Greetings from the Burgh, where I’m struggling with a respiratory infection caused by illegal emissions from US Steel once again.
Norfolk Southern Workers Win Paid Sick Days
Earlier this month, CSX agreed to give seven paid sick days to 5,000 railroad workers. Last week, Union Pacific decided to provide sick days to 2,100 railroad workers. Now, Norfolk Southern, reeling from negative publicity, has agreed to give seven days of paid sick leave to 3,000 railroad workers.
The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way – Employes Division (BMWED) celebrated the decision.
“Our members are tasked with rebuilding the track of the New Palestine derailment and it is imperative that they have resources available that keep them safe and healthy at a site that many would be apprehensive to work,” BMWED media representative Clark Ballew told Freight Waves.
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BBC Reporters to Strike for 1st time in 12 Years
For the first time since 2010, reporters at the BBC and members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) have voted to strike, with 83% of BBC workers voting in favor of the strike. The workers are mainly employed in producing local news for the BBC, and their strike could affect coverage of the coronation of King Charles.
“NUJ members are not opposed to the BBC investing in digital services, but it should not come at the expense of local radio and the communities it serves,” NUJ national broadcasting organizer Paul Siegert told the BBC.
Hyundai to Divest Alabama Subsidiary Following Child Labor Allegations
Finally, a blockbuster Reuters investigation last year revealed that immigrant child labor was widely used in both the Kia and Hyundai supply chains in Alabama. Now, Hyundai says that it will divest from one of its suppliers that used child labor. From Reuters:
One of the plants where children worked, SMART Alabama LLC in rural Luverne, Alabama, is a direct Hyundai subsidiary. According to Hyundai’s financial statements from last year, the automaker controls a 72% stake in SMART.
Chang wrote that Hyundai was “in the process of divesting its ownership interest in SMART,” but it would ensure “that the economically important jobs in the Luverne, Alabama community are preserved.”
Hyundai’s letter did not say when the transaction would be completed, identify a buyer, or take the form a divestiture would take. Since the early 2000s, the metal stamping plant has made chassis parts for hundreds of thousands of Hyundai vehicles per year.
Strikes & News Happening Elsewhere
- ‘Bare minimum Monday’ marks the latest quiet quitting trend
- UAW runoff election nears end, counting to start Wednesday
- Iranian Steelworkers Union Says Several Striking Members Arrested
- Long Covid disabled them. Then they met a ‘broken’ Social Security disability process
- Strike halts more than half of trains in Portugal
- Finally, Sally Field reflects on her union activism while receiving a lifetime achievement award from SAG-AFTRA
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