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Manhattan-based local union that works with Fight for $15 has launched effort to unionize Chipotle and McDonald’s workers... Read Story
General Motors Co and United Auto Workers (UAW) said they will continue talks on... Read Story
General Motors (NYSE:GM) and the United Auto Workers say they'll keep talking on Monday, as the auto workers' strike enters week three.“Negotiations will resume first thing Monday morning and we wil... Read Story
The new anticipatory withdrawal rule doesn't mean employers can suddenly act as if there is no union just because employees want out. Here are your options. Read Story
Although classified staff at the University of Oregon were ready to strike Monday, Sept.30, as classes began, SEIU won’t walk out after a Saturday early morning agreement was made between th…... Read Story
The following is the press release that was sent out at approximately 12:45 pm on Sept 28, 2019.UFCW Local 555 reaches a Tentative Agreement with grocery employers in the thirteenth negotiation session; Fred Meyer boycott ends (effective immediately) Tigard, Ore–This month’s scheduled two-day session... Read Story
Some unions see a new law protecting gig workers as an opportunity to recruit many new workers, especially in the ride-hailing industry. Read Story
Tesla broke national labor laws when it unfairly prevented workers from unionizing, an administrative law judge in California ruled Friday. The ruling, which will likely be appealed, was first reported by Bloomberg. Read Story
If workers strike, it likely would shut down work at Republic Services’ material recovery facility on North Blue Gum Street and affect trash pickup at thousands of businesses and residences i…... Read Story
UNIONS: In Pittsburgh, 80 Google workers join United Steelworkers Union... Read Story
LaCrystal and Steve Ferguson of Spring Hill, Tennessee, joined their General Motors coworkers in striking just hours after they were married on Saturday, September 21... Read Story
POMONA, Calif., Sept. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Teamsters Joint Council 42 and Joint Council 7, representing a combined 350,000 workers and retirees in California, voted to support an unfair labor... Read Story
As the United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors stretches into a second week, dealers, auto parts factories, the automaker and striking workers are…... Read Story
In its negotiations with the striking United Auto Workers union, General Motors has put a seemingly tantalizing offer on the table: It has proposed building a new plant in Ohio to produce batteries for some of the one million electric cars it hopes to sell globally by 2026.The plant would be near... Read Story
If passed into law, the bill would integrate labor education into the mandatory social science subjects under the general education curriculum... Read Story
A unit clarification petition filed by the fledgling International Brotherhood of Professional Running Backs (IBPRB) was dismissed on September 17, 2019, by the Acting Regional Director... Read Story
In a landmark ruling, a US appeals court said that federal workplace protections apply even for federally-illegal weed businesses.... Read Story
DETROIT: If US consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Read Story
In Ohio and Canada, GM has furloughed more than 1,200 employees at engine plants. Read Story
The strike against General Motors by 49,000 United Auto Workers entered its second week Monday with progress reported in negotiations but no clear end in sight.... Read Story
The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against General Motors (GM) is set to go into its second week, as Monday marks the eighth day since 49,000 auto workers have been off the job. Read Story
An attempt by contract workers to unionize has brought the city’s industrial past crashing into the 21st century... Read Story
Three years ago, graduate students earned the right to unionize. A new proposal from the National Labor Relations Board seeks to take that right away. This is a part of a series of attacks from the Trump administration on organized labor following its resurgence as a powerful political force. Read Story
By Mike Colias and Nora Naughton The United Auto Workers strike at General Motors Co. is heading into its second week as union and company bargainers face unresolved issues ranging from the... Read Story
Alcoa Corporation, a global leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, has reported that members of the United Steelworkers (USW) have ratified a new la... Read Story
Democratic candidates are publicly aligning themselves with union members in hopes of holding onto their support — and winning over those who flipped for President Trump in 2016. Read Story
The nationwide walkout isn't just about the terms of a new contract for autoworkers... Read Story
Unionized workers at Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront have also walked out... Read Story
Federal prosecutors in Detroit have filed charges against an 11th person in an investigation of corruption in the United Auto Workers…... Read Story
OPINION UAW strike against GM had to happen Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Sep 20, 2019 In the age of instant analysis, almost any unfortunate event — a civil war, a mass shooting, a paralyzing strike or a power outage — conjures a corps of expert commenters eager to explain why it should never have happened. The premise of these critiques is always the same: If only a few key participants had been smarter, or less greedy, or more far-sighted, we might have avoided whatever unpleasantness we are all busy deploring. But there is more humble theory of history, one that traces great cataclysms to tidal forces mightier than the men and women tasked to contain them. According to this school of thought, some man-made events are as inevitable as the earthquake that result when one tectonic plate breaks free of another.  The UAW's ongoing strike against General Motors, which entered its fourth day Thursday, is certainly one of these. A season of unrest Say what you will about the corruption at the top of the union or the oblivious greed of GM's incumbent corporate leaders: This is a strike that needed to happen, a ritualized reckoning that may or may not have come in time to avert a wider and more unpredictable confrontation between workers and employers. Those who focus narrowly on the auto industry regard the strike as an unpleasant interruption in a period of sustained cooperation between U.S. automakers and the UAW — an unexpected and unnecessary escalation of hostilities between antagonists who haven't faced off in a national strike since before the 2008 recession. More: Former UAW Lordstown worker does double picket duty in strike against GM More: GM strike exposes flaws in U.S. labor laws But this is only the latest (and potentially the most destructive) storm in a sustained season of labor unrest that began with last year's successful teacher's strike in West Virginia and inspired subsequent strikes in the hotel, grocery store and fast food industries. The UAW's members, it seems, are not the only workers whose wages have not kept up with inflation, and theirs is not the only industry in which employment and benefits have failed to match the pace of corporate earnings.  According to the Gallup organization, popular support for unions is hovering above 60%, a 50-year high. That's more than half-again the 40% approval rating Donald Trump enjoys on a good day, and helps explain why, when workers strike in 2019, a majority of their neighbors are rooting for them.  [ Following the GM strike? Download our app for the latest news.] Striking for the middle class The immediate objectives of GM's striking workers are specific: Persuade their employer to keep jobs in the United States, to revive the domestic factories it plans to shutter — er, that is, un-allocate — in Michigan, Ohio and Maryland, and to diminish its reliance on temporary employees who earn lower wages and enjoy fewer job benefits than their permanent counterparts. The recent teachers’ strike in West Virginia is a lesson in the power of average people who believe in the power of unions. Associated Press The company says it needs flexibility to navigate the technological and economic headwinds that nearly destroyed it a decade ago. Workers counter that their sacrifices were critical to GM's recovery, and that they are determined to secure a larger share of the $35 billion profit GM has logged in the last three years.   But the laborers my Free Press newsroom colleagues talk to on the picket lines regularly expressed their desire to strike a blow in a broader struggle against income inequality, regressive taxes and anti-labor government policies.  Dominique Birdsong, who builds Chevrolet Silverados at the Flint Assembly Plant, told Free Press auto writer Phoebe Wall Howard she and her colleagues are striking on behalf of neglected workers across America. "I'm not scared, I'm hopeful. Because we're determined," Birdsong said. "We will rally together for the middle class." A scarcity of credibility  If the interests at stake transcend those of UAW members, the GM strike is taking place in the context of a federal investigation that has implicated the union's top leaders in promoting a culture of corruption. That probably made it harder for UAW leaders to sell any offer GM made before the strike as the best available. But it's simplistic to blame the strike on the UAW leadership's diminished credibility at a time when workers have lost confidence in so many others. Chief among them: GM CEO Mary Barra, whose $22-million annual compensation is 281 times that of the median GM worker, and Donald Trump. who promised to penalize companies that move jobs abroad but has delivered only a reckless trade war that has destabilized the entire industry. Trump surely understands that this strike is a product of employee resentment that reverberates far beyond GM's factories. His own election may be seen, in hindsight, as an earlier (and equally inevitable) consequence of that resentment. Whether the strike precipitates a quick settlement that defuses labor's anger or a prolonged war of attrition that inflames it depends not just on GM's next moves, but also on whether corporate leaders outside the auto industry recognize that their own gated communities are also under siege. The UAW's members aren't the only workers looking for signs their employers can read the writing on the wall.  Brian Dickerson is the Editorial Page Editor of the Free Press. Contact him at bdickerson@freepress.com. Published 7:00 AM EDT Sep 20, 2019 Read Story
United Auto Workers are striking against General Motors, and it might actually be working. Sam Seder and the Majority Report crew discuss this. Read Story
The unit chairman for Unifor Local 199 said layoff notices were handed out on Friday. Read Story
In July, Hector Figueroa, the revered head of the powerful New York labor union SEIU 32BJ, died of a heart attack. Figueroa’s successor is Kyle Bragg, who now stands at the head of one the most politically potent and effective unions in the country. Read Story
This morning in metals news, members of the United Steelworkers union ratified a new Alcoa labor deal, the European Steel Association (EUROFER) recently released its 2019 European Steel in Figures report and LME copper prices were up Friday. Read Story
The strike by the United Auto Workers, in its fifth day, is causing layoffs in related operations but has not yet resulted in shortages at dealers. Read Story
The National Labor Relations Board has proposed a new rule that would strip graduate teaching assistants at private universities of their right to collective…... Read Story
By Gunjan Banerji The strike at General Motors Co. this week unleashed a flurry of trading in the company's options, with some investors bracing for extreme moves in the stock. Volumes... Read Story
What happens next in Francisco Molina’s case, and others raising similar legal questions, could have ramifications for unions across the country. Read Story
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The birthplace of General Motors has been on an economic roller-coaster ride for more than a century as the automaker rose, crashed and retooled for changing... Read Story
Picketing auto workers have surrounded the massive General Motors complex for nearly a week in Flint, the automaker’s birthplace…... Read Story
Registered nurses staged a one-day strike against Tenet Health hospitals in Florida, California and Arizona on Friday, demanding better working conditions and…... Read Story
Registered nurses with National Nurses United say current nurse-to-patient ratios do not allow for the best possible care. Read Story
Two major Democratic presidential candidates plan to visit striking General Moto... Read Story