The mine needs to be inspected more often, a miner who works with ore lift maintenance at the mine told the Militant. The workers where Teemu worked had been telling their bosses repeatedly about rock falls, but nothing happened. Now there is a safety investigation going on.
Two days later two workers were taken to the hospital after a blast threw them against the safety rails of a truck platform. The mine is run by state-owned LKAB, which employs some 3,500 workers in several mines, processing plants, and ore docks in north Sweden and Norway.
Transit workers in Toronto
conduct one-day strike
TORONTOSome 8,500 members of Amalgamated Transit Workers Union (ATU) Local 113 conducted a one-day strike here May 29 in the face of Mayor David Millers charge that the walkout was illegal from the start. The unionists set up picket lines on the day the Toronto Transit Commission reassigned 53 of 87 janitors and 53 of 91 subway track workers to night shift in violation of their seniority rights. The ATU has also been negotiating with the Toronto Transit Commission to resolve issues around driver safety and compensation for time lost due to injuries on the job, payment of health premiums, and job evaluations. Despite a cease and desist order from the Ontario Labor Relations Board, the transit workers maintained their picket lines throughout the day.
Northwest Airlines flight
attendants reject wage cuts
The Professional Flight Attendants Association (PFAA) on June 6 voted by an 80 percent margin to reject a wage concessions package demanded by Northwest Airlines. The proposal, according PFAA, would have reduced attendants pay by 40 percent with a 21 percent hourly wage cut and higher employee medical care costs. Three days later Northwest baggage handlers and ramp workers approved by 62 percent a concessions package reducing their wages by 11.5 percent and a layoff of some 700 workers. The five-year contract allows Northwest to outsource ground operations at a number of airports, as well as food catering, and to utilize more part-time workers.
UAW tops promote concessions
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