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UAW Wins Back Legal Services for Detroit Three Workers

December 23, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - Next month, United Auto Workers members at the Detroit Three auto companies will once again be able to get free legal services. The UAW Legal Services program will be restored, union vice-president Cindy Estrada announced in a Facebook post Dec. 14.

NY-Area Airport Workers Win First Union Contract

December 16, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Some 8,000 workers at Newark, John F. Kennedy, and LaGuardia airports have won their first union contract, 32BJ SEIU announced Dec. 15.

Airport Workers Hold Off on Strike After ‘Productive’ Talks

December 14, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia

Newark, NJ - A potential strike by 8,000 airline-subcontractor workers at Newark, John F. Kennedy, and LaGuardia airports was delayed Dec. 13, as the union representing them reported “a productive day of negotiations” toward their first union contract.

Boeing Cancels Contract With Just-Unionized Paint Shop

December 13, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Portland, OR - Just five months after workers at Commercial Aircraft Painting Services voted to join the International Association of Machinists, Boeing announced that it will not renew the company’s contract, forcing it to close.

United Continental Mechanics Ratify Big Raise

December 11, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The more than 9,000 mechanics at United Continental Airlines have ratified a six-year contract that will raise their pay by more than one-third, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced Dec. 5.

Chicago Airport Workers Strike for $15 and a Union

December 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - About 500 support workers at O’Hare Airport here staged a one-day strike Nov. 29 to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union.

Airport Workers Rally in the Rain for $15 Minimum

November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

Newark, N.J.—Chanting “We work, we sweat, put fifteen on our check,” more than 500 people marched in the rain at Newark Airport Nov. 29 to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage and more respect for the about 10,000 workers there.

SEIU: Airport Workers Live Below Poverty Line

November 30, 2016
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC -  According to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), 42 percent of airport workers live below the poverty level.

CWA 1182 Updates Members on Gains

November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Facing more than 400 rank-and-file members at a union meeting Nov. 5, CWA Local 1182 President Syed Rahim celebrated winning step pay, gain-sharing, and an annuity plan in its most recent contracts, for the first time ever.

Progress on Recycling Makes $ense

November 23, 2016  
By Corey Bearak, The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – This past weekend I participated in recycling in a new old way.  After the 1989 enactment of Local Law 19, also known as “The New York City Recycling Law,” New Yorkers expected to experience a 25% reduction or recycling of all non-hazardous solid waste by tonnage by the December 31, 1993 (emphasis intended); four years later anticipated New York City achieving 40% recycling.  New York City today recycles a bit more than one-third what we believed attainable one quarter century ago.

Connecticut Submarine Draftsmen OK Four-Year Deal

November 19, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Groton, CT - The union representing more than 2,000 designers, draftsmen, technical aides, and engineering support administrative personnel at the Electric Boat shipyard voted Nov. 10 to ratify a four-year contract that will give them 3% annual raises and a $1,000 signing bonus.

Buses Support Smart Development

November 16, 2016   
By Corey Bearak, The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – Attend a meeting and you never know what ideas come your way.  Just that way last Thursday when I responded to an invite to attend a program hosted by the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors in Plainview, Long Island.

Honeywell Offers New Contract Deal to Locked-Out Workers

November 12, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

South Bend, IN - United Auto Workers members will vote Nov. 12 on a contract proposal from Honeywell Aerospace that could end the six-month-long lockout at two aircraft-parts plants in Indiana and upstate New York.

D.C. Transit Union Rips ‘Death Spiral’ Budget Cuts

November 11, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The union representing workers in DC’s Metro subway system has sharply criticized massive budget cuts and layoffs the system’s general manager proposed Oct. 31.

Philly Transit Strike Ends

November 9, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - The strike that stopped Philadelphia buses, trolleys, and subways for six days ended just before 5 a.m. Nov. 7, when Transport Workers Union Local 234 signed a tentative five-year contract with the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Cincinnati Transit Union Sues Over Living-Wage Violations

November 9, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cincinnati, OH, USA Amalgamated Transit Union Local 627 has filed a lawsuit against the city of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), charging that they are violating the city’s April living-wage law by paying some workers less than $15 an hour.

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