Thursday, July 31, 2008

1199 strike looms, Gristedes Owner getting serious & More one liners....

A new book by New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse examines how much of the American workforce is working more but earning less. Wages have stagnated, health and pension benefits have grown stingier, and job security has shriveled. Greenhouse joins Democracy Now! to talk about The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker. Listen to the interview here.

A Salmonella strain was found in irrigation water at a Mexican farm.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has reversed a lower court ruling that denied certification of a class-action suit brought by Hispanic workers at some of Bashas' Food City stores — stores at which questions of whether the workers are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union are in dispute. The suit, filed in 2003 with the assistance of union officials, charges Bashas' with discriminating against those employees in pay and working conditions because of their Hispanic origin.

1199 SEIU intends to strike if contracts are not ratified with 25 area home care agencies by mid September, rally planned for Aug. 7

Republican businessman John Catsimatidis is ramping up a possible run for mayor, telling city GOP officials today that he's hiring staff and launching an exploratory committee.

The NY SUN also ran a story on Castimatidis.

With a Saturday contract deadline looming, several hundred Verizon Communications union workers staged a protest rally yesterday afternoon in Patchogue.

The Amish Hyde park closing continues to receive press.

Politics

Our endorsement of De Blasio was noted in the Queens Ledger.

The Times' Michael Barbaro questions Bill Thompson's spending.

Clinton reportedly accepted Barack Obama’s offer to speak on the second day of the Democratic convention.

Hillary Clinton had a private dinner with Diane Feinstein, the founder of Emily’s List, and two others.

New York City will join five states in suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency.


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