Boston Transit Union Protests Privatization Plans

October 12, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - Seven officials of Boston Carmen’s Union Local 589 were arrested Oct. 6 for blocking the entrance to a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority cash-collection facility here, a few hours before the MBTA’s fiscal board voted to privatize its “money room.”

ATU Jumps Into Uber-Organizing Fray

October 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Queens, NY - Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181-1061 took a big plunge into the field of labor groups trying to organize Uber and Lyft drivers Sept. 27.

VW’s ‘Anti-Union Union’ Loses Standing

September 29, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chattanooga, TN - Membership in the “anti-union union” trying to counter the United Auto Workers at Volkswagen’s plant here has dropped below the share needed to qualify for meetings with management, the company said Sept. 22.

NYC Ferry Boat Expansion

September 26, 2016  
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -   Construction has begun on 19 vessels that will service New York City’s first citywide ferry system. Over 200 full-time builders in two shipyards are working on the project.

IAM Supports Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Merger

September 26, 2016 
By Tara Jessup, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has announced its support of the proposed Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger.

Unifor-GM Deal Saves Ontario Plant, Sacrifices Pensions

September 23, 2016
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toronto, Ontario—Unifor and General Motors announced a tentative contract deal late Sept. 19 in which the company promised to continue production at its Oshawa plant—and the union agreed to give up defined-benefit pensions for future workers, putting them in a defined-contribution plan instead. The proposal would cover about 3,900 workers at GM’s Oshawa and St. Catharines factories.

Canadian Auto Strike Deadline Nears

September 19, 2016
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

OSHAWA, Ontario—With contract talks racing to beat a strike deadline coming at midnight on Sept. 19, General Motors and the Canadian autoworkers' union Unifor remained well apart on whether the company would build new models at its Oshawa vehicle-assembly plant. “There's a hell of a lot of work to do and not a lot of time with which to do it,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the Canadian Broadcasting Company Sept. 18.

Machinists Union Opposes Proposal to Weaken Pensions

September 16, 2016 
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and a broad coalition of union and retiree groups stand in opposition to a proposal circulating in Congress that would weaken funding standards for multi-employer pensions and dilute protections for workers in new plans.

Honeywell and UAW Resume Talks After Four-Month Lockout

September 16, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Green Island, NY - Honeywell Aerospace and the United Auto Workers resumed contract talks Sept. 12, in a new effort to end a lockout that has idled about 350 workers at two factories since May.

Security Essential for Transit Bus Drives

September 15, 2016 
By Stephanie West, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - Every year, dozens of transit bus drivers are assaulted. Drivers have been punched, spat upon and verbally abused. Assaults often erupt over fare disputes  Many with mental illness ride busses.

Volkswagen Sues to Stop UAW Vote

September 11, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Volkswagen of America filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Sept.

More Good Organizing News This Labor Day Weekend…

September 4, 2016
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Buffalo, NY -  The latest organizing victory for the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) involves 46 Employees of the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad (BPRR) who’ve voted to Go Union with the National Labor Organization, SMART Representatives tell this Labor Day Weekend.

Machinists Accuse Shipbuilder of Evading Contract Talks

August 31, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newport News, VA - The International Association of Machinists has filed unfair labor-practice charges against Newport News Shipbuilding with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the company of avoiding talks on a first contract for its nuclear-safety workers.

Boston Transit Janitors Protest Planned Layoffs

August 28, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - With layoffs looming Sept. 1 for as many as one-third of the Boston area’s subway-station cleaners, their union has been ramping up protests at the State House and Massachusetts Transport Building.

Judge Rules Uber’s Settlement With Drivers Inadequate

August 24, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Francisco, CA - A federal judge on Aug. 18 refused to accept a proposed settlement of a class-action suit by Uber drivers, saying that the amount the company agreed to pay was “not fair, adequate, and reasonable.

United Flight Attendants Ratify Contract; Teamsters Reach Deal

August 21, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - United Airlines is near having contract agreements with all its union workers for the first time since it merged with Continental Airlines in 2010.

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