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Monday, December 29, 2008

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Union Busting (Opinion)

 
OPINION: UAW busting, Southern style
"...Senate Republicans from some Southern states went to work trying to do just that, on the foreign car companies' behalf. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Bob Corker ( R-Tenn.) and Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) -- representatives from states that subsidize companies such as Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota and Nissan..."
Reference: www.latimes.com

 

Destruction of the American Working Class and the American union?

 
Reluctance to Help Detroit Reeks of Class Bias
"... Implicit in the criticism of UAW compensation packages is that union-represented automobile workers are being paid above their social class. Greedy, bad people. They are supposed to be satisfied with wages that cover only the basics -- food, acceptable clothing and housing. They are not supposed to receive pay that allows them to aspire to or dream of more...."
Reference: www.washingtonpost.com

 

Monday, December 22, 2008

Why are we seeing a shift from plastic pallets to wood?

Here is an article that explains the decrease in plastic pallets and the increase in the difficult to handle wood pallets.
The Case of the Pilfered Pallets
"...The demand for plastic resin has driven the price of reground material to as high as 60 cents per pound. A trailer load can fetch as much as $10,000. "I was recently contacted by a postmaster in a small, rural town in Oklahoma," says Vogel. "He had found hundreds of our pallets in a company's yard, waiting to be shredded... His other piece of advice is to decline to buy or use a pallet if it's stamped Property of USPS." Unless you are an authorized user, you will be breaking a federal law. ..."
Reference: www.mhmonline.com -

 

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Bail-out Deal Forces Wage Cuts on Union Auto Workers

 
Historic $17.4b Detroit bailout
"...Bush said that the United Auto Workers must agree to make wages competitive with those paid by foreign-owned auto companies that have plants in the United States. But Bush sidestepped the contentious issue of defining a competitive wage. ..."
Reference: www.boston.com

 

Labor Secretary will be Hilda Solis

 
Unions praise Labor Dept. choice
"...Solis, 51, is the daughter of immigrants who were blue-collar, union workers. Her Mexican-born father was a shop steward in the Teamster's union, and her Nicaraguan mother belonged to the United Rubber Workers...."
Reference: www.sfgate.com

 

Friday, December 19, 2008

Postal Service Helps Customers Beat Rush With Online Services

 
Postal Service Helps Customers Beat Rush With Online Services
"...HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - The Christmas rush is on, and getting those presents to your loved ones can take a lot of time and money. But there are things that the United States Post Office is doing to help you save money...."
Reference: www.waaytv.com

 

Postal Service still anticipating last minute rush

 
Postal Service still anticipating last minute rush
"..."This past Saturday was slower than usual also," Jensen said. "I suspect that was because it was..."
Reference: www.gretnabreeze.com

 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

USPS not given December 26, 2008 off as Feds will get

USPS not given December 26, 2008 off as Feds will get
"...The heads of executive branch departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 26, 2008, for reasons of national security or defense or other public need..."
Reference: The Postal Newsgroup

 

Monday, December 15, 2008

Jersey City mail handlers concerned over jobs

 
Jersey City mail handlers concerned over jobs
"...TOM MULLAHEY’S small union office is in a cavernous building that holds what might be the largest single cluster of decent-paying blue-collar jobs left around these parts...."
Reference: www.nytimes.com

 

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Craft Jurisdiction for Flat Sequencing System (FSS)

 
Craft Jurisdiction for Flat Sequencing System (FSS)
"...the mail handler craft has been determined to be the primary craft to perform most of the work associated with this piece of equipment. In particular, the duties performed at the Automated Bundle Sorting Unit (ABSU), the preparation stations, the dolly maker, the dolly induction unit, as well as the removal of mail containers from the FSS machine and the movement of containers between parts of the FSS, have all been assigned to the mail handler craft. The work at the feed station of the Automatic Induction system has been assigned to the mail processors. Finally, allied duties such as clearing jams have been assigned to whichever craft can perform the work most efficiently and effectively...."
Reference: www.npmhu.org

 

Politicians Attempt to Pressure UAW to Reduce Wages

 
White House offers lifeline to automakers
"...the talks broke down over a proposal to require the United Auto Workers union to accept wage and benefit cuts to the level of workers at U.S. plants owned by foreign automakers such as Honda and Toyota. The union was willing to accept the cuts starting in summer 2011, when their current labor contract expires...demanded that the union accept lower salaries starting next year. ..."
Reference: www.sfgate.com

 

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Angry laid-off workers occupy factory in Chicago

 
Angry laid-off workers occupy factory in Chicago
"...They say they won't leave without assurances they'll get severance and vacation pay they say they are owed. About 200 union workers..."
Reference: www.kgan.com

More Reading: Republic Windows and Doors, United Electrical Workers

 

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dillard E. Reid, 81, handled mail for close to 50 years

 
Dillard E. Reid, 81, handled mail for close to 50 years
"...Mr. Reid worked for the Reading Railroad handling mail and baggage for 15 years before becoming a mail handler at the 30th Street Post Office. He retired from the Green Street Post Office in 1994 after 33 years of service...."
Reference: www.philly.com

 

Oak Creek to vote on mail processing center

 
Oak Creek to vote on mail processing center
"... The facility would be tax exempt, but the postal service is proposing to pay Oak Creek $1.4 million to compensate the city for the impact the facility would have. ..."   
Reference: www.jsonline.com Journal Sentinel Milwaukee, WI

 

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