A group of 34 Hertz employees, all Somali Muslims, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have been suspended indefinitely for reportedly not punching the time clock before and after taking a few minutes to pray during the work day.
Because NBA owners and players haven’t been able to agree on a way to split league revenue, it’s looking more and more likely that the labor dispute will either shorten the season or do away with it entirely. The league announced that the entire preseason has been canceled and unless an agreement is reached within the next few days, regular season games will be in jeopardy.
The 45,000 striking Verizon workers agreed to return to their jobs earlier this week while a contract is ironed out, but the time away from their posts could have far-reaching effects on the economy. Because the workers were off the job the week the Labor Department surveyed employers, they won’t count among the ranks of the employed for the August jobs report.
Grocery store checkout lines in the Los Angeles area could get a lot longer if unionized workers follow through with their plan to strike against employers. The United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents 62,000 workers at Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons in the area, say they will strike if they can’t work out a new contract.
As 45,000 Verizon workers strike, the company faces battles on multiple fronts. Not only must Verizon contend with picketing workers, but strained staff resources and the accompanying backlash from customers who contend service has gotten slower.
Amid the labor dispute in which 45,000 Verizon landline workers are striking due to Verizon’s insistence at restructuring pensions, health care and workplace procedures, the company has filed several court actions accusing picketers of thuggish behavior.
A block of Verizon workers took to picket lines after negotiations between unions and the company broke down. The 45,000 striking workers represent a fifth of Verizon’s workforce, and the company has enacted a contingency plan to make sure customers experience a “limited disruption in service.”
Professional sports owners are taking their balls and going home in droves these days, with the NBA announcing that, like the NFL, it will lock players out until they can get a new labor agreement sorted out.
Pennsylvania Walmart employees scored another victory against the company in their case that accused the company of substandard labor practices. A state Superior Court judge panel denied Walmart’s appeal of a $187.6 million judgment in 2006.
Should the NFL and its players be unable to work out their differences in a timely manner, the league is ready to go all Solomon-like and cut its regular season in half. While fans may be disappointed and team employees could be out half a season’s worth of pay, at least the Bills and Lions have hope of avoiding their traditional double-digit loss campaigns.
After a couple early victories in court by players, the NFL has had its way in recent rulings involving its labor dispute. On Monday the league won a permanent stay of an injunction that forced the league to temporarily end its lockout.
The NFL’s ugly labor dispute took a promising turn for fans hoping they don’t miss football this year on Monday, when a U.S. District judge ended the owners’ lockout.
Even though an NFL work stoppage is the one thing that keeps the Cleveland Browns from embarrassing themselves, a fan of the team is suing the team and league over its lockout, claiming the league violated his personal seat license contract, which grants him the right to buy tickets.
If it didn’t seem fair to you that the NFL would be allowed to collect TV revenue while it locked out players, take heart, because a federal judge felt the same way.
When billionaires are locked in a labor struggle with millionaires, bet on the billionaires — especially if they’ve got guaranteed continuing revenue streams. NFL owners, who are expected to lock players out later this week due to a labor dispute, are in decent shape to last two seasons without any actual football, predicts Standard & Poor’s.