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Boeing issues 266 layoff notices (Read More…)

By John Gillie
September 25, 2013

Boeing continued its periodic layoff activities this week, issuing notices to 266 workers who will be laid off in late November if they don’t find another job within the company.

The notices were part of a plan the company announced earlier this year to prune its local workforces of employees hired when the aerospace company was scrambling to fix issues with its tardy 787 and 747-8 aircraft.

Delivery of those planes was years behind schedule because of production and outsourcing glitches.

The company said earlier this year that it will have reduced its workforce by some 1,500 workers in Washington by the end of the year.

Federal court halts vote to unionize home child-care providers (Read More…)

By: Jim Ragsdale
September 19, 2013
The move to organize 12,500 in-home child-care providers into a unit of one of Minnesota’s largest public-employee unions was put on hold by a federal appeals court Thursday.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals granted an injunction temporarily blocking Minnesota’s hotly contested unionization law, which has roiled the business of home child care, become a potent political issue and attracted national attention from both sides of the union movement.

“I am on cloud nine,” said Jennifer Parrish, a Rochester provider who has campaigned against a union and was a plaintiff in the lawsuit. “Having the law enjoined at least gives us bit of security knowing they can’t bring us an election any time soon.”

“It’s a temporary roadblock that doesn’t stop us from organizing,” responded Jennifer Munt, a spokeswoman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), which is organizing child-care providers. “We are moving full-speed ahead, because child-care providers want a union.”

The order will continue at least until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to accept an appeal in a related case involving union organizing of care workers in Illinois. Both the Minnesota and Illinois appeals are being handled by the Virginia-based National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, whose stated mission is to “eliminate coercive union power.”

“Minnesota’s child-care providers are no longer under imminent threat to be forcibly unionized in a union they want nothing to do with,” Patrick Semmens, vice president of the foundation, said in a statement about Thursday’s ruling.

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