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.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

April 15, 2016
By Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito 

New York, NY - “Day in and day out, women work hard to provide for themselves and for their families.  Yet across the board and across almost every industry, women earn just 79 cents on the dollar to their male counterparts. Today, on Equal Pay Day, New Yorkers and Americans across the nation must recommit to ending the pervasive wage gap in our country once and for all.

Machinists Reach Deal With United

April 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Washington, DC - The International Association of Machinists announced Apr. 4 that it has reached seven tentative contract agreements with United Airlines for the 30,000 workers it represents there.

Boeing Plans at Least 4,000 Layoffs

April 10, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Seattle, WA - Boeing Commercial Airplanes plans to eliminate 4,000 jobs by June and may cut as many as 8,000 this year. The company said Mar. 29 the first round of reductions will come through attrition and about 1,600 buyouts, but if it can’t achieve enough savings, layoffs would come later in the year.

Local 1182 Leaders Meet Traffic Trainees

April 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

New York, NY CWA Local 1182’s leaders introduced themselves to the city’s newest traffic enforcement agents April 5, five days after the group of 113 began their nine-week training course.

Airline Contract Workers Hold Delayed One-Day Strike

April 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Airline contract workers went on strike at 10 major U.S. airports March 31 to protest low pay and demand better security training. The 24-hour strike, aided by SEIU Local 32BJ, took place at hubs including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and the New York area’s three main airports.

Airport Workers Postpone 24-Hour Strike After Brussels Attacks

April 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Contract workers at 10 major U.S. airports postponed a 24-hour strike scheduled to begin March 22 after ISIS-affiliated suicide bombers killed more than 30 people in attacks on an airport and subway trains in Belgium.

ATU Charges ‘Witch Hunt’ in Michigan Bus Battle

April 2, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Grand Rapids. Mich - On March 18, city police visited the homes of students and transit workers, threatening to arrest them for taking part in a peaceful sit-in nearly two months earlier protesting a 16% fare increase and the termination of transit workers’ pensions.

Sanitation Agents Ratify Contract

March 29, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

New York, NY - City sanitation enforcement agents voted narrowly to ratify a seven-year contract March 25. The vote was 80–71, said Syed Rahim, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1182, which represents the agents. The deal will give them a 10% raise, with annual increases beginning at 1% retroactive to 2011 and culminating at 3% effective Sept. 10. They will also get step increases for longevity on the job, a higher maximum salary, and a $261 a year annuity.

Flight Attendants Call for Equal Pay for Equal Work

March 28, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

Washington, DC - The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, calls on American Airlines CEO Doug Parker to provide American Eagle flight attendants with the same wage increase as mainline flight attendants. While Doug Parker announced profit sharing for all AAG employees, the Flight Attendants serving the same passengers for American Eagle are paid significantly less.

Airbus OK With Unions in Europe, Not in Alabama

March 24, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

Mobile, ALA - The French-based jet manufacturer Airbus collaborates with unions through “works councils” at its European factories—but it doesn’t want one at its new plant in Mobile, Alabama, opened last September.

TWU Local 100 To Unionize NYC's Streetcar Workers

March 23, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Rendering of the new BQX streetcar.

Brooklyn, NY - The union representing New York City transit employees is gearing up to represent future workers on a new street car line stretching from Astoria to Sunset Park, LaborPress has learned. 

School Bus Drivers Sue Student Transportation of America For $500,000 In Wage Theft

March 22, 2016
By JoAnne Powers
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - Suburban Chicago school bus drivers are suing Student Transportation of America for stealing over $500,000 in wages. Arise Chicago, an interfaith worker rights organization, says Student Transportation of America stole the wages by having workers work off the clock.

NYC Must Fix Our Property Tax Mess

March 17, 2016
By Corey Bearak 

The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY –  At my civic's March meeting, a member raised an additional inequity in this NYC tax system.  The homeowner partially enlarged her home to increase the living space to a size similar to many nearby homes.

NJ Transit Deal May Include Retroactive Raises for Retirees

March 16, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Trenton, NJ- NJ Transit and the 11 unions representing 4,200 of its railroad workers reached a tentative contract agreement March 11, averting a possible strike that could have shut down the nation’s third-largest commuter-rail system.

IAM Supports Munoz At United Airlines

March 15, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

Washington, DC - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District Lodge 141 President Mike Klemm has announced his  support to United Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Oscar Munoz’ strategic plan to make United the preeminent global airline in the face of a challenge from a group of investors looking to appoint six new directors to the United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) Board.

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