unionization

Employees of a Jimmy John’s franchise in Minnesota have organized a union and are seeking better pay, better working conditions and more benefits. this company has 1000 stores over teh entire nation the gathering of employees is concintarted right now of organizinign primaryaly in teh Minneapolis metropolitan area.  the sandwhich makers ( employees of this ocmpmany have gathered together to form a barganing unit that has to do with their pay workign icnditions and extra benefits.  they recently filled out a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to start the formal election process.  the point of conducting this petition is once the employees have teh majority of teh vote the Jimmy John’s franchise must cooperate with the employees on negotiating better pay working conditions and benefits for teh workers.  the workers also have protested in ways such as picketing to prove their point across more assertivly to get what they want to be done.  the union affiliated the the workers of Jimmy John’s franchise are  also affliliated with industrial Workers of the World which also help the franchise “Starbucks” out also.

http://www.iww.org/en/node/5192

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its not right!

http://www.iww.org/en/news

its not right!  i have read this article about Flaum a kosher food company whos owner mistreats its workers and gives them low pay and sometimes does not pay them @ all.  the dilemma is though that the workers are illegals so the arugemnet is that should he pay the illegal workers? …he did knowingly hire them so is he still obligated to pay even though its illegal for them to work?  the kosher food company owner knowingly did cut his losses by not paying overtime and low salary  wages and did bank off of it which is not right even though he does have these immigrants working for him he should still be respectfull for these people that try and make ends meat. so these workers eventually did protest against him and are actually winning…his products are being “banned” such as his pickles and hummus he distributes people do not buy his Mediterranean products anymore in the tristate area

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IMMIGRATION CRACKDOWN

As immigrants move in U.S. with high hope to have a better life. The government should be serious about the illegal immigrants. I believe they are at least working hard, and not always those crimes out there are committed by them but they are doing the job that nobody wants.  They just want a better living, support their families.  Yes I agree if they r harming the country the government must take action among them and that could be anybody regardless immigrants or illegal immigrants.  The government can crack down on illegal immigrants and they should have done this earlier so then we would have less crime.

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Cuny Adjunct vs Cuny Professor

It is true that the Professors make more than the Adjunct. I totally disagree raising our tuition because it is very hard for us students. I have a part time job any thing i make its going away for the school. The school is full of fees and other 50 things that i don’t even know about it. Every time I go to see an adviser regardless what the issue is the answer is always no. So if the service is so below why should we have such a high tuition. Its not fare for us. There is no help, and they can’t just take a huge chunk like that from us students. Like wise they must improve the service.

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Unequal pay for equal work

It’s not fare for the adjunct that they cannot be a full time faculty member. I believe adjunct’s the way they teach me as a student, I was able to understand the material better then someone who is a normal professor. As adjunct faculty doing the same work as full faculty members so why not give them all the benefits they deserve. They are experienced and they are doing a great job so why not pay them what they deserve. After working so hard they don’t even have a job security which is not right. They must get equal pay and they deserve better benefits as other faculties. I am student in Queens College I would prefer an adjunct to teach us students then “Professor as per called” who can’t teach and doesn’t have the quality to understand the material.

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Pace of Change Under Obama Frustrates Unions- Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Steven Greenhouse

After reading this article on Labor Unions reaction to the Obama admnistration on its inability to solve most of the problems why they supported his presidential ambition, i would like to make a quick comments. In the first place, i do not support the reason why union leaders use their members’ dues to sponsor politicians in their campaigns. It is an undeniable fact that most of these politicians do not honor their campaign promises, so using members dues to support them sometimes become unnacessary. I understand the frustrations unions are going through. I know this is not the type of change they supported and voted for. However, my advice to them is that, they have to give the President enough time to put things in order. In my opinion, Obama cannot be blamed much because of the economic recession, and the fact that he came and met two big wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are also strong opposition from Republicans concerning union matters. Again, i would urge union leaders not to use membership dues to sponsor political campaigns again.

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Unions Yield on Wage Scales

 An article by the new york times in mid November speaks about what seem to be very disturbing is that unions are losing their battle. Unions are beginning to to sign two tiered contracts with companies, which was used for had times in order to drive down costs. Automobile makers who are facing a crisis are wanting to bring those contracts back and shrinking labor costs. Many of the big manufacturers in Wisconsin have succeeded in applying the two tier system. Harley Davidson’s workers have accepted a new contract that freezes for the next seven years, new employees have a lower pay , and no benefits. That seems rather insane. Other companies seeing that Harley Davidson managed to negotiate such terms with the unions are now trying to apply similar contracts. Other companies throughout have just laid off numerous employes and have cut production making it difficult for workers who have been with the company for years. Big corporations are raising the unemployment rate and are lower the working standards for everyone .When a worker in desperate need seeks for a job and GM offers one with minimum wage and no benefits the worker will take it in order to survive. Unlike our past labor movements workers today are not as united and organized as they once were. The companies are wining and the working class is becoming poorer.

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Unions by Yates

 

In Yates reading about the organization of unions it was rather unfortunate to read about the hierarchy and power that takes over. Unions were formed by workers in order to protect their rights from management. From the early 1900s mine workers have fought for the establishment of unions and now to hear how some union leaders have become corrupt is sad. Teamsters have given a bad name to unions as they took advantage of the money and controlled by criminals. But throughout the years it has tried to win back its union member by forming Teamsters for a Democratic Union and standing up to those corrupting it. It is sad to see so much greediness and corruption in labor unions and AFL-CIO being part of it too. It seems that the power of money always succeeds in destroying even the purest things. Unions also have federal laws and policies they have to abide by since they have fought for those rights. The whole point of a union is for hard working people to stick together and work as a team while having the power of the union protecting them from exploitation at work. Without the formation of unions management would never listen to its workers and their needs and it is important for a working class individual to have basic rights in the workplace.

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Human Resources

 

The movie Human Resources we watched before the Thanksgiving break was pretty interesting. The young intern trying to work in the same plant as his father would seem pretty reasonable. His father was more traditional and was proud of his son getting a higher education and working at the same company as him. i don’t agree in working with family members especially if you are in a higher position with them. It is hard to have to set rules to a family member without upsetting them. Once he saw the list on his bosses computer of the people getting laid off and seeing that his father was one of them he became very uncomfortable. He began forming alliances with the workers and striking against the factory. His father did not want to be a part of it and ended up ruining their relationship. Those are the problems one faces when working in the human resources department. He was also very angry at the fact that they took his idea and created it to fire the workers. Human resources is a tricky field because you need to satisfy the workers but also figure out how to increase profit and productivity.

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“The Grinch” has spoken

I don’t mean to sound like “The Grinch” but let’s face it. Everything around us is going up. Tuition, public transportation, food, rent, taxes and gas just to name a few are steadily increasing. It’s the way of life. I don’t want to pay more for any of these things either but, I understand that I have to pay for the services that I receive. Instead of complaining about the tuition hike, which is inevitable embrace it.  I instead think that it can now be used as a negotiating point. Advocators for services can now say “we have agreed to pay more now we expect more” may that be more classes or better wages for Adjuncts. It has been argued that this is not the right time. It is never going to be the right time. Besides cutting tap isn’t the worst thing in the world prior to having to pay for classes I received full financial aid. The money came in handy but there was more available than I had actually needed. I usually spent the money unnecessarily on gifts that I other wise as a college freshmen could not afford.

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