IAM Supports Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Merger

September 26, 2016 
By Tara Jessup, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has announced its support of the proposed Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger.

Unifor-GM Deal Saves Ontario Plant, Sacrifices Pensions

September 23, 2016
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toronto, Ontario—Unifor and General Motors announced a tentative contract deal late Sept. 19 in which the company promised to continue production at its Oshawa plant—and the union agreed to give up defined-benefit pensions for future workers, putting them in a defined-contribution plan instead. The proposal would cover about 3,900 workers at GM’s Oshawa and St. Catharines factories.

Canadian Auto Strike Deadline Nears

September 19, 2016
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

OSHAWA, Ontario—With contract talks racing to beat a strike deadline coming at midnight on Sept. 19, General Motors and the Canadian autoworkers' union Unifor remained well apart on whether the company would build new models at its Oshawa vehicle-assembly plant. “There's a hell of a lot of work to do and not a lot of time with which to do it,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the Canadian Broadcasting Company Sept. 18.

Machinists Union Opposes Proposal to Weaken Pensions

September 16, 2016 
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and a broad coalition of union and retiree groups stand in opposition to a proposal circulating in Congress that would weaken funding standards for multi-employer pensions and dilute protections for workers in new plans.

Honeywell and UAW Resume Talks After Four-Month Lockout

September 16, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Green Island, NY - Honeywell Aerospace and the United Auto Workers resumed contract talks Sept. 12, in a new effort to end a lockout that has idled about 350 workers at two factories since May.

Security Essential for Transit Bus Drives

September 15, 2016 
By Stephanie West, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - Every year, dozens of transit bus drivers are assaulted. Drivers have been punched, spat upon and verbally abused. Assaults often erupt over fare disputes  Many with mental illness ride busses.

Volkswagen Sues to Stop UAW Vote

September 11, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Volkswagen of America filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Sept.

More Good Organizing News This Labor Day Weekend…

September 4, 2016
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Buffalo, NY -  The latest organizing victory for the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) involves 46 Employees of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad (BPRR) who’ve voted to Go Union with the National Labor Organization, SMART Representatives tell this Labor Day Weekend.

Machinists Accuse Shipbuilder of Evading Contract Talks

August 31, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newport News, VA - The International Association of Machinists has filed unfair labor-practice charges against Newport News Shipbuilding with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the company of avoiding talks on a first contract for its nuclear-safety workers.

Boston Transit Janitors Protest Planned Layoffs

August 28, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - With layoffs looming Sept. 1 for as many as one-third of the Boston area’s subway-station cleaners, their union has been ramping up protests at the State House and Massachusetts Transport Building.

Judge Rules Uber’s Settlement With Drivers Inadequate

August 24, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Francisco, CA - A federal judge on Aug. 18 refused to accept a proposed settlement of a class-action suit by Uber drivers, saying that the amount the company agreed to pay was “not fair, adequate, and reasonable.

United Flight Attendants Ratify Contract; Teamsters Reach Deal

August 21, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - United Airlines is near having contract agreements with all its union workers for the first time since it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010.

IBT Contract with United Airlines

August 20, 2016   
By Stephanie West

Chicago, IL -  International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) and United Airlines have reached a contract  agreement  covering  9,000 United employees.

Teamsters Car Haulers Win Tentative 5-Year Contract

August 15, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Teamsters union announced Aug. 5 that it had reached a tentative contract agreement covering more than 6,000 workers in the car-hauling industry.

Allegiant Pilots Ratify First Teamsters Contract

August 7, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St. Petersburg, FL - More than three years after they voted to join the Teamsters, pilots at Allegiant Air have ratified their first union contract with the budget airline. The agreement with the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224, went into effect Aug. 1, after more than 85% of the pilots voted yes.

Last Two NJ Transit Unions Ratify New Contracts

August 5, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Trenton, NJ - The two NJ Transit unions that rejected the March deal covering most of the railroad’s workers have ratified contracts, ending more than five years of often-stalemated negotiations.

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