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VW’s ‘Anti-Union Union’ Loses Standing

September 29, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chattanooga, TN - Membership in the “anti-union union” trying to counter the United Auto Workers at Volkswagen’s plant here has dropped below the share needed to qualify for meetings with management, the company said Sept. 22.

NYC Ferry Boat Expansion

September 26, 2016  
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -   Construction has begun on 19 vessels that will service New York City’s first citywide ferry system. Over 200 full-time builders in two shipyards are working on the project.

IAM Supports Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Merger

September 26, 2016 
By Tara Jessup, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has announced its support of the proposed Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger.

Unifor-GM Deal Saves Ontario Plant, Sacrifices Pensions

September 23, 2016
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toronto, Ontario—Unifor and General Motors announced a tentative contract deal late Sept. 19 in which the company promised to continue production at its Oshawa plant—and the union agreed to give up defined-benefit pensions for future workers, putting them in a defined-contribution plan instead. The proposal would cover about 3,900 workers at GM’s Oshawa and St. Catharines factories.

Canadian Auto Strike Deadline Nears

September 19, 2016
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel


OSHAWA, Ontario—With contract talks racing to beat a strike deadline coming at midnight on Sept. 19, General Motors and the Canadian autoworkers' union Unifor remained well apart on whether the company would build new models at its Oshawa vehicle-assembly plant. “There's a hell of a lot of work to do and not a lot of time with which to do it,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias told the Canadian Broadcasting Company Sept. 18.

Machinists Union Opposes Proposal to Weaken Pensions

September 16, 2016 
By John Quinn, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and a broad coalition of union and retiree groups stand in opposition to a proposal circulating in Congress that would weaken funding standards for multi-employer pensions and dilute protections for workers in new plans.

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