S.C. Labor Leader Says ‘We Can Win’ at Boeing

February 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Charleston, SC - Although South Carolina is the least unionized state in the nation, its best-known labor leader believes the International Association of Machinists has a good shot at winning their second campaign to organize the Boeing plant in North Charleston.

IAM & United Airlines Reach Deal

February 3, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, D.C. – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has announced it has reached seven tentative agreements with United Airlines for approximately 30,000 workers at the airline.

Machinists File for Union Vote at Boeing South Carolina

January 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

North Charleston, SC - The International Association of Machinists filed a petition Jan. 20 to have the about 2,850 production workers at Boeing South Carolina vote on whether they want to join the union.

Dayton Bus Strike Settled

January 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Dayton, OH - Workers at the Dayton Regional Transport Authority ratified a new contract Jan. 17, settling a dispute that had led to a four-day strike from Jan. 9-13.

Upstate Airport Economic Development

January 17, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that Plattsburgh International Airport will receive $38 million through Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition to jumpstart the airport’s $43 million overhaul of the North Country aviation gateway. This project will create 825 construction jobs.

Lives are Forever Derailed As the Subway Rolls On

January 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Mary Laatif with Louis Gray III.

Brooklyn NY - Mary Laatif stood with members of her family at the corner of Church Avenue and Beverley Road Wednesday evening, thinking a lot about the man with whom she spent 31 years of her life. But mostly, she thought about how much she doesn’t want to see the tragedy that took her husband Louis Gray last fall, strike another TWU family like hers. 

TWU Leader: 'The Dangers We Face Are All Around'

January 13, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Memorial placard honors Louis Gray and fellow MTA workers killed on the job.

Brooklyn, NY - On Wednesday, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen told Kensington neighbors gathered at Church Avenue and Beverley Road, that he knew exactly what was wrong before he even answered his phone late on November 3.

“It’s that distinct ring,” the union leader said. “I mean, it’s the same ring. But when you’ve been through this enough times you can tell what the ring is going to bring.”

Cuomo Proposes Improving LIRR Transportation System

January 13, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Long Island, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has   a proposed a major investment  for upgrades to the Long Island Rail Road.

UAW: $1B Investment By FCA Shows Commitment To U.S.

January 11, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
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Ohio City, OH - Fiat Chrysler's announcement that it's investing a billion dollars in Ohio and Michigan auto plants is being embraced by the United Auto Workers Union.

SEIU Gains Contract for Airport Workers

January 7, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -BuzzFeed reports that airport workers in  New York and New Jersey gained a significant win and union recognition.

Teamsters Certified at LI School-Bus Company

January 3, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Medford, NY - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters was certified as the bargaining representative for more than 300 workers at a Long Island school-bus company Dec. 21, after the National Labor Relations Board dismissed the employer’s challenge to the results of a union election in February.

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.

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