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Hoffa Joins ASARCO Strikers on Picket Line
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Hoffa Joins ASARCO Strikers on Picket Line

TUCSON, Ariz.—Teamsters General President James Hoffa joined striking ASARCO workers the picket line in Sahuarita Dec. 29, telling them their struggle is an “a national strike.” “This company is owned by a Mexican company that’s exploiting the American workers,” he said. “They haven’t had a raise in 10 years… and this is from a company,…

Uber and Postmates Sue to Kill California Gig-Economy Law
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Uber and Postmates Sue to Kill California Gig-Economy Law

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Uber and Postmates filed a suit in federal court Dec. 30 arguing that California’s new law limiting when employers can classify workers as “independent contractors.” The suit against the state of California and Attorney General Xavier Becerra calls the Assembly Bill 5 law, which went into effect Jan. 1, an “irrational and unconstitutional…

NY Farm Trade Groups Sue to Block State Labor Law
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NY Farm Trade Groups Sue to Block State Labor Law

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Two farmers’ trade associations filed a lawsuit in federal court in Buffalo Dec. 30 to stop New York State’s new farm-labor law from going into effect Jan. 1. The Northeast Dairy Producers Association and the New York State Vegetable Growers Association argue that the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act is unclear about who qualifies…

With State Workers Contracts Expired, Missouri Stops Dues Checkoff
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With State Workers Contracts Expired, Missouri Stops Dues Checkoff

COLUMBIA, Mo.—Missouri has stopped collecting union dues from the paychecks of state employees working under expired contracts. The change comes from a rule established last May, state Office of Administration accounting director Stacy Neal told the Missouri Correction Officers Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the Communications Workers of America in letters dated Dec….

32BJ Reaches Contract for NYC’s Northern Suburbs
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32BJ Reaches Contract for NYC’s Northern Suburbs

STAMFORD, Conn.—The 32BJ SEIU union announced Dec. 23 that it had reached a tentative contract agreement for more than 3,000 janitors in the Lower Hudson Valley and southwestern Connecticut. The deal, with an industry group negotiating for cleaning contractors and building owners, would cover office buildings in Fairfield County in Connecticut and New York’s Westchester,…

No New Talks as Asarco Strike Enters 12thWeek
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No New Talks as Asarco Strike Enters 12thWeek

TUCSON, Ariz.—The strike by more than 1,700 workers at Asarco copper mines and refineries in Arizona and Texas entered its 12thweek Dec. 29 with no new contract talks scheduled. Asarco, the Tucson-based subsidiary of the Mexican conglomerate Grupo México, has instead been using strikebreakers—which could violate the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement approved by the…

Montreal Airport WorkersSet New Year’s EveStrikeDeadline
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Montreal Airport WorkersSet New Year’s EveStrikeDeadline

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—Refueling and maintenance workers at Montreal’s Trudeau and Mirabel airports said Dec. 28 that they will go on strike at noon Dec. 31 if they haven’t reached a contract agreement with their employer, Swissport Canada. The International Association of Machinists said 90% of the 108 refueling personnel, machinists, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and mechanics had…

No New Talks as Asarco Strike Enters 12thWeek
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No New Talks as Asarco Strike Enters 12thWeek

TUCSON, Ariz.—The strike by more than 1,700 workers at Asarco copper mines and refineries in Arizona and Texas entered its 12thweek Dec. 29 with no new contract talks scheduled. Asarco, the Tucson-based subsidiary of the Mexican conglomerate Grupo México, has instead been using strikebreakers—which could violate the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement approved by the…

Montreal Airport Workers Set New Year’s Eve Strike Deadline
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Montreal Airport Workers Set New Year’s Eve Strike Deadline

MONTREAL, QUEBEC—Refueling and maintenance workers at Montreal’s Trudeau and Mirabel airports said Dec. 28 that they will go on strike at noon Dec. 31 if they haven’t reached a contract agreement with their employer, Swissport Canada. The International Association of Machinists said 90% of the 108 refueling personnel, machinists, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and mechanics had…

NLRB Accuses Chipotle of Firing Union Supporters
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NLRB Accuses Chipotle of Firing Union Supporters

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The National Labor Relations Board has formally accused the Chipotle Mexican Grill fast-food chain of illegally firing workers at two of its Manhattan restaurants for trying to organize employees to join 32BJ SEIU. The complaint, filed Dec. 12 by NLRB general counsel Peter Robb, also accuses Chipotle of threatening to sack other union…

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