- Southern California Supermarket Lockouts: Indictments handed down four years later
- Last American auto plant in Georgia to close this week
- Biden speaks to coal miners; equates deregulation of Wall Street to deregulation of mine safety standards
- Economic Report: Premiums and deductibles for workers predicted to rise by 9 percent
A GM plant with a more than 60 year history will be closing its doors at the end of this week. The plant in Doraville, Georgia has been operating for 61 years and will lay off 1000 workers. GM has slowly slashed jobs at the plant, it previously employed 3,100. The closure of the plant also marks the end of an era for Georgia. The Doraville plant is the last American auto assembly plant in the state. The remaining 1000 workers can take a buyout, enter the company’s job bank and wait for a new job to open up or move to another GM plant.
Do you remember the Southern California grocery worker lockouts of 2003-2004? Last week a jury handed down a 23-count indictment alleging eight current and former Ralph’s supermarket managers involved in the lockout had sought to hire union workers to cover shifts during the official lockout. According to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office “The covert rehiring of locked-out workers was intended to better Ralph’s position in the 2003-2004 labor dispute by, among other things, mitigating the financial and operational hardships of a complete lockout.” In 2006 Ralph’s pled guilty that the company rehired 19,000 union workers during the lockout.
Opening to rave reviews in 2006, “Wellstone!” Mark Rosenwinkel’s and Larry Long’s musical exploring and honoring the life of Minnesota’s late and great progressive icon, Sen. Paul Wellstone (D), is finishing up its revival run today in Minneapolis.
Rosenwinkel, the play’s author, is a member of Actors’ Equity and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Composer and lyricist Long is member of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) Local 1000.