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Federal Panel Clears Way for United Airlines Union Vote
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Federal Panel Clears Way for United Airlines Union Vote

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Mediation Board dismissed accusations by United Airlines against UNITE HERE on Aug. 22, clearing the way for 2,700 in-flight catering workers to vote on whether to join the union. UNITE HERE submitted a petition for the vote in January with cards signed by three-fourths of the workers, who prepare and transport food…

Designated Boarding Areas For Horse-drawn Cabs In Central Park
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Designated Boarding Areas For Horse-drawn Cabs In Central Park

NEW YORK, NY—  New York City will be establishing designated passenger boarding areas for horse-drawn cabs at several Central Park entrances. Locations will be moved from heavily-congested nearby locations along Central Park South. “By limiting boarding of horse-drawn cabs to designated areas within Central Park, the amount of time that horses spend alongside vehicular traffic will…

S.F. Tech-Shuttle Companies Hire Scab Drivers—Before Strike Vote
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S.F. Tech-Shuttle Companies Hire Scab Drivers—Before Strike Vote

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—After tech-shuttle drivers in San Francisco rejected a contract offer in mid-August, the two companies involved began training strikebreaker drivers—even though Teamsters Local 853 members have not authorized a walkout. “This is really extraordinary, considering the members have not voted to strike,” Doug Bloch, political director of Teamsters Joint Council 7, told the…

Denver Airport Workers Launch Ballot Initiative for $15 an Hour
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Denver Airport Workers Launch Ballot Initiative for $15 an Hour

DENVER, Colo.—Workers at Denver International Airport launched a campaign to win a $15-an-hour minimum wage with a rally Aug. 23 in front of the Denver City and County Building. Backed by UNITE HERE, they are collecting signatures to put an initiative for an airport-specific minimum on the city’s May 2019 ballot. If passed, the measure…

Machinists on Strike at Kansas Auto-Parts Company
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Machinists on Strike at Kansas Auto-Parts Company

WICHITA, Kan.—Workers at a Wichita auto-parts retailer and warehouse went out on strike Aug. 17, the morning after they’d rejected the company’s final contract offer by a 35-2 vote. International Association of Machinists District 70 President Cornell Beard told the Wichita Eagle that Garnett Auto Supply and Jobbers Automotive Warehouse had been demanding “all take-aways”…

A Cabby’s Nightmare In The Age Of Uber…
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A Cabby’s Nightmare In The Age Of Uber…

New York, NY  – A New Day is Here!  That’s the triumphant headline on the New  York Taxi Workers Alliance website this week, after New York City recently became the first city in the country to “enact drivers’ demands into legislation” and place limits on the app-based car service industry — including a 12-month cap on For-Hire-Vehicles. 

Gig-Economy Firms Lobby California Dems to Void Court Ruling
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Gig-Economy Firms Lobby California Dems to Void Court Ruling

SACRAMENTO, CA.—Several leading gig-economy companies, including Uber and Lyft, are lobbying California’s top Democrats to take action that would blunt a court ruling that makes it much harder for them to claim their workers are “independent contractors” and not employees. The California Supreme Court’s April ruling in Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of…

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