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New Contract at Coca-Cola
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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…

UFCW Attacks Baltimore Seafood Chain for Indonesia Labor Abuses
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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…

B&H Workers Try to Stave Off Warehouse Closings
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B&H Workers Try to Stave Off Warehouse Closings

August 11, 2017 By Steven Wishnia New York, NY – In a last-ditch effort to save their jobs, about 15 workers at B&H Photo Video’s two Brooklyn warehouses joined about 55 supporters for a protest outside Gracie Mansion Aug. 8. B&H announced in January that it was going to close the warehouses, one in Building…

Americans Should be Working in U.S. Call Centers
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Americans Should be Working in U.S. Call Centers

August 11, 2017  By Communications Workers of America  The Democratic Party’s plan for a better deal on trade and jobs outlines real policies to help working families fight back against corporations that want to shift more jobs overseas and cut wages and benefits for working Americans. For the first time, lawmakers are recognizing the impact of…

RWDSU Organizes Workers at Pleasure Chest
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RWDSU Organizes Workers at Pleasure Chest

July 9, 2017  By Stephanie West New York, NY – Workers at Pleasure Chest  in varrious locations throughout New York City voted to join RWDSU. Negotiations have begun for a fair contract with health benefits and job security. The RWDSU’s union organizing campaign at Pleasure Chest faced an intense union busting program. Store management hired attornies…

Court Orders Burger King to Rehire Fight-for-$15 Organizer
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Court Orders Burger King to Rehire Fight-for-$15 Organizer

June 26, 2017   By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel St. Louis, MO – A federal appeals court on June 21 ordered a Burger King franchisee in Kansas City to rehire Fight-for-$15 organizer Terrance Wise. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit unanimously upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s finding that EYM King of Missouri…

Senator Kaminsky Sides with Clare Rose Workers
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Senator Kaminsky Sides with Clare Rose Workers

June 25, 2017 By Jerry Levine, LaborPress LI Long Island, NY – New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky had the following statement on the ongoing strike at Anheuser-Busch distributor Clare Rose. Workers have been on strike for nearly two months against wage cuts and the loss of their pension. “The time is long past due…

Grocery Unions Slam Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods
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Grocery Unions Slam Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods

June 21, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel New York, NY – Leaders of U.S. grocery-workers unions reacted angrily to the news June 16 that Amazon will acquire Whole Foods for $13.4 billion. Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, called the deal a “disruptive and destructive battle between two…

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