Posts Tagged ‘Labor Rights’

April 19th, 2022 - 9:24 pm § in Economics

How a hospital plans to fight a nurses’ strike

By suspending their health benefits. Employees don’t get paid when they go out on strike, and the employer can suspend their benefits, too. But it’s not common practice in the health care industry, and not a good look for a hospital, especially one affiliated with a highly respected medi[...]

November 23rd, 2021 - 4:43 pm § in Business, Economics

Kellogg’s to hire strikebreakers

“Kellogg’s plans to start hiring permanent replacements for some of its 1,400 striking cereal plant workers after negotiations broke down again,” ABC News reported on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 (story here). Unionized Kellogg’s workers have been striking since early October o[...]

December 8th, 2016 - 9:20 am § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: Trump may pick fast food chain CEO to head the Department of Labor

We are in a “government-mandated restaurant recession,” Andy Puzder President-elect Donald Trump famously loves his fast food.  Andrew Puzder  is the chief executive of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Puzder would be an alarming choice for Seattle’s advocates of paying a living wage to fas[...]

November 19th, 2016 - 1:20 am § in Misc.

The Bigger Threat to Labor: ROBOTS

Foxconn has deployed 40,000 robots in its factories in mainland China as it aims to reduce the number of workers at its plants creating digital devices. Dai Chia-peng, general manager of the automation technology development committee of Foxconn, said during an interview with local Chinese media tha[...]

May 12th, 2016 - 8:27 am § in Uncategorized

Why there’s e.coli on your chicken

You’ve heard the advice: Always wash food well, then cook it thoroughly, so you don’t get sick or maybe die. But have you wondered why raw food is dangerous? Where the germs come from? “Beyond the low wages and high injury rates, the nation’s roughly 250,000 poultry workers a[...]

April 10th, 2015 - 10:34 am § in The Ave Scene

Unions and Labor Suicide

HANJIN LEAVING PORTLAND In the ’70s – back when there were lots of longshore jobs – ILWU guys were getting market-rate wages. As ports began to containerize those jobs started disappearing and that’s when the labor disputes began. Instead of fighting the containerization and job loss[...]

April 6th, 2015 - 11:05 am § in America, The Ave Scene

Conservatives Go Bull Shit Over Seattle’s Minimum Wage

Here is a  response and fact check to the story that Ray Tennison posted and other conservatives bought hook line and sinker. Turns out like so much of their crap on minimum wage to not be true. Minimum Wage Increase Killing Seattle Restaurants? Anatomy Of A Lie From Inside The Bubble It all began [...]

September 5th, 2014 - 9:03 pm § in Schools & Colleges

A Lawyer’s View Of The Salaita Controversy

I don’t know if Prof. Steven G. Salaita plans to sue the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne for retracting its offer of a tenured faculty position because of his inflammatory “tweets” about Israel.  But let’s pretend he does, just for discussion purposes. A legal out[...]

September 4th, 2014 - 9:47 am § in America, The Ave Scene

Hearst, Murdoch, Graham, McClure… Bezos

The tradition of rich folks buying newspapers or media to promote their ideas is a long one … as American Pie or Remember the Ma   ine! Now Jeff Bezos is showing he actually owns the Washington Post and intends to use it to promote his ideology, what ever that is.[...]

August 31st, 2014 - 6:21 pm § in Misc.

Internet dangers in America’s changing job market

A new study by two economists presented to the recent Jackson Hole annual economic conference, and reported by The Economist, paints an interesting portrait of the evolving U.S. job market. At that conference, Janet Yellen, the current Federal Reserve chair, and Mario Draghi, her European Central Ba[...]