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A sign of the times

Well surprise surprise – the National Labor Relations Board has decided in favor of American Crystal Sugar Co in the company’s dispute with the Union representing it’s workforce. The workers have been locked out for 2 months and is being run by “replacement” workers. I imagine the union members have another name for them.

Aug 1 the Union rejected the company’s contract offer. Then American Crystal locked out the 1300 union employees. The Union claims that the Company hasn’t been negotiating in good faith. The NLRB ruled that the Union didn’t provide adequate evidence to this allegation.

I can’t really claim to know the specifics of this case, and I suppose it is possible the Unions demands are excessive. But from everything that has happened and is happening throughout the country in relation to collective bargaining, I would be surprised if their demands were really that outrageous.

Just looks like a continuation of the trend of weaker and weaker unions. All depends on your perspective as to whether you think that is a good thing or not.

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Jobless rate down in Twin Cities, but not rest of country

The Twin Cities was one of only two metropolitan areas in the U.S. where the March jobless rate was down year-over-year, according to new federal labor statistics.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday that 47 of 49 large metropolitan areas (with a Census 2000 population of at least 1 million) had higher unemployment rates in March 2010 than March 2009.

Only the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area in Minnesota and Wisconsin, down six-tenths of a percentage point, and the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region in New York, down two-tenths of a point, beat the trend.

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