Alabama Workers Call Minimum-Wage Ban ‘Racist

May 12, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Birmingham, Alabama - Fast-food workers from Birmingham have filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against the state legislature for prohibiting local governments from setting their own minimum wage.

Garment Workers Union Urges Boycott of American Apparel

May 11, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - The American Apparel clothing company hyped its brand by advertising that its merchandise was made in Los Angeles, not in foreign sweatshops—but now the union trying to organize its almost 4,000 workers is calling for a boycott.

1,500 Rally for Verizon Strikers

May 6, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Blowing airhorns and whistles hard enough to resound like the world’s biggest car alarm, more than 1,500 people marched through Lower Manhattan May 5 to demand that Verizon give its striking workers a fair contract.

CWA Calls Verizon Offer ‘Meaningless’ Without Job Security

May 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

New York, NY - Verizon offering its striking workers a bigger raise is “meaningless” as long as the company keeps insisting on undermining their job security, says a union representing them.

UFCW El Super Workers Score A Win As Battle For A New Contract Continues

May 3,  2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA - UFCW Grocery workers at El Super in California have won an NLRB victory after the company refused to heed worker demands for better working conditions. Ernesto Arce has more from Los Angeles.

Crown Royal Distillery Strike Ends

May 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Gimli, Man - Workers at the Diageo distillery in Manitoba have voted to end their seven-week strike, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada Local 832 announced April 26.

AFL-CIO: Boycott Mexican-made Nabisco Products

May 1, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington DC -- AFL-CIO is instituting a nationwide consumer boycott of Nabisco snack products made in Mexico. The "Check the Label" campaign was launched to stop Nabisco/Mondelēz from continuing to outsource jobs to Mexico. American consumers are urged to reject Mexican-made Nabisco products and, instead, buy those that are produced in America in support of middle-class American jobs. The entire labor movement is disappointed at the national governments inability to stop American jobs from leaving the USA.

Worker Solidarity in Rockland County Honors Both the Living and the Dead

April 29, 2016
By Bill Hohlfeld

Nanuet, N.Y.  “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.” That was the motto of Joseph Stratford, 1199 SEIU Political Organizer, who was given the honor of giving the invocation at the Workers Memorial Day Vigil in Rockland County, NY last night. The vigil, which was originally scheduled to take place on the steps of the Rockland County Court House in New City, took place instead at the picket line which had been set up by CWA members in front of the Verizon store in Nanuet.

Teamsters Back Costco Contract for Pension Expansion

April 29, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Oakland, Calif - Teamsters locals representing 16,000 workers at Costco stores on Apr. 19 recommended ratification of a proposed new contract.

Verizon Encourages Strike Breaking

April 27, 2016
By Stephanie West

Newark, New Jersey - IBEW has reported that Verizon sent a letter to all of its striking workers with instructions encouraging workers to  cross their picket line. Across social media, striking workers responded.

Upstate Verizon Strikers Protest Excessive Travel

April 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cornell, NY - Striking Verizon workers in this Southern Tier town have one big grievance: The company wants the power to ship them to out-of-town jobs for as long as 60 days, up from the current three weeks.

United Flight Attendants Picket Airports In Six Cities As Intense Mediation Sessions Start

April 24,  2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC - United Airlines flight attendants picketed airports in Chicago, LosAngeles, Honolulu, Newark, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Thursday.

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.

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