Labor News Briefs

Labor News Briefs

Weekly Digest – May 21, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Christie Ponders How to End Pensions New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is developing a plan to shift future state employees to a 401(k)-style plan instead of a traditional pension, according to a person familiar with the discussions. The governor told a Peter G. Peterson Foundation conference May 14…

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Weekly Digest – May 15, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel North Dakota Most Dangerous State to Work In North Dakota “stands out as an exceptionally dangerous and deadly place to work,” according to the AFL-CIO’s annual “Death on the Job” report, released May 8. The state’s rate of 17.7 deaths per 100,000 workers in 2012 was by far…

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Weekly Digest – May 8, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Seattle Mayor Muddles Minimum Wage Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour May 1, and a local weekly described it as “so complicated reporters can’t understand it.” Workers will have to wait three to seven years to get…

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Weekly Digest – April 30, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel JetBlue Pilots Win Union The 2,500 pilots at JetBlue Airways voted by a 3-1 margin in late April to join the Air Line Pilots Association. The vote is the first time a union has won at JetBlue, which has strongly opposed attempts at organizing, since it was founded…

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Weekly Digest – April 23, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel UAW Drops Appeal of VW Vote The United Automobile Workers announced April 21 that it was abandoning its bid to have the National Labor Relations Board order a new unionization vote at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The UAW, which lost a vote at the factory in February,…

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Weekly Digest – April 15, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel CEO Pay Hits ‘Insane Level’ America’s leading CEOs make more than 330 times as much as the average worker at their companies, according to the 2014 AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch.  PayWatch, released Apr. 14, found that the average CEO of an S&P 500 company pocketed $11.7 million in 2013,…

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Weekly Digest – April 9, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Tennessee Gov Offered VW $300M to Stay Nonunion Documents leaked to a Nashville TV station say Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam offered $300 million in incentives for Volkswagen to expand its factories in Chattanooga—as long as they stayed nonunion. “The incentives… are subject to works council discussions between the…

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Weekly Digest – April 2, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel NLRB Says College Athletes Have Right to Unions A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Mar. 26 that a group of Northwestern University football players were employees of the university and thus have the right to form a union and bargain collectively. Peter Ohr, head…

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Weekly Digest – March 26, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel L.A. Port Truckers Ruled Employees Truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach won a National Labor Relations Board settlement Mar. 21, when the board ruled that they were employees of Pacific 9 Transportation Inc. and not independent contractors. “The 30-year debate is over. The…

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Weekly Digest – March 19, 2014

Compiled by Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel TVA Unions Object to Privatization Study Buried deep in President Barack Obama’s 2015 budget is a proposal to study privatizing the Tennessee Valley Authority—and the unions representing several thousand TVA workers don’t like the idea. Sean McGarvey, president of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department, called it…

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