Court rules Apple must pay California workers during bag checks

Los Angeles (AFP) - The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Apple must pay employees for time spent waiting for their bags and personal electronic devices to be searched when they leave work.The decision means that the tech giant will have to pay millions of dollars to more than 12,000 hourly workers at California retail stores who fall under the mandatory bag-search policy.According...

Hong Kong medical workers vote to strike as outbreak worsens

Thousands of Hong Kong medical professionals voted to begin a five-day strike Monday after the government refused their demand to shut all entry points from China amid a deadly virus outbreak on the mainland.The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance said there were about 99 per cent of “Yes” votes cast by its members on Saturday. More than 9,000 members have pledged to take part, first in...

Shortage of STM buses persists as maintenance workers wait for parts

The number of buses available to pick up passengers on Nov. 14 was 1,243. That's fewer than the average number of buses on the road in 2009 — even though the current fleet has 169 more buses overall. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette The city’s shortage of working buses remains historically high — despite assurances last week from Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante and the director of the...

Union denounces Legault’s ‘shameless contempt’ for public sector workers

FTQ President Daniel Boyer speaks to the media in 2015. Dario Ayala / Montreal Gazette file photo Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec president Daniel Boyer on Monday denounced the “inflammatory language” and “shameless contempt” expressed for public sector workers by Quebec Premier François Legault even as contract negotiations are about to begin.In a speech...

Many immigrant workers exploited by warehouse employers, labour report reveals

“Warehouse work in Montreal is structured so that employees have a minimal capacity for collective organization,” Mostafa Henaway, of the IWC, said in a statement. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette file photo Montreal’s warehouses routinely exploit a large segment of immigrant workers, a new report has found.A survey carried out last summer by the Immigrant Workers Centre (IWC) observed that...