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    Default Strikes Rare Despite Employers Offensive In Rough Economy

    Strikes Still Rare in America, Despite Employers’ Offensive in Rough Economy - Working In These Times

    A survey of recent strike activity reveals employers are taking full advantage of the greatest economic crisis in decades. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service list of ongoing labor disputes includes only 41 strikes or lockouts nationwide during August 2010.

    Some were relatively large high-profile disputes, such as the strike against Mott's apple sauce company in upstate New York. Most, however, were small local disputes, involving fewer than one hundred workers. For example, Teamsters in Upper Marlborough, Md., struck Daycon Products in April 2010 to resist a proposed two tier-wage scale. The strike is still ongoing.

    The common theme: employer demands for concessions. For example, 400 Teamsters struck Aggregate Industries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in mid-August. A chief demand of the company was changes in work rules, including ceasing to guarantee a full day’s work. The strike, which ended after eight days, maintained healthcare and pay but included unspecified concessions in work rules. By extending the picket line to other facilities and drawing on international support, the Teamsters were able to beat back some, but not all, of the employer demands.

    Another trend: employers taking advantage of high unemployment demanded concessions even when they were not losing money. Thus at Motts, despite being profitable, the employer demanded takebacks on healthcare, pension and wages. As The New York Times reported:
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    Default Re: Strikes Rare Despite Employers Offensive In Rough Economy

    Quote Originally Posted by slavenomore View Post
    Strikes Still Rare in America, Despite Employers’ Offensive in Rough Economy - Working In These Times

    A survey of recent strike activity reveals employers are taking full advantage of the greatest economic crisis in decades. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service list of ongoing labor disputes includes only 41 strikes or lockouts nationwide during August 2010.

    Some were relatively large high-profile disputes, such as the strike against Mott's apple sauce company in upstate New York. Most, however, were small local disputes, involving fewer than one hundred workers. For example, Teamsters in Upper Marlborough, Md., struck Daycon Products in April 2010 to resist a proposed two tier-wage scale. The strike is still ongoing.

    The common theme: employer demands for concessions. For example, 400 Teamsters struck Aggregate Industries in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in mid-August. A chief demand of the company was changes in work rules, including ceasing to guarantee a full day’s work. The strike, which ended after eight days, maintained healthcare and pay but included unspecified concessions in work rules. By extending the picket line to other facilities and drawing on international support, the Teamsters were able to beat back some, but not all, of the employer demands.

    Another trend: employers taking advantage of high unemployment demanded concessions even when they were not losing money. Thus at Motts, despite being profitable, the employer demanded takebacks on healthcare, pension and wages. As The New York Times reported:
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    This is sad for all of us! We all need to try to change this trend!!! More members need to get involved instead of just complaining!

 

 

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