Posts Tagged ‘new york’

Unions to judges: How do you like us now?

There’s an old phrase shared amongst the legal community that goes, “People make fun of lawyers until they need one.” The labor movement can certainly relate. Case in point: a New York Times article from earlier this week.

In response to the New York State legislature’s plan to create a commission tasked with deciding if state judges should receive a pay raise, a vast majority of the judges indicated in a survey that they want to form some type of organization—an association of judges to negotiate pay, benefits, and conditions of employment. Sure sounds like a labor union to us!

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Mott’s: still putting a bad taste in our mouths

The workers at Mott’s factory in Williamson, NY have been on the picket line for over 100 days. And by the looks of it, there’s no end in sight. The corporation that makes such sweet products like Mott’s Apple Sauce, Hawaiian Punch, and Rose’s Lime Juice has been purely rotten and refuses go to the bargaining table with its workers. The workers are putting their livelihoods on the line to protect their wages and pensions, and get the respect from management that they deserve.

“They said that if we can’t meet our finances on the contract they’re offering us, then we need to sell our houses,” one worker said. A company official said that workers needed to think of themselves as commodities, like “soybeans or oil,” and that as supply rises, the price goes down. Read more »