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Workplace Issues Today

Daily News for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Selected by the Catherwood Library Reference Staff each Monday through Friday, excluding University holidays, WIT is a free alert service, providing abstracts and links to workplace-related news stories covered in the major media. Subscribe to WIT »

Established in 1999, this service also includes a searchable archive.

Lufthansa Pilots’ Strike Affects 160,000 Travelers

Pilots with Lufthansa went on strike Monday causing two thirds of the short-haul flights to be grounded. On Tuesday, the pilots extended their strike in order to impact long-haul flights. The strike has caused 1,500 flight cancellations and has affected 160,000 passengers’ travel plans so far.

See “Lufthansa Pilots Threaten More Strikes as Long Haul Hit,” by Peter Maushagen and Victoria Bryan, Reuters, Oct 21 2014 (SEB)

South African Workers with Glencore Strike for Higher Pay

A walkout began at Glencore’s Koornfontein Mine in South Africa on October 17th over the fact that workers in that mine were paid considerably less than workers in other mines. 500 workers represented by the National Union of Mineworkers participated in the walkout.

See “Glencore Coal-Mine Workers Strike Over Compensation for Job Cuts,” by Paul Burkhardt, Bloomberg News, Oct 21 2014 (SEB)

Unemployment Rate Falls as Employers Add Jobs

This past week, both Kentucky and Colorado’s unemployment rates fell 0.4 percent. 31 other states saw their unemployment rate fall as well during September. In addition, national unemployment fell from 6.1 percent to 5.9 percent when employers added 248,000 new jobs.

See “Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 US States Last Month,” by Christopher S. Rugaber, ABC News, The Associated Press, Oct 21 2014 (SEB)