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After 6-Week Strike, Oil Workers Say They Have “Won Vast Improvements in Safety and Staffing” – Working In These Times

Whether or not workers have been on strike there, each local union now needs to negotiate a contract that incorporates the national agreement and resolves local issues before the dispute—affecting about 30,000 workers at more than 100 refineries and related facilities, who account for 64 percent of the industry—is ended. Over many years, the industry […]

Covert police unit spied on trade union members, whistleblower reveals | UK news | The Guardian

He was part of the covert Metropolitan police unit, the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), that monitored hundreds of political groups between 1968 and 2008. Last night, Francis gave a statement to a packed meeting in Parliament that marked the launch of a new book about the blacklisting of thousands of workers by multi-national construction firms. […]

On the blacklist: how did the UK’s top building firms get secret information on their workers? | UK news | The Guardian

For 16 years the Consulting Association compiled a secret database on thousands of construction workers. The files in this shabby two-room office had names, addresses and National Insurance numbers, comments by managers, newspaper clippings. The organisation acted as a covert vetting service funded by the industry. When people applied for work on building sites, senior […]

ynet ראש העיר אשקלון הורה להפסיק עבודתם של ערבים ישראלים בגנים בעיר – חדשות

ראש העיר אשקלון הורה להפסיק עבודתם של ערבים ישראלים בגנים בעיר הנחיה חריגה של איתמר שמעוני, שעל רקע ההחרפה במצב הביטחוני הורה להפסיק את עבודתם של פועלים מהמגזר שבנו ממ”דים בגני ילדים. חוק שוויון הזדמנויות בעבודה קובע שאסור להפלות מועסקים על רקע דתם או לאומיותםpolice agreed to fund the cost of security in the gardens. […]

Low-wage Workers Are Older Than You Think: 88 Percent of Workers Who Would Benefit From a Higher Minimum Wage Are Older Than 20, One Third Are Over 40 | Economic Policy Institute

When describing who would see a raise if the minimum wage were increased, it is important to look at everyone who earns between the current minimum wage and the proposed new one, as well as workers earning just above the new minimum wage who would likely also see a small pay increase as employers move […]

Turkish police clash with May Day protesters in Istanbul — RT News

In addition, the Turkish police have also deployed specially designed, portable, steel walls for the first time. The barriers are equipped with cameras and spray tear gas automatically when they are pushed against.Elsewhere, in the Turkish capital of Ankara, police dispersed dozens of protesters with tear gas and water cannon.Istanbul Governor’s Office warned that Taksim […]

CEO Of Biggest Fast Food Chain Comes Out In Favor Of A Minimum Wage Increase – Democratic Underground

“I’m not concerned,” CEO Fred DeLuca said on Wednesday when CNBC asked him about minimum wage hikes. “Over the years, I’ve seen so many of these wage increases. I think it’s normal. It won’t have a negative impact hopefully, and that’s what I tell my workers.”DeLuca’s support is noteworthy in part because of the size […]

Indonesia: Exploited domestic workers urgently need legal protection | Amnesty International USA

Millions of domestic workers in Indonesia are at risk of economic exploitation and routine abuse while living in legal limbo without protection, Amnesty International said as the country marks National Domestic Workers Day on 15 February. The organization called on parliament to urgently pass a domestic workers law before its term expires in September 2014. […]

In 1972, the CIA Director Relabelled “Dissidents” As “Terrorists” So He Could Continue Spying On Them … And Nothing Has Changed Washington’s Blog

Henceforth, Colby wrote in a memorandum after that meeting, the label “international terrorist” would replace “political dissident” as the target of the CIA’s illegal domestic operations. As part of this image transformation, Helms did what Hoover had done many times—and would do again in April 1971 to protect COINTELPRO when he thought it was about […]

Unemployment Falls to 6.7 Percent Due to Workers Leaving the Labor Force | Jobs Bytes

The mix of job gainers by age shows a somewhat different story than earlier in the downturn. While older workers had previously accounted for the bulk of employment growth, this has not been true in the last year. Teens and workers between the ages of 20-24 accounted for 35.6 percent of the employment growth in […]

America’s Dark Factories – Kansas City infoZine

The first dark factories started appearing in Japan in the 1980s as companies there started to take advantage of improvements in the technology of robotics and automation to get around the high costs of human labor. At that time, business analysts predicted then that as technology improved and qualified workers became harder to find and […]

This Congressman Wants The Minimum Wage Repealed

National Journal reports that in contrast to President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats and some Hill Republicans, Barton thinks the minimum wage is outdated.\”I think its outlived its usefulness,\” said Barton said. \”It may have been of some value back in the Great Depression. I would vote to repeal the minimum wage.\”Its a view that reflects […]

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