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Rail car workers get Tucson jobs back, for now

(Source: Arizona Daily Star, May 11, 2014)

TUCSON, Ariz. — Monday marks a bittersweet return for Roberto Ruelas.

He goes back to work as a welder for Greenbrier Rail Services in Tucson, thanks to a highly unusual, sweeping court order from U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata. But his return comes after having to work at a Greenbrier site near Los Angeles for more than seven months, creating havoc for his four kids and wife in Tucson.

“It affected us a lot,” Ruelas told me Friday. “What they did to us was bad.”

They, in this case, is Greenbrier’s management, which in November, after workers tried twice to join a union, closed the Tucson site at 3390 E. 36th St. Greenbrier argued its decision was strictly economic, but Zapata rejected that, citing evidence the closure was part of an anti-union effort, and ordered that the company reopen the Tucson facility and rehire 29 laid-off workers.

Full story: www.azstarnet.com

Monday, May 12, 2014

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