Labor Notes #388, July 2011

Nurses in Minnesota’s Iron Range wrapped a three-day strike Thursday, pushing administrators to staff up. They say management relies on overtime to staff the hospital, which leaves nurses exhausted and unsafe.

As contract talks between the United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three get under way, activists say the solidarity-sapping multi-tier wage system should be on the table. Union leaders say the companies still need help.

Faculty members in Florida’s public institutions of higher learning have responded to the state legislature’s attack on public employee unionism by building unions in their right-to-work state at an outstanding rate.

Protesting cuts to their pensions and a higher retirement age, 600,000 public sector workers and teachers struck across Britain June 30, and rallied in 80 towns and cities. They say bigger strikes are in store this fall.

Most Teamster conventions in the last 25 years have been held in Las Vegas. But this year's official expense-paid vacation will see telling reminders of rank-and-file discontent, in the form of two opposition candidates.

After 48,000 Canadian postal workers launched a rolling strike in response to unproductive contract negotiations, the country’s Conservative government is pushing back hard. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has introduced back-to-work legislation that bears the smell of Wisconsin and Ohio.

Decades after a sanitation strike Martin Luther King was assassinated while supporting, the union King backed may lose jobs to privatization. The attack follows rallies nationwide honoring his sacrifice.

When union members were encouraged to support the health care bills passed in Massachusetts in 2006 and by Congress last year, they were told there’d be less health care cost-shifting from employers onto employees.

Most Teamster conventions in the last 25 years have been held in Las Vegas—for good reason.

Grocery workers in Southern California are digging in their heels against health care givebacks demanded by three profitable supermarket chains.


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