Swedish Commission of Inquiry to Hold Hearing on Loomis Workers' Rights and Safety Abuses

Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:00pm EST

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Swedish Commission of Inquiry to Hold Hearing on Loomis Workers' Rights and Safety Abuses

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Loomis Workers, Legal and Safety Experts to Testify

(Berkeley, CA) – Swedish union leaders and legal experts who have traveled to the United States to investigate reports of workers' rights violations at Loomis US will hold a hearing on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the UC Berkeley Labor Center.

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Loomis US is a subsidiary of Swedish cash logistics corporation Loomis AB. The commission has been organized by UNI, the global labor federation for services sector workers, headquartered in Switzerland. The delegation will include UNI Security Department Head, Alice Dale, Stellan Garde, legal counsel at the Swedish LO-TCO Trade Union Confederation; Martin Viredius, Vice President of the Swedish Transport Workers' Union; and Goran Larsson, International Secretary, the Swedish Transport Workers Union. Speaking at the hearing will be several Loomis workers who will testify about their increasingly unsafe working conditions. Other speakers will testify about Loomis' unilateral decision to walk away from the workers' union after decades of recognition.

In California, Loomis unilaterally decided that it will not allow its employees to continue to be represented by the Teamsters. Loomis is refusing to bargain expired contracts and canceled its employees' retirement plan. The Teamsters Union believes that this violates not only U.S. law but also internationally recognized labor standards established by the International Labour Organization, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) multinational guidelines. Additionally, over the last decade Loomis discontinued a number of safety measures that protect armored car guards.

WHO: Rome Aloise, Teamsters International Vice President
David Rosenfeld, Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
John Logan, Professor and Director of Labor & Employment Studies, San Francisco State University; Research Fellow, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Teague Paterson, Labor Attorney, Beeson, Tayer & Bodine
Fred Gualco, former policeman and court-certified expert on armed guard safety
Bud Stone, retired member of Berkeley Police Department; certified instructor by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
Loomis armored guard workers
Stellan Garde, Legal counsel at Swedish LO-TCO Trade Union Confederation; Commissioner of International Commission of Jurists
Martin Viredius, Vice President, Swedish Transport Workers' Union
Goran Larsson, International Secretary, Swedish Transport Workers' Union
Alice Dale, Head of UNI Global Union Property Services Department
Peder Palmstierna, former press officer of the Swedish Social Democrat Party

WHAT: Swedish Commission of Inquiry into Loomis US

WHEN:  Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: UC Berkeley Labor Center
2521 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters

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