Labor Weather Report
A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.
Linda Averill
volume 37
issue 1
February 2016
November 2015 — Korea attacks unions. On November 21, police raided the offices of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, seizing papers and computers. The government hopes to silence the KCTU as it leads protests to proposed new “labor reforms” that would gut workers’ rights and protections.

Ongoing — Strikes soar in China. As the economy stutters and factories shut down, conditions are deteriorating for Chinese workers. But they aren’t taking layoffs and unpaid wages lying down. Despite having no legal right to strike, workers walked out 2,774 times in 2015, doubling the 2014 total.

December 2015 — Hey Kohler, No two tier!. A 32-day strike by United Auto Workers 833 narrowed the pay gap between new hires and veterans at Kohler Co. in Wisconsin. Solidarity by high seniority workers was key to the partial victory, a turnaround from the acceptance of the two-tier system in 2010.

Also see: Mexican farmworkers take on growers and a corrupt union

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