Airlines Need To Pay Taxes To Airports

June 15, 2016
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Currently, New Jersey and New York are two of just three states across the country that exempt airlines from certain jet fuel excise tax, essentially handing over a significant windfall to the airlines—money that should go to upgrading airports for improved passenger service and experience.

Spokane Strike/Lockout Enters Second Month

June 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Spokane, Wash - Union workers at the Triumph Composite Systems aircraft-parts plant outside Spokane rallied June 10 to mark the second month of the work stoppage there.

TWU 100 Pres Samuelsen Nominated to MTA Board

June 14, 2016
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - As reflected in the rise of John Samuelsen's influence in New York State politics, Andrew Cuomo has nominated TWU 100 President Samuelsen to serve on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.

Teamsters Pull Support for Watered-Down Truck Bill

June 13, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Trenton, NJ - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has withdrawn its support for a bill pending in the state Assembly that would increase penalties for trucking companies that misclassify drivers as independent contractors, after it was amended to define most port truckers as independent.

Christie Vetoes Contracts for Delaware River Unions

June 12, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Camden, NJ - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed proposed contracts for 426 Delaware River Port Authority workers, some of whom haven’t gotten a raise in five years.

Uber Gets Into Subprime Auto-Leasing Business

June 12, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Francisco, CA - Trying to get more drivers into its cars, Uber last July began leasing them vehicles through a wholly owned Delaware-based subsidiary called Xchange Leasing, LLC.

Airport Global Demonstrations Halt Service

June 9, 2016 
By Sari Amedino

Washington, DC -  As corporate executives of the world's airlines gathered in Dublin on June 1-2, 2016 for the International Air Transport Association's annual meeting and World Air Transport Summit, airline passengers around the world on June 1st were met by airport workers protesting poverty wages. While industry profits climb to more than $36 billion in 2016, those employed at airports continue to be underpaid.

Port Truckers Expand Strike To San Diego - 'Massive' March Planned Monday In Wilmington

June 7, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Wilmington, CA - A big march through Wilmington California is planned for Monday as port trucker strike lines expand to the XPO Cartage and Toyota yards in San Diego.

AFGE: Additional TSA Screeners Needed

June 6, 2016 
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is asking Congress to pass emergency legislation funding 6,000 additional screeners, which are needed to counter staffing cuts and address growing passenger counts.

Nearly 200 Western New York School Bus Drivers & Monitors

May 30, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

Lockport, NY - School Bus Drivers and Monitors at STA/Ridge Road Express, who transport students for the Lockport City School District and Starpoint Central School District in Niagara County, overcame tough opposition from management to join the Teamsters Union. 

UAW Local 163 Members Ratify Contract

May 29, 2016  
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Detroit, Michigan -- UAW Local 163 members at Detroit Diesel overwhelmingly ratified a five-year agreement that significantly raises compensation for all workers and commits the Daimler Trucks North America subsidiary to building two displacements of a medium-duty truck engine in the near future.

How IAM Dist. 15 Is Overcoming Uber Power to Secure Worker Rights

May 26, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

IAM Dist. 15 is using its Black Car industry experience to win gains for Uber drivers in NYC.

Brooklyn, NY - Next month, Uber drivers in New York City will have an opportunity they’ve never had before recently teaming up with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 15 [IAM] — air longstanding grievances across the table from representatives of the notoriously anti-union ride sharing giant. And it’s all due to work IAM District 15 started in New York City’s Black Car industry two decades ago — long before iPhones or apps ever existed. 

Drunk-Driving Scab Hits Verizon Picketer, Cop

May 26, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Westborough, Mass.—A Verizon strikebreaker is facing felony assault and drunk-driving charges after he crashed his pickup truck through a picket line, hitting a police officer and injuring a striker.

Honeywell Lockouts Continue as Mediation Fails

May 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

South Bend, IND - United Auto Workers members at two Honeywell aircraft-parts plants have been locked out for more than 10 days, as contract talks overseen by a federal mediator May 18 produced no results.

Aviation Workers Urge Closing Borders to Cut-Wage Airline

May 19, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Hundreds of aviation workers protested outside the White House May 12 urging the federal government not to let the low-fare airline Norwegian Air International operate flights to the U.S.

Phoenix Fines Struck Bus Company for Not Providing Service

May 18, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Phoenix, AZ - The Phoenix Public Transit Department has fined the private company that runs most of its bus service $50,000 for failing to provide adequate service during the eight-day January drivers’ strike.

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