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Council Eyes Taxi-App Tipping Bill

June 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York NY - Two days after Uber announced it had agreed to modify its app to enable tipping, the City Council held hearings on a bill that would put that mandate into law.

Renegotiating NAFTA Important to Unions

June 23, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Trump appealed strongly to the  working-class union members particularly in the trades and auto industry. Trump’s message on jobs, trade and America First,  was critical in his 2016 election victory.  He won over  many rank and file union members who usually vote Democratic.

L.A. Port Truckers Work as ‘Indentured Servants’

June 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

 Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles’ port truckers, who haul almost half of the nation’s container imports from the city’s ports to Southern California warehouses and rail yards, work under conditions so onerous that they are effectively “modern-day indentured servants,” a year-long investigation by the USA Today network found.

Uber Agrees to Include Tip Option

June 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York,  NY - Three months after city taxi regulators announced they would propose a rule requiring all cab-hailing apps to include a way for passengers to give the driver a tip, Uber said it would modify its app to enable tipping.

New Website “Trashes” Private Waste Industry; Exposes Record of Abuse

June 18, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – A new website, launched on June 15th, and called “Trash Kingpins of NYC” , is drawing attention to the labor abuses, environmental damage, corruption, and racist and sexist comments of some of New York City’s worst private sanitation companies.

Chicago Cabbies’ Union Says City’s Taxi Industry Is Failing

June 18, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Competition from unregulated ride-share companies is decimating Chicago’s taxi industry, according to a report released earlier this month by Cab Drivers United, AFSCME Local 2500.

Oregon ATU Opposes ‘Regressive’ Tax Hikes for Transportation

June 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Portland, OR, - Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, Oregon's largest transit workers’ union, has come out against the $8.2 billion transportation bill pending in the state legislature, saying it would be funded by “one regressive tax after another” in a June 14 posting on its Web site.

Sean Campbell, President of Teamsters Local 813, Stands Out for Service to Members

June 14, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Sean T. Campbell, President and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 813, which represents private sanitation workers as well as workers in the funeral, demolition, rental car, paper and corrugated, and factory and warehouse industries, has consistently worked on measures designed to improve the wages and conditions of his members. Campbell has been a Teamster for almost 30 years, and President for about five years, holding every officer’s position in the union. 

Halifax Transit Workers Win $192G Back Pay

June 14, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Halifax, Canada - Bus mechanics here will get C$256,000 (about U.S. $192,000) in back pay under a settlement announced June 8 by Halifax Transit and Local 508 of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

Belmont Stakes Joins Boycott of Anheuser-Busch to Support Clare Rose Strikers

June 13, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – On Thursday, June 8th, just days before the June 10th Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park announced that in support of strikers at Anheuser-Busch distributor Clare Rose, it will no longer serve Anheuser-Busch products.

Union Leaders Say ‘Buy American’ Is The Path To Prosperity

June 12, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Three major union leaders want Congress to enact “Buy American” laws strengthening requirements that the federal government purchase U.S.-made products.

Contract Fight Revives ATU Local in ‘Right-to-Work’ Virginia

June 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Fairfax, VA - A year ago, only about half the 600 bus drivers, mechanics, and utilities staff at the Fairfax Connector bus service in Washington’s Virginia suburbs were members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1764.

Local 1182 TEA’s Attend Orientation at 1 Police Plaza

June 7, 2017
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – 150 new Traffic Enforcement Agent recruits attended an orientation session at 1 Police Plaza in downtown Manhattan on Thursday, June 1st, to ready themselves for their new occupation, and were addressed by Local 1182 President Syed Rahim, other union leaders, and delegates.

Beer Delivery Strikers Rally Outside Long Island Brewery

June 2, 2017  
By Stephanie West

Beer Delivery Workers Continue Strike

Patchogue, NY - On Saturday May 6th, Striking beer delivery drivers on Long Island rallied outside Blue Point Brewery, calling on the brewers' distributor to end labor abuses. Clare Rose, whose workers are on strike over wage and pension cuts, is the sole distributor of Blue Point products on Long Island.

Commercial Waste Reform Policy Gains Support of Legislators

June 1, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  A 2016 report by the Department of Sanitation found that transitioning commercial waste to a zone-system would reduce garbage truck emissions by 42 percent to 64 percent.

MTA Leaving Riders High and Dry

May 31, 2017  
By Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

New York, NY - On May 24, just a day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a contest to quickly improve the subways following mounting delays, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted for a spending plan that showed where its priorities really are: not with riders.

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