Labor Weather Report

A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.

PHOTO: CWA Local 1101
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February 2019 — Workers vote “Union, Yes”. Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 1101 members, who mark New York City streets for utility companies before they dig, recently defeated a nasty, threat filled, union-busting campaign by U.S. Infrastructure Co. (USIC). Members voted overwhelmingly to keep their union. Next? Forcing USIC to pay City Council required “prevailing wages.”

February 2019 — Job safety in South Korea. A hunger strike protesting the death of temporary, outsourced power plant worker Kim Yong-gyun, won improvements in 30-year-old safety rules for all workers in South Korea. The main company is now accountable for accidents to subcontracted workers and Kim’s co-workers are made permanent and employed by a separate public company.

February 2019 — GE factory workers strike. One thousand seven hundred United Electrical (UE) union workers struck for two weeks in February after their Erie, Pennsylvania GE plant was sold to an anti-union firm that demanded massive contract concessions. Back at work on a 90-day contract extension, the union opposes two-tier wage scales, mandatory overtime and use of temporary workers.

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