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11 Arrested in Harvard Strike Protest
Municipal Government, National

11 Arrested in Harvard Strike Protest

October 22, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Cambridge, MA – Eleven people were arrested Oct. 14 after they blocked traffic in Harvard Square in a civil-disobedience protest supporting striking dining-services workers at Harvard University. The 11 included several strikers, UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang, and Local 26 lead negotiator Michael Kramer….

Will Denver Airport Renovation Jeopardize Jobs?
National, Transportation

Will Denver Airport Renovation Jeopardize Jobs?

October 22, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Denver, CO – Worried that the coming renovation of Denver International Airport will privatize their jobs out of existence, more than 50 food and retail workers wearing red “Am I fired?” T-shirts rallied there Oct. 14. Airport administrators hired a consortium of contractors in July to…

Pennsylvania State-University Professors Go on Strike
Education, National

Pennsylvania State-University Professors Go on Strike

October 21, 2016  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Pennsylvania, PA – Faculty members at the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education went out of strike at 5 a.m. Oct. 19, eight hours after state negotiators issued a “last, best offer.” “They told us they were done talking to us,” Association of…

In Union, Grocery Worker Finds His Voice
National, Retail

In Union, Grocery Worker Finds His Voice

October 21, 2016 By Mary Robbins Repost from UFCW.org Pittsburgh, PA – As a member of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 23 in Pittsburgh, Will Reynolds Young is making a difference in his community. “I’m someone who likes to speak my mind,” Will said. “That’s a really important part of having a union.”…

After 12 ‘Very Long Years,’ The Buffalo Teachers Federation Finally Has A New Contract
Municipal Government, National

After 12 ‘Very Long Years,’ The Buffalo Teachers Federation Finally Has A New Contract

October 21, 2016   By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell Buffalo, NY – Finally!  After 12 years of fighting for a new contract – ending what the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) said was the longest contract stalemate in the history of Public-Sector Collective Bargaining in New York State, the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) now has…

Teamsters Win Two Votes at XPO Logistics
Municipal Government, National

Teamsters Win Two Votes at XPO Logistics

October 21, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel North Haven, CT – The Teamsters have won two more elections in their bid to organize truckers and warehouse workers at XPO Logistics, with workers at a warehouse in North Haven, Connecticut, and a less-than-truckload facility in Aurora, Illinois, voting to be represented by the union….

Canadian Autoworkers Ratify Fiat Chrysler Contract
National, Retail

Canadian Autoworkers Ratify Fiat Chrysler Contract

October 21, 2016    By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Windsor, CT – Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Canadian factories have ratified a new four-year contract, the Unifor union said Oct. 16. Unifor said 70% of its members voted to approve the deal. The agreement, which covers about 9,750 workers—most at the plant in Windsor, Ontario,…

Municipal Government, National

Unions Protest Outside Trump’s DC Hotel

October 20, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Washington, DC –  Several hundred people picketed Oct. 13 outside the hotel Donald Trump recently opened on Pennsylvania Avenue, demanding that he bargain with union workers at a hotel he co-owns in Las Vegas. “He needs to sit down and negotiate immediately,” said Joshua Armstead, a…

Texas Teachers Sue District for Violating Free-Speech Rights
Education, National

Texas Teachers Sue District for Violating Free-Speech Rights

October 20, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Corpus Christi, TX – The Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers filed a civil lawsuit against the city school district and its superintendent Oct. 14, charging that they have violated its free-speech rights “to punish the union for its advocacy.” Corpus Christi AFT President Nancy Vera…

Texas Teachers Sue District for Violating Free-Speech Rights
Education, National

Texas Teachers Sue District for Violating Free-Speech Rights

October 20, 2016   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Corpus Christi, TX – The Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers filed a civil lawsuit against the city school district and its superintendent Oct. 14, charging that they have violated its free-speech rights “to punish the union for its advocacy.” Corpus Christi AFT President Nancy Vera…

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