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Nurses and other union workers are expected to go on strike Monday at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s hospital.The hospitals’ operator... Read Story
Shares of Tesla are down sharply after a report that the company asked suppliers for refunds to help it turn a profit. Read Story
A National Labor Relations Board panel ordered an Iowa electric company to rehire and provide back pay to a utility pole worker who was fired after he complained on Facebook about the employer’s safety policies, saying his post was protected activity. Read Story
A recent decision from the NLRB on video footage of union activity offers a reminder that employers must tread carefully when union activity is afoot in their workplaces. In AdvancePierre Foods, Inc. Read Story
“The law provides that Medicaid providers must be paid directly and cannot have part of their payments diverted to third parties,” a Medicaid official says. Read Story
Hasbro Inc.’s second-quarter profits and revenue surpassed Wall Street estimates, signaling that the toy maker is moving past the demise of Toys R Us. Read Story
The motorcycle-maker is expected to report earnings of $1.41 per share on revenue of $1.42 billion....HOG... Read Story
Ex-UAW official pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate in corruption scandal – By Frank Witsil (freep.com) / July 23 2018 Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press Nancy Johnson, the one-time senior official in the UAW Chrysler Department, pleaded guilty Monday in a wide-ranging corruption scandal involving Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. As part of the agreement, the 57-year-old acknowledged before U.S. District Judge Paul Borman in Detroit that she violated labor laws, and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution’s case against other union and FCA officials. “I didn’t have a right,” she said in court, referring to her use of credit cards for personal items. The government said Johnson spent thousands of dollars meant for autoworker training on personal items, including first-class airline tickets, expensive luggage, $1,160 Christian Louboutin shoes, $4,587 at LG’s Prime Steak House and $6,900 at Renaissance Resort & Spa. Her actions, the prosecution has alleged, were part of a wider corruption conspiracy among UAW and FCA that involves bribes for favorable contracts. The UAW and FCA have denied that allegation, saying a few corrupt individuals stole the money, and their actions did not affect labor agreements, which are ratified by union members. “The misconduct by Nancy Johnson and certain other individuals, in this case, has been very disturbing,” the union said in response to the plea arrangement. “The UAW has taken strong measures to prevent a reoccurrence of this type of misconduct and our new leadership team continues to oversee improvements in our operations and financial controls.” Johnson’s agreement to cooperate suggests that the feds are investigating whether others are involved in the alleged conspiracy in either organization. Sergio Marchionne, who was replaced Saturday after becoming gravely ill following shoulder surgery, had been questioned in 2016 about the scheme by investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to a source familiar with the investigation. He had previously announced he planned to retire next year. Johnson’s plea also comes less than two weeks after Monica Morgan, the widow of a former UAW vice president, who is a metro Detroit photographer, was sentenced in the wide-ranging scandal in which the prosecution alleges the misuse of millions of dollars. Morgan, who was married to General Holiefield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, one year supervised release and a $25,000 fine. In addition to her fine, she is liable for an additional $88,000 in restitution. Holiefield died of pancreatic cancer in 2015. Morgan, one of seven people charged in the scandal, also pleaded guilty in February to a tax charge for hiding $201,000 on her 2011 taxes. Monica Morgan, widow of the late UAW Vice President General Holiefield, leaves the federal courthouse in Detroit Friday, July 13 after being sentenced to 18 months in prison on a tax charge for her role in the wide-ranging scandal involving misuse of money meant to train Fiat Chrysler Automobiles workers. Morgan will “self-report” to prison. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press In addition to conspiracy to violate the Labor Management Relations Act, Johnson had been charged with four counts of accepting prohibited money. Each of the five counts was punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But under the agreement, the sentencing guidelines call for 12 to 18 months and payment of restitution. The indictment outlined a conspiracy of payments to UAW leaders through a joint training center. In addition to Johnson and Morgan, prosecutors accused others, including former Fiat Chrysler executive Al Iacobelli of Rochester Hills and Jerome Durden, 61, of Rochester, a financial analyst at FCA who allegedly helped conceal the fraud, and also pleaded guilty. Iacobelli is accused of diverting more than $1 million in funds for his personal benefit that included funds for a $350,000 Ferrari, Mont Blanc pens and home improvements. He has pleaded guilty and faces up to eight years in prison with sentencing set for August. Johnson, who is represented by Harold Gurewitz, is set to return to court Nov. 19 for sentencing. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/07/23/uaw-official-guilty-corruption-scandal/818989002/ Read Story
Retail workers at Westfield Carousel have protested over paid parking which could see them slugged more than $700 a year to park at work. Read Story
A quarter of Ryanair's Irish-based pilots are holding their third 24-hour strike today, resulting in the cancellation of 16 flights. Read Story
Colombia was invited to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in earlier this year, in May. Read Story
Britain’s largest labour union Unite said that around 40 rig workers started a 24-hour strike at 0500 GMT on Monday on the Alwyn, Elgin and Dunbar oil and gas platforms in the British North Sea.@medic...highlights... Read Story
Just hours after thousands of health care workers at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospital walked off the job to strike, patients at other hospitals across the state said they were feeling the impact. Read Story
SEIU Local 1 janitors voted Monday for a possible industry-wide strike. Read Story
Complaints reportedly received from warehouse workers during Prime Day included stomach cramps, lack of access to water and time to visit the bathroom, sprains and musculoskeletal injuries... Read Story
A union official who helped negotiate a contract with Fiat Chrysler and was charged with accepting luxuries worth tens of thousands of dollars has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Read Story
Faced with a pension debt crisis, California schools may need to use over half of all their new money to cover growing teacher pension obligations. Read Story
Swiss authorities sanction on average ten companies per day for violating wage protection rules, according to official figures. Read Story
UFCW Canada Local 175 members at the Dr. Oetker frozen pizza production facility in London, Ontario are preparing to bargain a first contract after a victorious organizing drive.... Read Story
Ryanair warned investors of more strikes and weaker ticket prices this summer, pushing its shares down sharply, as it heads into the worst week of stoppages it has faced in more than three decades of... Read Story
Apart from demanding a reduction in diesel prices, truckers are also against the... Read Story
New Haven firefighters’ union Local 825 voted to leave Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut UPFFA and will succeed in effort... Read Story
Higher fuel costs, staff wages and strikes by pilots and air traffic controllers caused Ryanair's first quarter profit to drop 20%. More strikes are on the horizon.... Read Story
Cooks and household managers also would be guaranteed minimum wages and rest breaks under Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s legislation, which would set up an appointed board to oversee the domestic-work industry. Read Story
Downtown Detroit workers to announce strike decision at vigil Monday Detroit Free Press Published 8:23 p.m. UTC Jul 22, 2018 Janitorial services. fstop123, Getty Images The more than 1,700 janitors who clean the GM Renaissance Center, Cobo Center and many other downtown Detroit businesses will announce the results of a strike vote at a prayer vigil in front of the Compuware Building in Campus Martius on Monday. The janitors, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1, says they are seeking higher, more livable wages and improved benefits. Some janitors working in the city currently make as little as $9.45 an hour, and median annual earnings are so low, many rely on public assistance to make ends meet, said SEIU Local 1 spokesman Nick Desideri. "These 1,700 janitors have spent years making sure Detroit is safe and clean for everyone," he said. "They are not seeing the benefits of Detroit’s redevelopment." SEIU Local 1 union members protest for an increase in the minimum wage, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Mich. Fast-food restaurant and airport workers, as well as home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York on Tuesday morning. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Carlos Osorio, AP The janitors' contract expires July 31. At Monday's event, scheduled for 7 p.m., local clergy will offer prayers "for a positive outcome to bargaining, including the raises they need to support their families," Desideri said.  More on Freep.com: Detroit Councilwoman Janeé Ayers and state Rep. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, are also slated to appear. The janitors are primarily employed by three companies: Professional Building Maintenance/Preferred Building Services (PBS/PBM) of Southfield, ABM Janitorial Services of Detroit and GDI Omni of Southfield. Messages left at each company Sunday were not immediately returned. Workers rally for a $15 an hour wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Detroit in August 2017. Jim West, Jim West/SEIU Local 1's contract push for janitors is part of its "One Detroit" campaign, which includes efforts to provide $15 an hour wages and union rights for fast food workers, airport employees, and others. Union workers demonstrated at the airport in November 2016 and workers protested outside Detroit fast-food restaurants last August. Contact Keith Matheny: (313) 222-5021 or kmatheny@freepress.com. Follow on Twitter @keithmatheny. Published 8:23 p.m. UTC Jul 22, 2018 Read Story
The Trump administration is continuing its war against unions by trying to make it harder for lowly paid home healthcare workers to pay union dues. Read Story
Nurses have won the support of Sen.Bernie Sanders, who blasted the hospital for not offering workers a living wage... Read Story
Increased fuel prices and pilot costs, along with lower fares due to the weather and World Cup, have hit the airline. Read Story
US Steel is satisfied with its Slovakian plant and considering new investments to increase the Kosice-based steelworks’ competitiveness, rather than divesting the unit, according to Slovakian Deput…... Read Story
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Unionized nurses and some other workers at two major Rhode Island hospitals have voted to strike.The nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital, both in Providence, voted Thursday to start their strike at 3 p.m. Monday.The roughly 2.400 hospital workers are represented by United Nurses & Allied Professionals Local 5098.The union did not release the results of Thursday's strike vote but said members voted "overwhelmingly" to strike. The union rejected a three-year contract offer from hospital parent company Lifespan earlier this month. Read Story
The new Verizon wireline agreements provide annual wage increases of 2.5 percent in 2020, 2.5 percent in 2021, 2.75 percent in 2022 and 3 percent in 2023, while the 2016 contract already provides for a 2.5 percent increase in 2019. Read Story