It’s a new day in the American workplace. The global financial meltdown has workers merely nervous on a good day, fearful for their jobs on an average day … and downright angry when their fears are about to be realized.
Recently, in Chicago, 250 unionized employees of Republic Windows and Doors staged a six-day sit-in that began when the company shut down with just three days' notice. said it couldn't borrow the working capital necessary to keep running. Furious workers said they were owed 60 days' notice of the shutdown—plus severance pay—under federal law and their union contract. Eventually, the workers accepted a deal to pay them severance, vacation time and temporary health care benefits.
Labor experts say this kind of ugliness can be avoided, even in today’s panic-inducing economy. The solution to staying productive (and in business) during tough times lies beyond labor relations and beyond compliance...(register to read more)
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