A ballot of union members is to be conducted at Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service over what the union has described as reckless decisions by management to cut the hours of workers.Richy Carrothers of IMPACT.IMPACT North West’s Assistant General Secretary, Richy Carrothers said Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence have written to staff advising that as of the 4th May 2015 the hours of all workers will be cut.He said “This will obviously lead to a pay cut. To date the employer has not advised as to the extent of the cut but for sure it will lead to the curtailment of essential services for some of the most vulnerable women in Donegal and across the North West living with physical, sexual and psychological abuse. For many of these women this service represents a lifeline that may not be available when they need it most”. He added that IMPACT believe that there is a moral imperative to protect the service, but also the unilateral cut will also be a breach of contract.“In the last two years a Rights Commissioner has found that Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service unlawfully withheld money due on two separate occasions to 5 staff – the employers case collapsed at the Employment Appeals Tribunal and the union is now having to seek an enforcement order for payment at Letterkenny Circuit Court.“The reason this is relevant is that an organisation dedicated to the protection, support and advocacy of women have serially been abusing their own exclusively female staff over the last numbers of years as they have set out to dismantle their contracts of employment”.Mr Carrothers added they can no longer tolerate this situation and the staff intend on standing up for themselves and say stop. “IMPACT will seek a mandate from members to engage in industrial action up to and including strike action as a pre-emptive step to protect workers. It is however, our preference to reach a negotiated settlement and protect services without the need for us to engage in industrial action”. STRIKE ACTION LOOMS AT DONEGAL WOMEN’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Domestic Violence CentreIMPACT
File photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public MediaIt’s Labor Day, and in the U.S. House race, both Congressman Don Young and his Democratic challenger claim they’re getting strong support from organized labor.Listen NowThe Democrat, Steve Lindbeck, is in Fairbanks to march in the Labor Day parade. He’s buoyed by the recent decision of the Alaska AFL-CIO not to endorse anyone in the U.S. House race. As Lindbeck describes it, that’s a major shift.“They, for the first time in many years, declined to make an endorsement. They’ve endorsed Young for a long time,” saidLindbeck, a former general manager of Alaska Public Media.He says he’s been reaching out to unions. He’s got the support of several, includingSteve Lindbeck is challenging U.S. Rep. Don Young. Photo: Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Mediathe Alaska State Employees Association and the American Federation of Teachers. Lindbeck also won the endorsement of two maritime unions, who are mad at Young for not intervening as a non-union company assumes the contract for piloting tankers from the Valdez terminal. The company, Edison Chouest, is a major source of campaign contributions for Young.Lindbeck, though, acknowledges he didn’t get the AFL-CIO endorsement either.“Basically sort of fought them to a draw there. So we saw that as a big victory.”Young has traditionally enjoyed substantial union backing. That’s due in part to his support of project labor agreements, which require union labor on certain government-funded projects. Young is back in Washington this week as Congress returns from its summer break. Young’s campaign manager, Jerry Hood, downplayed the importance of the AFL-CIO decision not to issue an endorsement. Several unions that are under the AFL umbrella ARE endorsing Young, including the Alaska Teamsters, the Plumbers and Steamfitters local 367, and the Operating Engineers302.Hood, who used to head the Alaska Teamsters, says labor’s heart is unchanged.“The opponent can tout labor’s support all he wants. The voting members of theU.S Rep. Don Young (2016 file photo by Jennifer Canfield/KTOO)unions are, I think, going to continue to go to the polls and support Don.”Nationally, union membership has been in steep decline for many years. In Alaska, though, nearly 22 percent of workers were represented by unions last year. That’s equal to the rate in Hawaii and second only to New York.