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July 4, 2016
Reprinted:
aflcio.org

Washington, DC - The State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons report is a powerful tool to hold governments accountable for their failures to prevent human trafficking.

Boycott Outsourced Oreos, Laid-Off Workers Urge

July 1, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia

Chicago, IL - In his four and a half years at the Nabisco plant on the city’s Southwest Side. 40-year-old Anthony Jackson worked “in every department except sanitation.” He mixed icing for Oreos, mixed dough on the main bakery floor, and was “all over packing.”

Costco Teamsters Join Western Conference Pension Plan

June 27, 2016 
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC -  Teamsters who work at Costco in New York, New Jersey and Maryland have overwhelmingly ratified an agreement under which they will be covered by the Western Conference of Teamsters pension plan for the first time in the history of their membership.

SoCal Grocery Workers Authorize Strike

June 27, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

San Diego, CA - Workers at several leading supermarket chains in Southern California have voted to authorize a strike, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135 officials said June 21.

UAW Says Volkswagen Broke Pledge to Recognize Union

June 26, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Nashville, Tenn - Volkswagen broke an agreement it signed in 2014 to recognize the United Auto Workers as a “members union” at its Chattanooga plant, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said June 21 after releasing a copy of the document.

Minnesota Grocery Workers Vote Down Contract

June 24, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St Paul, Minn - Grocery workers in St. Paul and the east side of the Twin Cities metropolitan area overwhelmingly voted down a proposed contract with several supermarket chains June 17.

Honeywell Lockout Continues in Indiana, Albany

June 24, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Green Island, NY - More than 100 people rallied June 15 to support the 42 United Auto Workers members locked out of the Honeywell Aerospace plant near Albany since May 9.

Bakery Workers Endorse Clinton

June 22, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Donald Trump may have vowed never to eat an Oreo again because Nabisco’s parent company is moving its Chicago bakery to Mexico—but the union representing the workers being displaced endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for President June 16.

UAW Local 259 Helps Keep Potamkin Manhattan Motoring

June 22, 2016
By Peter Murdock 

John Bruno, Jr. (r) and Technician Roopchand Seepersaed (l) welcome you to Potamkin Manhattan.

New York, NY - There are many reason’s for Potamkin Manhattan’s enduring success on 11th Avenue in Midtown West — not the least of which, however, is the UAW Local 259 shop that staffs the flagship dealership’s crackerjack Service & Parts department. 

Laid Off Workers Tour Country Urging Nabisco Boycott

June 21, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - Union workers laid off by Nabisco's parent company are urging a boycott of Nabisco products. Nabisco decided to wipe out 600 good American jobs in Chicago to make Oreos and other products in Mexico. So far 294 workers have been laid off in two waves.

UFCW Member Explains Why Working Women Win With a Union

June 20, 2016
Reprinted: ufcw.org

Washington, D.C. – On June 14th, Ariana Davis, a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) member from Local 21 in Seattle, Washington, shared the stage with President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Oprah at the White House United State of Women Summit.

Laid Off Workers Tour Country Urging Nabisco Boycott -

June 20, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

 Chicago, IL - Union workers laid off by Nabisco's parent company are urging a boycott of Nabisco products. Nabisco decided to wipe out 600 good American jobs in Chicago to make Oreos and other products in Mexico. So far 294 workers have been laid off in two waves.

Macy’s, Retail Workers Reach Tentative Contract

June 17, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - At about 5:30 this morning, the union representing workers at four Macy’s stores reached a tentative contract deal with the company. The all-night negotiations averted a strike scheduled to start when a 45-day contract extension expired at midnight on June 15.

Alberta’s First Women Ironworkers Enter Apprenticeships

June 17, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Edmonton,Alberta - Alberta’s first group of women apprentice ironworkers graduated from a new training program last month, all getting jobs at North West Redwater Partnership’s Sturgeon oil refinery, about 30 miles northeast of Edmonton.

Teamsters To AG: Don't Approve Beer Merger Without Addressing Eden Brewery Closing

June 16, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC - [David Laughton]: "Sitting at the table negotiating, they're tellin' us, you know, what a great plant it is and how the workers are good and everything is fine. And then, bang, they say oh, by the way, there's gonna be an acquisition, they're gonna merge in with Molson's and we're gonna shut down this brewery."

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