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Labor & Worker Rights Wed Aug 26 2009

Strike! Teamsters and SK Hand Tools

The working men of SK Hand Tools, who make up a unit of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 743, went on strike today. From the Chi-Town Daily News:

In May, Teamsters Local 743 charged SK Hand Tool Corp. with an unfair labor practice, alleging that the company unilaterally took away health benefits for its workers. Friday, the case ratcheted up a notch: The union followed up its earlier complaint to the National Labor Relations Board with another that said SK administrators wouldn't provide information on financial or health-insurance matters for collective-bargaining purposes.

Good luck brothers and sisters.

 
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david / August 27, 2009 7:19 PM

Please ask the owners why they did not pay the premium for the insurance. That is the big question and that was months ago...they have been laying back like a spider spending the workers money on new offices with fireplaces, flat screen tv's, and other niceties.

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