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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Major Work Stoppages In 2014

 

Major Work Stoppages In 2014

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/wkstp_02112015.htm

or

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/wkstp_02112015.pdf

[full-text, 6 pages]

 

In 2014, there were 11 major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least one

shift, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The 11 major work stoppages beginning in

2014 were down from the 15 major work stoppages beginning in 2013, and equaled the second lowest

annual total (11 in 2010) of work stoppages since the series began in 1947. The lowest annual total was

5 in 2009. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

 

Major work stoppages beginning in 2014 idled 34,000 workers, lower than the 2013 total of 55,000

idled workers. In 2014, there were 200,000 days idle from major work stoppages in effect, also lower

than 2013 with 290,000 days idle. In 2014, private industry organizations accounted for 9 of the 11

major work stoppages in 2014. In addition, 7 of the 11 major work stoppages beginning in 2014

occurred in the health care and social assistance industry and the educational services industry. (See

table 2.)  

 

In 2014, the largest major work stoppage in both days idle and duration was between FairPoint

Communications and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 2320, 2326, and 2327

and the Communications Workers of America Local 1400, with 1,700 workers accounting for 86,700

days idle in 2014. The work stoppage was still ongoing at the end of 2014. (See table 2.)

 

Between 2009 and 2014, there have been 80 major work stoppages (average of 13.3 major work

stoppages per year). Three industry groups combined for over 60 percent of all major work stoppages

during the six year period: health care and social assistance (34 percent), educational services (15

percent), and construction (13 percent). (See chart 2.) Manufacturing had 11 percent of all major work

stoppages between 2009 and 2014.

 

AND MUCH MORE...including TABLES....

 

ReBlog:  IWS

 

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Working Conditions and Factory Auditing in the Chinese Toy Industry

 

Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)

 

Working Conditions and Factory Auditing in the Chinese Toy Industry

http://www.cecc.gov/events/hearings/working-conditions-and-factory-auditing-in-the-chinese-toy-industry

 

 

Good Practices Database--Labor Migration Policies and Programmes

 

International Labour Organization (ILO)

MIGRANT (Labour Migration Branch)

 

Good Practices Database--Labor Migration Policies and Programmes

http://www.ilo.org/dyn/migpractice/migmain.home

 

 

 

Labour Cost Structural Statistics--Levels

 

European Commission

Eurostat

 

Labour Cost Structural Statistics--Levels

http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Labour_cost_structural_statistics_-_levels

 

Data from November 2014, most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database.

 

 

Human Resource Practices for Labor Inspectorates in Developing Countries

 

Human Resource Practices for Labor Inspectorates in Developing Countries

by John Mendeloff, Michael Dworsky, Carlos Gutierrez, Maria C. Lytell, Michael Connors

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR917.html

or

http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR900/RR917/RAND_RR917.pdf

[full-text, 28 pages]

 

Abstract

 

This report examines the literature on labor inspection in developing countries in order to learn how human-resource practices in labor-enforcement agencies influence the performance of labor inspectorates in developing countries. As a supplement to a substantial literature about the advantages and disadvantages of alternative labor-law regimes and the effectiveness of alternative inspection strategies, this review highlights the state of knowledge about the conditions, competencies, and incentives needed for labor inspectors in developing countries to successfully carry out their work. This report focuses on two relatively narrow questions: What qualifications and personal characteristics are necessary for individual labor inspectors in developing countries to perform their jobs well, and what human-resource policies are important for creating an inspectorate with the necessary skills and enabling the inspectorate to function effectively?

 

Key Findings

 

·         Inspectorate Practices Vary Widely

·         Some countries require new inspectors to have a specified minimum level of education; education in specific content areas, such as law or engineering; or threshold physical or personal characteristics.

·         Some countries do or should require inspectors to be generalists, while others need more-specialized personnel.

·         Initial training for new inspectors must cover a huge range of content. Amounts of ongoing training vary.

·         Inadequate staffing and poor work conditions contribute to high turnover among inspectors.

·         Measuring inspectors' performance can be difficult because the most easily measured metric is number of inspections performed, which might not be the most important metric.

·         Corruption, often because of bribery, is difficult to track and even harder to combat.

 

Recommendations

 

·         The argument for hiring generalists seems strongest in the poorest countries. In those countries, technical knowledge is rare, and transportation difficulties are likely to loom especially large. Even for middle-income countries, the choice should depend as well on the likely overlap of occupational safety and health hazards and other labor-standard violations.

·         Creation and maintenance of an internationally comparable taxonomy of labor inspectorate HR practices may be a useful first step toward comparative research on the effectiveness of different practices, but the lack of reliable outcome measures in many settings poses a more formidable barrier to evaluating best practices.

·         Studies in developing countries and outside the occupational safety and health context are needed to validate findings outside the United States.

·         The most useful research for developing countries may be qualitative, describing what inspectors actually do and why. For middle-income countries that have been improving their data systems, the U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) could aid those efforts so that researchers could use them to better understand, at least, the relationship between inspection activities and output measures.

·         Efforts to improve labor inspection will probably proceed apace with broader efforts to improve the civil service in developing countries. Therefore, ILAB should attempt to participate in those efforts to take advantage of ideas with applicability to labor inspection.

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

RE: any journal abstracts?

HI Terry,

 

You’ll have them tomorrow by noon.

 

Thanks!

Margaret

 

Margaret Olney

Editorial Assistant

IRLE

UC Berkeley

2521 Channing Way

Berkeley, CA  94720

510-643-8140

 

From: Terence K. Huwe [mailto:thuwe@library.berkeley.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2014 2:32 PM
To: margaret_olney@berkeley.edu
Cc: thuwe.cleopatrajones@blogger.com
Subject: any journal abstracts?

 

Hi Margaret-

 

Right around now I usually ask if you have the next issue’s abstracts ready—are they? If so I’d love a Word document.

 

If not, just let me know when they will be and I’ll ask later. 

 

I’ll put them on the Web and in the eNews. No rush, although it would be nice to receive anything you may have by 11/14 or so.  Thanks! TH

 

 

any journal abstracts?

Hi Margaret-

 

Right around now I usually ask if you have the next issue’s abstracts ready—are they? If so I’d love a Word document.

 

If not, just let me know when they will be and I’ll ask later. 

 

I’ll put them on the Web and in the eNews. No rush, although it would be nice to receive anything you may have by 11/14 or so.  Thanks! TH

 

 

Monday, November 03, 2014

EPI: Uneven Recovery by State and Race

 

Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

 

Economic Indicators/Race and Ethnicity

Uneven Recovery by State and Race

 

A new analysis by EPI’s Valerie Wilson shows that for far too many people, particularly people of color, the recovery from the Great Recession has yet to take hold. In the first of what will be a quarterly analysis, Wilson breaks down state unemployment rates by race. EPI’s interactive map [see link below] to see how vastly economic conditions differ for different states and racial groups.

 

27 October 2014

Virginia Boasts Smallest Gaps in Unemployment Rates by Race in Third Quarter, but No State Leads in Race to Recovery for All Groups

by Valerie Wilson

http://www.epi.org/publication/virginia-boasts-smallest-gaps-in-unemployment-rates-by-race/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=fdc148a7dc-EPI_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-fdc148a7dc-55893313

 

see MAP & TABLES within this article

State unemployment rates, by race/ethnicity and overall, 2014Q3

 

ReBlog:  IWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

workers comp contact

HR:

 

It was interesting learning what you see going here—but not surprising! J  It will be fun to do the metrics to.

 

Here’s the contact info:

 

Tracey Paterson

Sr. Field Investigator

 

-          tracey.paterson@probeinfo.com

 

707-344-2660 (direct)

800 397-6517 office main

 

Probe Information Services

P.O. Box 418429

Sacramento, CA  95841

 

She told Rocio she wasn’t sure a layoff could occur while a claim was pending at workers’ comp—that’s why I wondered about this.  But it would seem that someone like Joyce would know this and would have allowed for it, doesn’t it. 

 

Thanks for everything.  TH

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

San Francisco Billboard Claims Employees Can be Replaced by iPads

This political statement was seen on a billboard in San Francisco

http://pando.com/2014/07/17/new-san-francisco-billboard-warns-workers-theyll
-be-replaced-by-ipads-if-they-demand-a-fair-wage/

 

Taskrabbit Employees Face Big Change in Work Assignment System

Taskrabbit Employees Face Big Change in Work Assignment System


http://m.sfgate.com/technology/article/TaskRabbit-makes-some-workers-hopping-mad-5629239.php



 

 

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