Bosses ‘fire’ 300 Local 10 members in Oakland after tentative agreement at West Coast ports

first_imgUnloaded ships.News broke on Feb. 20 that an agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association — the organization of the West Coast port bosses — and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union would allow full-time work to unload a two-month backup of shipping pending a ratification vote of the union. The PMA had imposed mini lockouts for the past months on the union in an attempt to win a contract that left workers at a disadvantage. But the battle is still on.In Oakland, Calif., once again the bosses caused critically backed-up port work to stop, forcing 300 workers — everyone working that shift — to go home for the day on Feb. 22, while blaming ILWU Local 10 members for the stoppage.To find out the truth about what was happening in Oakland — which processes 10 percent of the $2 trillion in goods loaded and unloaded on the West Coast each year — Workers World spoke with Trent Willis, former president and business agent of Local 10 with 22 years experience on the docks. Willis is also the originator of the 2004 Million Worker March in Washington, D.C.Willis made it very clear that ILWU members did not walk off the job on Feb. 22, as was widely reported; in fact, they were “fired” by the Pacific Maritime Association. ILWU Local 10 has a well-earned reputation as a progressive local that has played an important role in political struggles such as the historic battle to end apartheid in South Africa.Despite a tentative agreement announced Feb. 20, the PMA sacrificed fully three-fourths of Sunday production in Oakland when it “fired” all day shift longshore workers — including Willis. Instead of calling out the PMA for stopping work, an area arbitrator that Willis identified as Terry Lane did just the opposite: He immediately approved the bosses’ action.Lane, who was formerly a vice-president of the Pacific Maritime Association, is notorious for his pro-boss decisions. He is due to be replaced as an arbitrator in the proposed contract.KTVU reported, “In a statement the Pacific Maritime Association said ‘an area arbitrator’ ruled the unit breaks, ‘illegal work stoppages,’ resulting in port operations being shut down’ during the day shift.” (tinyurl.com/nec8cnq)Willis explained that Local 10 members also attempted to get back to work after the tentative agreement. “We were told over the radio that if we took a unit break we would all be fired,” explained Willis, “even though that’s what it says to do in our contract.”The PMA wants the workers to take their break one at a time, what it calls “tag relief.” But according to the contract, to assure continuous operation during breaks, the PMA must request additional workers to be on hand. According to Willis, it was these additional workers who were sent home first, leaving the workers with a unit break as the only reasonable option that honored the contract.‘Firing’ tactic caused shipping crisisThe most recent contract expired last July 1. After stonewalling negotiations with the ILWU, the PMA began this “firing” tactic last fall, according to rank-and-file ILWU members. The bosses then blamed port workers for the shipping crisis affecting everything from auto parts and agriculture to Mardi Gras beads. Thus, the PMA created the shipping crisis, first by not negotiating a contract with the ILWU before the expiration date, then “firing” crews and finally by ending night shifts, along with weekend and holiday work, for which workers get higher hourly pay.Willis further explained that the way the PMA used the area arbitrator — Lane — in the Feb. 22 conflict at Oakland also violated past practice. Contractually, when there is a dispute on the job, the PMA and ILWU representatives come to the site and attempt to settle the issue. If it is unresolved after this attempt, only then is the area arbitrator called for a ruling, based on the written contract. Either side can then appeal that ruling to the coast arbitrator responsible for all West Coast ports, who makes a final decision. On Feb. 22, the arbitrator ruled after workers were sent home.The necessity for impartial area arbitrators was a major issue in these contract negotiations because Lane and other arbitrators took it upon themselves to unilaterally rewrite the agreed upon contract language in favor of the PMA, even on important health and safety issues.The tentative agreement announced Feb. 20 after intervention by Obama administration Labor Secretary Tom Perez has not yet been discussed or ratified by the ILWU’s 13,000 members at 29 West Coast ports.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New U.S. threat to Venezuela

first_imgA lot of words in the corporate media this week have been devoted to remembering Sept. 11, 2001. That attack has served as a pretext for U.S. aggression ever since.But there was another Sept. 11 — seldom mentioned. On Sept. 11, 1973, generals in Chile working with the CIA carried out a military coup to overthrow the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. What followed was the brutal torture and assassination of thousands of progressives in the country, including the president.Now Washington is threatening a direct invasion of Venezuela.In May, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that top U.S. diplomats were engaged in a military conspiracy against his country. Maduro’s charges were roundly dismissed by both the U.S. administration and the billionaire media.Until Sept. 9.Then the New York Times finally admitted the U.S. plan for regime change in an article headlined: “Trump administration discussed coup plans with rebel Venezuelan officers.”The Times ran this story, not to warn the people of Venezuela, but to criticize the Maduro administration, which it considers dangerous to strategic U.S. imperialist interests.The Times spreads its own vicious propaganda against President Maduro and his country’s attempts to be free of U.S. domination. It continually blames the Bolivarian government for economic difficulties in Venezuela without mentioning the full-press sabotage by U.S. and Western European imperialism.Max Weisbrot of the Center for Economic and Policy Research has filled in what the Times omits — stressing that the U.S. economic war on Venezuela is behind the country’s current depression. In early 2017 Washington began imposing sanctions against Venezuela, including freezing the country’s billions of dollars in U.S. accounts.Weisbrot notes that “with Trump’s [recent] executive order, even if Venezuela were to stabilize the exchange rate and return to growth, it would be cut off from borrowing, investment, and proprietary sources of income such as dividend payments from Venezuela-owned but U.S.-based Citgo Petroleum.” (The Nation, Sept. 7, 2017)The Venezuelan oligarchs hate that Maduro is a former bus driver. They hated Venezuela’s late revolutionary President Hugo Chávez for siding with the poor and oppressed. They prefer the people they exploit and oppress to remain subservient. So do their U.S. imperialist masters.Since the right-wing parties in Venezuela that represent the rich are completely discredited and disgraced among the people, U.S. imperialism has to consider a more direct intervention.The Times article said that for the last two years high-ranking U.S. diplomats have been meeting with Venezuelan military officers to discuss a military rebellion and the extent of U.S. military support. Is this an admission — or a threat?Whatever the details, the record of U.S. interventions south of the border makes the overall message believable: The U.S. has intervened in Haiti starting in 1804, in Cuba, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Guatemala and Mexico — not to mention most of South America. This includes training Latin American officers in the U.S. in torture techniques, along with direct U.S. invasions.Despite the country’s crisis, however, the Venezuelan military — both the ­officers and now the politicized rank-and-file troops — have in their great majority remained loyal to the democratically elected president.And the working people of Venezuela continue to affirm their belief that the development of the Bolivarian Revolution is the path to a better future. In the May presidential election, Maduro won a new six-year term in a landslide, with three times the votes of the next candidate.What lessons are we workers in the U.S. to take from this struggle?That capitalism will do anything — lie, cheat, rape, conspire, invade, plunder and murder — to keep its profits and its system in the ascendancy.Our solidarity and our hope remain with the international struggle of the workers — a struggle that has no borders.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

SC Calls Upon Allahabad HC Registrar General To Explain Reason For Inordinate Delay In Uploading Judgment [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesSC Calls Upon Allahabad HC Registrar General To Explain Reason For Inordinate Delay In Uploading Judgment [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Nov 2020 6:34 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has called upon the Registrar General of Allahabad High Court to explain the reason for inordinate delay in uploading a judgment on the website.While hearing a special leave petition, the counsel brought to the notice of the bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that the impugned judgment was delivered on 06.11.2019, but it was uploaded on the website of the High Court only…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has called upon the Registrar General of Allahabad High Court to explain the reason for inordinate delay in uploading a judgment on the website.While hearing a special leave petition, the counsel brought to the notice of the bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that the impugned judgment was delivered on 06.11.2019, but it was uploaded on the website of the High Court only in the month of May, 2020. Inform us of the reason why there has been such inordinate delay in uploading the judgment on the website and the report be submitted to us within three weeks, said the bench also comprising Justice Hrishikesh Roy. The court also issued notice in the SLP as the counsel submitted that the parties have been living apart for 13 years and the marriage has irretrievably broken down.Last month, Justice Kaul led bench had called upon the Registrar General of the Patna High Court to submit a report after it was submitted that there was a delay of more than one year in uploading judgment.Last week, in yet another case, the bench ”reminded’ the High Courts that delay in delivery of judgments is violation of Right to Life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. That was, after the court noted that the impugned judgment was pronounced on 21.01.2020 being only the operative portion, and the reasons were published on 09.10.2020 after about 9 months.Case: SURENDRA PRATAP SINGH vs. VISHWARAJ SINGH [ SLP(c) Diary No(s). 18912/2020]Coram: Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh RoyClick here to Read/Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

The palaeomagnetism of some igneous rocks from Antarctica

first_imgA century ago geologists first began to consider the possibility of large lateral shifts of the continents. Reconstructions of the ancient positions of the continents have been proposed at various times since to try to explain past climatic zones, faunal distributions, similar orogenic sequences and structural trends on adjacent continents, and many other detailed geological events. Prominent amongst the hypotheses is that generally known as the Continental Drift Hypothesis, developed independently by F. B. Taylor and A. Wegener fifty years ago and later modified by A. L. du Toit andothers. In this hypothesis two primeval continents, Laurasia and Gondwanaland, are supposed to have formed at the north and south poles, to have broken up and possibly to have grown, and the pieces to have drifted to the positions of the present continents. The continents are moved around by forces of unknown origin and their interaction with each other and with the substratum gives rise to orogenesis. Due in large part to the lack of any known forces capable of producing these movements the hypothesis is nowadays less favoured than others requiring no drift. Recently, however, the study of palaeomagnetism has provided an independent line of evidence. From it the ancient latitudes and orientations of the continents can be worked out and relative displacements may possibly be revealed.last_img read more

Compensating Changes in the Penetration Depth of Pulse-Limited Radar Altimetry Over the Greenland Ice Sheet

first_imgChanges in firn properties affect the shape of pulse-limited radar altimeter echoes acquired over the polar ice sheets. We apply a waveform deconvolution model to CryoSat-2 low-resolution mode echoes to determine the depth distribution of radar backscattering across the Greenland Ice Sheet. The deconvolution allows us to calculate the relative contributions of surface and volume scattering and the effective penetration depth of the radar echoes into the snowpack. The most prominent signal is associated with the extreme surface melting of summer 2012, which resulted in a shift of the dominant radar scattering horizon toward the snow surface in the accumulation zone. At locations above 2000 m, the average penetration depth in July 2012 (prior to the melt event) was 3.79 ± 1.12 m. Following the melt event, there was an abrupt reduction in the average penetration depth across the same region to 1.45 ± 0.94 m. The average penetration depth then gradually increased to 3.28 ± 1.13 m by the end of 2017, as fresh snow accumulated on the ice sheet surface. Although the variation in penetration is evident in surface height estimates derived from the CryoSat-2 echoes, the magnitude of the effect is reduced by waveform retracking. Using airborne laser altimeter data recorded over the same time period, we show that the penetration variation can be compensated effectively by incorporating the deconvolution penetration depth into the surface height retrieval.last_img read more

USS George H.W. Bush Sailors Participate in Clean the Station Day

first_img Training & Education USS George H.W. Bush Sailors Participate in Clean the Station Day Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George H.W. Bush Sailors Participate in Clean the Station Day View post tag: clean View post tag: Bush View post tag: George View post tag: station Sailors aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) participated in Clean the Station Day on Naval Station Norfolk (NAVSTA), Oct. 4.“We must take pride in the appearance and cleanliness of the base,” said Chief Yeoman Brad Long, event coordinator for George H.W. Bush. “This event gives everyone the chance to come together and keep our home port clean.”Clean the Station Day is a semi-annual base-wide clean-up organized and led by Naval Station Special Operations Department. More than 400 Sailors from Bush were joined by both military and civilian personnel from tenant commands across the base to improve the installation’s overall cleanliness. Cleaning efforts focus on collecting trash, removing debris, sweeping, cleaning parking lots, and general landscaping.“The event includes a foreign object debris (FOD) walk down for the base,” said Long. “Since most of the trash appears within the base’s parking lots, then that is where we focus our clean up.”Clean the Station Day was instituted by Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic to improve the cleanliness of naval installations around the area.“It makes a big difference around here when everyone works together for one day to keep our base clean,” said Religious Programs Specialist 1st Class Celeste Shields, assistant coordinator for the event.While Clean the Station is only a three hour occasion, Religious Programs Specialist 3rd Class Tyler Williams says that it is enough time to make the base look better.“It’s great to take a break away from our busy schedule, and do something that’s helpful to the base,” said Williams. “Also, I believe it’s our job to clean up the mess we make if we want to keep this place clean and beautiful.”USS George H.W. Bush is in homeport conducting training operations in preparation for the upcoming underway schedule.[mappress]Press Release, October 07, 2013 View post tag: participate View post tag: sailors View post tag: H.W. View post tag: USS October 7, 2013 View post tag: day Share this articlelast_img read more

OUSU cleaners receive living wage

first_imgThe living wage campaign celebrated a further success this week, as a new pay rate for cleaners working in the OUSU buildings came into effect. Last May, then-OUSU President David J Townsend promised that staff working in their buildings would receive the living wage, after a Cherwell investigation revealed that cleaners in the OUSU buildings were being paid over £1.00 per hour less than the living wage at that time.As of 1st May, staff working in the University buildings run by the Estate Services have recieved the living wage, now set at £7.65 per hour. The Estate Services manage some 235 buildings owned by the University.Andrew Grey, Chair of the Oxford Living Wage Campaign, told Cherwell, “As the student-led Oxford Living Wage Campaign is an OUSU campaign, it is especially good news that all OUSU cleaners are now paid the living wage. OUSU have worked hard to ensure this happened, and it is very encouraging to see that the Living Wage is increasingly being implemented across the University.”Grey continued, “Now that the University has made this significant step forward, the Living Wage Campaign hopes that the departments and colleges who do not yet pay the Living Wage will realise how important it is to do so.”Posting on the OUSU blog, Dan Tomlinson, VP for Charities and Community wrote, “OUSU’s Living Wage Campaign has been out talking to cleaners in Wellington Square regularly this year. Their stories are what move us to campaign for the living wage. Working long hours, across multiple jobs, at unsociable hours and being paid less than the living wage is something no-one should have to do. We all deserve dignity in our work.”He continued, “But the work goes on. As long as we keep meeting staff at our University who are being paid less than the Living Wage, we will be here. The University has a big decision to make this summer on the issue of the Living Wage so this is probably the most crucial time in the campaign’s history.”The Oxford Living Wage Campaign has seen a series of successes this year, having secured the wage for workers at St Anne’s, Mansfield, the Balvatnik School of Government, as well as the Maths, Physics, Biochemistry, and Education departments.The UK living wage is calculated annually by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University. The current wage is set at £7.65, up from £7.45 last year.A spokesperson for Oxford University told Cherwell, “We are pleased that the living wage will now be paid to all contracted staff working in University buildings managed by our Estates Services. The University has made considering ethical matters in its procurement practices a priority, which includes the payment of a living wage.”last_img read more

Bayside Ranch a perfect canvas for interior designer 2016

first_imgAnd when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.center_img Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point! I’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to.last_img read more

Guidance: Overseas NHS visitors: framework to support identification and upfront charging

first_imgThis document supplements the existing guidance on implementing the overseas visitor charging regulations, and has been developed with input from NHS Improvement. It sets out a framework on the practical steps and key considerations necessary for providers to implement cost recovery and meet the legal requirement to charge upfront.last_img

The Fans Have Spoken! Your Top 10 Disney Channel Original Movie Picks for Broadway

first_imgHappy Tuesday, Broadway.com fans! We hope you spent that glorious Memorial Day weekend out in the sunshine—and inside beating the heat with that Disney Channel Original Movie mega-marathon. Alongside practicing your Cheetah Girls choreography, we asked you to rank the top 10 DCOMs you want to see on the Main Stem. Take a peek at your picks below! The Cheetah Girls Jump In Princess Protection Program Zenon Teen Beach Movie Halloweentowncenter_img High School Musical Cadet Kelly View Comments Lemonade Mouth Camp Rocklast_img read more