Portside Labor

Posted by Portside on April 18, 2013
The Fiscal Times
The number of women age 20 and older not in the labor pool has soared from 40 million in 2000 to nearly 49 million today; another 315,000 called it quits last month. The participation rate of women in the workplace has dropped from a high of 60.7 percent in 1999 to 58.8 percent today. By contrast, some 72.5 percent of men are either working or looking for a job. What’s going on?
Posted by Portside on April 17, 2013
The Nartion
Country's largest non-union workers group announces plans to establish chapters in every state.
Posted by Portside on April 16, 2013
The Nov. 24 blaze in Bangladesh killed 112 garment workers and increased pressure on Wal-Mart and other Western retailers to help improve factory conditions and take more direct responsibility for their suppliers. Clothing bound for Wal-Mart and Sears was found in the charred ruins. Both companies have said suppliers used the Tazreen factory without their permission and were fired.
Posted by Portside on April 15, 2013
The Register
Hundreds of workers at web bazaar Amazon’s central depot in Germany have walked out on strike in protest over working conditions and pay. Around 500 people protested on Tuesday at the box-crammers' Bad Hersfeld site, which is one of seven distribution points in the country. It is the first time Amazon workers have launched industrial action in Germany.
Posted by Portside on April 12, 2013
The Detroit News
Arguments against Michigan's 5-day-old right-to-work law are prompting conservative activists and Republican authors of the historic legislation to consider other ways to reduce the power of public-sector unions.
Posted by Portside on April 11, 2013
National Public Radio (NPR)
One in thirteen workers in the Lone Star State - nearly one million - are employed in the booming construction industry. But large numbers of these workers are undocumented and unorganized, and employers are taking advantage.
Posted by Portside on April 10, 2013
The New York Times
NLRB says Bronx Cablevision employees were threatened in organizing drive.