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CWA-IBEW Verizon Strike Against Corporate Greed Is In Tenth Day

April 24,  2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

New York, NY - Corporate greed versus doing the right thing by your workers is at the heart of the Verizon strike. Thirty-nine thousand CWA and IBEW workers are in the tenth day of their strike.

Stop & Shop Workers Ratify Contract

April 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Chicopee, Mass - After several small strikes and seven weeks without a contract, workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets in southern New England voted overwhelmingly April 19 to ratify a three-year deal with the chain. The agreement covers five United Food and Commercial Workers locals that represent 35,000 Stop & Shop workers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Verizon Sending American Jobs Offshore

April 18, 2016
By Neal Tepel 

New York, NY - Almost 40,000 people who work at Verizon across the country went on strike. Their contract expired in August, and months and months of effort to find common ground and requests for the telecommunications giant to negotiate reasonably have failed. So now, as a last resort, they have walked out to hold the line for themselves and those that follow.

Michigan Fight For $15 Targets McDonald’s, Nursing Homes

April 17, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel  

Detroit, - Michigan’s Fight for $15 campaign took the struggle for a viable minimum wage to multiple McDonald’s and nursing homes around the state April 14. In Highland Park, a small city inside Detroit, about 60 people marched outside a McDonald’s at 6 in the morning. "I am a 16-year employee.

Hillary Clinton - Close Enough For The Fight For $15?

April 15, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Members of 1199SEIU rally in support of Hillary Clinton.

New York, NY - Low-wage workers returned to the streets of New York City on Thursday afternoon to demand a $15 an hour minimum wage for all workers and the right to unionize. The action coincided with similar events around the country and occurred just prior to the hotly anticipated presidential debate between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn.

Oil Spill Settlement With ExxonMobil

April 12, 2016
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress Albany 

New York, NY - A $10.75 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Oil Corporation has been reached. These funds will reimburse the New York State Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund (Oil Spill Fund) for oil spill cleanup and petroleum contamination removal costs at eight locations across the state.

Crown Royal Whiskey Strike Continues

April 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Winnipeg,  - Manitoba—Striking workers at the distillery that makes Crown Royal whiskey overwhelmingly rejected a new contract offer Apr. 1.

For years, Walmart has tried to get away with underpaying and mistreating workers.

April 7, 2016
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial 

New York, NY - For years, Walmart has tried to get away with underpaying and mistreating workers.In a class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania, Walmart was accused of cheating its workers by forcing them to work through lunch and other breaks without pay. In this dispute, the Supreme Court has sided with the workers and refused Walmart’s appeal of the $187.6 million verdict.

Court Orders Fast-Food Strikers Rehired

April 6, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Minneapolis, MN - A federal appeals court ruled March 25 that a Jimmy John’s franchisee illegally fired six workers for publicly protesting the company’s sick-leave policy. The 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a National Labor Relations Board finding that MikLin Enterprises, which owns 10 Jimmy John’s franchises in the Twin Cities area, had engaged in unfair labor practices and had to rehire the six with back pay.

Stop & Shop Workers Protest Lack of Contract

April 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

East Hartford, Conn - More than 200 workers rallied outside the Stop & Shop supermarket here March 23, protesting the company’s demands for givebacks before it will sign a new contract with the United Food & Commercial Workers.

Government Will Pay $288 Million for A&P Pensions

March 29, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

Washington, DC - The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation will have to pick up a $288 million bill for three pension plans that cover more than 21,000 former employees of the A&P supermarket chain, which declared bankruptcy last year.

Tour Company Battle Shows Just How Tough It Is To Organize

March 28, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

It's been a tough road for Go New York Tours workers.

New York, NY - Last week’s announcement that a New York City sightseeing operation must pay more than $50,000 to a half-dozen pro-union workers illegally fired in 2015, underscores just how difficult the job of organizing can be.

Orange County Cannabis Workers Join UFCW

March 27, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

Santa ANA, CA - Workers at South Coast Safe Access in Santa Ana, California, have ratified their first contract and joined United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324, the union announced at a press conference March 15.

UAW Sets Sights on Ohio Auto-Glass Plant

March 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

Dayton, Ohio - A Chinese company is building what it says will be the world’s largest auto-glass factory here, and the United Auto Workers has begun trying to organize it.

The Exporting of Jobs from America Must be Addressed

March 20, 2016
By Neal Tepel 

Chicago, Illinois -The Bakers union (BCTGM) has launched a boycott of Mexican-made Nabisco products. The boycott is in protest of a decision by parent company Mondelēz to shut the Nabisco factory in Chicago. The company has built a new $130 million dollar plant in Mexico.

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