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LONDON - Heathrow Airport officials and labour union leaders averted the start of a two-day strike by workers at Europe's busiest airport, agreeing Sunday to keep on talking with a mediator's help for at least another day. Read Story
Kennametal Inc. will begin laying off its 60 workers from its Carbidie plant in Hempfield in October and continue through the end of March 2020, when the plant will close, according a notice the company filed with the state. Read Story
Warning that unless the UK government steps in with rescue plan administrators could seize control of the historic shipyard... Read Story
Commuters will be able to ride Melbourne's trains for free as part of public transport union industrial action. Read Story
Flights were cancelled by some airlines even after Monday's strike was suspended to allow time for talks. Read Story
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Patricia Pierre, center, who said she makes $8.75 an hour plus tips, stands with other HMSHost workers and union representatives as Unite Here Local 355 threatens a strike at the Miami International Airport. JOE RAEDLE GETTY IMAGES A union that represents about half the restaurant workers at Miami International Airport says it’s ready to walk off the job in the days before Christmas, just as MIA enters one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. The drastic move could leave travelers hungry and thirsty at dozens of MIA’s 78 restaurants — though the management concessionaire, HMSHost, says it has a plan of some sort to keep its 35 eateries open. But members of the Unite Here Local 355 labor union say they could destabilize operations if they strike to protest contract negotiations with HMSHost. The concessionaire, among other things, wants to charge some employees for health insurance. “We’re hoping this doesn’t happen,” said Daniel Seymour, who said he makes about $12 an hour as a cashier at the airport’s California Pizza Kitchen. “If they don’t deliver on the 22nd, then we’ll strike.” A bargaining session between the union and the concessionaire is scheduled for Dec. 22. If no agreement is reached, a strike could follow. Though no date has been set, it’s likely the walk-off would take place right before Christmas, when it would draw the most attention to workers’ demands. HMSHost said in a statement that the negotiations have been taking place in good faith, most recently on Oct. 2. The company is a subsidiary of Autogrill S.p.A., which bills itself as the world’s largest provider of food and beverage services for travelers and is based in Milan, Italy. “We expect all of our associates to continue to come to work as scheduled and continue to provide the high level of service and excellent food quality our customers deserve and expect,” said the statement from spokesman Sean Matthews. The union opposes a management proposal to charge existing workers health-insurance premiums for coverage for their spouses and children. HMSHost would continue to pay employee-only premiums. New workers would be required to pay a premium, even for employee-only coverage. For existing workers, the premiums would amount to between $20 and $45 a month, Matthews said. New workers would be required to pay between 10 percent and 25 percent of employee-only premiums, depending on coverage. The concessionaire hasn’t required workers to pay premiums for themselves or their family members in the two decades it has operated at MIA, according to the union. Labor opposes establishing two tiers of health coverage, which they say could give the company an incentive to force out older workers whose benefits would be more expensive. Premiums would be unaffordable for many employees who make minimum wage, said Nancy Torre, a “crew member” — which she described as a shift supervisor of sorts — at the Jose Cuervo Tequileria airport restaurant. She said she has worked for the company at MIA for 20 years. “The salary is not enough to cover healthcare,” said Torre, 46. Matthews said charging some workers premiums is “reasonable.” “HMSHost has offered a fair contract for our associates at Miami International Airport that includes generous wage increases that are more than the increase in the cost of living, the continuation of free health care for the majority of our associates currently enrolled in health care, and reasonable premium contributions for the remainder,” he said. Among the eateries staffed by HMSHost are Burger King, Starbucks and Pizza Hut. Elected Miami-Dade County commissioners have said they expect their subcontractors to treat workers like the government does. Miami-Dade pays for employees’ premiums, unless they want additional coverage, and requires them to pay to cover dependents. The county-owned airport has two separate contracts with HMSHost, one for nine locations in the North Terminal and another for 26 locations in the Central Terminal, according to Greg Chin, an aviation department spokesman. Only one of the contracts — the one for North Terminal — includes a “labor peace” provision intended to save the county money in case of labor disputes. Should operations be disrupted, the county’s obligations to HMSHost would be temporarily suspended. There are other concessionaires that run 43 restaurants across MIA, as well as newsstands that sell snacks. About 1,000 Unite Here workers at San Francisco International Airport held a two-day strike this week in a contract dispute with management — which at SFO is the airport, not HMSHost. During a news conference staged outside MIA’s Terminal E on Friday, union workers rallied and began signing pledge cards authorizing the potential strike. Though HMSHost says it has a plan to keep all restaurants open, union organizer Patrick Volcin warned that there could be some disruptions. “We’re telling all the travelers who are going through the Miami airport at this time: Bring your food. Bring your water,” he said. “Because any day the workers at HMS Host, they can strike.”   Comments Read Story
Postal workers have announced a strike starting this Wednesday evening, July 31st. According to the National Federation of Workers of Mail and Telegraph Companies (FENTECT), the class held the last meeting planned in the calendar of negotiations with the Correios, in Brasília, on Tuesday morning,... Read Story
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British Airways pilots will now go on strike after the company lost a second legal bid to stop industrial action going ahead. Last week BA sought an injunction to prevent the strike, but it was overturned. Read Story
Health workers including cleaners, security guards and administration staff will partake in a four-hour rolling industrial action to demand safer workplace conditions in light of assaults and abuse they face at work. Read Story
Staff and patients have complained that destabilizing management practices disrupt clinical care. Read Story
Collective bargaining has long been one of organized labor’s most attractive selling points. In its simplest form, collective bargaining involves an organized body of employees negotiating wages and other conditions of employment. Read Story
The airline will meet with the British Airline Pilots’ Association to continue negotiations after the Court of Appeal refused to grant an injunction. Read Story
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Burger King employees in Barcelona will finally be able to grow the beard of their dreams - if they so choose - after Catalan authorities ruled that the fast-food company’s prohibition on facial hair violated employees’ constitutional rights. Read Story
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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with teachers and a teacher turned reporter about the resurgence of teachers unions and strikes in states like... Read Story
Brian Strutton and his wife Sue enjoyed a trip to Valencia in April (pictured). Since returning to the UK, the 59-year-old union veteran has been busy orchestrating a mass strike by British Airways pilots. Read Story