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  • Mississippi union organizers at Nissan vow to fight on

    first_imgA UAW supporter outside an employee vehicle entrance at the Nissan vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Miss., Aug. 4.In July, union organizers at the Canton, Miss., Nissan vehicle assembly plant took a historic step toward becoming the first unionized plant of a foreign auto company in the U.S. The United Auto Workers filed a petition asking the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election to determine if workers wanted the UAW to represent them. The election, the first in the 11-year organizing drive, took place on Aug. 3-4.Late on the night of Aug. 4, organizers learned they had lost the election by a wide margin. Ernest Whitfield, a member of the union’s Volunteer Organizing Committee, was a poll watcher and witness to the vote counting. It was “heartbreaking,” he told Workers World, to see all the ballots marked “no” being counted. With over 3,500 out of 3,700 Nissan workers voting, the final result was 62 percent against union representation.The vote does not mean, as Nissan would have the public believe, that workers love the company. There is anger on the floor over unsafe conditions, the growing use of lower-paid temporary workers and widespread racism directed at a workforce that is majority African American. “Labor rights are civil rights” was the theme of a solidarity march that drew 5,000 supporters earlier this year and gave a shot in the arm to the organizing drive.Anti-union intimidationUnderstanding the pressure that workers were under, organizers are not throwing in the towel.Scare tactics were ratcheted up the moment the election petition was filed. Workers were bombarded with anti-union propaganda at every turn — from a PowerPoint presentation shown round-the-clock on televisions in the break areas to anti-UAW commercials on television, radio and the internet. Mandatory daily shift-start meetings featured company videos attacking the union.The main threat was possible closure of the plant if the UAW came in. Workers were also threatened with losing their vehicles, leased under an employee program that Nissan said it would terminate if the union won, and with cuts in pay and benefits.Letters were mailed to the homes of “Pathway” workers — Nissan workers who began work in the plant as employees of temporary agencies such as Kelly, Minact Yates, Onin and Excelsia. The letters said those workers could lose their jobs if the union won. Company messages blamed the UAW for General Motors plants closing down and warned workers that having a union would force them to take their problems to a union steward — as if they had a better chance of resolving a grievance by talking to their boss one-on-one!Nissan managment also exploited an unfortunate corruption scandal in the UAW involving a deceased senior official and his widow taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Fiat Chrysler. News of federal indictments for the illegal bribery scheme was leaked right after UAW supporters working at Nissan filed with the NLRB.Anti-union intimidation culminated the Tuesday before the election. Nissan rented a big tent, seating 1,000 people, in which every worker on every shift was forced to attend a captive audience meeting. They were addressed by the plant manager and other management higher-ups. All the same threats were reiterated and combined with a feel-good message from former bosses. School buses were used to transport workers from remote areas of the plant to the tent. The company gave out free bottled water with custom “Nissan” labels.Whitfield, the volunteer union organizer, estimates Nissan spent between $5 million and $10 million on its campaign of fear.Nissan has flouted labor laws repeatedly, leading the NLRB to file an unfair labor practice charge against the company. The UAW filed another seven charges over the illegal intimidation that took place in the weeks leading up to the election. The NLRB could declare the election results invalid and order another election.“This is the length to which the company went to essentially scare the hell out of everybody to get a no vote,” Whitfield explained. “We’ll take a moral victory,” he added, from the fact that almost 40 percent still backed the union.Organize the South!The ongoing organizing campaign at Nissan has ramifications beyond the 6,000 workers inside the Canton plant. There are over two dozen auto “transplants” — U.S. plants of foreign auto companies — in this country, with all but a handful in the southern states. They have deliberately chosen to locate in so-called “right-to-work” states where union strength is lowest; only 6.6 percent of Mississippi workers belong to a union.The UAW has been unable to organize a single transplant. In 2014 the union lost a representation election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant.There, too, fear and intimidation affected the vote outcome. In that case the right-wing, racist political establishment led the anti-union drive. Sen. Bob Corker raised the specter of a plant closing just days before the election.Since then the UAW has won an election to represent 160 Volkswagen skilled trades workers, but VW refuses to recognize them as a bargaining unit, while the vast majority of plant workers remain unrepresented.The UAW’s organizing efforts have also been hampered by its own failings. For too long the International leadership has sold concessions — from multi-tier pay schemes to oppressive work schedules to cutting retiree health care — to the membership so that the Big Three auto companies can be “competitive” with the transplants.The UAW argument has been that concessions are unavoidable as long as the unorganized transplants have lower labor costs. But the flip side is that workers would be more enthusiastic about joining a fighting union that refuses to give up the gains it won through decades of class struggle. This was a factor in the loss at VW.The courageous struggle for worker and civil rights at Nissan is forging ahead. “Going forward, the idea is for that 40 percent who voted yes to educate others,” said Whitfield. “Knowledge is the key to drive out fear; people voted no out of fear because of what they don’t know. We are going to stick together. We believe we can actually win over the percentage we need to win an election. We are going to try this thing again.”By building the organizing campaign as a civil rights movement, the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan has taken the first steps toward the social unionism that drove the Congress of Industrial Organizations to victory after victory in the 1930s. Labor must be part of an entire social movement and orient itself toward rank-and-file self-organization and power.The organizing committee can become — and is already to some extent — a pre-majority organization in the plant that fights for all the workers even without having formal collective bargaining power. Other unions, especially the United Electrical Workers, have rich experience with this model. Rank-and-file workers need to establish industrywide networks to share information and strategize collectively. The Southern Workers Assembly is developing cadres of workers all across the region that have organic relationships to community organizations.A win at Nissan would not only be a gain for U.S. autoworkers but also bring a huge boost to the urgently needed effort to organize the South.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • El Salvador in Last Phase of Preparing New Peacekeeping Contingent

    first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo September 17, 2018 United Nations (UN) delegates screened the equipment and flight technology the Salvadoran Air Force’s (FAS, in Spanish) Gavilán I Air Contingent will use as it joins the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA, in French) in September 2018. UN experts carried out the second-to-last inspection at the Combat Helicopter Air Unit (UAHA, in Spanish) of FAS’s First Air Brigade in Ilopango municipality, July 30th. “Delegates evaluated and verified operational and logistics capabilities of our personnel and supervised the refurbishing of three MD 500 assault helicopters to be deployed in the city of Gao, in northeastern Mali,” said FAS Colonel Eduardo Salazar, UAHA commander. “The evaluation was successful thanks to the personnel’s efforts and dedication, their knowledge, and the skills they developed in the field.” The Gavilán I contingent will consist of pilots and specialists in communication, maintenance, and weaponry. “This is the third air contingent FAS deploys in MINUSMA; it will work simultaneously with the Torogoz IV contingent and the Airfield Ground Services Unit,” Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés said during the UN experts’ visit. “Their mission will be to provide air and land escort, and air fire support when required. We contribute to international security and peace by supporting transition authorities.” The most outstanding work of Gavilán I’s maintenance team is the full installation of different systems in three helicopters. “Our personnel excelled in adapting the avionics equipment the United Nations requires, including GPS; emergency locator transmitters; cabin audio and video systems for pilots, and VHF communications; and the filtering system to prevent polluting dust from entering the engines,” said FAS Chief Master Sergeant Alex Fuentes, UAHA maintenance supervisor. Service members will transport the three helicopters on a cargo plane, along with basic aircraft maintenance equipment. “The main equipment will be transported by sea in containers. [Trucks], micro-buses, and an electric plant will be included, as well as medium and large capacity power generators,” Col. Salazar said. High-profile team UAHA is an elite team within FAS. “Our unit is trained to carry out operations such as reconnaissance and observation, personnel transport, medical evacuation, escort, and air fire support when necessary,” Chief Master Sgt. Fuentes said. Maintenance personnel traveling to Gao were selected based on practical capabilities and experience. The contingent consists of 12 service members specialized in avionics, radio communications, aircraft electrical systems, instruments, metal frame construction, air weaponry, supplies, and aerospace support equipment. According to FAS authorities, the personnel’s constant training, especially maintenance personnel, who received different training at avionics companies of the United States, made UN delegates’ approval possible. “They recently took part in a training event on engines, to learn to solve machines’ most common failures. This makes us more competent,” Col. Salazar said. To take over the new mission, the maintenance squadron has a test pilot in charge of analyzing the equipment on the ground and doing test flights to certify the aircraft is in optimal condition to fly in Gao. “We are also equipped with spare parts, accessories, tools, and aviation equipment,” Chief Master Sgt. Fuentes said. The Salvadoran contingent will be based in Camp Castor, with service members from Austria, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. The camp, managed by German service members, was built in 2014, and is separated from the so-called “super-camp” that hosts almost all peacekeeping troops. The Gavilán I contingent will replace the German assault helicopters group and conduct combined work with European countries and Canada, which recently joined to strengthen the camp with air transport resources.last_img read more

  • Irish DB funds only de-risking ‘begrudgingly’, regulator says

    first_img“Clearly, what that means is the schemes have built themselves some buffers, and they will have built in some flexibility as they are faced by possible investment losses over the coming 10 years,” he said.“We all know that, whatever else happens over the next 10 years, it won’t be a straight line, that there will be gains and losses over that time.”However, he said the story was different when it came to trustees complying with revised funding standard demands that require the exposure to fixed income and cash to mirror the expected pensioner population in a decade’s time.Kennedy stressed that all submitted funding proposals complied with the regulation, “but it is very clear from those funding proposals that they are doing this de-risking begrudgingly and at the minimum rate possible”.He cited one scheme’s proposal to hold matching assets within less than 1% of its pensioner population by 2023, noting that there was “clearly” a difference of opinion between the regulator, trustees and their advisers on how to invest.The chief executive also expressed some concern about the use of contingent assets in submitted funding proposals.He said a limited number of funding proposals had made allowances for contingent assets to be put in place during its 10-year lifetime, but that the approach was unlikely to be acceptable.“We need more certainty in the funding proposals before we approve them,” he said.He also signalled a more proactive approach on the part of the regulator as the number of DB funds declined, revealing that the Board’s own predictions were for around 750 active funds at the end of the year compared with nearly 1,000 in December 2011.Kennedy further said that the Board would publish a guide on best practice in DB governance before Christmas.“We look forward to liaising with the IAPF to discuss these,” he said, “but our objective will be to move towards a basis for engagement with the remaining defined benefit schemes, and we will use our best practice as basis for that engagement.”He said the DB funds that remained after 13 years of market turbulence “can only be described as damaged”.He said the Board’s concern, despite all the regulatory changes in recent years, remained that the outcome for the industry would be no different if events surrounding the more recent financial crises were to repeat themselves.“And I am not convinced it would be,” he said, “and that is what is driving us to further work on defined benefit governance.” Trustees in Ireland are striving to de-risk defined benefit (DB) schemes as slowly as possible and are doing so only begrudgingly, despite regulation requiring a shift into liability-matching assets, according to the head of the Pensions Board.Brendan Kennedy also raised concerns about the use of contingent assets as part of DB funding proposals and said schemes should prepare for a regulator looking to engage with them on issues of governance, as he revealed that the number of funds was expected to fall by one-quarter by the end of the year.Addressing the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF) annual benefits conference in Dublin this week, the Pensions Board’s chief executive both praised and admonished those running the country’s DB funds.He welcomed funds, having completed their funding proposals following the 30 June deadline, granting themselves “some wiggle room” to meet minimum funding and risk-reserve requirements prior to 2023 by applying more stringent standards during in-house calculations than in submitted proposals – a move “very much to be welcomed”.last_img read more

  • House to Hold Popular Consultations on Dual Citizenship, Landownership Bills

    first_imgEaster break extended by one weekMembers of the House of Representatives have agreed to unprecedentedly add one week to their traditionally two-week’s Easter Break to have a face-to-face with their respective constituents about the ‘controversial’ Dual Citizenship and Landownership Bills.The constituents’ meeting is intended to help lawmakers make an informed decision on a growing controversial  issue currently the subject of intense public debates. Some legislators have already raised questions about the granting of citizenship to non Negros and have openly expressed opposition to it.On the other hand, some legislators share President Weah’s opinion that the Constitutional clause restricting citizenship to individuals of Negro descent is racist and needs to be scrapped.Whatever the case, in the final analysis the matter must be decided by the sovereign will of the people expressed through a national referendum. Similar past attempts to rescind this Constitutional provision have ended in failure, the most recent being the referendum of 2011 in which the proposal to amend the Constitution in favor of citizenship for individuals of non Negro descent was trashed at the polls.At this stage, it is not known whether costs associated with the extra week of consultations are being underwritten by Government funding as had been in the past, or whether Legislators themselves are shouldering the costs of the consultations, given the current economic downturn.However on Thursday, March 22, 2018, during the 19th day sitting, House’s Speaker Dr. Bhofal Chambers formally adjourned session for three weeks, comprising the two-week Easter Break and one-week Constituency Meeting.The Easter Break is in consonance with the timetable of the House Rules and Procedures, which states that the Legislature is entitled to two breaks, Easter and Annual Breaks.The House Rules and Procedure specifically indicates  that the Annual Break begins September 1 of every year, while according to Article 32 of the Constitution,  the Legislature shall assemble in regular session once a year on the second working Monday in January.Yesterday’s adjournment marked the first formal break in observance of Easter for the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature, the most important and oldest festival of the Christian church, to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.The House will resume work on Thursday, April 12, 2018 and discussions on the proposed amendments are expected to resume in earnest.The titles for the four resolutions for discussions and passage are Citizenship Amendment, Property Amendment, Qualifications I Amendment, and Qualification II Amendment.The Four ResolutionsThe Citizen Amendment is aimed at removing the “discriminatory” Negro clause and open citizenship to any race, while at the same time defining natural born Liberians and allowing them to have dual citizenship. The amendment will upset Articles 27 and 28 of the Liberian Constitution.The purpose for the amendment of the Property Amendment is to allow non-citizens of Liberia to own property, with certain restrictions. The Amendment will affect Article 22, in which the entire Article 22 will be deleted and a new Article 22 will be written as “Every Liberian citizen shall have the right to own property, as well as in association with others.”Also, “Non-Liberians may own property under the restrictions,” and Qualification I Amendment is intended to restrict certain elected offices to natural born Liberian citizens as the term may be defined in the constitution. The amendment will be done in Article 30 and is rewritten: “Natural born citizens of Liberia who meet the following qualifications are eligible to become members of the Legislature.”In addition to the restriction of only natural born citizens to be eligible to become members of the Legislature, Qualification II Amendment is also restricting the appointment of Supreme Court justices to natural born citizens. This amendment will be done in Article 68.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • NCGA files comments on WOTUS review

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Corn Growers Association filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on ethanol and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) regulations, following President Trump’s executive order, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.”NCGA urged the EPA to use its authority to give drivers year-round access to higher blends of ethanol such as E15. EPA has previously issued a Reid Vapor Pressure waiver for 10 percent ethanol blends. Providing E15 with the same waiver would lead to more choices at the pump and cleaner air.NCGA also encouraged EPA to update its lifecycle analysis for corn-based ethanol. EPA last updated its lifecycle analysis in 2010, projecting that corn-based ethanol would produce 21 percent fewer GHG emissions when compared to gasoline by 2022. Other federal government agencies have issued updated GHG lifecycle analysis for ethanol based on actual corn and ethanol production experience. Most recently, USDA analysis released in 2017 shows corn-based ethanol results in 43 percent fewer GHG emissions when compared to gasoline.EPA’s outdated lifecycle analysis for corn-based ethanol is hindering ethanol exports, as well as expansion of domestic ethanol use. NCGA also believes EPA should review and update its emissions modeling and fuel petition procedures to help ensure sound regulatory decision-making for future high-octane fuels such as higher ethanol blends.Finally, NCGA expressed support for Executive Order 13778, which directs EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to review the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. NCGA has serious concerns with the 2015 rule and supports Agency efforts to rescind and replace it with a rule that achieves the 1972 Clean Water Act’s underlying goal of protecting the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters. NCGA is committed to working with the Agency on a rule that provides clarity and certainty for farmers and is in line with the Clean Water Act.last_img read more

  • 10 months agoWest Ham eyeing Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey

    first_imgWest Ham eyeing Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelveyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are eyeing Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.The Daily Mail says West Ham are exploring the possibility of a move to sign Shelvey but are braced to face fierce resistance from Newcastle.Shelvey has only made 12 appearances for Newcastle this season and this week went to Barcelona for treatment for a thigh problem. Though he has not been ruled out for definite, the midfielder remains doubtful for Saturday evening’s clash with Chelsea.He may have been a peripheral figure for Newcastle but Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham’s manager, admires Shelvey and would jump at the possibility to bring him to the London Stadium in this window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 16 days agoLiverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: Klopp always paid attention to academy

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Alexander-Arnold: Klopp always paid attention to academyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold says manager Jurgen Klopp has always paid attention to the club’s academy talent.Klopp has now spent four years at Anfield and Alexander-Arnold admits his interest in promoting young players was immediately obvious. “Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the young lads, and that almost gave us a bit more faith and gave a statement to the club that he is going to use young players and give us those chances,” he said.”He’s shown over the four-year period that he has given those young players their chances and given them opportunities and obviously I’m one of the youngsters that have been given them.”A massive thanks to him, and hopefully there will be four more years of success.” last_img read more

  • Big Ten: Officials Made Correct Call On Controversial Final Touchdown During Nebraska vs. Michigan State

    first_imgA Nebraska player makes a catch near the endzone.nebraska michigan state endingThe Big Ten has seen its share of ridiculous plays this season, and one controversial call played a large part in Nebraska’s dramatic upset of Michigan State. On what proved to be the decisive touchdown, officials ruled that wide receiver Brandon Reilly was forced out of bounds by a Spartans defender. He recovered to establish himself back in-bounds and make the touchdown catch. Wow. It doesn’t look like he was forced out of bounds at all… Play was reviewed but it stands. pic.twitter.com/z7QzqKZFKS— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 8, 2015Officials reviewed the play and upheld the decision, despite it looking very questionable that Reilly was forced out. Some expected a Duke-Miami-esque statement from the Big Ten on Sunday, but instead the conference ruled that the correct decision was made. From ESPN:“Per NCAA rules, the instant replay crew cannot review the severity of contact, as that is a judgment call handled by the officials on the field,” the Big Ten said in a statement to ESPN.com. “If the player went out of bounds without contact, he may not return to the field to make the catch unless it has been touched first by an opponent. The instant replay crew did confirm contact between the players, that the wide receiver reestablished himself in the field of play and completed the catch. After the replay review, the referee announced that the play stands as called on the field. The intent of instant replay is not to review all judgment calls.”Michigan State took home a wild win against Michigan earlier in the year, and lost one almost as dramatically in Lincoln on Saturday. That’s the way the ball bounces in this sport.[ESPN]last_img read more

  • Ambassador Vasciannie to Deliver Keynote Address at IDB

    first_imgWASHINGTON — Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Stephen C. Vasciannie, will deliver the keynote address at a forum entitled, ‘Who Owns the Caribbean Sea?’, on November 8,  at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in Washington, D.C., commencing at  8:00 p.m. Like Us On Facebook The forum is organised by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), the IDB and a number of Caribbean Embassies to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Law of the Sea.  According to the President of the ICS, Dr. Claire Nelson, the forum will bring into focus a critical question facing the countries that rim the Caribbean Basin.  She said that while most often CARICOM countries take centre stage in the discussion of all things Caribbean, the reality is that for matters pertaining to the Caribbean sea, there are 32 countries, territories and dependencies that ‘own’ the Caribbean Sea. Dr. Nelson pointed out that attendees can expect a lively forum, including an update on matters pertaining to the UN Law of the Sea and to the critical aspects affecting the sustainable economic exploitation of the Caribbean Sea. Ambassador Vasciannie is an international legal expert, having served as a Professor of International Law at the University of the West Indies; Head of the International Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers, and as a member of the United Nations International Law Commission.  Professor Vasciannie also served as Principal of the Norman Manley Law School.  The forum will be moderated by Executive Director for the Caribbean at the IDB, Mr. Kurt Kisto. Like us on Facebooklast_img read more