ATLANTA, GA.—UPS and the Teamsters have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract, the union announced June 22. The proposed deal, which would cover about 260,000 workers, would create “a new classification of full-time combination driver,” who would work both handling packages and making deliveries.
ST. LOUIS, Mo.—About 300 Missouri union officials, workers, and supporters rallied here June 23 to mobilize opposition to Proposition A, a measure on the Aug. 7 statewide ballot to preserve the state’s 2017 law banning the union shop.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered June 22 that a referendum to repeal tax increases enacted in April to fund teacher raises should be stricken from the ballot. The court ruled 5-2 that the petitions for State Question 799 were “misleading for multiple reasons,” including that it failed to mention a tax on little…
LOUISVILLE, KY.—About 25 UPS drivers protested outside the company’s Louisville facility June 19, opposing its contract proposal to have lower-paid “hybrid” drivers to handle expanded weekend deliveries.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Workers at a Tops Markets warehouse in Lancaster have approved a two-year contract, agreeing to pension changes that will help the bankrupt supermarket chain restructure. The pact with Teamsters Local 264, announced June 20, resolves a dispute that began when the company acquired the warehouse in December 2013.
WASHINGTON—D.C. residents voted by a 55%-45% margin June 19 to end the city’s lower minimum wage for tipped workers—but the City Council might overturn it or water it down. The Initiative 77 measure would phase out the city’s $3.33 an hour tipped minimum, bringing it up along with the regular minimum wage to $15 by…
NEW YORK, N.Y.—The U.S.’s two largest teachers unions joined several civil-rights groups June 20 in filing a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council against the Trump administration’s policy of taking away the children of families caught illegally crossing the border.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—A petition campaign led by former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is threatening to nullify the $6,100-a-year pay raise Oklahoma teachers won after their walkout last spring. Coburn’s group, Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite, is collecting signatures for a ballot referendum that would void the about $430 million in tax increases on cigarettes, motor fuel, and…
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union of federal workers, filed a lawsuit May 31 asking a federal district court to void President Donald Trump’s May 25 executive order sharply limiting the amount of “official time” shop stewards can spend on union duties.
MEXICO CITY, Mexico—About 8,000 members of the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Coordination of Education Workers, CNTE), marched in Mexico City June 4, beginning a strike covering several states.