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USA : St. Mary's Med Ctr, union clash over efforts to organize

LabourStart US - Tue, 2018-08-14 08:06
Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail

USA : Unions see Missouri win as red state watershed

LabourStart US - Tue, 2018-08-14 07:51
Source: The Hill

USA : For Missouri Unions, the Battle Is Far from Over

LabourStart US - Tue, 2018-08-14 07:48
Source: Am Prospect

USA : The Meaning of Labor's Win in Missouri

LabourStart US - Tue, 2018-08-14 07:47
Source: Am Prospect

Sheet Metal Workers End 12-Day Strike

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2018-08-14 00:00
Source:bostonglobe.com
Categories: Union Web Services

Sept. 4 Primaries Draw Heightened Interest

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2018-08-14 00:00
Source:baystatebanner.com
Categories: Union Web Services

Opioids Threat to Mass Construction Workers

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2018-08-14 00:00
Source:constructiondive.com
Categories: Union Web Services

Census Undercount Would Cost Mass Millions

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2018-08-14 00:00
Source:baystatebanner.com
Categories: Union Web Services

Beacon Hill Pub Building goes for $5.4 M

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2018-08-14 00:00
Source:beaconhilltimes.com
Categories: Union Web Services

HVNA Votes Down 2 Projects

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2018-08-14 00:00
Source:eastietimes.com
Categories: Union Web Services

In Wake of Death, Minnesota Prisoners Speak Out

Industrial Workers of the World - Mon, 2018-08-13 20:59

By the Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, August 10, 2018

As the Minnesota Department of Corrections ends its lockdown at all prisons except Stillwater, prisoners there are speaking out against human rights abuses and calling for the lockdown to end.

According to Carlos Smith, a prisoner at Stillwater, “we are currently without any basic humane treatment here... We still have not received any showers nor are we any closer to seeing any end to this nonsense.” Stillwater has been locked down since a lone prisoner killed a guard on July 18. When facilities are on lockdown, prisoners receive no more than one hour a day outside their cells.

Smith says prisoners are being held hostage in a struggle between the DOC and AFSCME prison guards, some of whom are calling for the resignation of the commissioner.

Beyond the lack of laundry and showers, the 1600 men inside Stillwater are facing humiliation during the lockdown. “They took two sections, about sixty of us, handcuffed together, naked. Then we sat like that in the gym for an hour and a half while they ransacked our cells,” Smith reports.

AFSCME, the prison guard union is looking for a bigger budget for staffing but David Boehnke of the Twin Cities Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee doesn’t believe staffing alone will reduce violence. “If you don’t give respect, you won’t get it. Overcrowding means reduced programming and inhuman conditions - violence which begets violence,” Boehnke says. “The solution is there. Release the thousands of people locked up for petty parole violations and reinvest that money into improving conditions.”

A 2017 study from California prisons notes a robust relationship between reducing overcrowding and lowering prison violence. Minnesota prisons are already above maximum capacity, resulting in hundreds of people being housed in county jails while the prison population is projected to be more than 1,300 people over maximum capacity by 2022. As of July 2018 35.6% of Minnesota’s prison admissions, 2771 people, were incarcerated for crimeless technical violations of parole.

Beyond the recent killing, both guards and prisoners are facing increasing violence inside Minnesota’s prisons. Without changing conditions, it is hard to see an end rising violence. But right now, Smith hopes the public will speak up to end the lockdown and its human rights abuses. “We are just sitting in these cells smelling like billy goats,” he says.

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Global: No rights for workers at Marriott's Bali paradise

LabourStart - Mon, 2018-08-13 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IUF

Orca Mother Carries Around Dead Calf For Two Weeks As Warning To All Who Would Defy Her

The Onion - Mon, 2018-08-13 17:31

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA—Saying that the unusual behavior was in fact a natural expression of the animal’s relationship to both its dead kin and its social environment, experts at the Center for Whale Research held a dockside press conference Monday to confirm that the orca who carried around her dead calf for two weeks did…

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Counter Protesters Far Outnumber White Nationalists At ‘Unite The Right’

The Onion - Mon, 2018-08-13 16:21

Hundreds of counter-protesters far outnumbered the fewer than 20 people who showed up for the Unite the Right white nationalist rally in Washington, D.C. What do you think?

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