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United Airlines Agrees to Improve Safety for Baggage Handlers

January 2, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newark, NJ - The U.S. Department of Labor Dec. 27 announced that it had reached what it called a “precedent-setting agreement” agreement with United Airlines to settle a lawsuit over hazardous conditions in its baggage-handling operation at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Unsafe Transportation Endangers Farmworkers

December 31, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lake Placid, FL - In the last two years, at least 38 migrant farmworkers have been killed and more than 200 injured in accidents involving vehicles taking them to or from work, according to an Associated Press report released Dec. 22.

NY State Rules Former Uber Driver Can Get Unemployment Benefits

December 28, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Albany, NY - The New York State Department of Labor has ruled that a former Uber driver was a company employee and thus eligible to collect unemployment-compensation benefits, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announced Dec. 22.

Pittsburgh Bus Drivers Win 11% Raise Over Four Years

December 27, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pittsburg, PA - The Pittsburgh area’s about 2,200 bus drivers, mechanics, and first-line transit supervisors will get an 11.25% pay increase over the next four years, under a contract ratified by their union Dec. 18 and approved by the Port Authority of Allegheny County Dec. 20.

ATU Locals 1056 & 1179 Oppose Private Vans How Vans Operate Matters!

December 24, 2016 
By Amalgamated Transit Union Local Presidents/ Business Agents, Mark Henry (1056) and Bennie Caughman (1179)

Queens, NY –  Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Locals 1056 and 1179 questioned applications for commuter van services from Rosedale and Laurelton to the Parsons/ Archer Subway, when the MTA already operates several bus routes that service the community.

UAW Wins Back Legal Services for Detroit Three Workers

December 23, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - Next month, United Auto Workers members at the Detroit Three auto companies will once again be able to get free legal services. The UAW Legal Services program will be restored, union vice-president Cindy Estrada announced in a Facebook post Dec. 14.

NY-Area Airport Workers Win First Union Contract

December 16, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Some 8,000 workers at Newark, John F. Kennedy, and LaGuardia airports have won their first union contract, 32BJ SEIU announced Dec. 15.

Airport Workers Hold Off on Strike After ‘Productive’ Talks

December 14, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia

Newark, NJ - A potential strike by 8,000 airline-subcontractor workers at Newark, John F. Kennedy, and LaGuardia airports was delayed Dec. 13, as the union representing them reported “a productive day of negotiations” toward their first union contract.

Boeing Cancels Contract With Just-Unionized Paint Shop

December 13, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Portland, OR - Just five months after workers at Commercial Aircraft Painting Services voted to join the International Association of Machinists, Boeing announced that it will not renew the company’s contract, forcing it to close.

United Continental Mechanics Ratify Big Raise

December 11, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The more than 9,000 mechanics at United Continental Airlines have ratified a six-year contract that will raise their pay by more than one-third, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced Dec. 5.

Chicago Airport Workers Strike for $15 and a Union

December 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - About 500 support workers at O’Hare Airport here staged a one-day strike Nov. 29 to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to form a union.

Airport Workers Rally in the Rain for $15 Minimum

November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

Newark, N.J.—Chanting “We work, we sweat, put fifteen on our check,” more than 500 people marched in the rain at Newark Airport Nov. 29 to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage and more respect for the about 10,000 workers there.

SEIU: Airport Workers Live Below Poverty Line

November 30, 2016
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC -  According to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), 42 percent of airport workers live below the poverty level.

CWA 1182 Updates Members on Gains

November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Facing more than 400 rank-and-file members at a union meeting Nov. 5, CWA Local 1182 President Syed Rahim celebrated winning step pay, gain-sharing, and an annuity plan in its most recent contracts, for the first time ever.

Progress on Recycling Makes $ense

November 23, 2016  
By Corey Bearak, The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – This past weekend I participated in recycling in a new old way.  After the 1989 enactment of Local Law 19, also known as “The New York City Recycling Law,” New Yorkers expected to experience a 25% reduction or recycling of all non-hazardous solid waste by tonnage by the December 31, 1993 (emphasis intended); four years later anticipated New York City achieving 40% recycling.  New York City today recycles a bit more than one-third what we believed attainable one quarter century ago.

Connecticut Submarine Draftsmen OK Four-Year Deal

November 19, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Groton, CT - The union representing more than 2,000 designers, draftsmen, technical aides, and engineering support administrative personnel at the Electric Boat shipyard voted Nov. 10 to ratify a four-year contract that will give them 3% annual raises and a $1,000 signing bonus.

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