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Jail Time for Boss that Stole from Workers
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Jail Time for Boss that Stole from Workers

SOUTHAMPTON, NY – Richard Bivona, the owner of Southampton Princess Diner (“Princess Diner”), and John Kalogeras, former manager of Princess Diner, were charged with failing to pay restaurant workers. Together, Bivona and Kalogeras misappropriated a total of over $132,000 from 23 workers. Bivona was sentenced to six months in jail. Bivona has been required to pay $88,428 to 15 workers…

Kohler Workers OK Contract That Shrinks Two-Tier Gap
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Kohler Workers OK Contract That Shrinks Two-Tier Gap

KOHLER, Wisc.—Production workers at the Kohler plumbing-products company here overwhelmingly ratified a contract Dec. 2 that will eliminate most of the two-tier pay differences established in 2010. The five-year deal won approval from 87% of the more than 1,000 United Auto Workers Local 833 members who voted—in contrast to 2015, when the company’s insistence on…

Teamsters OK Deal With 40% Raise for Frontier Air Maintenance Controllers
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Teamsters OK Deal With 40% Raise for Frontier Air Maintenance Controllers

DENVER, Colo.—Teamsters Local 455 has ratified its first contract with Frontier Airlines, giving the 12sters maintenance controllers covered a 40% raise. The five-year deal, announced by the union Dec. 3, includes up to ten years of pay increases. It will bring the average pay for maintenance controllers, who manage the airline’s maintenance schedule, from about…

UAW Says New Trade Deal Won’t Stop GM Seeking Cheap Labor in Mexico
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UAW Says New Trade Deal Won’t Stop GM Seeking Cheap Labor in Mexico

DETROIT, Mich.—The United Auto Workers says General Motors’ plans to close five plants in the U.S. and Canada might be part of a strategy to take advantage of cheaper labor in Mexico—and the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement isn’t going to stop that. “We were hopeful that this new agreement would rein in the corporate greed that…

L.A. Nurses Reach Contract, Call Off Four-Day Strike
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L.A. Nurses Reach Contract, Call Off Four-Day Strike

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Los Angeles County emergency-room nurses and nurse practitioners called off a planned strike Nov. 27, after reaching a tentative contract agreement with county officials. Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents more than 7,000 registered nurses at the county’s public hospitals and clinics, voted almost unanimously earlier in the month to authorize…

Connecticut Unions Denounce Execs’ Call for Wage Freeze
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Connecticut Unions Denounce Execs’ Call for Wage Freeze

HARTFORD, Conn.—Connecticut labor unions denounced a state commission report calling for a wage freeze for state employees and teachers while cutting taxes on the rich. The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth’s report on the state’s fiscal health, released Nov. 28, says that in order to reduce its budget deficit, Connecticut should cut $1…

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