Trade Union News


On Saturday, March 17, 2012, over forty organizations and two thousand citizens gathered at the State Capitol to "kill the bill."

SB 469--which as previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, would make protesting on private property an aggravated misdemeanor, carrying steep fines and prison time--has drawn opposition from Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson; Martin Luther King, III; US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA); Rev. Joseph Lowery; the Teamsters and other union groups; Occupy Atlanta; and a growing list of community organizations.

Even the Atlanta Tea Party opposes the bill. "When we're talking about the First Amendment of the US Constitution, we're not talking about political right-versus-left. We're talking about right versus wrong," Julianne Thompson, Georgia State director for the Tea Party Patriots, told the Huffington Post. "If it's a violation of free speech we're going to be on the side of the Constitution. I'm happy that we've reached across party lines with regard to this issue."


New film details how locked-out workers resolved a labour dispute peacefully by Jon MacNeill

Locked out by management at Moosehead Breweries last February, the workers of Union Local 362 could have responded with bully tactics, and called for a boycott of the storied lager.

"We went out and said, 'No, we love this company. This is an argument and we've got to get through it, do us a favour and drink the beer," said Sheldon Garland from his home in Saint John. "Deplete their stock so they can bring us back to work."


Unionized workers at Oland Brewery in Halifax accepted an offer by Labatt Breweries of Canada on Sunday, avoiding a lockout.

Don Roberts, president of Local 361 of the Brewery and Soft Drink Workers, wouldn't say how many of the 130 unionized workers voted in favour of the new seven-year deal, but said it passed by a close margin.

He said he's glad the deal has been made, although some workers are unhappy. There were no details of what is contained in the new deal.


Caterpillar pulls plug on London plant

The relentless push by global corporations to slash costs has eliminated the jobs of about 450 people in London, Ont., who had been locked out of their Caterpillar Inc. (CAT-N113.943.613.27%) workplace since Jan. 1 in a high-profile and bitter dispute.

Caterpillar’s Progress Rail Services unit is ceasing operations at the city’s Electro-Motive Canada diesel locomotive factory, two months after Canadian Auto Workers president Ken Lewenza said company officials assured him they had no intention of closing the plant.


LONDON, ONT — A crowd of more than 10,000 descended upon this city’s Victoria Park to support local workers who have been locked out of their jobs since the new year. They came from all over, from Timmins, Sudbury, and Pennsylvania in scores of buses. They came to protest corporate greed and Stephen Harper.

The prime minister didn’t come, although he was invited.

“We need you down here to support Canadian workers,” yelled London Mayor Joe Fontana. “Get your ass down here!”


London - The fence is up and the question now being asked is: "What next?" Despite the Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) plant having a long history in London, Ontario, there are fears in this Southwestern Ontario community of losing the large, successful plant.
In a city struggling with one of the highest unemployment rates (9.8 percent) for a city its size in Canada, the loss of yet another major industry would be a hard blow to the area economy.
Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of giant Caterpillar Inc., is threatening to close the 61-year-old locomotive manufacturing plant unless employees accept a pay-cut of more than 50 percent in some cases. Bob Scott, plant chair, confirmed to Digital Journal that the company's latest offer would slash wages to $16.50 from $35 an hour. The bargaining committee has rejected the offer and Friday a strike vote will be held. The workers are represented by the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW).
Union members, fearing the company may attempt to move valuable, core equipment from the London plant, have been watching the facility 24-hours a day since last Friday. Where would the equipment go? EMD employees with whom Digital Journal spoke believe a plant recently opened in Muncie, Indiana would be the logical destination.
Muncie may be located in the United States but it is a city becoming known for its third world wages. "The lower wages offered in London still top what's paid at Progress Rail's refurbished plant in Muncie, Ind., where workers make as little as $12 an hour," according to Jonathan Sher of The London Free Press.
According to the Working Poor Families Project, Indiana ranks 27th among American States when it comes to jobs in occupations offering pay below the poverty line. There's a good reason why Caterpillar picked the rust belt city of Muncie for its latest American plant. Skilled workers are available there for unskilled worker wages


JUDGING by drinking habits of residents of the city of Kings and Queens, one would conclude with confidence without thinking twice that those that brew the holy waters have been thanked with a fat thirteenth cheque for a job well done: then think again, because you are certainly wrong!

An acrimonious wrangle has erupted between the Bulawayo Municipal Commercial Undertaking (BMCU) which trades as Ingwebu Breweries workers and their employees over not only payment of their bonuses but meagre salaries they get every month, we reveal today.


On November 25, 2011, the Muree Brewery Workers’ Union in Islamabad,
Pakistan, signed a collective agreement that brought significant increases
in wages and new benefits to its members, as well as permanent jobs for 26
casual workers


Thu 08/12/2011 - 12:58
Management and the trade unions at the Leuven (Flemish Brabant) – based drinks company AB InBev have reached agreement on a new collective labour agreement for the company’s blue collar workers. The agreement came after a marathon round of talks.
On Wednesday, workers at almost all AB In Bev sites downed tools because the talks had broken down. They resumed work today.

The main bone of contention was the union’s demand for salary guaranties over the coming year and for guarantees around job security. The unions have now been given such guarantees.


Anheuser-Busch InBev workers at production and distribution sites in Belgium will strike this morning to protest the failure of negotiations for a new labor agreement for the coming two years, Belga newswire reported, citing a union official.
The point of contention is a union demand for a guaranteed income for the next two years to accompany a work-assurance guarantee, which the management is prepared to give for the period.