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Carnegie Deli Workers Push Back Against 7th Ave. Closure

January 30, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Unite Here Local 100 leader Bill Granfield rallies with workers.

New York, NY - The union representing workers at the famed Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue isn’t buying the owner’s claims that the iconic eatery is really kaput after closing down last month — and they’ve filed charges at the National Labor Relations Board in protest. 

Fast-Food Workers Rally for Regular Schedules

January 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Spattered by freezing rain, several dozen fast-food workers rallied outside City Hall Jan. 24, before going inside to lobby City Councilmembers to pass laws requiring their employers to give them more regular schedules.

“We Stand United”

January 23, 2017 
By RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum

New York, NY - We Stand United: New York Rally to Protect Shared Values on the Night Before Trump's Inauguration, President Stuart Appelbaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) delivered remarks January 19, 2017, to a crowd of labor members, activists, and advocacy groups, sending a message to President Trump and Congress that New York City will protect the rights of hard-working New Yorkers and continue to make real progress on important issues including workers’ rights, immigrant rights and social justice.

Blue Collar Buzz: Strikes, Closures, Low-Wages and Andy Puzder

January 18, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

BCB Co-hosts Bill Hohlfeld and Neal Tepel.

New York, NY - This week’s episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 is tackling the nomination of fast food kingpin Andy Puzder as U.S. Labor Secretary; the Momentive chemical plant strike in Waterford, NY; ROC-United’s onggoing One Fair Wage campaign; and the very suspect closure of the famed Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue and W. 55th St. 

Victory For APWU: U.S. Postal Service Ends Staples Post Office Work

January 7, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - The U.S. Postal Serice is ending post office services at Staples stores by March. The American Postal Workers Union protested the program for years as about 500 Staples stores did postal work that post office employees used to provide.

DirecTV Call-Center Workers Ratify First Contracts

January 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Englewood, CO - Workers at five DirecTV call centers have ratified their first union contracts, the company announced Dec. 29. AT&T, which bought the digital-TV provider for $48.5 billion in 2015, agreed to include the nearly 2,000 call-center workers in three existing contracts with the Communications Workers of America.

Four Seasons Restaurant Workers Win Contract

January 6, 2017
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unitehere100.org

New York, NY - One hundred Local 100 members were close to losing their jobs due to the relocation of the Four Seasons restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. The members chose to fight to keep their contract and on July 11th, 2016 Four Seasons signed a contract agreeing to retain all of the members and their seniority at the new location.

Retailers Stop On-Call Shift Scheduling

January 6, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, along with attorneys general from seven other states and the District of Columbia, announced that six major retailers have agreed to stop using on-call shift scheduling following an inquiry by the multi-state coalition of AGs.

UFCW Denounces Amazon’s Cashierless Grocery-Store Prototype

December 14, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Seattle, WA - United Food and Commercial Workers President Mark Perrone Dec. 6 denounced Amazon.com’s launch of a prototype grocery store that doesn’t have cashiers. “Amazon is masking its blind greed as progress,” he said in a statement.

Silicon Valley Activists Develop App to Report Wage Theft

December 5, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Jose, CA - Labor and community activists in Silicon Valley are now testing a phone app that would make it easier for workers to report wage theft.

IUF Demonstrations at Mondelēz European HQ

November 27, 2016 
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Kensington, MD - The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), which represents nearly 4,000 members at Mondelēz International, maker of Nabisco and other popular snack products, has announced its full support of the International Union of Food Workers’ (IUF) rallies and demonstrations taking place at the European headquarters of Mondelēz in Zurich, Switzerland.

Actors Equity Endorses Video-Game Strike

November 27, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - The Actors’ Equity Association has endorsed SAG-AFTRA’s strike against 11 video-game companies, telling its members that taking work at those companies would be like crossing a picket line.

Hackers Attacked UFCW Pension Plan

November 18, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Baldwin, MO - Computer hackers demanding ransom in digital currency gained access to a United Food and Commercial Workers multiemployer pension plan in the St. Louis area last summer, the UFCW said Nov. 9.

How the Cookie, and the Country, Crumbles: BCTGM Fights Nabisco Outsourcing

November 14, 2016  
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – BCTGM, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, is in the middle of a war. The union represents nearly 4,000 workers at Mondelez International, the maker of Nabisco snack products, which has outsourced the production of Oreos from Chicago to Salinas, Mexico, leaving hundreds of Americans without work.

NLRB Says Guitar Center Was No Bargain

November 14, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Guitar Center chain of music-equipment stores illegally refused to bargain in good faith with workers in Chicago, Las Vegas, and New York, a National Labor Relation Board administrative law judge held Nov. 7.

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