Aircraft Painters Join Machinists

July 18, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Portland, OR - Workers at a subcontractor that paints planes for Boeing voted July 8 to join the International Association of Machinists. The union supporters at Commercial Aircraft Painting Services here prevailed by an 80–68 margin, despite the company hiring the American Labor Group union-avoidance consulting firm.

Philly Airport Workers Approve Strike During Dem Convention

July 15, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - Service workers at Philadelphia International Airport voted overwhelmingly July 12 to strike sometime during the Democratic National Convention July 25-28.

In NYC, Uber Gets Love While 'Dollar Vans' Get Grief

July 13, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Council Members Peter Koo, Jumaane Williams and I. Daneek Miller stand with commuter van operators.

New York, NY - Advocates hoping to strengthen New York City’s private commuter van industry through new legislation are charging that Johnny-come-lately services like Uber and Lyft have been granted favored status while mostly minority-operated “dollar van” lines that have consistently filled gaps in the town’s transit system must continue to fight for respect. 

Summertime Shake-Up for NYC 'Dollar Vans'

July 13, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

A package of new bill seeks to reform the private commuter van industry. Photo credit: Sandman Design via VisualHunt

New York, NY - A group of council members hoping to “bring the hammer down” on rouge commuter van drivers, while also strengthening legitimate vehicles servicing underserved communities through NYC, is betting that a package of four new bills is just what the industry needs.

Machinists Ratify Lockheed Contract

July 12, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Fort Worth, TX - International Association of Machinists District Lodge 776 voted 1,496 to 372 July 9 to ratify a new contract with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Florida Bus Drivers Win Raise

July 8, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Panama City, FL - Paratransit and bus drivers in this Florida Panhandle resort town reached a tentative contract deal with the First Transit bus company July 6, after a late-night session with a federal mediator.

USW: Unfair Truck Tire Imports from China

July 7, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Pittsburg, Penn - Leo W. Gerard, USW International President, said: “The federal determination confirms what our petitions alleged – that Chinese tire producers are receiving a wide array of government subsidies and exporting those subsidized tires to the United States.

Feds, Prosecutors Probe Ironworker’s Fatal Fall

July 6, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pennsauken, NJ - The Federal Railroad Administration and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the death of ironworker Walter Lenkowski III, 25, who fell off a bridge tower June 5.

Bus Drivers’ Unions Ask Congress for Overtime-Pay Law

July 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Silver Spring, MD - Saying that overworked bus drivers are a danger to passengers, the Amalgamated Transit Union and the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department are asking Congress to pass a law that would give them overtime pay after 40 hours a week.

United Airlines Reaches Contract With Flight Attendants

July 2, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Leaders of the Association of Flight Attendants unanimously approved a proposed contract with United Airlines June 28 and will send it to the union’s membership for a vote in July.

IAM & Spirit Airlines Ratify Agreement

June 28, 2016 
By John Quinn

Miramar, FL - Spirit Airlines has announce that its ramp service team members located at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) ratified a tentative agreement with IAM. This negotiation is their first collective bargaining agreement with the union.

UAW Organizes Rocket Builders

June 23, 2016 
By Jerry Cohen, LaborPress USA

Harlingen, Texas - The UAW members at  United Launch Alliance, a rocket building company,  accepted a new contract covering a bargaining unit of 104 employees from Local Lodge #2346 in
in Harlingen, Texas. The union members work at ULA's production operations in Harlingen.

State Legislature Restores School-Bus Workers’ Job Security

June 22, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, N.Y.—New York City’s school-bus drivers, attendants, and mechanics have won a big step toward getting their job security back.

Early in the morning of June 19, just before its session ended, the state legislature voted to enable New York City to include “employee protection provisions” in its contracts for school-bus services. Those provisions, eliminated by then-mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013, require city bus contractors to hire workers in order of seniority, at the same wages and benefits they had in their most recent job. A one-month strike by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 failed to persuade him to negotiate.

Albany Passage of School Bus "Employee Protection Provision"

June 22, 2016
By Demos P. Demopoulos , Teamsters Local 553 Secretary-Treasurer

New York, NY - "The Teamsters applaud the State Legislature for standing up for good jobs for New York City's school bus workers. Our union represents thousands of New York City school bus drivers, matrons, and mechanics.

Report: Private Garbage Trucks are Garbage

June 22, 2016
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – A new report by the Transform Don’t Trash NYC coalition and Transportation Alternatives on New York City’s private sanitation companies’ garbage trucks says they have an appalling record of poor maintenance.

Machinists Reach Tentative Deal to End 5-Week Strike

June 22, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Spokane, Washington - The Machinists union announced June 16 that it has reached a tentative contract agreement with aircraft-parts manufacturer Triumph Composite Systems that would end a five-week strike.

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