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SAS will cancel 1,213 flights on Monday and Tuesday as a result of an ongoing pilot strike, the Scandinavian airline said on Sunday. Read Story
One man wanted to change the raisin industry for the better. He got more than he bargained for. Read Story
KHMU Info No. 4(April 27, 2019) Negotiations on Policy for Labor-respected Workplaces and on Employment will Take Place. Industry-level Demand and Struggle Direction for Year 2019 was Finalized.   The Korean Health and Medical Workers’ Union (KHMU) finalized the industry-level demand and struggle direction for year 2019 and announced that negotiations will begin in earnest. The KHMU convened a temporary congress in the grand conference hall at Yeungnam University Medical Center at 2:00 pm on 16th and decided to begin the industry-level collective bargaining on policies, employment and respect for labor on May 8.   The demands for year 2019 are as follows: ▲ create decent jobs (on-the-job training program for nurses, maternity leave-considered employment policy, nursing-care giving integrated service expansion) ▲ create a safe environment where human rights is respected (safe hospital, prevention of bullying, eradication of violence and human rights protection) ▲ make a progress in industrial relations and realize public good (set-up of TF team on labor policy, creation of labor-management joint fund) ▲ raise wage. For wage increase, the KHMU decided to request a 6% increase against the total wage, taking into account the result of survey on actual working conditions and this year’s wage increase percentage demand set by the KCTU.      The demands that will be claimed in industry-level collective bargaining and recommendations that include additional items to be discussed at the collective bargaining according to the amended law as of 2019 were also finalized. For the demands to be submitted to the central government are as follows: ▲ improve training programs for entry-level nurses and create decent jobs ▲ create a safe environment by rooting out the illegal medical practices ▲ set up a manual to protect workers often exposed to emotional labor and to respect human rights ▲ convert irregular job positions to regular ones in public hospitals ▲ make a progress in industrial relations and realize public goods ▲ stop the attempt to privatize medical services and ensure the public nature of health and medical services.   Based on such demands, the KHMU is scheduled to hold “Labor-Management Joint Policy Workshop on Decent Job Creation in the Health and Medical Sector” on May 8 and move onto the pre-meeting for the industry-level collective bargaining during the afternoon on the same day.    In addition, the congress adopted a resolution that the KHMU will intensively organize an all-out struggle in April joined by all members of the union to prevent free-labor, flexible working system leading to death from overwork and evil revision of the minimum wage system.   Meanwhile, the KHMU held a rally for “struggle to create a hospital without laid-off workers” with 300 protesters including the congress members, members of civil society and local labor unions in Daegu. At the rally, the union also urged to normalize industrial relations and reinstate the discharged workers of Yeungnam University Medical Center .   The permission to establish a for-profit hospital was nullified, which is a victory of the KHMU The Jeju provincial government finally cancelled the permission for the for-profit hospital establishment. The provincial government allowed a group to found a for-profit hospital for the first time in Korea. In response, the civil society including the KHMU has since strongly protested against it.   According to the medical law in Korea, any hospital permitted by the government should begin to run the business within 3 months but the Greenland International Medical Center failed to do so. The strong opposition of the civil society led the provincial government to cancel the permission on April 17. The KHMU announced a welcome statement about this cancellation and urged the Jeju provincial government to acquire the medical facilities and run it as a public hospital.   The KHMU stated, “There should be no such a place for for-profit hospital in Korea” when developing the struggles against for-profit hospitals for 4 months. And eventually, the medical union gained a fruitful victory. http://bogun.nodong.org/english/ Read Story
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Nearly 600 flights have been cancelled and thousands of passengers stranded on the third day of a strike by pilots at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). Read Story
An election to unionize graduate student workers at the University of Pittsburgh has been declared inconclusive due to dozens of contested ballots. Read Story
Tens of thousands of Yellow Vest protesters took to the streets for a 24th consecutive Saturday, with many saying the proposals French President Emmanuel Macron announced this week don't go far enough to address the plight of struggling workers. Read Story
About 100 musicians have been on strike since March 11. Read Story
Amazon wants to turn its famous two-day delivery into just one-day on most Prime orders. But can warehouse workers handle it? Read Story
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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will likely end its seven-week strike after the city's mayor Rahm Emanuel intervened to broker an agreement, his office... Read Story
Amazon's huge warehouses, called fulfillment centers are the engine of the company's retail business as it is where workers track, pack. sort, and shuffle each order before it is sent to the buyer. Read Story
6 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren says Democrats have not paid enough attention to organized labor. The U.S. Read Story
2 p.m. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro wants the federal government to encourage companies to treat workers — and labor — better. Read Story
2:45 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is calling for taking action against a key Supreme Court decision that hobbled unions last year. Read Story
Hundreds of Google staffers met on Friday and discussed what activists allege is a frequent consequence of criticizing the company: Retaliation. Read Story
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Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris indicated Saturday that if elected president, she intends to continue catering to the interests of powerful, politically connected unions over those of individual workers by banning what are known as right-to-work laws. Read Story
Alan Krueger’s recent death prompted well-deserved tributes. Nonetheless, his most famous study, co-authored with David Card, suffers from a serious flaw. Read Story
Scandinavian Airline Systems (SAS) on April 26 has had to cancel 673 flights after its pilots opted to strike. It has left thousands of passengers stranded around the world. Only SAS Ireland and its subcontracted airlines were able to operate. Read Story