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New Contract at Coca-Cola
National, New York, Retail

New Contract at Coca-Cola

Reprinted Lowell, MA – Local 513 members at Coca-Cola’s bottling plant in Lowell, Massachusetts, ratified a new contract with a unanimous vote. The contract calls for wage increases of 2.75 percent each year of the three-year contract, which amounts to increases of 68 cents to 88 cents per year. Members will also receive an additional 25…

Guitar Center Workers Ratify First Contract with RWDSU
Entertainment, National, New York

Guitar Center Workers Ratify First Contract with RWDSU

Reprinted  Washington, DC – Over 100 Guitar Center workers at stores in four states have unanimously ratified their first contract with the RWDSU/UFCW. The three-year contract, which covers Guitar Center workers in stores in New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Danvers, Mass., include guaranteed base wage increases over the three-year term, and access to union-provided health care insurance. “The contract…

CWAers Win Back Pay for State Workers
Municipal Government, National, New York

CWAers Win Back Pay for State Workers

 www.cwa-union.org Newark, NJ – The New Jersey State Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to pass a bill requiring back pay for state workers locked out during the state shutdown, and the Governor signed the bill into law. “We applaud Speaker Vincent Prieto and all those legislators who voted to pass a clean budget,” said CWA…

UFCW Attacks Baltimore Seafood Chain for Indonesia Labor Abuses
National, New York, Retail

UFCW Attacks Baltimore Seafood Chain for Indonesia Labor Abuses

August 12, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Baltimore, MD – An international federation of food-industry unions has launched a campaign against the Phillips Seafood restaurant chain, charging that its Maryland-style crab cakes are made from crabs shelled by Indonesian women working for subpoverty wages. Unlike other seafood processors in the Indonesian city of…

Ontario Auto Mechanics Strike
National, New York, Transportation

Ontario Auto Mechanics Strike

August 12, 2017 By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Thunder Bay, Ontario, – Mechanics and technicians at the Lakehead Motors car dealership went on strike Aug. 3, after it failed to respond to a contract proposal by International Association of Machinists Lodge 1120. “We were left with no other option and that is why we…

Puerto Rico Teachers Join AFT
Education, National, New York

Puerto Rico Teachers Join AFT

August 11, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel San Juan, PR -Vowing to “fight against austerity and privatization,” Puerto Rico’s teachers union signed an agreement Aug. 3 to join the American Federation of Teachers for a three-year trial affiliation. The Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, which represents the island’s 40,000 teachers, has been…

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