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UAW and Harvard Reach Agreement

October 19, 2016
By Stephanie West, LaborPress USA


Boston, MASS. – Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW (HGSU-UAW) filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a union election for Harvard’s 3,500 teaching and research assistants. 

IAM Files "Unfair Labour Practice" Against Air Canada

October 19, 2016  
By Jerry Cohen - LaborPress Canada

Toronto, CA - ”Air Canada must come clean on the issue of an increased cap on pensionable earnings for our members," demanded IAM Transportation District 140 President and Directing General Chairperson Fred Hospes.

ATU recommends a strategic approach to bus public transit

October 18, 2016  

By Corey Bearak

The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – In part two of this four part series of The Public Ought To Know we explored changes to MTA policies that allows management decisions that take buses and bus operators out of service and better use of Select Bus Service (SBS) features. 

NY State Rules Two Uber Drivers Were Employees

October 14, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Uber drivers have won a small but significant victory: The New York State Department of Labor has ruled that two drivers who applied for unemployment benefits after being “deactivated” were company employees and not ineligible independent contractors.

ATU Recommends A Strategic Approach to Bus Public Transit

October 18, 2016 

By Corey Bearak

The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – In part two of this four part series of The Public Ought To Know we explored changes to MTA policies that allows management decisions that take buses and bus operators out of service and better use of Select Bus Service (SBS) features. 

ATU Looks At Bus Service and Examples For Improvement

October 13, 2016  
By Corey Bearak

The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – In part one of this four part series of The Public Ought To Know we explored why it makes sense to reply more on bus public transit.  This time, let's look at some existing bus service and identify a few examples for improvement.

Sikorsky Helicopter Workers OK Two-Tier Contract

October 13, 2016   
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Stratford, CT - Workers at the Sikorsky helicopter factory here voted overwhelmingly Oct. 10 to approve a contract that will keep production in Connecticut but sharply cut wages for future workers. Members of Teamsters Local 1150 voted 2,104-140 to ratify the deal.

ATU Members offer insights to better public transit via buses

October 12, 2016 
By Corey Bearak

 

The Public Ought To Know

Queens, NY – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Advocated Bus Service Improvements in Testimony to City Council Committee on Transportation, October 6, 2016.

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.

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