An estimated 100,000 Costa Ricans marched on Sunday to protest a proposed trade pact with the United States. Their concern? The Central American Free Trade pact could slash jobs in the country of 4 million people. CAFTA has been ratified by every other central American country and goes to a ratification vote on October 7. In addition to concerns over jobs, opponents to CAFTA believe it will result in the country being hit with cheap imports, like dairy and rice.
Northern Nevada businesses could be faced with a boycott if a group of Hispanics get their way. The group has called the three-day boycott after Immigration and Enforcement Officials raided 11 McDonald’s restaurants and arrested 54 alleged illegal workers. The group is also calling for a general strike by all Hispanic workers on Wednesday to show the strength and scope of the Hispanic work force in the Northern Nevada economy.
Lede: UAW workers are voting on the new proposed GM contract as the union’s GM National Council unanimously endorses the deal. Doug Cunningham reports.
By Doug Cunningham
The UAW’s GM National Council, consisting of presidents and bargaining chairs from the more than 80 GM facilities nationwide, is unanimously endorsing the tentative contract agreement reached with GM last week. The UAW’s more than 73,000 GM members will wrap up their voting on the tentative agreement October 10th.
The UAW says GM gave unprecedented job security assurances in this proposed contract, spelling out production plans for 16 assembly plants around the country. But the proposed agreement reportedly allows GM to buyout and replace at a lower wage up to 24,000 workers. The union’s national GM council met for four hours Friday, questioning union national leadership on details of the contract. UAW President Ron Gettelfinger insists that UAW retirees and workers at GM will be protected by the health care trust fund called a VEBA. GM is funding the health care trust at about 70 percent of the company’s 80-year retiree health care liability. GM will put $24.1 billion into the VEBA in January and will pay an additional $5.4 billion to cover retiree health care until the VEBA takes over in January of 2010.
Even the most history-challenged among us have a passing knowledge of “Rosie the Riveter”—the symbol of the 6 million women of all backgrounds who became the manufacturing backbone of World War II America.
It was an era where most women didn’t work outside the home, let alone in male-dominated occupations, but that all changed as millions of men were called into the military. Rosie worked in airplane plants, tank factories, munitions plants, steel mills and shipyards.