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Machinists File for Mediation at Southwest Airlines

August 28, 2014
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - After more than two years of direct talks with Southwest Airlines, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry.

Teamsters Ratify Stroehmann Contracts

August 25, 2014
By Stephanie West

Cheektowaga, N.Y. -- Teamsters Local 264 members at Stroehmann Bakeries and Grocery Haulers Inc. (GHI) in Olean, N.Y., have voted overwhelmingly to ratify contracts providing for significant workplace improvements. Route sales drivers and garage mechanics at Stroehmann voted in favor of a successor agreement that improves wages and maintains health care benefits.

IAM and TWU Alliance in American Airlines Negotiations

August 25, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - In a move that will lead to joint contract negotiations for more than 30,000 members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and Transport Workers Union (TWU), the two unions have jointly petitioned the National Mediation Board (NMB) asking it declare that post-merger American Airlines and US Airways are now operating as a single transportation system for employees in the Mechanic & Related, Fleet Service and Stores classifications.

General Motors Adds Jobs in Lansing

August 21, 2014
By Stephanie West

Lansing, MIchigan - Michigan-based car giant General Motors has announced a $174 million stamping facility at the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, expected to create almost 200 jobs. The new facility will produce stamping components for the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS family of vehicles and “a future product,” General Motors said in a press release. Its expected that Lansing will be the site of the next Camaro.

Cab Companies Illegally Charged Drivers 'Late Fees'

August 21, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Commissioner Meera Joshi have announced that Yellow Cab SLS Jet Management Corp. (SLS Jet) has agreed to pay $1,387,500 in restitution to drivers who were illegally charged by the company, as well as $125,000 in penalties.

More Buses Needed for Queens

August 18, 2014
By Mark Henry
, ATU Local 1056 President

Queens, NY - As president/ Business Agent of Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1056 which represents drivers and mechanics who work for MTA New York City Transit's Queens Bus Division, I testified to the need to enhance bus service, secure improvement to bus depots and develop new bus terminals in Queens before The NYS Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions. The committee, chaired by Member of Assembly James F. Brennan, looked at the MTA 2015-2019 Capital plan and I called for a marked increase in emphasis on the current and future needs of Queens public transit.

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