By Nicholas Riccardi
The future of the American labor movement may lie just off the Las Vegas Strip, inside a squat building huddled in the shadow of the Stratosphere casino.
That's the home of the Culinary Workers Local 226, a fast-growing union of hotel and casino employees that has thrived despite being... Read More »
LANSING, Mich. -- Over the chants of thousands of angry protesters, Republican lawmakers made Michigan a right-to-work state Tuesday, dealing a devastating and once-unthinkable defeat to organized labor in a place that has been a bastion of the movement for generations.
The GOP-dominated House ignored... Read More »
Frustrated Walmart associates say they are planning 1,000 "protest actions" for Black Friday in at least five major cities. Making Change at Walmart campaign, the union-backed association organizing the strikes, also said that the strikes will spread over the coming week, culminating on Black Friday, the... Read More »
Two years ago, William (far left), Greg and Charlene Fletcher were the first three people at their store in Duarte, Calif., to sign up when OUR Walmart, a labor organization created by the United Food and Commercial Workers, came to town. Last week, they were among the dozens of Walmart workers in Southern... Read More »
It's been a long, hot summer for many working Americans, but perhaps none more so than the nearly 800 unionized employees at Caterpillar in Joliet, Ill., who have been walking the picket line in near-triple-digit heat on some days for nearly three months.
Despite the oppressive temps, picketing workers... Read More »
When young brothers Matthew and Michael Pestronk decided to become apartment developers in Philadelphia, they didn't expect to find bottles of urine littering their construction sites, or asbestos planted in the walls, or posters put up there of Mike's dead dog or of his wife with a penis superimposed on her... Read More »
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Union workers have rejected Caterpillar Inc.'s latest contract offer and walked off the job at Caterpillar's plant in Joliet.
Workers with picket signs lined up outside the plant early Tuesday. The contract expired at midnight for about 800 workers at the manufacturing plant. Read More »
By David Koenig
DALLAS -- American Airlines heads to federal court Monday to convince a bankruptcy judge that to survive, it must break labor agreements that workers fought decades to win.
The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declaration of bankruptcy last November.... Read More »
By Dave Kolpack
FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- The daily protests by union workers outside the American Crystal Sugar plant in Moorhead, Minn., have become sporadic, and nine months into the company-imposed lockout, the only hint of the ongoing contract dispute Monday was a pro-union poster someone had nailed to a... Read More »
By MaryClaire Dale
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The union representing journalists at Philadelphia's two largest newspapers might challenge the latest round of newsroom cuts, which coincide with the company's possible sale. Read More »
Working at a car wash may be better than digging a ditch, as the 1970s hit song says, but employees in New York City who work cleaning cars and trucks say pay and working conditions need vast improvement.
A report released Tuesday shows that car-wash workers are paid less than minimum wage, routinely denied... Read More »
Some say it's a devil's bargain. Arizona government employees, who have suffered recent pay cuts, could get a 5 percent raise. All they have to do is give up many of their civil service protections, reports Stateline. Gov. Jan Brewer's "personnel reform" proposal, if it becomes law, would strip away much of... Read More »
You have to say this for Derrick Curtis Saunders, he's got gumption. The former Denver police officer is petitioning to be reinstated after being fired from his job for driving a friend's car at speeds of more than 140 mph while impaired by alcohol.
Saunders pleaded guilty to charges of driving while... Read More »
Hospitals have become the latest enemy of the common man. A few months after 23,000 registered nurses in California staged a one-day strike, they're planning to do it again. And in the coming weeks, 6,000 New York nurses are poised to follow suit. There are rumblings of the same thing in New Jersey and... Read More »
By Hope Yen
SEATTLE (AP) -- Applause and cheers rang out after Unionized Boeing Machinists voted overwhelmingly to approve a four-year contract extension - a deal that grants the company labor peace and likely ends a federal complaint that had become a hot topic for Republican presidential... Read More »
By Gene Johnson
SEATTLE (AP) -- Some unionized workers at Boeing say they hope their vote Wednesday on a four-year contract extension augurs a new, peaceful era in their relations with the company.
The Machinists union announced last week that it reached a tentative deal following secret talks initiated... Read More »
By Sam Hananel and Gene Johnson
SEATTLE (AP) -- As Boeing executive Jim Albaugh spoke to an aerospace conference in New York, recent strikes by the company's workers in Washington state weren't far from his mind.
"We've had strikes three out of the last four times that we've gone to the table with the... Read More »