Friday, November 16, 2012
Reports are that Hostess is starting to close down after a labor dispute. End of a beloved era, or good riddance to junk food heaven?
Twinkies. Hostess Cupcakes. Wonder Bread. Ding-dongs. They could be gone forever, with reports that Hostess Brands, Inc., said today that it will sell off or close down its 82-year old business. Done in, says the CEO, by labor union action. Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. The company has been challenged by not only by snarly labor relations, and a national strike by its second-largest labor union, but also, posits the Wall Street Journal, by consumers switching to healthier foods and high ingredient costs. But the Journal says that Hostess has threatened liquidation before, and not followed through. But if it does liquidate, what do you think about this end to a junk-food kingdom? Will you buy some Ding-…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Both sides agree to new rules that weaken seniority, but the union wants a better notification system for underperforming teachers. The city says the union wants to keep failing teachers in the system. Who's right?
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The long, hard negotiation between the Boston teachers Union and city just got uglier, with the union filing an unfair labor practice complaint against the city and the city appealing to the state to break the impasse at the bargaining table. At issue are the details surrounding a controversial new measure that eases the role seniority plays in personnel decisions. Both sides agreed to the new rules, which diminish seniority in favor of performance standards. But the union believes the rules must come with some system to help struggling teachers. “The school department wants to have a simplified process, without giving people notification when they are not doing as well as they should. What we are looking for is timely and constructive …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Even so, some trades still have unemployment rates as high as 30 percent.
Life as a union laborer is tricky in Boston right now—but it’s better than it has been, and rosier times are on the horizon. “There’s some confidence now in the marketplace and some comfort for the developers,” said State Rep. Marty Walsh, D-Dorchester. That comfort, he said, is getting investors off the sidelines and back into the building game—which creates jobs for iron workers, electricians and wire-strippers living across the city. Right now, Walsh said some trades in Boston suffer unemployment rates as high as 30 percent. That’s an improvement, he said, from the 50 percent unemployment seen in some trades at the height of the recession. “The numbers we were looking at were Great Depression numbers,” he said. And that already-better …