DURHAM, Ontario—The news that General Motors is closing its Oshawa assembly plant has left workers at nearby auto-parts plants dreading layoffs.
SEATTLE, Wash.—A Washington state appeals court on Dec. 24 struck down a Seattle ordinance establishing protections for hotel workers, on the grounds that the ballot initiative that enacted it covered more than one subject.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—UNITE HERE Local 11 announced Dec. 23 that it has reached tentative contract agreements with six hotels in Los Angeles, but not at 18 others in Los Angeles and Orange counties where members voted overwhelmingly in mid-December to authorize strikes.
WASHINGTON—The vast majority of federal workers oppose President Donald Trump’s partial shutdown of the federal government until Congress approves $5 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border, union leaders said.
WASHINGTON—More than 5 million U.S. workers will be getting a raise this January, as minimum-wage increases go into effect in 19 states and at least 21 cities and counties.
CANADA, Ky.—A virulent form of “black lung” caused by exposure to silica dust is afflicting thousands of miners—and the federal government has failed to regulate it, says a multiyear investigation by NPR and the PBS program Frontline published earlier this month.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Philadelphia’s Laborers District Council broke ground for a three-story, 66,000-square-foot building that will house its new training center earlier this month on Dec. 6.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Several Minnesota public-employee unions say they have gained members since the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME last June, despite the ruling enabling workers to stop paying anything to unions while still benefiting from representation.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Los Angeles teachers say they will go on strike Jan. 10, and no further talks are in the offing with the Los Angeles Unified School District.