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Strikebreakers Accuse Marriott of Wage Theft
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Strikebreakers Accuse Marriott of Wage Theft

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Temporary workers Marriott has hired to clean rooms at its seven San Francisco hotels while the 2,500 regular workers are on strike are accusing the chain of cheating them out of their pay. The company hires about 200 workers a day—mostly Latino immigrants—for $17 an hour through a contractor, Environmental Service Partners Inc.,…

Canadian Postal Strikes Spread to Manitoba
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Canadian Postal Strikes Spread to Manitoba

OTTAWA, Ontario—Canadian postal workers’ rotating strikes have spread to Manitoba. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said with 1,500 workers walked out in Winnipeg at 10 p.m. on Oct. 28, with those in Brandon, the province’s second-largest city, following two hours later. Strikes started over the weekend in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, were…

Marriott Workers Protest in S.F.; Eight-City Strike Continues
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Marriott Workers Protest in S.F.; Eight-City Strike Continues

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—More than 1,000 striking Marriott hotel workers and supporters marched in San Francisco Oct. 20 as the eight-city national strike against the chain entered its third week. “I’m fighting for my rights, for my daughter, for good benefits and pay,” cook Elizabeth Jimenez told the San Francisco Examiner. “Our hours are not enough…

Indiana Steelworkers Leader: ArcelorMittal Should Follow U.S. Steel Pattern
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Indiana Steelworkers Leader: ArcelorMittal Should Follow U.S. Steel Pattern

GARY, Ind.—The ArcelorMittal steel company should follow the pattern set by U.S. Steel and agree to a contract without demanding concessions, United Steelworkers District 7 Director Mike Millsap told the NWI Times Oct. 17. “Our members and leadership stood up and sent a very strong message to USS and Mittal that they are the union…

Steelworkers, U.S. Steel, Reach Tentative Deal for 14% Raise
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Steelworkers, U.S. Steel, Reach Tentative Deal for 14% Raise

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—The United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel reached a tentative contract agreement Oct. 15 that would raise workers’ pay by 14% by 2021. The four-year pact would increase wages by 4% immediately, another 3.5% in 2019 and 2020, and 3% in 2021, Mark Lash, president of Local 1066 in Gary, Indiana, told the Chicago Tribune….

Los Angeles Teachers Move Closer to Strike
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Los Angeles Teachers Move Closer to Strike

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A strike by Los Angeles teachers became more likely Oct. 12, when a third mediation session between United Teachers Los Angeles and the L.A. Unified School District failed to produce progress toward a contract. UTLA charged that the district was “failing to offer any substantial proposals to reinvest in our schools.” District officials…

Canadian Postal Union Gives Strike Notice; Could Affect Legal Pot Sales
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Canadian Postal Union Gives Strike Notice; Could Affect Legal Pot Sales

OTTAWA, Ontario—Canada Post workers could begin rotating strikes Oct. 22, their union warned Oct. 16. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which represents 50,000 employees, said it would begin the walkouts at unspecified locations if Canada Post doesn’t reach contract agreements with the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers bargaining units. “Our…

Pittsburgh Security Guards Win $2.45-an-Hour Raise From 14 Companies
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Pittsburgh Security Guards Win $2.45-an-Hour Raise From 14 Companies

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—About 1,100 security workers in Pittsburgh have ratified a four-year contract that will raise their wages and benefits by about 23%, the Service Employees International Union announced Oct. 9. The wage increases will range from $2.45 to $2.95 an hour, Sam Williamson, a regional SEIU director, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The deal will raise…

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