Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on Thursday might run into striking workers instead.

Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities around the country, part of a push to get chains such as McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s to pay workers higher wages.

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UNION STRIKE KILLS THE TREAT: Twinkies Maker Hostess Going Out of Business, To Lay Off 18,000 Workers, CEO Blames Union Strike

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Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business after striking workers failed to heed a Thursday deadline to return to work, the company said.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” Hostess CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said in announcing […]

At least 18 killed as S. African police open fire on thousands of striking miners (Photos)

RT.com August 16, 2012

At least 18 bodies were seen lying bloody and motionless on the ground after local police opened fire on striking miners, a South African news agency reports. Some of the protesters were allegedly armed with machetes and spears.

The incident is believed to have occurred after police, in the process of laying down barricades of barbed wire, were outflanked by a crowd of 3,000 demonstrators.

Nine […]

Corporation Pushes Six-Year Pay Freeze On Workers While Making Record Profits, Paying CEO $17 Million

Back in June, ThinkProgress noted that the manufacturing giant Caterpillar was seeking major concessions during contract negotiations with striking workers, even as it was making billions in profits and giving its CEO a 60 percent pay boost. The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse added more details today, noting that the company wants to implement a six-year pay freeze and a pension freeze, at a time when it is making record profits:

“Despite earning […]

Occupy Looking To Shut Down Bridges, Tunnels In NYC and San Fran

As part of Occupy Wall Street’s call for a nationwide “general strike” May 1, elements within the group are looking to shut down bridges and tunnels in both New York and San Francisco.

Occupy Oakland, the most radical of all the local Occupy groups, passed a resolution April 15 that vows to shut down all travel from Marin to San Francisco.

“If any of the unions on the Golden Gate […]

Indonesian copper mine workers were being paid at $3 an hour (vs. $47 an hour, workers for the same large US Corporation Freeport-McMoran) demanding better pay

When Indonesian copper mine workers discovered they were being paid fraction of pay at $3 an hour, subsistence levels, for highly profitable copper mining at the world’s second largest mine, compared to $47 an hour, workers for the same large US Corporation Freeport-McMoran, in other parts of the world, riots started. Several striking workers have been killed; also police have been attacked, with some casualties, as the corporation tries to […]

Italy On Strike: Tens of thousands of Italians have taken to the streets during a day-long strike against the government’s latest austerity measures.

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Flights, trains and buses were cancelled, and government offices shut.

The government has faced criticism over a 45bn-euro (£40bn) austerity package, and has been scrambling to revise it.

Some measures have been scrapped or watered down, but on Tuesday new additions were made – including a sales tax hike and revised wealth tax.

The sales tax is due to rise from 20% to 21% in the latest version of […]

Verizon Tells Striking Workers It Plans to Suspend Benefits

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), the telephone company where about 45,000 workers are out on strike, told the employees it will suspend certain benefits at the end of the month if they haven’t returned to their jobs.

Workers at two unions that have called strikes will lose basic health-insurance, dental, vision and prescription-drug benefits, said Richard Young, a spokesman for the company. Verizon stopped funding the workers’ pensions when their former […]

Verizon wins injunction against striking workers after reports of vandalism

No vandalism. No violence. No Harassment. No Obstruction. No intimidating. No threatening. No Blocking. No Trespassing. Those were just a few of the restrictions placed on members of the local 827 IBEW bargaining unit, their dependents, minors, households and relatives in an injunction signed by NJ Superior Court Justice Mary Beth Rogers last week.

Rogers also set restrictions on picketing, allowing no more than six picketers at the entrance to […]

REPORT: Striking VERIZON Workers Sabotage Cable Lines

Verizon Communications Inc. reported a dozen cases of sabotaged cable lines and warned of delays in repairs and customer service on the second day of a strike involving about 45,000 employees.

The telecommunications company said there have been 12 acts of sabotage to telephone lines and to Internet and television services in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York since the strike began.

Fiber-optic lines were intentionally cut in […]