Salt Lake City, Utah—Salt Lake County is investigating possible criminal charges against a police officer who roughly arrested a nurse on the job at University of Utah Hospital, District Attorney Sim Gill announced Sept. 1.
Washington—When the Supreme Court reopens in October, a new effort to end the union shop for public-sector workers is likely to be on its docket. If four justices agree that it is worth reviewing, the Court will hear the appeal of Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a second lawsuit claiming…
Lynn, Mass.—Hundreds of Boston-area transit workers rallied outside the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s garage here Aug. 15, protesting Gov. Charlie Baker’s plans to outsource bus maintenance to private companies.
Suffolk, Va.—The 240 workers at the plant that makes nearly all of the Lipton tea sold in North America have a union contract for the first time since it opened more than 60 years ago.
Thunder Bay, Ontario— Mechanics and technicians at Lakehead Motors here ended their 16-day strike Aug. 18, ratifying a new five-year contract. “We settled a number of issues that the company had.
Lansing, Mich.—The United Auto Workers has joined the fight against a plan to prohibit state workers’ unions from bargaining on issues such as scheduling, staff assignments, and seniority. UAW Local 6000, which represents almost 17,000 of Michigan’s 50,000 state workers, said it “is strongly opposed to the rule changes, which will negatively affect our freedom to…
Mexico City, D.F.—As talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement began in Washington Aug. 16, workers from several leading Mexican labor unions marched in Mexico City, demanding “a new cooperation and complementarity agreement.”
Mullan, Idaho—Members of United Steelworkers Local 5114 have been on strike at the Lucky Friday silver mine here since March 13, resisting major concessions demanded by Hecla, the mine’s owner. The company’s “last and final” offer would have given it the right to increase health-insurance costs at any time and ended union control over the…
Ottawa, Ontario—Converting Canada’s economy to virtually eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions could create almost 4 million construction jobs over the next 35 years, says a study commissioned by Canada’s Building Trades Unions.
San Diego, Calif.—The largest union of San Diego County employees is preparing for a possible strike, after working almost two months under an expired contract. Service Employees International Union Local 221, which represents about 10,000 of the county’s 17,000 employees, including librarians, social workers, and nurses, announced Aug. 11 that 90% of its members had voted to authorize a walkout.