Archive for the ‘labor’ Category

Are Apple Store Managers Nationwide Getting Trained for “Union Awareness” Right Now This AM? Yes, Per CNET

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

What’s this – Apple’s is doing “Union Awareness” training at Apple Stores all over the country this Tuesday morning, November 8, 2011?

Yes. Josh Lowensohn has the story.

Well, that’s news to me. Thanks, CNET!

And who’s the prime mover of this movement? It’s San Francisco resident Cory Moll, that’s who. (I don’t know why he doesn’t get more attention around town…)

Now if I were in charge of fighting unionization at Apple, I’d start handing out free bunny-ear iPhone cases to all workers. You know, as a way to win them over.

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All right, we’ll just have to wait and see how this Apple vs union fight turns out.

In the meantime, feel free to send the unionizers a message, why not?

Labor Unrest on Market Street: Carpenters Local 2236 vs. McRoskey, the Absurdly Expensive Mattress Maker

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

This was the scene yesterday on Market Street near Gough:

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Is the National Labor Relations Board involved with something to do with McRoskey Mattress Company, that longtime manufacturer of absurdly expensive mattresses, as well as absurdly expensive pillows and, well, you get the idea? I think so.

Anyway, if you ever want to buy a cot for $2000+, or a twin bed for $3600 (plus tax of course), well, just push past the protesters and shop, shop, shop.

OMG! Prop B Backer F. Warren Hellman Pulls a 180 – Now Opposes Prop B – Will He Get a $50 K Refund?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

[UPDATE: Writer Joe Eskenazi has the deets on the prospects for F. Warren for getting a $50K refund from the Prop B people. The chances don’t look good at this point. And further explication comes from Heather Knight. That will have to do for now…]

The Question of the Day is this:

How do you get a strong-willed (and is there any other kind?) billionaire to change his or her mind?

No matter, San Francisco’s #1 banjo playerwants out of the pro-Proposition B campaign. Get all the deets, plus reaction from San Francisco Labor Council President Tim Paulson, below.

(This is seismic, baby.)

(This is unprecedented, baby.)

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(Hello, MSM, are you there? It’s me, Margaret. Can we get a little follow-up, please? Show us what you can do with this one. Starting…now!)

Statement from F. Warren Hellman:

“I’m leaving the Yes on Proposition B campaign for the same reason I got involved in the campaign in the first place – we need a meaningful dialogue in San Francisco between business and labor to solve long-term problems threatening the city’s future without name-calling and fingerpointing.
 
“We must address the issue of spiraling public pension and health benefits costs. They’re like an iceberg floating beneath the surface that threatens to sink cities like ours. At the same time, I’m not willing scapegoat police officers, firefighters and other public workers to do it.
 
“We got into this situation together and we must work together to solve it in the interest of a city we all love.
 
“I was reminded of this spirit at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival this past weekend.  We pulled off a massive free concert in Golden Gate Park without one major injury, disruption or arrest, which is a testament to the professionalism of San Francisco’s public workers and our City’s spirit of cooperation.
 
“I believe that organized labor appreciates that it is in San Francisco’s interest – and the interest of its members — to head off a looming pension and benefits crisis before it cripples public services and leaves police officers, firefighters and other public workers without retirement security.
 
“And I also believe that San Francisco business must understand its responsibility to pay its fair share to fund quality public services. And that begins with workers who are properly trained, fairly paid and able to retire with dignity.
 
“We have a history of working together in this city and settling issues without expensive and divisive political fights at the ballot box. I’m going to focus my attention and resources on restarting those discussions.”

Statement from Tim Paulson, San Francisco Labor Council

“On behalf of the Labor community, we are very pleased that Warren Hellman has withdrawn his support from the Yes on B campaign. Many of us in organized labor have worked closely with Mr. Hellman in recent years to rebuild San Francisco’s schools and fund public education and we were disappointed to be at odds on this measure.
 
“We share Mr. Hellman’s legitimate concerns about rising pension and health care costs and commit to work with him and other likeminded leaders in the business community to address them. We want to find sustainable and affordable ways to attract and retain the best public employees, compensate them fairly and allow them to retire with dignity. In short, we acknowledge and respect Mr. Hellman’s goals, even if Prop B is not the vehicle to achieve them.”

Ever more deets, from the Anti-Prop B people, after the jump

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San Francisco’s WorkerExpress.Com Wants to “Disrupt” the Day Laborer Market – $18.98 Per Hour

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

[UPDATE: Joe Mellin, Chief Operating Officer of WE, writes in to kindly point out that they do indeed specify how much money goes to the workers. So a general laborer could earn $10 per hour*, with $4 going as a fee and $5 going for insurance and taxes, for example. Thanks, Joe.]

Your days of hiring day laborers in front of the paint store and then paying them daily with hard cash are over. Why? ‘Cause you’re going to check out WorkerExpress.com, where you just punch in your zip and then start hiring. It’s all nice and legal.

Now, the problem with doing it the legal way is that you have to pay more money and the workers get less money. Hey, how much do the workers get paid for each hour, anyway? Well, that’s a mystery to me but it looks like workers compensation is taken care of, so that’s nice. Check it:

WorkerExpress is a startup looking to disrupt the $7bn temporary construction labor market. We believe bringing the power of the internet to this brick and mortar industry will enable workers to earn more money and enable contractors to create more jobs when they are needed most. We believe that we will be able to change the way temporary manual labor is hired.”

Here’s your interface:

And, oh yes, the take from KNTV-San Joser, and Fast Company, plus the Facebook and the Twitter.  

*That’s just north of San Francisco’s minimu wage of $9.79 per hour.

Anyway, here’s the news of the day:

“WorkerExpress Launches Web Service to Reduce Unemployment by Connecting Temporary Workers With Jobs

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3  — WorkerExpress has launched a new online employment platform to help temporary workers land jobs in one of the toughest economic times in recent memory.

WorkerExpress uses a revolutionary concept that enables workers to post information, show their certifications and accrue experience on a public online profile. Contractors, property managers and other temporary hirers can look at workers’ profiles online and request specific employees that best fit their needs.

Here at WorkerExpress, we understand the burden of today’s economy on temporary workers; the challenges of connecting workers with contractors; and the advantages of using the web, instead of hiring halls, to bridge the gap between companies and temporary employees.

“It was too good to be true,” said Brent Williams, a painter who was placed through WorkerExpress only a few days after signing up.

“He showed up right on time… if you find a worker like him, hire him,” said Majid Akhavan, a Berkeley property manager, who found Williams through WorkerExpress.com.

WorkerExpress is headquartered in San Francisco and currently serves the temporary staffing needs of companies and individuals in the Bay Area.

San Francisco’s Hotel Workers are Now Raising Hell at the Palace on New Montgomery

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Remember a few days back when our loud, loud, loud hotel workers were in front of the Grand Hyatt for 72 hours? Well, the party has moved South of the Slot (happy 100th, Jack London!) to 2 New Monkey Street in the SoMA.

The Palace Hotel employees didn’t look too happy.(Aaron Peskin is out of the country right now, correct?)  Check it:

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On It Goes….

The Weekend Picket Line at the Grand Hyatt Union Square was Very Loud and Disruptive

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Oh boy, this was the loudest and most disruptive hotel picket line I’ve seen in San Francisco.  Now up at the wharf hotels, back in the day, you’d see a police presence and all sorts of rules about when and where strikers could march, how much noise they could make, etc.

But not at the Grand Hyatt, scene of recent filming for NBC’s horrible Trauma TV serial. From what I could see, it was totally wide open at the 72 hour strike that ended yesterday. Anything goes so anything went.

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Steve Rhodes has 152 photos posted, but here are some more:

The protest was loud, loud, loud – kettle drum, tire iron on a iron skillet, megaphones with sirens. It was a circus.

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See that? All the bellhops and security agents had something in each of their ears – either radio speakers or earplugs. (That should keep Cal-OSHA happy.)

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Bang the drum slowly, but loudly:

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On and on they went…

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…chanting away:

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“Who’s got the power?
We got the power!
What kind of power?
Union power!”

The whole affair was national news. But Matier und Ross think that the Local 2 strikers have a weak hand to play.

Judge for yourself, after the jump.

To Be Continued…

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