|Union v Northwest 8.09 4pm||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rachleff (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 04:28:40 -0700 (PDT)|
AMFA Local 33 invites all Minnesota unionists and union supporters to join a Union Unity Rally to protest union-busting at Northwest Airlines on Tuesday, August 9, at 4pm, at the state capitol in St. Paul. Northwest has demanded that AMFA accept the contracting out of more than half of their remaining jobs (their numbers are already down from 10,000 in 2001 to less than 5,000 today), the reduction of their wages by another 26%, and the transformation of their pensions from a defined benefit program to a 401K. Northwest has hired more than 1,000 "replacement workers" (formerly known as "scabs"), has demanded that flight attendants train additional "replacement workers" in case they honor the mechanics' picket lines, and has contracted with a temp agency to replace ticket agents and baggage handlers who might also honor picket lines. They have also contracted with Vance Security International, the country's most notorious anti-union security force who have busted unions and unionists' heads for more than 20 years. Vance Security was also the primary private security team for the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign and they have been earning big bucks in Iraq. How often do we say: "How has Minnesota changed so much, so fast? IT IS TIME TO SAY NO TO THIS KIND OF UNION BUSTING. Let it stop here. For more info, contact Peter Rachleff at 651-696-6371 or rachleff [at] macalester.edu.
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