Government Aid Supports Poorly Paid Walmart Workers

August 22, 2016 

Washington, DC - Walmart does not pay its workers very well, but that’s not a reason to write a blog post at this point, is it? What about if they paid so poorly that it cost the United States twelve times what we spend on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration? Well, they do.

Rite Aid is Jeopardizing Pensions, Workers Say

August 19, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Rite Aid workers are steaming mad this week.

New York, NY - Rite Aid, the ubiquitous drug store chain that prides itself on its “personal” touch, is under fire this week from workers who say the company is engaging in an ugly attempt to weaken their union and defund pensions. 

Food Manufacturing Hub Created at Brooklyn Army Terminal

August 19, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Brooklyn, NY - A food manufacturing hub has been established at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) Annex building. The New York City Economic Development Corporation has designated the entire 55,000 square foot space to serve up to 10 growing food manufacturing companies and expects four new companies to move into the Annex by the end of the year.

Zara Workers in NY Join RWDSU

August 17, 2016 
By Kenneth Quinnell

New York, NY - Working people at eight Zara locations in New York chose to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Zara is owned by Inditex, the world’s largest fashion retailer, and the company did not oppose the union drive.

N.C. Waitress Sues Restaurant Chain for Paying Below Minimum

August 12, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Charlotte, NC - A former waitress at the Hickory Tavern restaurant chain has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court, alleging that she and scores of other workers were paid only the tipped-minimum wage of $2.13 an hour while doing work for which they didn’t get tips.

CWA Negotiates Contract With AT&T Mobility

August 12, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Communications Workers of America announced Aug. 3 that it has reached a new tentative agreement with AT&T Mobility covering 42,000 workers.

Postal Service Operations are Profitable and Essential

August 9, 2016
By LaborPress Editorial

New York, NY - The Manhattan Institute’s Economics21 website—noted that despite years of criticism and attacks from some lawmakers, the USPS still carries 40 percent of the world’s mail volume and serves 153 million homes and businesses.

Southern California Grocery-Strike Deadline Nears

August 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - Some 50,000 workers at three leading Southern California supermarket chains may go on strike Aug. 8 if they can’t get a satisfactory contract deal.

T-Mobile Union Opens First Field Office

August 5, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Wichita, KS - T-Mobile Workers United opened a field office here July 25, the first one in its campaign to organize the 50,000 workers in the T-Mobile US and MetroPCS cell-phone networks.

Progresso Plans to Close South Jersey Soup Plant

July 31, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Vineland, NJ - General Mills announced “tentative” plans July 21 to close Progresso’s South Jersey soup cannery here next summer, a move that would cost 370 workers their jobs.

Mayo Clinic Outsourcing Leaves Food Workers ‘Betrayed’

July 29, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Rochester, MI - The Mayo Clinic’s announcement June 30 that it was switching its food-service vendor also meant that the workers would lose their benefits as clinic employees—and the Service Employees International Union, which represents them, says it will fight that “every step of the way.”

Corporations Sending Jobs Overseas Disastrous for Americans

July 26, 2016 
By Michael Smith, BCTGM member

Chicago, IL - My name is Michael J. Smith. I am an American worker and, up until March 23, I worked at the Nabisco bakery located on the South Side of Chicago.

Teamsters vs US Foods

July 21, 2016 
By Tara Jessup

Washington, DC - Teamsters who work at US Foods distribution facilities in Buffalo New York and Streator Illinois refused to cross picket lines extended by Teamsters from Severn Maryland - who began an unfair labor practice strike against the company in April.

Natural-Foods Truckers Join Teamsters

July 17, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Montogomery, NY - The 100 drivers at United Natural Foods Inc.’s Hudson Valley distribution center have voted to join Teamsters Local 445, the union announced July 11.

Working Without Contracts At Three Buffalo Area Hospitals…

July 15, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

Buffalo, NY - You couldn’t miss it driving into Downtown Buffalo Monday (July 11th) morning – a massive inflatable depicting a fat cat boss holding a Nurse by the neck – that had been moored on a public sidewalk in front of Catholic Health System’s headquarters where a number of Communications Workers of America (CWA)-represented Nurses were publicly protesting the lack of a new contact at three Buffalo area hospitals – despite the fact Catholic Health reported a $27 million surplus for 2015 as company execs raked in huge raises.

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