Labor News Briefs

Kaiser Hospital Workers Mobilize for October Strike
Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Kaiser Hospital Workers Mobilize for October Strike

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Workers at the Kaiser Permanente health-care network protested in several Western cities Sept. 2, with arrests for civil disobedience in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Sacramento, California. More than 80,000 technicians, nurses, and medical personnel, members of the Service Employees International Union and other unions, have been working without a contract for 11 months,…

Pennsylvania Workers Docked Pay for Not Attending Trump Speech
Environment and Energy, Features, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Pennsylvania Workers Docked Pay for Not Attending Trump Speech

MONACA, Pa.—Workers building a Royal Dutch Shell petrochemical plant were warned that their pay would be docked if they didn’t show up for President Donald Trump’s Aug. 16 speech at the site, according to a memo obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sent to union leaders by contractors at the site in the Beaver County industrial area northwest…

ICE Raids on Mississippi Food Plants Leave Children Unattended
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, National

ICE Raids on Mississippi Food Plants Leave Children Unattended

FOREST, Miss.—Federal immigration raids on a Mississippi poultry-processing plant Aug. 7 left many children homeless and unattended in this town of about 6,000 people. In a massive operation that seized 680 alleged undocumented immigrants in seven Mississippi towns, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested three busloads of workers at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in…

Kentucky Miners Block Coal Train to Demand Back Pay
Environment and Energy, Features, Finance, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, National

Kentucky Miners Block Coal Train to Demand Back Pay

HARLAN, Ky.—Coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky blocked a railroad track July 29 to prevent a train from carrying coal they mined but didn’t get paid for. The Blackjewel company, which declared bankruptcy July 1 and closed six mines here, either didn’t pay the workers for their last shifts or gave them bad checks. After…

Pennsylvania Flooring Company Locks Out 180 Workers
Building Trades, Features, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, National

Pennsylvania Flooring Company Locks Out 180 Workers

LANCASTER, Pa.—As the day shift at the Armstrong Flooring factory and distribution center here ended at 4 p.m. July 2, the company locked out all 180 members of United Steelworkers Local 285. The workers’ last contract expired in October 2017, and Local 285 members have rejected three tentative agreements since then. Armstrong spokesman Steve Trapnell…

Trump NLRB Head Moves to Oust Agency Inspector
Features, Finance, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Trump NLRB Head Moves to Oust Agency Inspector

WASHINGTON—National Labor Relations Board Chair John Ring has filed a formal complaint against agency Inspector General David Berry, the official who got a 2017 NLRB decision reversing an Obama-era “joint employer” rule voided. Ring’s complaint to the panel overseeing federal inspectors is that Berry allegedly treated agency employees harshly. But three current and former senior…

Mining Unions Call for Lower Silica-Exposure Standard
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Labor News Briefs, National

Mining Unions Call for Lower Silica-Exposure Standard

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Saying there is “a disturbing trend in black lung cases,” United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts and United Steelworkers President Leo W. Gerard called on the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration to adopt stronger standards to protect miners from silica dust. Lowering the level considered unsafe from 100 micrograms per cubic meter of…

1 2 3 55