Kellogg union workers reject tentative deal



Additionally, Louisiana’s program to waive fines for employers violates federal labor laws, and more.

Kellogg union workers reject tentative deal

Kellogg says he will permanently replace 1,400 workers who have been on strike since October, CNN Business reports, after the union overwhelmingly rejected a proposed labor agreement.

Kellogg believes the interim deal would have accelerated the path to better wages and benefits for all employees. But unionized workers were adamantly against the proposed two-tier pay system, which would have given new workers less pay and fewer benefits.

“We did everything we could to come to a fair deal, including making six offers to the union throughout the negotiations, all of which included increases in wages and benefits for each employee,” the company said. noted. “It seems the union has created unrealistic expectations for our employees. “

But union president Trevor Bidelman said the company is still not honoring his demands, Siouxland News reports. “Another big problem is still job security. People see the writing on the wall. The intention right now is to move more stuff south and eliminate more of our jobs, ”he says. “And the cost of living is a big issue for people. They cut the cost of living and replace it with a one-time three percent pay rise. “

For now, Kellogg has said there are no plans to continue negotiations, although the workers plan to continue their two-month strike.

New report reveals worsening income inequality amid pandemic

Latest World Inequality Lab report shows income inequality during pandemic has worsened, CNN Business reports.

Billionaires’ combined net worth grew by more than $ 3.6 trillion last year – and their share of wealth has grown by the highest amount since the Lab began keeping records in 1995 – as the pandemic has plunged 100 million people into extreme poverty. And Lucas Chancel, co-director of the laboratory, reveals that this number would have been even higher without the intervention of the government.

Their findings conclude that “financial deregulation, privatization and less progressive taxation in richer countries” are the main drivers of inequality. Globally, the richest 10% of the population control 76% of the world’s wealth, while the poorest 50% own only 2%. This wealth inequality varies, however, across continents, with Latin America being the biggest division.

Researchers recommend a higher tax rate on the rich that could be used to invest in education, health and the environment.

“The work we’ve done really shows that in fact these claims – or this idea of ​​a spin-off economy – don’t stand up to scrutiny in the data,” Chancel said. “The main lessons from the last 40 years of data are that cuts to the highest tax rates have not triggered prosperity for all, as they were meant to trigger. “

Louisiana program that would have removed penalties for employers with poorly classified workers violates federal labor law

New Louisiana state law that would have removed taxes and penalties for employers who misclassified their employees as independent contractors will not come into effect next month, according to the LA Illuminator reports.

The reason? This violates federal labor law, the Louisiana Workforce Commission said.

Workers who are wrongly classified as independent contractors do not receive benefits and unemployment insurance; it cost the state $ 9 million in tax revenue, says the Illuminator.

The “Fresh Start” program would have removed unemployment taxes and interest for employers who agreed to reclassify their poorly classified workers in the future.

Louisiana is already one of the most lax states when it comes to misclassifying workers, the Illuminator reported in a separate article. The current law gives employers a warning for the first offense, and the sometimes imposed fine of $ 500 is ten times less than it is in other states, the Illuminator said.

Solcyra (Sol) Burga was a member of the Emma Bowen Foundation with Next City for the summer of 2021. Burga is completing his studies in Political Science and Journalism at Rutgers University, with the intention of graduating in May 2022. As a Newark native and immigrant, she hopes to raise the voice of underrepresented communities in her work.

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