Environment and Energy

Talks to Resume in Montana Talc-Mill Lockout
Environment and Energy, Features, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Talks to Resume in Montana Talc-Mill Lockout

THREE FORKS, Mont.—The company that locked out workers at its talc-milling plant in Three Forks Aug. 2 has agreed to return to the bargaining table in September, under federal mediation. Imerys America and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers agreed Aug. 27 to schedule the talks for Sept. 11 and 12. The lockout began after members…

Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel’s Two-Tier Contract Offer ‘Insulting’
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Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel’s Two-Tier Contract Offer ‘Insulting’

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—With the United Steelworkers’ contracts with two major steelmakers expiring at midnight Sept. 1, U.S. Steel has proposed a seven-year deal that would cut wages and benefits for future hires—and phase out raises for all workers in favor of profit-sharing bonuses. The proposal would give the more than 16,000 union employees signing bonuses of…

17 Years Later, WTC Health Crisis Deepens
Environment and Energy, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, New York

17 Years Later, WTC Health Crisis Deepens

Editor’s Note: The following report comes via WBGO.org To hear Bob Hennelly’s investigative piece, click here. It has been seventeen years since the September 11th attack and from all outward signs it appears that lower Manhattan, the physical place, has fully rebounded and that history has moved on. But thousands of 9-11 first responders and survivors are…

Labor Dept. Eyes Wage Theft by Pentagon Cafeteria Contractor
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Labor Dept. Eyes Wage Theft by Pentagon Cafeteria Contractor

ARLINGTON. Va.—The contractor that manages the Pentagon’s food court is once again being probed by the Department of Labor over wage-theft allegations. Workers in the Pentagon’s cafeteria, employed by the Seven Hills food-services company, told the U.K. Guardian that department investigators have interviewed them several times, and Good Jobs Nation organizer Connie Linares said they…

Three More Towns Deny National Grid Permits Until Lockout Ends
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Three More Towns Deny National Grid Permits Until Lockout Ends

QUINCY, Mass.—Three more Massachusetts towns have announced that they will deny the National Grid gas company permits for any non-emergency work until it ends its two-month lockout of more than 1,200 union workers. On Aug. 14, Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch told the company that would be “the formal policy of my administration,” and the Melrose…

‘No Movement’ From Company in National Grid Lockout
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‘No Movement’ From Company in National Grid Lockout

HAVERHILL, Mass.—The lockout of more than 1,100 National Grid gas workers in Massachusetts is now well into its second month with no sign of an end, union members say. “Every time we’ve met with the company’s negotiating team we’ve asked two questions,” Jeff Hamel of United Steelworkers Local 12012-04 told the Eagle-Tribune. “If they’ll allow…

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