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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.

Large Renewable Project Proposed for Long Island

October 27, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Long Island, NY - Invenergy, the nation’s leading independent developer of renewable energy projects, has announced the largest renewable project ever proposed for Long Island.

Verizon Cutting Jobs Across USA

October 26, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Verizon is closing jobs  across five states in the U.S., resulting in the the loss of over  3,200 jobs.The call centers closures will come in California, Connecticut, Maine, Nebraska and New York. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's spokesperson Rich Azzopardi described Verizon's decision as "astounding" and "reckless."

Flour-Mill Workers Vote to Unionize

October 23, 2016   
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chattanooga, TN - Workers at the Ardent Mills flour mill here voted Oct. 13 to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1995. “Workers at Ardent Mills have suffered through cut-backs and reductions in benefits due to a corporate acquisition three years ago with no way to have a voice in the direction of their company,” Local 1995 said in a statement.

'Flash Mobs' Break Out Inside Rite Aid Stores

October 22, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

1199 'flash mob' breaks out inside Manhattan Rite Aid.

New York, NY - Flash mobs broke out inside three Rite Aid stores in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan this week, as longtime workers struggling to retain important benefits and bargaining power took the fight straight to management’s cashboxes.  

In Union, Grocery Worker Finds His Voice

October 21, 2016
By Mary Robbins
Repost from
UFCW.org

Pittsburgh, PA - As a member of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 23 in Pittsburgh, Will Reynolds Young is making a difference in his community. "I’m someone who likes to speak my mind," Will said. "That’s a really important part of having a union."

Canadian Autoworkers Ratify Fiat Chrysler Contract

October 21, 2016   
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Windsor, CT - Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Canadian factories have ratified a new four-year contract, the Unifor union said Oct. 16. Unifor said 70% of its members voted to approve the deal.

Verizon Closing NY Call Centers

October 17, 2016  
By Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - Verizon has announced it'll be closing two call centers in New York State — in Henrietta, and Orangeburg as well as others across the country. Staff cuts are expected at Verizon retail stores in New York and nationwide. Almost one thousand call-center workers in New York State are expected to be let go and hundreds of store employees. Consolidation is also taking place across the country.

Harvard Food Strike Continues; Sen. Warren Joins Picket

October 17, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cambridge, MA - The strike by food-service workers at Harvard University has entered its second week, with Senator Elizabeth Warren joining the picket line Oct. 11.

Coalition $15 Demonstrates in St. Louis at Presidential Debate

October 11, 2016  
By Tara Jessup

St. Louis,  MO - Just before the second presidential debate last Sunday, St. Louis fast-food cooks and cashiers throughout the city walked off their jobs and waged a major protest at Washington University. Following the protests in St. Louis by over a thousand fast-food workers, demonstrations took place in cities across the country.

Honeywell Lockout: ‘They Want to Get Rid of the Union’

October 8, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

South Bend, IN- Nearly five months into the lockout at Honeywell’s aircraft-brakes factory here, workers believe the company’s ultimate aim is to drive the United Auto Workers out.

Fast Food Kings Ignore Sexual Harassment, Workers Say

October 7, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

NOW President Sonia Ossorio and 32BJ VP Shirley Aldebol.

New York, NY - Fast food workers protesting outside a McDonald’s outlet on Broadway Thursday morning rejected the burger giant’s claim that sexual harassment reports are being taken seriously, and instead painted a grim picture of a workplace where sleazy managers brazenly prey on female employees with impunity. 

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