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

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’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.

S.C. Auto-Parts Workers Join RWDSU

November 14, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Aiken, SC - After a three-year organizing campaign, more than 150 workers at the Autoneum auto-parts plant in Aiken officially joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in early November.

SAG-AFTRA Video-Game Strike Lines Harden

November 11, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - “Death screams are on strike!” more than 350 people chanted Nov. 3 while picketing Warner Bros.’ WB Games unit in Burbank, supporting the strike by SAG-AFTRA video-game performers.

NLRB Orders Trump’s Vegas Hotel to Start Talks With Union

November 10, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The National Labor Relations Board ruled Nov. 3 that the Trump International hotel in Las Vegas was illegally refusing to recognize its workers’ vote to form a labor union.

Video-Game Strike in Second Week

November 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Los Angeles, CA - SAG-AFTRA members at 11 video-game companies, including Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard, have been on strike since Oct. 21.

Last Union Settles, Ending Toledo Glass Strike

November 2, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toledo, OH - The last of four unions at Libbey Inc.’s glassware plant here ratified a contract Oct. 25, ending a 14-day strike.

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