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20-30 people did a mic check in a downtown Pittsburgh Mcdonald's earlier today demanding fair wages and fair labor practices.
This action brought on by 3 Mcdonald's employees who arein this country on a work visa.
The visiting Mcdonald's employees were accompanied by local union members of Fight Back Pittsburgh, The United Steel Workers and SEIU 32BJ, and One Pittsburgh.
Today's mic check spilled into the sidewalk outside of the Smithfield street restaurant, brining the Pittsburgh Police and Allegheny County Sherrifs to the first organized protest requiring police attention for 6 months
By Dr. Woody,WWH/CJE -
Workers’ right of all kinds, and vital concessions wrung from the Bosses with workers’ blood over the last 150 years are being rescinded by legislatures kowtowing to business interests all over the country. It seems to Citizen Journalist, Dr. Woody Konopak, that those rescinding the advances should pay the same kind of price as those paid who won them in the first place.
Con Ed Engages in Surface Bargaining; Union Square Labor Rally Draws Thousands
By Liza Béar
NEW YORK, JULY 19. 2012--It’s been a busy week for the locked out Con Ed workers, with 24/7 rotating protests at the 4 Irving Place picket line and uptown in front of CEO Kevin Burke’s 455 East 86th Manhattan residence, culminating in a formidable and vociferous show of support from several thousand members of at least a dozen other unions in a solidarity labor rally at Union Square.
Creative handmade cardboard signs now proliferate in addition to the glossy official Union red printed mainstays.
According to Gary Magliari, a UWUA Local 1-2 shop steward interviewed at the picket line, the lock out was due not to failed negotiations, as Con Ed claims, but was a deliberate act, a strategic move that was planned years in advance of the union's contract running out on July 1. Stripping away union benefits, says Magliari, is part of Con Ed's move towards needed consolidation prior to selling the company, to make it more attractive to a buyer without a freighted 4-year union contract. http://youtu.be/1jptOdNQZ0c
“What is going in their meetings is an endless barrage of pie charts, statistics and power point presentations that describe Con Edison’s new world order…” said Magliari quoting a source close to the talks. ” It is absolutely surreal.”
On Saturday July 14 at 6:30pm Local 1-2 texted an announcement from its president Harry Farrell that medical benefits had been reinstated retroactively for all 8500 locked out Con Ed employees. This is their only concession so far.
But pressure to end the lock-out , believed by the union to be the largest in US history, and to provide a fair contract is mounting both from the labor movement and public officials.
Yesterday evening (5/24/12), over 150 workers and allies marched into City Hall to demand decent working conditions, fair wages, and career paths for Austin's downtown construction workers. Environmentalists, students, labor, congregations, and industry leaders came to support the march.
Austin City Council was scheduled to vote on selling the last large piece of undeveloped land in Downtown Austin to the largest private developer in the country, Trammell Crow. Workers Defense Project asked Trammell Crow to sign a Premier Community Builder agreement to ensure safe working conditions, a living wage, and career paths for low-wage and underemployed workers on the project.
NEW YORK, May 18--In Jacques Tati’s satirical comedy “Jour de Fete” (1949), the village postman who delivers mail on his bicycle is dazzled by the speed and efficiency of the US postal service, shown as a movie-within-a-movie at the county fair. He scarcely could have anticipated the dire financial straits in which the once-exemplary, well-equipped USPS—the only delivery service reaching every address in the country --now finds itself.
This week USPS, which receives no tax dollars, reported a $3.2 billion deficit for January-March 2012, up from $2.2 billion a year ago. John Dennie, who worked for 14 years as a letter carrier and for 14 years as a mail handler on Staten Island, explains the often-overlooked reason for the deficit, usually attributed to the growth of electronic communication.
Ryan Gaughan, a ten year employee of New Seasons, was fired on February 6th, 2012, allegedly over taking an extra scoop of rice and tofu on his lunch break.
A more plausible reason for termination of his employment lies with the fact that Ryan has been a long time workplace organizer, working for safer conditions and equitible pay scales for employees.
As a result of this unfair desisicion by management, members or Portland's wider community showed up on Valentine's Day in mass to support Ryan and show their displeasure with "the friendliest store in town."
On March 10th, New Seasons Market Workers’ Voice is calling for another rally dubbed “The Rally to Restore Friendliness.” The message is directed toward store management and company officials who are currently being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for firing a worker shortly after he and other coworkers presented to them a series of concerns regarding disciplinary practices, pay inequities, and the direction of the company.
For more info: http://newseasonsmarketworkersvoice.org/
Come show your support.