LA Times reports labor contract talks between industry and labor broke down last weekend. At issue: internet software that allows customers to bypass the clerks.
The last port shutdown cost billions of dollars and has vast ripple effects.
A report in today's NY Times, here, reports that Europe--France and Germany at least--are extending their work-weeks, because experiments in lesser hours per week haven't reduced unemployment. The article does not explain the theory behind that macro-economic connection, and seems to suggest that competition from lower-wage countries has more to do with it.
Posted by Rick at 7/07/2004 09:03:00 AM