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Analysis shows $1 trillion wage loss by workers through 2012

12.29.09

JANUARY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Analysis shows $1 trillion wage loss by workers through 2012

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

REGION, December 5th- According to a study released by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), an independent economic think tank in Washington, DC., despite growing economic optimism, the economy is still far from full recovery.

“From the standpoint of jobs, the economic variable that most concerns Americans, we are not even one third of the way through the recession. Unemployment will cost workers more in terms of lost wages and salaries in 2010 and 2011 than they have this year,” states John Schmitt, a senior economist at the Center for Economic Research Center.

The report called, “The $1 Trillion Wage Deficit,” estimates the earnings loss of Americans from the beginning of the recession through 2012. The findings show that United States workers will lose a total of over $1 trillion in wages and salaries as a result of the Great Recession and the economy will continue to shed hundreds of thousands of jobs over the next three years under current policy.

The study uses recent data from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on economic performance through 2012.

“To put this into context, the total cost of the recession in terms of lost wages is substantially higher than the estimated ten-year cost of current health care reform,” added Mr. Schmitt.

The analysis shows lost wages and salaries twenty-five percent higher in 2010 ($310 billion) than in 2009 ($247 billion). In 2011, losses will be $252 billion, higher than losses for 2009.

And in three years from now in 2012, losses will still be three times higher at $147 billion, than they were in 2008, the first full year of the recession.

The study suggest African Americans and Latinos will be especially hard hit, with the recession causing them wage losses of $142 billion and $138 billion, respectively.

The report’s cost estimates do not include the cost of lost health insurance or pension coverage, lost earnings from reductions in hours for workers who keep their jobs, or any cuts stemming from belt-tightening pressures in the workplace because of the recession. The recession began in December 2007.

Carpenters Union complaint still under investigation

12.29.09

JANUARY 2010, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Carpenters Union complaint still under investigation

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSABE@AOL.COM

EMMAUS, December 8th- The complaint filed at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region Four office in Philadelphia by the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters of Southeastern Pennsylvania Union in Philadelphia against American Millwork and Cabinetry Inc. in Emmaus is still under investigation.

The union filed the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge on October 28th, 2009 alleging the nonunion employer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRAct).

According to the complaint, the employer operates an architectural millwork facility on Broad Street in Emmaus and has approximately 20 employees.

The Union alleges on the ULP Section 8 (a), subsections (1) and (3) was violated by the employer.

The newspaper discovered the complaint during an monthly review of ULP charges filed at the NLRB office. Also the newspaper has learned the Union has filed a second ULP against the Employer on December 3rd.

The International Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local 600 in Bethlehem represents Carpenter Union members in the Lehigh Valley and is affiliated with the Regional Council of Carpenters of Southeastern Pennsylvania, State of Delaware and Eastern Shore of Maryland.

According to the NLRB, the target date for the completion of the agency’s investigation was December 2nd, 2009. However, the NLRB Field Examiner is still conducting the investigation in whether there is merit in the Carpenters Union complaint and will likely released their findings by the end of December.

The October 28th ULP alleges the employer has interferred with, restrained and coerced employees in the exercise of the rights guarenteed under Section 7 of the NLRAct.

“On October 12, 2009, it by its officers, agents and representatives discriminated against and is discriminating against Kevin Wetherhold in retaliation for his membership in and activities in support of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters by laying him off” states the complaint.

The employer representative named on the complaint to be contacted is George Reitz however his position with American Millwork and Cabinetry Inc is not identified.

The Union alleges on the complaint filed on December 3rd, the Employer created the impression that it was engaging in surveillance of employees’ Union activity and retailiating against Mr. Wetherhold.