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Why are teachers and the Government still locked in impasse, a year since negotiations began? Read Story
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The union leader said the next step is a fight for healthcare benefits for Rutger's part-time lecturers. Read Story
Get a brief introduction to the Mexican federal labor law and learn about contracts, employment relationships social security, 2012 labor reform, and more! Read Story
The administration is making life easier for business owners and harder for workers. Read Story
Teachers in the New Haven School District took to the picket line for a 10th day of the strike, the same week high school seniors were to begin taking final exams. Read Story
National Labor Relations Board recently faced a situation where a group of unions claimed that a additional holiday granted to the non-union employees should apply to the bargaining unit employees in Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp. Read Story
This article is based on data and analysis generated by Bloomberg Law’s Analysis team. Read Story
OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian oil workers and their employers have extended their pay talks past a midnight deadline in a bid to avert a strike that would reduce the country's oil and gas output, negotiators said on Tuesday. Read Story
PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Levi's, H&M and Gap Inc. have backed a ruling that restricts the use of short-term contracts for garment workers in Cambodia, where critics say they are widely used to control staff and silence dissent.. Read Story
Joe Ku'e Angeles, president of the New Haven Teachers Association, made it clear on Monday that the strike won't stop until teachers get what they want. Read Story
Hyundai Heavy Industries has barely succeeded in dividing itself for the acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), overcoming strong opposition from its unionized workers.Now the company is facing resistance from the DSME labor union in carrying out due diligence.Hyundai Heavy... Read Story
The walkout, slated to start June 11 unless the two sides reach an accord, would affect nearly 100 Kaiser therapists and mental health workers in Sonoma County. Read Story
SEOUL, Jun.4 (Korea Bizwire) — Tower crane workers belonging to two major labor umbrella groups kicked off a nationwide strike …... Read Story
The junior doctor strikes have cost the health board more than $200,000 in extra wages so far and put pressure on surgery. Read Story
Union leaders go quiet ahead of Thursday's meeting with Education Minister. Read Story
Walmart Inc said on Tuesday it is seeking to attract high school students by off... Read Story
Nearly 30 years after staging a first nationwide strike for equal pay, women across Switzerland say they are preparing fresh action to push for wage parity next week. Read Story
The Mumbai Taximen's Union has demanded a hike in minimum fare of kaali-peeli cabs from Rs 22 to Rs 30, failing which its drivers will go on strike... Read Story
Tower crane workers affiliated with the Federation of Korean Trade Unions and the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions took over some 2,500 tower cranes at construction sites nationwide in an all-out strike, calling for a ban on small tower cranes and a wage hike, the unions said Tuesday.Labor... Read Story
A key voice in the unionization battle at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant was once forced to settle a slander suit. Read Story
Union wants the airline to drop its 'authoritarian' management attitudes.Hundreds of EVA Air flight attendants protested outside the airline’s headquarters in Taipei Tuesday (June 4), just two days before the result of a strike vote was expected to be announced. Read Story
By Vanessa J. Cheeks, June 3, 2019 SPoT Coffee on East Avenue is officially the only restaurant in Rochester where staff formed a union. The vote, held Tuesday, May 28 came after roughly 16 employees began organizing efforts in April. The effort was spearheaded by two employees; shift manager Cory Johnson and McKena Stickney. Johnson approached Workers United and led the union-organizing committee while Stickney served as the union’s observer in the election. Gary Bonadonna, Jr., Manager of Workers United for Upstate New York said, seeing young people fighting for a union was “inspiring:” “It’s really inspiring to see this group of really bright, courageous millennials at SPoT. [It] sarted with a couple of workers…and it came from [wanting] to have a say in their workplace. I’m sure pay is an issue but it’s also about joining something democratically and saying you’re equal to your boss,” said Bonadonna. Unions have seen a rapid decline in membership since the 1950s. But that could change soon. A report published by Gallup shows support for unions is particularly high among young adults and millennials. Researchers credit increased interest in social activism and dissatisfaction with low wages for this gravitation toward unionization. Bonadonna says he hopes this will inspire people in all jobs to band together, if only for better wages, benefits and a voice in the company: “The better pay, the better benefits those weren’t ordained by God. And it wasn’t just decided somewhere somehow that these jobs were going to be the ones that pay more. It’s because they organize strong unions,” said Bonadonna. “I’m anticipating hearing from workers from other companies…People will be reaching out to be like these workers who stood up and voted on a union and I’m thinking other workers want to do the same,” Johnson said he was inspired by baristas in Ithaca who also formed a Union with the help of Workers United. Employees at Ithaca’s Gimmie Coffee ratified their union in 2018. Johnson and other co-workers felt they had an opportunity to truly improve their working conditions as a united front. “I’ve worked in the service industry for my entire adult working life and that includes a good amount in college and I recognize that there’s a need for voice within the industry itself and in particular at SPoT,” Johnson explained. But forming a union isn’t easy. There are several steps you have to take before a vote can be taken and traveling through official channels can take time- time that puts employees’ jobs at risk. “There are issues and challenges with the national labor relations board. The laws protecting workers are very weak, the labor board will not come in the next day and conduct a vote and time is not on the worker’s side. Workers can be subjected to threats and intimidations,” said Bonadonna who assisted Spot employees as much as possible, coaching them through the entire process to make sure they knew what their rights as employees were. “He held the office open late for us. We sat with him and talked with him…we also discussed what to expect from the employer,” said Johnson, who did credit SPoT employers with not pushing back too much. He then explained the full process to Open Mic saying, he was “tasked with talking to our other co-workers about what we were doing and get them to sign the cards.” Here are the official steps to forming a union. Forming an organizing committee: This is the time to inform your colleagues and gain support. Petitioning for an election through the National Labor Relations Board: “Once we got a certain number of our co-workers signed up we told our employer what we were doing and filed for an election,” said Johnson, who also worked with Workers United to craft a letter of intent for Spot ownership and management. Holding the election to formally vote for a union Begin negotiations SPoT employees are about the begin negotiating with their employer. They cite working conditions and livable wages as two major sticking points. But, they will not be going to the table alone. Workers United is drafting up their first proposal to present to SpoT and helping them negotiate their terms as well. In a statement, Anton Ayoub, President and CEO of  Valshire SPoT Inc. said the company wanted to move forward in this process. “Our employees are an integral part of everything we do. We care highly about them. We respect their decision to join a union and we hope to conclude a contract with the union that is not only beneficial to our employees and the Company but one that also enhances our mission to serve the community,” – Ayoub Ultimately, SPoT employees have learned that unifying for a common goal is the best way to get what they need. As this rejuvenated labor movement looks less like steelworkers and more like your coffee shop barista, there is hope that service workers across all industries will begin to demand a seat at the table. For more information on how to form a union, you can visit the workers united website or call (585) 473-3280. Tags: coffee, how to union, rochester, spot coffee, spot coffee union, union, unionize Read Story
Rhetoric is heating up in the two-week old New Haven teachers strike, as teachers union and school district officials traded verbal barbs over the weekend before heading into another salary contract negotiating session Sunday. Read Story
Companies are relocating activity from China to avoid Trump's tariffs. This is bad news for US consumers. Read Story
UK manufacturing sags as Brexit stockpile frenzy evaporates: PMI... Read Story
The teachers union made a counter-offer Sunday in the ongoing labor talks with the New Haven Unified School District, "in an effort to end this 10-day teacher strike," according to a Facebook post. Read Story
General Motors (GM) executives announced this week that two of their vehicles will be produced in South Korea as American workers in Lordstown, Ohio are left jobless after their GM plant closure and other Americans’ jobs at the corporation hang in the balance. Read Story
Teachers, supporters and family members attend a news conference organized by the Clark County Education Association in front of Durango High School in Las Vegas Friday, May 31, 2019. Members of the teachers union threatened a strike if the legislature fails to fully fund education. Read Story
The importance of the industry to the town and the country was emphasised at a Save Our Steel rally in Scunthorpe... Read Story
Norway's oil and gas output could be cut by about 440,000 barrels of oil eq... Read Story
Four unionists who died at last year’s tragedy recognized posthumously NASSAU, BAHAMAS - As several unions remain at an impasse while some have recently taken a strike vote, Rev. Terrence G.Morrison, pastor of Zion Baptist Church on East and Shirley Streets, on Sunday blasted unions from the pulpit... Read Story