October 4, 2013
A northeast Ohio company that manufactured cancer drugs is closing, and more than 1,000 jobs will be lost … continue
FROM: Today in Manufacturing
The majority of workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have signed cards authorizing their affiliation with the UAW and the creation of a German-style "works council" at the plant, according to Gary Casteel, a regional director for UAW. Casteel says that the cards count as a legally binding election and that they include a statement about wanting to join VW’s Global Works Council. The union has not put forth a formal timeline for official recognition yet.
In Germany, unions bargain for wages, while works councils handle things specific to individual plants like working conditions. “We’re interested in bringing a new labor model to the U.S.,” he says. “That’s the reason we continue to work on this.”
Most foreign automakers have resisted unions at their plants in the southern United States, reports the Associated Press. Casteel says the UAW is an ally of automakers and that their goal is to boost productivity by working with Volkswagen in a cooperative and collaborative way. “With input from the employees, they can increase their through-put, quality, efficiency, health and safety,” says Casteel.
Monday, 26 August 2013
It would not be a tragedy if some of these shareholder returns and compensation packages had to be trimmed in order that low-wage workers at McDonald’s, KFC and Walmart got a raise.
Robert Reich, Op-Ed: The good news this Labor Day: Jobs are returning. The bad news this Labor Day: Most of them pay lousy wages and low if non-existent benefits. The trend toward lousy wages began before the Great Recession. According to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute combined with wage losses for most workers since then, means that the bottom 60 percent of working Americans are earning less now than thirteen years ago.
Relative to currently employed workers, those who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks (the long-term unemployed) tend to be less educated and are more likely to be nonwhite, unmarried, disabled, impoverished, and to have worked previously in the construction industry and construction occupations. The long-term unemployed have much more in common with workers who are newly unemployed and workers who have become discouraged and dropped out of the labor force. This suggests that solutions to long-term unemployment may be effective for other workers who have experienced other forms of labor market distress.
Source: Urban Institute
August 30, 2013
A new report [The Fiscal Policy Institute] says in the last decade, New York’s median wages dropping almost 7 percent for men and about 1 percent for women… continue