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Logjam at West Coast Ports a Nightmare for Retailers

Big chains struggling to keep inventories in stock amid labor dispute

(Newser) - If you can't find your size in new Levi's this spring, you can blame a logjam of ships at West Coast ports. A labor dispute that's been dragging on for nine months now is taking an unmistakable toll on retailers all over the US, reports the Washington ... More »

French Goodyear Workers Take Bosses Hostage

Pair to be held until severance packages improve

(Newser) - Furious French workers at a Goodyear tire factory have revived the practice of "boss-napping" and seized two managers amid a dispute over the plant's closure. The site's director of production and human resources chief are being held at the factory and union leaders say they won't... More »

Angry Beijing Workers Seize American Boss

Local officials taking their side, he complains

(Newser) - "I feel like a trapped animal," an American factory boss besieged by workers at a medical supply plant in Beijing tells the AP . Chip Starnes says he has been held captive for four days by a hundred workers demanding severance packages like those given to colleagues in a... More »

American Airlines Sends Pilots a Nasty Letter

Airline accuses pilots of calling in sick to snarl flights

(Newser) - The labor dispute at American Airlines got ugly this week. The carrier accused its pilots of snarling thousands of flights by calling in sick and writing up needless maintenance orders, the LA Times reports. American even threatened a legal injunction if the alleged tactics continue. "We must take appropriate... More »

Even Scott Walker Wants NFL's Union Refs Back

Wisconsin governor wants the real referees back on the field

(Newser) - Just how bad was that NFL call by replacement refs last night? It's got Wisconsin's union-busting governor clamoring for an end to the labor dispute and a return of the union refs, reports Yahoo Sports . "After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still... More »

Careful, NFL, Your League Is Becoming a Joke

Bring back the real refs, cry sports columnists

(Newser) - The NFL says it supports the decision by replacement refs last night to give Seattle a game-winning TD on the final play—or, more specifically, not to overturn it upon review, reports ESPN . (It notes that the refs should have called the Seattle player for pass interference, but that's... More »

Irate Zambian Miners Kill Chinese Manager

Coal miners riot over low wages

(Newser) - A fresh round of unrest has hit Chinese-operated mines in Zambia. Rioting coal miners killed a Chinese manager on Saturday by pushing a mine trolley at him as he tried to flee, reports the BBC . Another Chinese manager and several Zambians were injured during the incident at the mine, which... More »

Qantas Grounds Entire Fleet in Labor Dispute

Surprise move in Australia strands passengers around the world

(Newser) - Be glad you're not booked on a Qantas flight. The Australian airline abruptly grounded its entire fleet today because of a nasty labor dispute, reports the BBC . The move came so suddenly that some planes turned around while taxiing on the runway, notes AP . Qantas is paying for people... More »

NFL PLayers Locked Out Again

Lockout restored evening after players return to work

(Newser) - The NFL locked its players out again on last night after a legal victory in its battle with players over the future of the business, capping one of the most chaotic weeks in football history. An appeals court granted the league's request to reinstate the lockout and issued a... More »

Dear NFL Owners, That's Our Money, Not Yours

Sally Jenkins: Why do these guy think they're owed so much?

(Newser) - NFL owners apparently think they are unique creatures in the annals of business, writes Sally Jenkins in the Washington Post . "They believe they are entitled to make money every year, even in the midst of disastrous recessions." That's essentially what's going on in the labor dispute that looks... More »

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