Workers Issues in the US

Grain haulers’ lockout of Northwest longshoremen postponed

By Hector Cordon, December 3, 2012

Northwest grain terminal operators accede to union’s request to postpone contract deadline.

Workers protest low wages at New York City fast-food restaurants

By Sandy English, December 1, 2012

Hundreds of fast-food workers and their supporters protested against low wages and lack of benefits at McDonald’s and Burger King restaurants in New York City.

US bankruptcy judge approves $1.75 million in bonuses for Hostess executives

By David Walsh, December 1, 2012

Nineteen Hostess Brands executives, if they meet certain criteria while liquidating the company, will receive bonuses averaging $92,000. Some 18,500 workers are set to lose their jobs.

Los Angeles and Long Beach port clerical workers on strike

By Thomas Gaist, December 1, 2012

Office workers at the southern California ports went out on a strike action this week, shutting down large portions of Los Angeles’ heavily trafficked seaports.

Hostess unions line up with Wall Street asset strippers

By Jerry White, November 29, 2012

A week after a US bankruptcy court approved the liquidation of Hostess Brands, a slew of private equity firms and buyout specialists are seeking to cash in on the carve-up of the baked goods producer.

Illinois graduate assistants’ union attempts to force through sellout contract

By Marcus Day, November 29, 2012

Leaders of the Graduate Employees Union (GEO) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign signed a tentative agreement Tuesday containing major wage and health care concessions.

Portland, Oregon port union accepts concessions contract

By Hector Cordon, November 28, 2012

Port of Portland security workers get new concessions contract while longshoremen face a Wednesday deadline on a “best and final offer.”

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November 27, 2012

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Protests hit Walmart stores

By our reporter, November 26, 2012

Protests were held at Walmart stores around the US on November 23 to oppose management abuse, irregular working hours and the poverty wages paid by the giant retailer.

“This is a case of corporate harvesting”

Striking Hostess workers speak

By David Brown, November 22, 2012

Bakers on the Picket line in Sacramento, California spoke with the World Socialist Web Site about the Hostess bankruptcy.

Judge approves Hostess liquidation, eliminating 15,000 jobs

By Patrick Martin, November 22, 2012

A federal bankruptcy judge issued a ruling endorsing the immediate liquidation of Hostess Brands, closing dozens of plants and distribution centers.

University of Illinois graduate assistants authorize strike

By Marcus Day, November 20, 2012

Last week, members of the Graduate Employees Organization at University of Illinois voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.