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Chicago's public school teachers will remain on strike, with classes cancel... Read Story
Monday marked the first full day back on the job for nearly 1,300 workers at GM's Tonawanda Engine plant.One of the longest strikes in years came to an... Read Story
The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference says members have been without a contract since July 23... Read Story
CHICAGO — The Latest on a Chicago teachers strike (all times local): 12 p.m.Chicago's mayor is accusing leaders of the city's teachers union of holding up... Read Story
The AFL-CIO announced Tuesday it will host a presidential forum next year as the crowded field of Democratic primary contenders battles it out for support from labor groups. ... Read Story
Waiting is almost over for UAW-GM workers. Here's when bonuses, lump sum payouts arrive Detroit Free Press Published 11:15 AM EDT Oct 29, 2019 Thousands of UAW-GM workers will get their hands on thousands of dollars in ratification bonuses — plus a 4% lump sum payment — on Friday, Nov. 8.  The money arrives after 40 days on the picket line outside of General Motors factories and just in time for Thanksgiving — and shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The strike at GM had 46,000 UAW workers off their jobs at 55 GM facilities in 10 states.  We're talking about two sizable payouts here that will arrive at the same time. It's money, no doubt, that could help retailers in many communities where GM has operations. Some local businesses saw a slowdown in sales during the strike in September and October.  The lump sum payout, a percentage of their base pay, is part of the wage gains included in the new contract ratified by the United Auto Workers members at General Motors. Eligible workers will receive a lump sum payout of 4% in the first and third years; and a 3% wage gain in the second and fourth years. The 25th of October is circled as the date marking the last day of the UAW Strike against General Motors on a truck door outside of Flint Assembly symbolic to the door used in the Flint Sit-down Strike as members celebrate outside of Flint Assembly after UAW ratified their contract with General Motors on Friday, October 25, 2019. Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press If someone makes $60,000 a year in wages, the lump-sum bonus would amount to $2,400 before taxes.  More: $60,000 bonus offer may lure UAW-GM workers into retirement More: A UAW-GM deal could bring big bonus, raise. Here's what to do with the money A ratification bonus of $11,000 is to be paid to permanent employees, while temporary workers will receive a ratification bonus of $4,500. Again, that amount is before any taxes and union dues are taken out.  UAW-GM workers in Michigan, for example, are in line to receive nearly $238 million in ratification bonuses, according to research by the Anderson Economic Group. That does not include the lump sum wage payments. Flint Assembly Electrician Mike Perez (right) celebrates with others outside of Flint Assembly after UAW ratified their contract with General Motors marking the end of the strike on Friday, October 25, 2019. Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press After a six-week strike, of course, individual workers still lost thousands of dollars in wages. The Anderson Economic Group estimated six-week wage losses ranged from $6,240 for in-progression UAW-GM workers to $9,240 for skilled trades workers. That estimate did not include any strike pay, which was $250 a week for most of the strike and later raised to $275 a week as of Oct. 14.  "These estimates illustrate the ranges of lost wages, which varies by hours, overtime, job classification and seniority," according to economist Patrick Anderson of the East Lansing-based consulting group.  Striking workers are generally not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits in many states, including Michigan. The strike ended Oct. 25 when the union announced that 57% of its members approved a new four-year contract with GM.  Not everyone, of course, will benefit from such bonuses. Workers at some auto suppliers were off the job, too, when GM factories were shut down by the strike and such bonuses will not apply to those workers. Workers at auto suppliers who were laid off generally are eligible for jobless benefits.  Contact Susan Tompor at 313-222-8876 or stompor@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @tompor. Read more on business and sign up for our business newsletter. Published 11:15 AM EDT Oct 29, 2019 Read Story
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Premier Blaine Higgs said he was "disappointed by the decision" and that his government is "prepared to appeal this to the Supreme Court, if necessary to do so." ... Read Story
Complaint also includes charges of on-the-job surveillance by hospital administrators of nurses. Read Story
'My commitment to Housing Works mission should not come at the expense of my well-being and the well-being of my coworkers.'... Read Story
Nigerian doctors Tuesday kicked against their non-inclusion in the just-concluded negotiations on new minimum wage.The doctors, under... Read Story
More Americans engaged in work stoppages last year than since 1986 – and the successful GM strike may encourage other union leaders, experts say... Read Story
A teachers' strike in Chicago moved into the 10th school day on Wednesday, ... Read Story
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Hospitality and gaming floor workers at Melbourne's Crown Casino will walk off the job for two hours this Friday night, in the first of a series of industrial actions their union says will continue through the Spring Racing season. ... Read Story
About 300,000 students in Chicago will miss classes for an eighth day on Monday,... Read Story
The teacher's union will continue their strike this week as Monday marks the eighth day some 300,000 students will miss school. Read Story
Read more about GM strike ends after new labour deal, Mexican plants to be reopened on Business Standard.GM said that by the end of next week all of its Mexican operations should be operating normally with all employees back to work... Read Story
Graduate students at Harvard University have voted to authorize a strike, but no date has been set for any walkout. Read Story
The teachers at Passages Charter School, who belong to the Chicago Teachers Union, won their demands. Victory at Passages Charter School Educators at Passages Charter School won a tentative agreement today that enshrines in the contract key provisions that are still not settled in bargaining for... Read Story
(Bloomberg) — General Motors Co. employees voted in favor of a new four-year labor agreement reached with the United Auto Workers, ending a nearly six week-long strike that has cost the company about $2 billion and rippled through the U.S. economy. The union said the deal was approved by 57.1 per cent of its members, enough to ratify the contract and stop the longest automotive walkout in 50 years. “General Motors members have spoken,” Terry Dittes, a UAW vice president and head of its GM department, said in a statement. The union will next target Ford Motor Co. in its contract negotiations. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company will be under pressure to avoid a work stoppage while it’s going through a high-stakes strategic revamp of its operations. S&P Global Ratings downgraded Ford’s debt to one level above junk on Friday, saying the overhaul will be difficult to pull off. The prolonged strike, which began on Sept. 16, dented revenue up and down the automotive supply chain, and potentially shaved tens of thousands of workers from an October jobs report due out next week from the Labor Department. GM and the UAW reached their agreement last week, awarding workers pay raises, $11,000 ratification bonuses and a route for temporary employees to reach full-time status. The contract also preserves the automaker’s generous health-care plan. Making Up Lost Time “GM is proud to provide good-paying jobs to tens of thousands of employees in America and to grow our substantial investment in the U.S.,” Mary Barra, GM’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “As one team, we can move forward and stay focused on our priorities of safety and building high-quality cars, trucks and crossovers for our customers.” Now GM needs to make up for lost time. The automaker built up inventory before the strike, especially with its new full-size pickup trucks, but it will take a week to get production up to full capacity, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting for research firm LMC Automotive. The company reports earnings on Oct. 29 and is likely to detail the impact of the strike and address how much can be recouped. Of the $2 billion lost, it could recover $431 million of that by year’s end, Credit-Suisse analyst Dan Levy wrote in a recent research note. But GM is unlikely to hit its adjusted earnings estimate of $6.50 to $7 a share, said David Whiston, a Morningstar Inc. analyst. Shares of the automaker rose 2.6 per cent to $36.74 on Friday, the highest close in almost a month. GM is proud to provide good-paying jobs to tens of thousands of employees in America and to grow our substantial investment in the U.S Electric Hummer The new contract is expected to raise the automaker’s labor costs by at least $100 million a year, though it allows the company to follow through with closing all but one of the four U.S. plants it announced plans to shutter almost a year ago. While the deal likely won’t help reduce the $13-an-hour premium that the Center for Automotive Research estimates GM pays workers over foreign automakers’ wage rates, it’s unlikely to lead to an increase in vehicle prices. Labor expenses only account for about 5 per cent of the cost of a car. GM committed to investing $7.7 billion in U.S. plants and create or retain 9,000 jobs as part of the deal. The automaker will save a factory that sits on the border between Detroit and the town of Hamtramck, where it will build a new line of electric trucks and sport utility vehicles. Among the models under consideration are SUVs that would revive the Hummer brand. The automaker also plans to build a new joint-venture facility in Lordstown, Ohio, that will make battery packs for electric vehicles. That’s still a setback for workers at a now-idled assembly plant in Lordstown that once made Chevrolet Cruze compact cars. GM has no new work for that facility or two former transmission plants in Baltimore and Warren, Michigan. Benchmarking GM The contract — which the UAW will use as a benchmark for its negotiations with Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV — included the following concessions to workers: $60,000 early-retirement bonuses for up to 2,060 eligible employees who leave between Dec. 31 and Feb. 28$11,000 ratification bonus for senior employees; $4,500 for temporary workers, hourly pay raises from $18 to $32.32 for entry-level workers within four years or less, three per cent wage increases in the second and fourth year of the contract, and 4% lump sums in first and third years, one-time company contribution of $1,000 to personal savings plan for members with defined pension plans. Those payments were enough to seal what started out as a tense set of negotiations. “The ratification vote is decisive,” said Harley Shaiken, labor professor at the University of California at Berkeley. “Workers were out for a long time and they had to consider how much longer they would have to stay out and what they would get. That calculation was swayed by the money up front.” Read Story
Peter Slevin writes about a teachers’ strike in Chicago, where the central sticking point between educators and Mayor Lori Lightfoot has not been salaries but the teachers’ demands for expanded support services and enforceable limits on class size. Read Story
Union leaders representing striking Dedham teachers met with town school administrators in a Saturday bargaining session, but there is no word yet if any progress was made. Read Story
NEW YORK — Cars will soon start rolling off General Motors' factory floors after a monthlong shutdown, but the pain will linger for some of the carmaker's... Read Story
“I asked the kids, ‘Do you want to know what we’re fighting about?’” said one teacher. They did. Read Story
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Striking workers at General Motors Co factories in the United States finish voti... Read Story
United Auto Workers (UAW) suspended a two-week-long strike after reaching a tent... Read Story
As the Chicago teachers' strike drags on, educators and union members formed a road block and locked arms Thursday during civil disobedience training.... Read Story
By Nora Naughton Unionized workers at several major General Motors Co. factories have voted to back a proposed labor contract, an encouraging sign for United Auto Workers leaders under...| October 25, 2019... Read Story
Workers at one of the largest General Motors factories have voted to ratify a new contract with the company, an indication that a five-week strike could be coming to an end. ... Read Story
Google employees claim they discovered a tool that can be used to monitor workers’ attempts to organise protests and discuss labour rights. Read Story
Read more about Google accused of creating a surveillance tool to curb worker dissent on Business Standard.Company says it's an effort to curb calendar, meeting spam... Read Story
A former top official of the United Auto Workers union pleaded guilty on Tuesday... Read Story
A tentative agreement between General Motors Co. and the United Auto Workers union to end a more than five-week strike hinges on ratification by a handful of large branches.. Read Story
UAW workers in Parma begin voting Wednesday on whether to ratify a proposed agreement or stay on strike and negotiate another contract.Union officials and... Read Story
If Kickstarter became a union company, it would be the first of the major tech companies to do so.The company has a chance to show which side it’s really on... Read Story
The strike will continue through at least next week as union members vote on a deal with General Motors, but there's no guarantee the work stoppage will end then.   From our friends over at the : Business News   You can see the Full Story: Click Here Read Story
The union representing Ontario's Catholic school teachers has decided to vote on a province-wide strike next month. Read Story