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Chicago Has ‘More Sweatshops than Starbucks’

May 26, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Chicago has more than 180 low-wage workplaces where workers regularly experience unsafe conditions, wage theft, injuries, sexual harassment, and discrimination and are afraid to complain about it, according to a study released May 18.

UAW Says GM’s Lordstown Plant Won’t Slow Production

May 26, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lordstown, OH - General Motors has indefinitely postponed plans to slow down the assembly line at its Lordstown factory, the two United Auto Workers locals representing about 3,000 workers there announced on Facebook on May 16.

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Agreement With Uptown Productions

May 25, 2017 
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA

Los Angeles, CA - SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement with Uptown Productions that covers production of Nickelodeon exhibition programs. The new four-year agreement was reached on May 3 following negotiations that began on December 6, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Nabisco Workers Protest at Mondelēz Shareholders’ Meeting

May 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Lincolnshire, IL - Protesting the company’s closing U.S. factories and moving jobs abroad, members and supporters of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers’ International Union demonstrated outside Nabisco/Mondelēz’s annual shareholder meeting in this Chicago suburb May 17.

New Jersey Adjuncts Join AFT

May 25, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newark, NJ - More than 300 adjunct professors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology here have voted to join the American Federation of Teachers, the union announced.

AFGE Fights for Quality Healthcare at VA

May 24, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - A Senate bill that would allow VA managers to fire rank-and-file workers based on scant evidence of wrongdoing and with little ability to appeal is a dangerous step toward politicizing the federal government's career civil service, the head of the largest government employee union testified today.

Connecticut State Workers Try to Stop Concessions

May 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hartford, CT - Connecticut’s State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition will resume talks with the state May 24 while trying to fend off demands for concessions from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and both Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature.

AT&T Workers Strike for Three Days

May 24, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - More than 40,000 AT&T workers went on strike May 19-21, demanding that the company commit to “bargaining that addresses affordable benefits, fair wages and job security” and stop its “pervasive offshoring of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminate good jobs and hurt customer service,” the Communications Workers of America said May 19.

AFGE Opposing Privatization Jobs

May 22, 2017  
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC -  The American Federation of Government Employees is joining with other employee organizations in opposing any attempts to privatize the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control system.

Mexican Phone Operators Win 4.2% Raise

May 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Mexico City - The union representing more than 60,000 operators at Telmex, Mexico’s quasi-monopoly telephone and telecommunications company, ratified a contract May 16 that will give them a 4.2% wage increase and avert a strike scheduled for May 25.

Perth Amboy Nursing-Home Workers Reach Deal, Avert Strike

May 22, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Perth Amboy, NJ - Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East reached a contract agreement with Alameda Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare May 15, averting a 24-hour strike scheduled for May 17.

NLRB Charges Volkswagen Refused to Bargain With UAW

May 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chattanooga, TN - The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Volkswagen May 12, alleging that the company illegally refused to bargain with United Auto Workers Local 42 over changes to health-insurance benefits and scheduling at its Chattanooga factory.

Saskatchewan ATU Sues to Save Province’s Bus Service

May 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Regina, Canada - The Amalgamated Transit Union filed a lawsuit May 18 asking the courts to stop the provincial government from closing the publicly owned Saskatchewan Transportation Company bus service.

Newark Teachers OK Four-Year Contract

May 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Newark, NJ - Newark’s public-school teachers and staff overwhelmingly ratified a four-year contract May 11 that will give them raises averaging 2.4% a year if they’re rated “effective” or “highly effective.”

Pilots Unionize at Canada’s 2nd-Largest Airline

May 19, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Calgary, Canada - Pilots at WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline, have voted to join the Air Line Pilots Association, the union announced May 12.

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