On the Labor Front:
- In Altoona, PA, the SEIU is poised to take the RNs out on strike over (of all things) the Altoona Regional Medical Center's refusal to require forced-dues in its contract. It seems that a fair number of RNs are opposed to the SEIU's insistence of pay-dues-or-be-fired language and have petitioned the hospital to refuse to agree to the language.
- In St. Louis, in a rather bold move, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission has locked out the IBEW and IATSE over language issues, as well as the lack of diversity in the unions' ranks. [Editor's note: It is too bad Philadelphia doesn't take St. Louis' lead and do the same with the unions there, since they also continually refuse to bring diversity to their ranks.]
- In the Mid-Atlantic States, the UFCW's contract with grocers Safeway and Giant is due to expire on March 31st. While it may be posturing, both sides seem ready for a strike and the grocers, for their part, have been advertising for replacement workers.
- In Philadelphia, that City of Not-So-Brotherly Love, Teamster-beating victim Don Adams has finally reached a settlement with the Teamsters for a beat-down that several union-thugs gave he and his sister in 1998. What was Mr. Adams' offense? He was a protestor of President Bill Clinton's dalliances with Monica Lewinsky who happened to be at the wrong protest, at the wrong time, in the wrong city.
- In La Jolla, CA, as John McCain attended a fund-raising luncheon, he was greeted with more union protestors. Last week, the AFL-CIO announced that it would be spending $53 million to bring McCain down. It appears that part of the union strategy is to picket each of McCain's events from now until November.
- In Maine, the Machinists' union has itself in bit of a sticky situation. As negotiations are about to begin with Bath Iron Works, the Machinists has placed its local under trusteeship as it looks into allegations of financial mismanagement and a lot of pornography found on the union's computers.
In Other News:
- There is a nationwide strike brewing among (mostly independent) truck drivers to take place on April 1st, in protest of high fuel prices. While it does not appear that this strike is union-related, if successful, its impact on our already-lagging economy may have a negative affect....Or, as the drivers are independents, they may just find themselves unemployed.
- As she attempts to maintain a semblance of momentum against rival Barak Obama heading into the Pennsylvania primary, former first lady Hillary Clinton has gotten herself into a pickle with getting caught in an (um..) 'untruth' over her comments about landing in Bosnia in 1996 under a hail of sniper fire. CBS news exposes the former first lady, which you can view here.
- In the "Yee-Haw, the Bush-Administration-Finally-Does-Something Right" category, the Department of Justice finally gave satellite-radio providers XM Radio and Sirius the okay to go ahead with their over-a-year-old merger plans. Although the two providers are still hemorrhaging cash, at least the stocks got a bounce for a day.
- On our blog (below), we take aim at John Dingell's Deadly Idea to impose a $0.50 per gallon gas tax on all Americans. As Mr. Dingell represents the economically-ailing state of Michigan, we wonder: With representatives like that, who needs enemies?
Lastly, in the "OMG" & "WTF" Category:
- In an article that is sure to raise employers' ire and get unions and employee-rights advocates salivating, the American Journal of Psychiatry has found addiction to text messaging and emailing could be another form of mental illness. While it may be premature to say that eventually workers may be taking FMLA leaves because their children are addicted to text messaging or reasonable accommodations must be given for myspace.com-addicted employees, the writing (er...text) may be on the proverbial wall.
For more news, go to EmployerReport.com.
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Please have a productive and prosperous week.
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