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Video-Game Strike in Second Week
National, Retail

Video-Game Strike in Second Week

November 3, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Los Angeles, CA – SAG-AFTRA members at 11 video-game companies, including Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard, have been on strike since Oct. 21. The workers who do voiceovers, stunts, and motion-capture work for the games walked out after the companies would not agree to pay them…

Last Union Settles, Ending Toledo Glass Strike
Municipal Government, National

Last Union Settles, Ending Toledo Glass Strike

November 2, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Toledo, OH – The last of four unions at Libbey Inc.’s glassware plant here ratified a contract Oct. 25, ending a 14-day strike. Dave Nelson, president of Glass Molders Plastics Local 59, announced that members overwhelmingly approved a three-year deal that they had narrowly rejected two…

Women Move Into Massachusetts Building Trades
Building Trades, National

Women Move Into Massachusetts Building Trades

November 2, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Boston, MA – Massachusetts has become one of the leaders at employing women in the nearly all-male building trades. In 2015, women filled more than 6% of apprentice positions in the state, a 50% increase from 2012. Women also did 5% of the total construction work…

Adjunct-Professor Unions Gain Around Nation
Education, National

Adjunct-Professor Unions Gain Around Nation

November 1, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel   Minneapolis, MN – Unions have been making significant gains in organizing the growing number of part-time and non-tenured faculty at universities around the nation: In 2015, there were at least 21 new collective bargaining units of non-tenure-track faculty at private colleges and universities, according to…

Federal Judge Sustains Idaho ‘Right to Work’ Law
Municipal Government, National

Federal Judge Sustains Idaho ‘Right to Work’ Law

November 1, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Boise, ID – A federal judge on Oct. 24 dismissed International Union of Operating Engineers Local 370’s challenge to Idaho’s so-called “right-to-work” law. Local 370, which represents about 400 workers at the Boise locomotive manufacturer MotivePower, argued that the law was unconstitutional because it forced the…

Harvard Food Strike Ends as Workers OK Contract
Education, National

Harvard Food Strike Ends as Workers OK Contract

October 31, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Cambridge, MA – The three-week strike by dining-hall workers at Harvard University ended Oct. 27, the morning after they voted 583-1 to ratify a five-year contract. The agreement, according to UNITE HERE Local 26, will give the about 750 workers their main demands: a minimum salary…

Win Week In Review
Multimedia, National

Win Week In Review

October 30, 2016   By Doug Cunningham Workers Independent News Hartford, CT – 750 striking Harvard dining hall workers have won their three-week strike. UNITE-HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang says the union’s bargaining committee believes the tentative agreement “addresses all of the concerns” raised by the striking workers. They demanded at least $35,000 a year…

Innovators: Tapping into Public Employee Potential
Features, Municipal Government, National

Innovators: Tapping into Public Employee Potential

October 30, 2016   By Deirdre O’Neill Reprinted: afscme.org Ashtabula County, OH – Innovators: Tapping into Public Employee Potential ODOT District 4 mechanics from Ashtabula County, Tim Wood (left) and Tim Rogers, are innovators who thought outside the box to develop a snow- and ice-free truck step that has virtually eliminated slips and falls for ODOT…

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