National

Minneapolis Enacts $15 Minimum Wage
Municipal Government, National

Minneapolis Enacts $15 Minimum Wage

July 6, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Minneapolis, MN – Minneapolis became the first city in the Midwest to set a $15-an-hour minimum wage June 30, when the City Council voted 11-1 to phase it in by July 2022 for large employers. The bill gives smaller businesses more time before they have to…

Canadian Window Makers Settle Strike
Municipal Government, National

Canadian Window Makers Settle Strike

July 4, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel London, Canada – The union representing striking workers at a London window manufacturer announced June 28 that it had reached a tentative contract agreement that would end the walkout. The proposed three-year deal, which will cover about 150 workers at the Gentek Building Products Ltd. plant,…

L.A. Water Workers Win Big Raise
Municipal Government, National

L.A. Water Workers Win Big Raise

July 3, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Los Angeles, CA – Union workers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will get raises of up to 22% over the next five years, under a contract with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18 approved by the Los Angeles City Council by…

Unions Hail Delay of Obamacare-Repeal Bill
Health and Safety, National

Unions Hail Delay of Obamacare-Repeal Bill

July 2, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC – Labor unions hailed the Senate’s delay of a bill to repeal most of Obamacare June 27 after it became clear that the measure could not win a majority. “It’s beyond a victory,” said National Nurses United executive director RoseAnn DeMoro. “What people are…

L.A. Port Truck Drivers End Five-Day Walkout
National, Transportation

L.A. Port Truck Drivers End Five-Day Walkout

July 2, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Los Angeles, CA –  Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach truck drivers and warehouse workers ended a five-day strike with a rally at City Hall June 23. They delivered petitions with almost 10,000 signatures to Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, urging them to…

Basic Issues Divide Duke and Adjunct-Faculty Union
Education, National

Basic Issues Divide Duke and Adjunct-Faculty Union

June 30, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Durham, NC – Nine months after Duke University adjunct faculty began negotiations on their first union contract, the university and the Service Employees International Union have reached agreement on all issues except for pay and professional development. The basic principles at stake, 41 union members said…

SAG-AFTRA Board Calls Strike-Authorization Vote
Entertainment, National

SAG-AFTRA Board Calls Strike-Authorization Vote

June 30, 2017   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Los Angeles, CA – SAG-AFTRA’s national board voted unanimously June 25 to send members strike-authorization ballots if the union can’t reach a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers by June 30, when their current contract expires. “We have presented reasonable proposals to…

Unions Give Saskatchewan Government ‘Cold Heart Award’
Municipal Government, National

Unions Give Saskatchewan Government ‘Cold Heart Award’

June 29, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Saskatoon, Canada – Members of several Canadian unions presented the provincial government with a “Cold Heart Award” June 22 to protest its “heartless cuts” in social programs, privatization of public services, and tax breaks for large out-of-province corporations. “The people of the province elect our governments…

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