4 Sep

Brewer Fuller warns over tough trading

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5 Jul

Can Argo Blockchain shares keep climbing?

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Can Argo Blockchain shares keep climbing? Nadia Yaqub | Saturday, 1st May, 2021 | More on: ARB “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares and cryptocurrencies mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Bitcoin, PayPal Holdings, and Tesla and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $75 calls on PayPal Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img It’s been a very busy year so far for Argo Blockchain (LSE: ARB). Since the start of 2021, the cryptocurrency miner has released a plethora of announcements. And this week it announced its full-year results.I reckon Argo Blockchain shares can keep climbing and I’d buy the stock. But I think its worth taking a closer look at the 2020 numbers.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The resultsI’m not surprised with the overall positive set of figures. Last year was transformational for the company. Total revenue for 2020 increased by 120% to £19m.But its mining margin for the year was 41%, down from 60% in 2019. Argo Blockchain puts this down to “challenging market conditions, including Bitcoin halving in May 2020 and the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic”.What I think should boost Argo Blockchain shares is that for the first time since the company’s inception, it has generated a net profit of £1.7m. This comes after it made a loss of £0.7m in 2019.This gives me some comfort that the miner is not only increasing its revenue but also keeping its costs at bay. In fact, it even highlights that its “administrative expenses were reduced by £1.1m to £2.4m as a result of series of cost reduction efforts”. This should help with profitability in the long term.OutlookSo far the outlook for the company looks rosy, which should be positive for the Argo Blockchain share price. I’ve previously commented that the first three months of 2021 have been the most profitable quarter for the miner to date. It generated £13.4m in revenue during this period alone along with a mining margin of 81%. That’s impressive.I think the backdrop for cryptocurrencies remains positive. Even Argo Blockchain highlights that it’s being “driven by rising global demand, growing acceptance and confidence in digital currencies as a new asset class”. And I’d agree with this statement.The credibility of cryptocurrency has been boosted by the likes of Tesla, the electric car maker, investing into Bitcoin and accepting payments for its vehicles in the digital asset. Online payment companies, such as PayPal are now supporting digital currencies and there’s growing interest from blue-chip asset managers.I believe this confidence and momentum in cryptocurrencies will continue to grow over the long term, which should increased the value of Argo Blockchain shares.RisksThat said, the stock is volatile and investors need to be prepared for this. I don’t think it will be smooth sailing for the share price, so I’d only invest what I can afford to lose. The shares are linked to the price of Bitcoin. So if this falls, it’s likely the stock price will decrease too.While 2020 was the first ever profitable year for the miner, there’s no guarantee this will continue. Even the company admits that “mining margins are expected to ease back from the 80% average level seen in the first quarter of this year”. It’s a relatively new technology so profitability is likely to be volatile.The mining facilityThe company has appointed Navier to help develop its Texas facility. When finished, it will allow Argo Blockchain to expand its mining capacity and have greater control over its operations.I’m bullish on the long-term prospects and hence I’d buy Argo Blockchain shares in my portfolio. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Nadia Yaqublast_img read more

23 Jun

Charity begins at home – Frank Keating

first_imgA popular Test and club player, ‘Parksy’ was also a notable Barbarian –and it’s the Baa-Baas I think of as pioneers of rugby’s great charitable tradition from the time in 1948 when the Wallaby tourists, who had so flamboyantly and generously re-established peacetime rugby here, found themselves unable to return home. All passages on ships were full via Suez or South Africa – so the Baa-Baas organised their first farewell Cardiff match for a touring team and 50,000 turned up to ensure the Wallabies could afford the far dearer Atlantic-Pacific tickets via Canada and British Columbia. Happy days.When it comes to rugby, charity begins at home.This article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Richard Parks during his epic 737 challenge for charityRugby is a good game, sure… and a good game brimful of goodness. Of all the major team sports, can there be a more consistently generous one than rugby?Think of any rugby club you know – from the superior and snooty to the parish-pump piffling – and it would be a major shock-horror surprise, wouldn’t it, if it was a club which wasn’t sponsoring, bolstering or encouraging some good and worthwhile charitable concern, cause or crusade?The rugby ethos fosters and warmly cherishes an inbuilt philanthropy and good neighbourliness. Rugby and charity – you can’t have one without the other. The good Samaritan is a permanent player on every rugby team sheet. Down almost a century and a half we’ve known how rugby has made great men achieve great things on the field. As well rugby makes great men achieve great things off the field – just think of true greats like Cliff Morgan, Tony O’Reilly, Andy Ripley and Lawrence Dallaglio, and think of their charitable works and the zillions they’ve raised.And now think, too, of Richard Parks, the former Wales flanker forced to retire from rugby, who has been spending 2011 attempting a dramatic world first, the 737 Challenge in which he aims to conquer the seven mountain summits of all seven continents as well as reach the three poles – North, South and the roof of the world, Everest. Some journey, some ambition – and all for Marie Curie Cancer Care.As bold Richard was confronting his self-imposed epic challenges, it goes without saying that the rest of rugby was deeply committed to its own non-stop myriad of charity works big and small… from tens of thousands of club events for local worthwhile causes the world over to the established global goodness of the Wooden Spoon charity, founded cheerfully in 1983 on the back of another dismal England loss in Dublin.Then there’s John Beeby’s 2011 walk across America, another of good Matt Hampson’s annual treks to Twickenham for the Premiership final, the outstanding military fund Help for Heroes, fellow journo Sam Peters and his Row2Recovery, and magical Dan Carter and his Kiwi compatriots coming to London to stage that magnificent match so soon after the earthquake devastation of the beautiful city of Christchurch…It was when Parks knew his shoulder injury was so chronic that he had to give up playing that, adrift and sorry for himself, he came across a book by veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Before he had finished it, Richard was depressed and downcast no longer – but was already formulating his gripping expedition – and all against a seven-month clock! To climb his final peak, Mount Elbrus in Russia, he has booked as his partner inspirational author Sir Ranulph. Double Olympic medallist rower Steve Williams had accompanied him on the North Pole and Everest legs, and he’d been joined up Kilimanjaro by Marie Curie nurse Jan Stuart. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visitlast_img read more

17 Jun

M house / Architecture W

first_imgCopyHouses•Nagoya, Japan 2005 Save this picture!+ 11 Share M house / Architecture W “COPY” Architects: Architecture W Area Area of this architecture project Houses ArchDaily Area:  320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: center_img “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/7613/m-house-architecture-w Clipboard Japan CopyAbout this officeArchitecture WOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNagoyaHousesJapanPublished on October 15, 2008Cite: “M house / Architecture W” 15 Oct 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Text description provided by the architects. Located in one of Nagoya’s more attractive residential neighborhoods, but with only 2.5 meters of dead end street access and set on a difficult site that steps down from this access level a total of 7 meters, M-House is designed to both address the site conditions that rendered the site “unbuildable” by the local real estate community and provide for a simple, modern lifestyle for the American owner/architect and his family. Save this picture!In addition to the challenge provided by the site itself, the house also addresses the conceptual challenges of planning for a multi generational/multi national family, as well the even bigger challenge of securing precious views, sunlight, and breezes in the context of a cramped traditional Japanese neighborhood. Despite the difficulty in accessing and actually building on the site, it was the property’s one redeeming feature – its location at the edge of a cliff that hovers over the northern part of Nagoya – that inspired the design of the house.Save this picture!A hybrid structural system made up of simple reinforced concrete, concrete incased steel, and a pair of 3 meter tall steel trusses – all running inside the east and west walls of the house – allow the design to accommodate a variety of site and program conditions while also allowing for the north and south elevations to be composed entirely of sliding glass walls that capture the views, sunlight, and breezes(essential to surviving the smog & humidity present during Nagoya’s summer months) that make this building site so special. Save this picture!At the lowest level, this structure is tied into additional retaining walls to carve out an independent apartment that is a modern take on the Japanese notion of looking after one’s parents as they get old. At the entry level, column free space is provided for both parking and turning the owner’s automobiles, as well as for the house’s entry, bedrooms and main bathing area. A small pool is situated underneath the cantilevered top level to reflect sunlight into the bathing area where a single glass wall is all that separates this center of Japanese family life – complete with its wooden soaking bath -from the entry area. Save this picture!The top level of the house is virtually a single open space that serves as the house’s main living space. The steel trusses that allow for the 5+ meter cantilever are buried behind 2 walls of storage and kitchen cabinetry so that the remaining 2 sides of the steel box – the north and south elevations – can be composed entirely of sliding glass walls. These 2 walls slide into pockets and allow the entire room to become an “outdoor” family room from which spectacular views and pleasant breezes can be enjoyed. Save this picture!A roof deck caps off the house and accommodates another large outdoor gathering space for entertaining. The main stair well, with its yellow wall slices through the residence to visually tie the different levels together and to allow sunlight down into the main entry level of the house. The project’s simple architecture – exposed concrete walls & floors, galvanized metal siding, plasterboard infill walls and white laminate cabinetry – provide a neutrality that is animated as much by the Japanese and Western influences of the the client’s family as it is animated by the site’s vistas, breezes, and passing sunlight.Project gallerySee allShow lessLa Peña Multi-Sport Pavillion / Coll-Barreu ArquitectosSelected ProjectsPaykar Bonyan Panel Factory / ARAD (Architectural Research And Design)Selected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/7613/m-house-architecture-w Clipboard Projects M house / Architecture WSave this projectSaveM house / Architecture Wlast_img read more

16 Jun

Vodafone Foundation launches €˜Reach’ programme

first_img  33 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Head of the Vodafone UK Foundation Sarah Shillito said: For the Reach programme, the vision of working together will be crucial to deciding the successful entrant and we hope that charities will be inspired by this opportunity. We too will be collaborating, working with the charities to help them shape what I hope to be a high impact programme, making a difference to young people’s lives.Closing date for applications is 17 August and the winning programme will be announced in October with work starting in January 2008. Howard Lake | 12 June 2007 | News Vodafone Foundation launches €˜Reach’ programme The Vodafone UK Foundation has launched its second flagship funding programme, offering £5m funding over three years for work helping 16 to 25 year olds facing exclusion from society.Reach will fund charities working in collaboration – either in pairs or wider groups. The Foundation hopes that through working in collaboration and establishing this approach at the outset, the Reach programme can drive a step change to service delivery for young people.The first programme brought together Shelter, Samaritans and Youthnet. During the programme, the Foundation board saw the collaboration between organisations evolve over the three years, and realised the value it could bring in providing more effective services for young people. Advertisementlast_img read more

16 Jun

Everyclick’s viral campaign wins Adobe Website of the Day Award

first_img  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Everyclick’s viral campaign wins Adobe Website of the Day Award Howard Lake | 3 January 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Christmas viral campaign to promote the new version of Everyclick.com’s website has been named the first Adobe Website of the Day for 2008. The ‘Santa Swing’ gave users the chance to upload a picture of themselves and personal audio messages to become a dancing Santa that can be sent to friends.It helped promote the fact that the search engine that has raised over £360,000 for charity has launched a new version of its site that is designed to make “searching more effective and fundraising even easier”.Adobe showcased the site from 26 December until 2 January 2008.Everyclick.com users can now form fundraising groups that can track their combined donations to a charity, as well as offering live displays of the total funds raised for specific charities by users as a whole.Site users now have a number of ways in which they can promote the site and their favourite charity: the ‘Spread the Word’ page enables them to send online invitations, link to social networking sites, and download search box widgets for the personal web pages and blogs.www.everyclick.com/santaswing.html Tagged with: Digital Everyclick About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

16 Jun

Winning Results with Google Ad Words

first_imgWinning Results with Google Ad Words  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 January 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

16 Jun

2019/20 Guide to Major Trusts now out

first_img2019/20 Guide to Major Trusts now out AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19  209 total views,  3 views today Melanie May | 6 September 2018 | News Tagged with: Directory of Social Change grants Trusts The DSC has announced the release of The Guide to Major Trusts 2019/20.Out this month, and co-authored by Ian Pembridge and Scott Mason, the DSC‘s 16th edition contains information on 1,004 of the UK’s largest grant-makers, which award a combined annual total of over £5.5 billion, with descriptions of their policies and practices.For the first time, this edition contains information on grant-makers’ social media accounts where available, which are often used to advertise their funding opportunities.Hear from DSC researcher, Scott Mason, on what’s inside the newest edition of The Guide to Major Trusts. The clues in the name – there are over 1,000 of the UK’s largest grant-makers included…? https://t.co/ZRC2qbyFSZ— DSC (@DSC_Charity) September 5, 2018 Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  210 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 The Guide to Major Trusts 2019/20 is aimed at any charity in need of funding, from small community groups, to large national charities. As well as the above, it contains essential financial facts including the annual total of grants awarded, descriptions of eligibility criteria for applicants, funders’ contact details and how to make an application, and full regional and subject indexes.It is available to purchase at £110 from the DSC site.last_img read more

16 Jun

Coronavirus funding and funders’ actions

first_imgGrants related to coronavirusFunds have already been established to help those affected by COVID-19. These include:Northern Ireland Community Foundation opens coronavirus fund for older people (16 March 2020)WHO sets up COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund (16 March 2020)Coronavirus Relief Fund – from GlobalGiving’s Disaster Relief Network, with a target of £3,969,248 How should funders respond as COVID-19 begins to take its toll on those organisations and projects that they support?Here is UK Fundraising’s summary of resources, reactions, ideas and responses by funders. We also list some new or amended funds established to help tackle the novel coronavirus and its impacts. Tagged with: coronavirus COVID-19 Funding  312 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  311 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 17 March 2020 | News Coronavirus funding and funders’ actions We are launching the #coronavirus response & recovery fund for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland to help small local charities and community groups help vulnerable people and recover from impact. Please consider supporting the Fund Community Foundation https://t.co/Czf6ZqhoKd— Community Foundation (@CFTyneWearNland) March 18, 2020center_img Because of the volume of funds and grants established in response to the pandemic we have now created a separate page listing them. There is also a great deal of collaboration going on between funders and sector bodies to ensure that the government recognises the value of the sector and its contribution to dealing with a health and economic crisis during and beyond the impact of COVID-19: Funders in many countries are announcing that they are extending grants, or relaxing reporting requirements or making other adjustments to help those they support. CollaborationThere is plenty of collaboration and partnership underway amongst funders, often based on long-established networking and collaboration systems and meetings. Discussion on #Covid19FoundationsFunders are discussing and sharing issues related to their work and the coronavirus using the #Covid19Foundations hashtag.These include: What are funders doing?Many funders are sharing details of new or different approaches to their grantees. Many are simply reassuring grant recipients: Today we launch a new fund to urgently raise funds to help #Hertfordshire’s voluntary groups providing care & support for elderly & vulnerable people hit by the social and economic impact of the #coronavirus. Please support our appeal if you can: https://t.co/4ZXBPDY0Bh pic.twitter.com/p9SXsCh0wi— Herts CF (@HertsCommunityF) March 19, 2020last_img read more

15 Jun

On the picket line

first_imgNLRB limits hiring of ‘permanent replacements’On May 31, the National Labor Relations Board — no trusted friend to labor — decisively curtailed bosses’ justification for hiring “permanent replacements” for workers “forced to strike for economic reasons.” In the important 2-1 decision between the Piedmont Nursing Home in Oakland, Calif., and SEIU/United Health Care Workers West, the board ruled that bosses must prove they do not have other, “unlawful” motives for permanently replacing striking workers. Over the past 35 years since President Reagan fired all PATCO air traffic controllers in 1981, the threat of replacement has been the stick that the bosses hold over the workers. No wonder the number of strikes, theoretically legal in the U.S., has dropped sharply. (dclabor, May 31) Some companies have even threatened to hire scabs before a strike begins, which is what happened at Piedmont in 2011.This ruling could not come at a better time. While bosses are pressing workers for deep concessions, more and more unions are taking strike votes and forcing the bosses back to the negotiating table, as happened in the successful Verizon strike. Though capitalist mouthpieces like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Wall Street Journal have not yet responded to the Piedmont decision, that doesn’t mean the ruling class will accept it. The crisis of capitalism at a dead end grows and deepens. Stay tuned.Honeywell locks out aerospace workersCase in point: The nearly 400 aerospace parts workers represented by the United Auto Workers at two Honeywell Aerospace plants — Local 9 in South Bend, Ind., and Local 1408 in Green Island, N.Y. — must have known something was up when the company had “replacement workers,” supplied by a notorious union-busting firm, observe the workers doing their jobs in March. They found out on April 20, when Honeywell offered contract terms that would double health care premiums for a family of four to $114 weekly, plus a per-person $350 deductible. The UAW estimates that some workers would then be taking home less than $15 an hour! In addition, the contract would unilaterally increase health care costs each year of the contract, while the security contract clause would be weakened, allowing the company to contract more work to nonunion employees. No wonder the membership of both locals voted down the union-busting contract as their five-year contract expired on May 3. On May 9, Honeywell locked out the workers in both plants. The unions and Honeywell are currently in talks with a federal mediator.Over the last five years, Honeywell has locked out workers across the country in four separate instances while increasing its profits by 152 percent. Mike Elk, writing on paydayreport.com, states, “The workers expect the lockout to go on for several months as it appears that the company is digging in to fight them tooth and nail.” Honeywell even appealed granting unemployment benefits to the locked-out Indiana workers, in violation of a state law. (May 27)The question remains: Will the recent NLRB ruling uphold union workers’ right to a job if Honeywell tries to hire scabs as “permanent replacements”?Triumph aerospace workers locked out, fighting two tiersAfter more than 400 aerospace parts workers at Triumph Composite Systems in Spokane, Wash., walked off the job at midnight on May 11 and set up a picket line, the company shut down the second and the third shifts, declaring the members of Machinists Union District Lodge 751 locked out. The union is fighting to get rid of Triumph’s unequal two-tier pay system, which eliminated pensions and offers significantly lower wages for newer hires doing the same work as higher-paid co-workers. Overall, the union is fighting so all workers have fair wages, retirement security and reasonably priced health care coverage, and for their jobs to stay in Spokane, rather than being moved to Mexico as the bosses threaten.To mark the first month on the picket line, District 751 called a solidarity rally on June 10. Thanks to broad support from area unions and the Spokane community, the rally “lifted spirits for everyone involved and reminded us that an injury to one is an injury to all,” noted IAM 751 President Jon Holden. Meanwhile, at the request of federal mediators, the District 751 negotiation committee is returning to the bargaining table on June 14-15, even though Triumph has not changed its position on the wage structure or pension benefits. Negotiators vowed to continue the fight, adding that the union’s struggle is gaining support across the IAM and the labor movement in both the U.S. and Canada. (iam751.org, June 13)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more