This is the first edition of what I hope to make a regular feature here at VOTS. I will try to focus on labor issues by presenting domestic and global labor news. Please share your comments, suggestions and thoughts.
From Oakland, California……
Unionized concession workers rallied with their non-union counterparts as part of an ongoing labor fight at the Oakland Airport. Non-Union concession workers from Subway, Jamba Juice and other airport concession stores are fighting for their right to organize.
Israel’s 28000 Public Health Nurses ended their 17 day strike after securing a 13% salary increase. The increase will be spread out over 4.5 years. At 476 per 100,000, the country of Israel has one of the lowest ratios of nurses per capita for a developed country.
From New York, New York…….
On January 16 of this year, approximately 8000 school bus drivers and aides began a strike to fight rule changes that the workers say would jeopardize their jobs. Earlier this week the National Labor Review Board (NLRB) ruled that the strike was legal and refused to issue an order to end the strike. Mayor Bloomberg has been leading a very public smear campaign against the striking workers.
From Washington D.C…….
Wal-Mart continues their long history of opposing all Living Wage legislation. Wal-Mart prefers to pay low wages so that the taxpayers can then pay the Medicaid and Food Stamps cost for their workers.