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 …
Sunday, February 27, 2011
On Saturday, Bostonians demonstrated against a bill by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who said his proposal is necessary to fix the state’s projected $137 million budget deficit.
It's been five years since Jamaica Plain's Chris Hoeh was in Wisconsin, where he was raised. But on Saturday, Massachusetts felt just like home for Hoeh, as hundreds rallied in downtown Boston in support of Wisconsin state workers who are fighting to keep their collective bargaining rights. “That is an essential right of the citizens of the United States,” said Hoeh, donning a Cheesehead hat and a University of Wisconsin Badgers hockey jersey. Hoeh was one of hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House on Saturday, echoing rallies expected to take place in all 50 states over the weekend. Protesters came from places as far as Vermont to demonstrate against a bill by Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who …