Portside Labor

Posted by Portside on February 18, 2013
The New York Times
Is the U.S. a less upwardly mobile society than Britain a century ago?
Posted by Portside on February 15, 2013
Labor Notes
Recently, unions have been taking a closer look at the work-without-a-contract strategy. Some have changed their mantra from “no contract, no work” to “no contract, no peace.” With a helpful December 2012 Labor Board (NLRB) ruling (see below), this trend is likely to gain momentum.
Posted by Portside on February 14, 2013
Anchorage Daily News
A large demonstration was held in Anchorage to protest the Mayor's attempt to institute sweeping changes he believes are needed to streamline labor negotiations and deliver city services cheaper and more efficiently. As written, the plan would limit raises, eliminate the right to strike and give the Assembly the final word on stalled labor disputes, among many new provisions.
Posted by Portside on February 13, 2013
Huffington Post
AFSCME President Lee Saunders attacks Philadelphia Mayor Nutter and Illinois Governor Quinn for betraying their promises to AFSCME members.
Posted by Portside on February 12, 2013
Many new state workers — ranging from teachers to police officers to street cleaners — will retire with fewer retirement benefits than their current counterparts. Since 2009, faced with ballooning bills and strained budgets, 45 states have either cut pension benefits or increased mandatory employee retirement plan contributions, or both.
Posted by Portside on February 11, 2013
Infoshop News
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 is the official first day of production under workers control in the factory of Viomichaniki Metalleutiki (Vio.Me) in Thessaloniki, Greece. This means production organized without bosses and hierarchy, and instead planned with directly democratic assemblies of the workers. The workers assemblies have declared an end to unequal division of resources, and will have equal and fair remuneration, decided collectively.
Posted by Portside on February 10, 2013
The Sacramento Bee
A challenge to a bitterly fought election for 10,000 Fresno County homecare workers has ended with the withdrawal of a complaint that was set for a hearing Wednesday.