back Wages from Non-Union CA Subcontractor

In California, a plumbing subcontractor building the new math and science building at San Joaquin Delta College has been ordered to pay $858,840 in back wages to 44 workers by the California Department of Industrial Relations.
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Chinese Manufacturer, FOXCONN Looking To Build In US


This is great news and a sign of good things to come, we hope.
Apple iPhone manufacturer, FOXCONN is looking to build factories in the United States. They will possibly be focusing on LCD TV production, which can be highly automated and easier, according to Digitimes.
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Prevailing Wage Dispute Propels Cincinnati City Council to Look at Irresponsible Contracting

In an interesting break from bureaucratic business as usual, the City Council of Cincinnati has used an incident in which subcontractors were not paying the prevailing wage to spark a conversation about how the city can better monitor city-funded projects.
It’s a classic case: a prime contractor on a large project hired a subcontractor who then contracted out more work and along the way someone didn’t get paid fairly. The prim...
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TIME-LAPSE: Construction of the Barclays Center In Brooklyn

Being a resident of Brooklyn, I can attest to the fact that the Barclays Center seemed to appear out of thin air. The construction site, in the shadow of the Atlantic Center subway and shopping vortex, quickly rose and became the focal point of a resurgent Prospect Heights neighborhood.
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Know Your Rights: State By State Laws on Employee Time Off to Vote

Federal law does not require that employers allow their workers time off to vote, but the majority of states have at least some level of protection for employees who want to leave work to engage in their civic duty. The specifics vary by state, but in each state, the rules apply to almost every type of workplace.
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Walmart Strikers Eye Black Friday

Labor journalist Josh Eidelson, caught us up on the latest news on the Walmart strikes, explained Walmart's history of aggressive anti unionism, how its business model is based on keeping people in poverty, why Walmart's tactics have depressed wages across the service sector and what strikers are planning for Black Friday.
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CWA Applauds AT&T’s $9.5 Billion Pension Funding Move

Last Friday, AT&T announced that it would direct a $9.5 billion stake of its wireless business to its pension plan in order to provide benefits for 360,000 retired employees. An AT&T spokeswoman also admitted to Reuters that the pension plan had been underfunded by $10.2 billion at the end of 2011.
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