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Proposed union contract would drastically reduce LAPD overtime costs

October 30th, 2009

Looking to slash payroll costs in a disastrous budget year, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council have thrown their support behind a new union contract that is designed to cut police overtime costs by 83%.

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Workers vote to authorize a strike at 5 Chicago-area hotels

October 29th, 2009

Yesterday, workers at five area hotels, including the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Westin Michigan Avenue, W Lakeshore, W Chicago-City Center, and Tremont Hotel, voted to authorize a strike by an 89% majority, in a major escalation of a citywide labor dispute among Chicago’s downtown hotels. The vote authorizes the rank-and-file bargaining committee to call a strike or boycott, if necessary.

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Philly Transit Strike Possible This Weekend Over Piling More Health Costs Onto Workers, Lack Of Pay Raises

October 29th, 2009

Transit riders in Philadelphia are being advised to prepare for a strike. The union has said that if an agreement with the transit authority is not reached by the end of the week workers will walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

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More Ford Workers Voting No

October 29th, 2009

Despite heavy pressure from United Auto Workers officials, Ford workers are voting against concessions this week. The two largest ‘no’ votes came from assembly plants in Kansas City and Walton Hills, Ohio: 92 and 88 percent.

Bloomberg News reported today that thus far four plants with 6,100 UAW members have voted yes and seven plants with 11,400 members have voted no. In most locals reporting a ‘yes’ majority the margin is slim, as at Local 900 west of Detroit, with 51 percent in favor.

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Machinists: We offered Boeing 10-year, no-strike deal

October 28th, 2009

Wandering his union’s parking lot across the street from Everett’s Paine Field, Charlie Grieser clutched his paper coffee cup as he waded through the news crews toward Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon.

Grieser, a Machinists Union member who has been putting airliners together for 32 years at the Boeing Co. plant, didn’t need any caffeine to shake off the fall chill. He was fired up by, in his view, his employer’s betrayal.

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Grocery worker strike looms

October 23rd, 2009

A strike appears imminent for unionized grocery workers of Safeway as they head into a weekend that could bring the first industry stoppage in about 13 years, officials said Thursday.

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Strike Deadline Friday For Local Teachers

October 23rd, 2009

Teachers in the Shadyside Public School District have threatened to issue a strike notice Friday.In a press release, the teachers threatened to activate a 10-day strike notice Friday if they do not get a new contract.

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City, unions brace for costly talks

October 23rd, 2009

With little progress to date on municipal labor contracts that expired nearly four months ago, city officials and union leaders are bracing themselves for an expensive negotiating period that will likely extend into next year.

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TAs to demonstrate outside Stony Brook head’s inauguration

October 23rd, 2009

Unionized graduate student teaching assistants at Stony Brook University plan to demonstrate Friday during an inauguration for new president Samuel L. Stanley with a petition urging higher wages for the graduate assistants.

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Obama NLRB Nominations Spark Controversy In The Senate

October 23rd, 2009

While efforts to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) have raised great concern in the management community, the pending nominees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) could, if confirmed, have at least as profound an impact upon labor relations.

Currently, the NLRB has two members—Chairman Wilma Liebman, a former union attorney whose term expires on August 27, 2011, and Peter Schaumber, a former management attorney whose term expires on August 27, 2010. The Obama Administration has submitted nominations to the Senate for the three vacant Board positions: Craig Becker, Associate General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); union attorney Mark G. Pearce; and Brian E. Hayes, a Republican Senate counsel and attorney.

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