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No Talks in Sight in Hawaii Marriott Strike
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No Talks in Sight in Hawaii Marriott Strike

HONOLULU, Hawaii—A week after talks with the chain that owns five Marriott hotels in Hawaii broke down, the union representing the 2,700 striking workers said the Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts company has not tried to schedule any further negotiations. “We haven’t heard anything from Kyo-ya about contract negotiations,” UNITE HERE Local 5 spokesperson Michael Kirby,…

Providence School-Bus Strike Ends With Pension Compromise
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Providence School-Bus Strike Ends With Pension Compromise

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Area school-bus drivers and monitors returned to work Oct. 15, two days after almost unanimously ratifying a contract agreement that ended their 11-day walkout. The First Student bus company agreed to contribute to a pension fund for the workers, while Teamsters Local 251, the union representing them, agreed that the retirement plan would be…

Chicago AFSCME OKs 5-Year Deal With Raises, Higher Health Costs
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Chicago AFSCME OKs 5-Year Deal With Raises, Higher Health Costs

CHICAGO, Ill.—Mayor Rahm Emanuel and AFSCME Council 31 reached agreement Oct. 4 on a five-year contract that will give city workers annual raises, but also increase how much they pay for health care. The deal, which covers 3,500 city employees, will raise their pay by 2.1% a year, but will increase their health-insurance premiums by…

Congressman Says Locked-Out Gas Workers Needed to Fix Explosion Damage
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Congressman Says Locked-Out Gas Workers Needed to Fix Explosion Damage

SALEM, Mass.—The Congressmember representing northeast Massachusetts is calling on local utilities to use locked-put gas workers to repair damage from the more than 80 explosions and fires caused by overpressurized gas lines last month. More than 1,000 workers at National Grid had been locked out for more than two months when the disaster hit Columbia…

California Orders Date Farm to Rehire Workers Fired for Safety Complaints
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California Orders Date Farm to Rehire Workers Fired for Safety Complaints

VISALIA, Calif.—A Coachella Valley date farm will rehire four workers and has paid them almost $40,000 in lost wages after the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board found they were illegally fired for complaining about health and safety problems. The four said they had been fired or switched to lower-paying jobs after they complained to supervisors…

Alcoa Demands More Concessions in Nine-Month Lockout
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Alcoa Demands More Concessions in Nine-Month Lockout

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec—The Alcoa aluminum company “is indicating clearly that it is not interested in settling a nine-month lockout” of 1,030 employees at its ABI smelter in Bécancour, Quebec, the United Steelworkers charged Oct. 10. The union’s statement came five days after former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard, appointed by the provincial government as a special mediator,…

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