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Former Flight Attendants Strip In Protest of Job Losses

About 50 women were also protesting colleagues' working conditions

(Newser) - About 50 women who until recently were flight attendants for Alitalia staged a protest in Rome on Wednesday in which they stripped off their uniforms and stood chanting in their undergarments. The women chanted “We are Alitalia,” protesting the loss of their jobs, and the working conditions for...

Last-Minute Deal Keeps Hollywood Working

Entertainment workers were poised to strike

(Newser) - An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S. After days of marathon negotiations, representatives from the International Alliance of...

Workers at All Kellogg's US Cereal Plants Are on Strike

Union says company has threatened to send jobs to Mexico

(Newser) - Work at all of the Kellogg Company's US cereal plants came to a halt Tuesday as roughly 1,400 workers went on strike, but it wasn't immediately clear how much the supply of Frosted Flakes or any of the company's other iconic brands would be disrupted. The...

Film, TV Workers Vote Overwhelmingly in Favor of Strike

Productions will halt if progress isn't made in IATSE's contract talks

(Newser) - Film and TV production in Hollywood and beyond could soon be grinding to an indefinite halt. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees voted overwhelmingly in favor of strike action Monday, Deadline reports. The union says the strike, the first in its 128-year history, was approved by a near unanimous...

For Sex Workers in Canada, a 'Historic Moment'

Nation's oldest sex-worker group unionizes

(Newser) - The Canadian Union of Public Employees has a new group under its wings, in a big first for labor rights in the nation. Vice reports that the Toronto-based Maggie's, the nation's oldest sex-workers organization, has unionized under CUPE, the first such push by sex workers to stand up...

Powerful Labor Leader, a Former Mine Worker, Is Dead

Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO was 72

(Newser) - The president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, has died. He was 72, and the cause of death was not immediately revealed. Trumka headed the powerful labor organization since 2009, when he moved up to the post from the next level down, secretary-treasurer, a job he’d had since 1995. Before...

Amazon Pressured Union Voters, US Official Says

NLRB to decide whether to call another election at Alabama warehouse

(Newser) - Employees at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, who voted in April against joining a union, might get to vote again. A National Labor Relations Board official said the company exerted improper pressure on employees to vote no, NPR reports. The officer recommended that another election be held at the Bessemer...

After 20-Day Strike, Frito-Lay Is Ending 'Suicide Shifts'

Workers at Kansas plant will get one guaranteed day off per week

(Newser) - When the chips were down, Frito-Lay decided to meet a key demand of striking workers and guarantee them one day off a week. The company and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers union reached an agreement over the weekend to end a 20-day strike at a Topeka, Kansas,...

Teamsters Vote to Sign Up Amazon
Teamsters Decide
to Organize Amazon

Teamsters Decide to Organize Amazon

Union says company threatens working standards at other delivery services

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest unions is aiming to unionize Amazon workers. Representatives from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union that represents 1.4 million workers, voted on Thursday to make organizing Amazon workers a priority. That means it will create a division focused on Amazon and set...

Amazon Has the Votes to Defeat Union Bid

Workers in Alabama reject unionization

(Newser) - The result is not yet official, but the Wall Street Journal says the outcome is now clear: Amazon workers in Alabama have voted against forming a union. Early results had been heading in that direction, and the Journal reports that the anti-union effort has eclipsed the magic number of 1,...

Anti-Union Side Takes Lead in Amazon Vote

Alabama vote is tilting more than 2 to 1 against unionizing workers

(Newser) - Amazon is heading into the final stretch of a union push in Bessemer, Alabama, with a sizeable lead over labor organizers. With nearly half the ballots counted Thursday night, 1,100 warehouse workers had rejected the union while 463 voted in favor of it. The count will resume Friday morning...

In Surprise Move, Google Workers Form a Union

It's seen as a Silicon Valley first

(Newser) - The words "labor union" and "Silicon Valley" don't usually go together, but that has just changed in a notable way. More than 200 workers at Google have formed a union affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, reports CNBC . The Hill sees it as a "historic...

With 200 Meat Plant Workers Dead, the Feds Issue 2 Fines

Critics say it's too little, too late

(Newser) - With meat packers facing high COVID-19 rates , where were the feds? Investigating, it seems. Now regulators have slapped fines on two meatpacking plants and triggered a fresh round of finger-pointing over worker safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reports. Levied this week, fines against a JBS plant in...

Unions Threaten Work Stoppages Over BLM

'The status quo ... is clearly unjust, and it cannot continue'

(Newser) - Ahead of Labor Day, unions representing millions across several working-class sectors are threatening to authorize work stoppages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement amid calls for concrete measures that address racial injustice. In a statement first shared with the AP , labor leaders who represent teachers, autoworkers, truck drivers,...

Former Union Leader: Yes, I Did It. All of It.

Gary Jones admits to embezzling from the United Auto Workers Union

(Newser) - Gary Jones has confessed to embezzling over $1 million from rank-and-file members of the United Auto Workers Union, the New York Times reports. The former UAW president pleaded guilty Wednesday and admitted to skimming money for various personal expenses including golf outings, pricey meals, vacation rentals, liquor, and clothing. Prosecutors...

The Virus Upended Ellen. Her Crew Is Peeved

Production workers say higher-ups haven't been transparent on pay, scheduling

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres' most famous phrase is "be kind," but some of her own crew members say they aren't feeling that kindness from top producers on her talk show. "Numerous insiders" tell Variety that a group of 30 or so lighting coordinators, grips, camera operators, and other...

FBI Uncovers Scam Involving 39M Face Masks

A California labor union believed they were real

(Newser) - A major California labor union that claimed to have discovered a stockpile of 39 million masks for health care workers fighting the coronavirus was duped in an elaborate scam uncovered by FBI investigators, the AP reports. Investigators stumbled onto the scheme while looking into whether they could intercept the masks...

Nation's Largest Union Makes Its Endorsement

NEA waits til late in the game, goes for Biden as 4 big states get ready to vote

(Newser) - The nation’s largest labor union has lined up behind Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, with the National Education Association on Saturday endorsing the former vice president for the Democratic nomination over his last remaining primary rival Bernie Sanders. The NEA’s board of directors chose Biden following a recommendation...

GM, Workers Hit a Big Snag —and Mexico Plays a Role

United Auto Workers want commitments for US factories

(Newser) - Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors have taken a turn for the worse, hitting a big snag over product commitments for US factories, a union official wrote in an email to members, the AP reports. The letter from UAW Vice...

On One Issue, GOP Is in a Bind
GOP Is in a Bind on One Issue

GOP Is in a Bind on One Issue

That issue involves striking General Motors workers

(Newser) - Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It's a union they long have aligned with politically. There were no doughnuts from Republicans, the AP reports. Led by President Donald Trump,...

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