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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.

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.

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