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Unions Protest Trucking Conglomerate

May 15, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Greenwich, Conn - More than 60 truck drivers, some coming from as far away as France and Belgium, rallied outside XPO Logistics’ shareholders’ meeting here May 11 to protest layoffs and wage theft.

IAM: Airlines Must Maintain Strict Safety Procedures

May 14, 2016 
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - On May 12th, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) protested the recent Department of Transportation (DOT) decision that could grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit and access to the U.S. aviation market.

Uber, Lyft Leave Austin After Voters Sustain Regulations

May 14, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Austin, TX - Uber and Lyft suspended operations in Austin, Texas May 9, two days after city voters rejected their bid to repeal regulations enacted by the city last December.

Spirit Airlines Flight Attendants Agree To New Five Year Deal

May 10, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC - Flight attendants at Spirit Airlines have agreed to a new contract for 2200 flight attendants represented by AFA-CWA.

Volkswagen's Anti-Worker Policy

May 9, 2016
By Neal Tepel

Chattanooga, Tennessee - Workers in the skilled trades division of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga Tennessee voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.

Two NJ Transit Unions Reject Contract

May 6 ,2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newark, NJ - Two NJ Transit rail unions have voted narrowly against ratifying the proposed contract agreed on in early March. The New Jersey Transit Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen announced April 29 that its members had voted no, and United Transportation Union Local 60, which represents conductors, voted against the deal a day later.

Two NJ Transit Unions Reject Contract

May 5, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newark, NJ - Two NJ Transit rail unions have voted narrowly against ratifying the proposed contract agreed on in early March. The New Jersey Transit Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen announced April 29 that its members had voted no, and United Transportation Union Local 60, which represents conductors, voted against the deal a day later.

NLRB Probes Misclassification of Port Truckers

May 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles office of the National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against port trucking company Intermodal Bridge Transport, charging that it unfairly misclassified its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees.

Volkswagen Won’t Accept ‘Micro-Unit’ Union; NLRB Calls That Unfair

May 3 , 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chattanooga, Tenn.—The National Labor Relations Board on Apr. 27 filed an unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen for refusing to bargain with a “micro-unit” union formed by workers in its Chattanooga factory.

IAM to Organize Uber Drivers

May 2, 2016
By Tara Jessup 

New York, NY - In response to numerous requests for assistance from New York area Uber drivers, District 15 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has announced the formation of the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), an association to protect and support workers in New York City’s rideshare industry.

Teamsters In For The Long Haul Organizing Uber Drivers In Wake Of Class Action Settlement

April 30, 2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA - The Teamsters' Rome Aloise says the proposed $100 million class action settlement that drivers made with Uber isn't the end of driver efforts to organize for justice on the job with the multi-billion dollar app based taxi service.

NY Taxi Unions React to Uber Settlement

April 28, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel  

New York, NY - With Uber’s claim that its drivers are independent contractors left intact by the settlement of a class-action suit against the company, the unions trying to organize New York’s taxi drivers are pondering what to do next.

Job is Family for Sanitation Workers

April 21, 2016
By Silver Krieger 

New York, NY  For Lorayanne Dummett and Brian Tullo of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, Local 831, being a worker on the job feels like being part of one big family.  With the help of the union and fellow workers, they’ve found a place, where, as Tullo says, “You come to this job to take care of your family and this job in turn helps you take care of your family.”  In fact, he has cousins and an uncle who are also sanitation workers.  For them, the job is a place where they can grow, while feeling secure.

IAM Comments on Alaska Airlines and Virgin America Merger

April 21, 2016
By Stephanie West 

Washington, DC -  International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) General Vice President Sito Pantoja issued the following statement regarding the proposed merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America Airlines:

IAM Settlement with United

April 20, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

Chicago, IL - United Airlines and the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers have announced a contract settlement. IAM's 30,000 United employees have voted to ratify seven new contracts. The agreements include improvements in compensation, job protections, and work rules. With this IAM ratification, United will insource additional airport work adding union jobs to United.

Organizing Volkswagen a Go

April 16, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

Chattanooga, Tennessee — Working men and women at Volkswagen won an important victory following an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting efforts among skilled-trades employees to secure meaningful employee representation.

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