On the picket line

first_imgPhoenix bus drivers strike Veolia/Transdev“You always hear about workers versus evil corporations — this is that situation,” said Michael Cornelius, lead negotiator for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 at a press conference about a possible strike of 650 public transit bus drivers in Phoenix. (PhoenixNewTimes.com, Jan. 4) The union struck for seven days after negotiations with contractor Veolia/Transdev collapsed Jan. 8. At issue were wages, bathroom breaks and bereavement time.In anticipation of the strike, management canceled workers’ health insurance on Jan. 7, despite payments made by workers in advance. “I’m just disgusted. We’re human beings. Even if we have our differences, they have no integrity to do this to us,” said driver Gilbert Balderas, whose cancer treatment medications cost him $17,000 a month without insurance. (Jan. 12)On Jan. 15, the union reported on its Facebook page that a five-year contract had been ratified by an 85 percent majority vote and drivers would return to work the next day. By dropping 1 percent from the wage increase, Local 1433 was able to end a two-tier structure for vacations and retirement. “Now we can focus on the overall issue of the outsourcing of our public transit system,” said Local 1433.Seattle drivers for hire win union rightsThe Seattle City Council passed an ordinance unanimously on Dec. 14 extending collective bargaining rights to for-hire drivers. Typically classified as “independent contractors,” taxicab operators and drivers for services like Uber and Lyft are not protected by the National Labor Rights Act. As a result, these workers are often forced to work long hours for pay that falls well below the minimum wage. “Since I started driving for Uber, Uber has cut our pay without notice, terminated drivers without giving a reason and blocked our efforts to improve our working conditions,” said driver Peter Kuel. (TheStand.org, Dec. 15) Under the new law, drivers can elect union representation to negotiate for wages, hours and working conditions.“This bill means a lot to us drivers,” said Fasil Teka. “It can have a positive impact, not just for drivers in Seattle, but for independent contractors across the country.” The drivers worked with Teamsters Local 117, which represents 16,000 workers in Washington state, to form the App-Based Drivers Association and the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association.NLRB strikes down Whole Foods regulatiomIn a Dec. 24 ruling, the National Labor Relations Board struck down a Whole Foods regulation barring workers from taking photographs or recording conversations with management on the job. In the 2-1 decision, the NLRB found that Whole Foods’ policy interfered with the workers’ legally protected right to document abuses and unsafe conditions and ordered the chain to cease enforcement of the regulation and to notify all employees of their rights. The complaint was filed by the Food and Commercial Workers and the Worker Organizing Committee of Chicago. (cbsnews.com, Dec. 29) Whole Foods appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Jan. 5. Stay tuned.AFL-CIO takes stand against sexual harassmentOn Oct. 8, the AFL-CIO and eight U.S. groups supporting women’s rights on the job sent a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel requesting that workplace policies of German corporation Deutsche Telekom that have been found to harm women workers in the U.S. be immediately rescinded. The appeal was sent to Merkel because the German government is a major shareholder (30 percent) in DT.Two independent NLRB cases initiated by the Communication Workers against T-Mobile, DT’s U.S. subsidiary (one decided last March, the other last August), found that company policies restricted U.S. employees’ rights to address sexual harassment and other abuses of power under U.S. law.An in-depth Reuters article reported Jan. 7 that the issue is still a hot topic. (“Deutsche Telekom under scrutiny over working conditions at U.S. arm T-Mobile”) However, the German finance ministry refused comment for the article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Tiger documentary debuts in December, Uchitel to speak

first_img Read Also:Ronaldo shows off ripped body as he recovers from AC Milan loss “After months of research and countless hours of revelatory conversations, we discovered that he has always been a projection of outsized expectations. His father, his sponsors, and his fans all made Tiger Woods into whom they wanted him to be. “Our goal was to dive deeper and create an unflinching and intimate portrait of a man, who like all of us, is imperfect and inherently human.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A two-part documentary detailing the rise, fall and epic comeback of 15-time major golf champion Tiger Woods will debut in December, producers announced Thursday. Rachel Uchitel, who was at the center of a sex scandal that erupted around Woods in November 2009, will be “breaking her silence for the first time” in the film, according to a release announcing the project. Woods apologized in a February 2010 televised statement for cheating with multiple mistresses on then-wife Elin Nordegren. The couple divorced six months later. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Tarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe The project is based upon the book on Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian and includes never-before-seen footage plus interviews with former Woods caddie Steve Williams and six-time major winner Nick Faldo among others. The documentary charts Woods from his toddler days swinging clubs on television through injury fears that left him wondering if he might ever walk normally again to his current comeback, set to resume at next week’s US PGA Memorial tournament. Woods has matched the career record 82 US PGA Tour wins of legend Sam Snead and his all-time major total ranks behind only the record 18 won by Jack Nicklaus. “Since his introduction to the world at the age of two, Tiger Woods has inhabited our collective consciousness as a prodigy, a pioneer, a champion, a global icon, and then a tabloid headline,” the directors said in a statement.center_img Loading… The documentary will debut on HBO on December 13, four weeks after the scheduled final round of the 2020 Masters. Woods is set to defend the green jacket he won last year at Augusta National, completing his return from severe back injuries with his first major win since 2008. The conclusion will air December 20, only 10 days before Woods’s 45th birthday. HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions will create the biopic with Academy Award winner Alex Gibney among the executive producers and Emmy winner Matthew Heineman and Emmy nominee Matthew Hamachek directing the film. It follows blockbuster ratings for a six-part documentary on Michael Jordan that was released during the coronavirus pandemic while most sports were shut down.last_img read more