Labor Notes #416

Bosses love zero tolerance policies, but if the union questions the policy, the employer is likely to cite contractual language giving it the right to issue rules and regulations. But often that claim doesn't hold up.

Pittsburghers are trying out a new organizing model: a rank-and-file community union that anyone can join, affiliated with the Steelworkers.

The United Auto Workers, so long frustrated in their attempts to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., may have found a different way in: a works council like those in Germany.

If there was a bright side to the government shutdown, it’s that Congress has delayed taking up a little-publicized bill that would leave some pensioners high and dry.

Politicians across the country are seizing on Detroit’s hard times as an excuse to trim public pensions closer to home. For them—and for bankers angling for a piece of the action—this could be the breakthrough they’ve been waiting for.

A change in American Postal Workers Union leadership reflects dissatisfaction with the 2010 national agreement and the union’s inadequate response to assaults on postal jobs and plant closings.

The September convention took an important turn—a correction to the traditional narrow focus on dues-paying members and electoral work.

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