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lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/10234Tyson Foods Fined $500,000 for the Workplace Death/a/li
lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/10235NLRB Complaint Filed Against Company Where Workers Sat-In/a/li
lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/10236Alcoa Plans to Layoff More Than 13,000 Workers Worldwide/a/li
lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/10237Toyota Considers Expanding North American Production Freeze/a/li
lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/10238FBI Has a New Wanted List/a/li
pThe FBI has released a new wanted poster this one seeking thousands of workers to fill newly opened positions. The bureau is looking to hire 850 special agents and an additional 2,100 support workers. The positions are becoming available because of retirements and attrition. The agency is seeking individuals skilled in foreign languages, information technology, security, training and education, automotive mechanics, and more. A complete list of needed skills is available on the FBI website. The job postings will be available until January 16./p
pMost Toyota plants are under a production freeze this week and the company is now considering adding more work freezes as it deals with a monthly sales drop of more than a third. The company announced Tuesday plans to halt production for 11 days over the next two months at some Japanese plants, but didn’t make any announcements concerning North America. U.S. sales fell by 37 percent in December a trend seen throughout the auto industry. GM saw its worst year in nearly half a decade while overall industry sales declined by 18 percent. Chrysler and GM have both idled plants this month in an attempt keep down overproduction. Meanwhile, Korean carmaker Hyundai has taken the unusual step of offering buyers the option to return new cars purchased within a year if they lose their jobs. /p
pThe world’s largest aluminum maker announced plans Tuesday to fire 13,500 employees. Alcoa plans to reduce smelting capacity as worldwide demand for aluminum falls. As a result, the company will reduce its workforce by 13 percent and let go of 1,700 contractors. /p
pWorkers who recently made headlines by holding a sit-in at Republic Windows and Doors in Illinois have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board alleging labor law violations against the bankrupt company. The complaints were filed on behalf of the workers by the United Electrical Workers union which represents the workers. The union is seeking a return to the plant of equipment that was removed by the company before it closed. The workers held their sit-in when the company didn’t follow regulations that require companies performing mass layoffs to give proper notice or equivalent pay./p
With a record number of air traffic controllers retiring early or simply leaving the towers and radar facilities after the Federal Aviation Administration unilaterally imposed new work rules and pay cuts in 2006, trainees make up more than one-quarter of the controller workforce.
That, says the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), is at the heart [...]
President Bush couldn’t reward murder with a trade deal. Now he’s rewarding Colombian President Uribe with a medal.
In a final flip-off to human rights activists, international trade unionists and Colombian workers, President Bush will award the United States’ highest civilian honor—the Presidential Medal of Freedom—to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Colombia is the deadliest nation in [...]
Alliance for Retired Americans President George Kourpias encourages union retirees to contact their local newspapers about key issues—and get a union-made Retirees with the Write Stuff free pen.
In 2008, all of you who are members of the Alliance for Retired Americans took action on the issues, asking tough questions of candidates and policymakers, unafraid to [...]
U.S. Reps. Barney Frank, Stephen Lynch and Mike Capuano joined Greater Boston Labor Council President Lou Mandarini and Vice President Patricia Armstrong in supporting the Employee Free Choice Act.
Richard Rogers, executive secretary-treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council, reports on the campaign to pass the Employee Free Choice Act.
Union members from the Boston area met [...]
The owner of the crane rigging company who was involved last March in New York City’s high-rise crane collapse that killed six workers and a woman in a nearby building was indicted yesterday on multiple charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and reckless endangerment.
The crane collapsed as workers were “jumping” the crane or installing [...]