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Uber and Lyft are trying to make an end-run around unionization, Business Insider

Uber and Lyft are trying to make an end-run around unionization, Business Insider | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Business Insider - The ride-hailing companies can't afford a unionized workforce and argue in an op-ed that employment law should be changed..Read more at businessinsider.sg...
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Children’s Minnesota nurses authorize strike

Children’s Minnesota nurses authorize strike | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Nurses at Children's Minnesota in St. Paul and Minneapolis voted to reject the health system's latest offer and authorized negotiators to call a strike, according to a union announcement.
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Penticton municipal workers vote overwhelmingly for strike action - Okanagan | Globalnews.ca

Penticton municipal workers vote overwhelmingly for strike action - Okanagan | Globalnews.ca | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The union announced that it applying to B.C. Labour Relations to have a mediator appointed.
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Vox Media Staffers Unanimously Ratify First Ever WGA East Contract –

Vox Media Staffers Unanimously Ratify First Ever WGA East Contract – | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The editorial staffs of Vox Media’s seven digital news outlets have voted unanimously to ratify their first-ever contract with the WGA East.The new three-year agreement covers some 350 writers and…...
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The DFW workers who prepare your food on flights just voted overwhelmingly to strike | Airlines

The DFW workers who prepare your food on flights just voted overwhelmingly to strike | Airlines | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Unionized Dallas-Fort Worth employees of airline catering company LSG Sky Chefs voted this week to strike over low wages and a lack of affordable...
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Logan Airport Food Workers OK a Strike Right Before Fourth of July

Logan Airport Food Workers OK a Strike Right Before Fourth of July | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Food service workers at Logan Airport voted Thursday to authorize a strike unless a deal is reached with American and United contractor LSG Sky Chefs.
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Workplace discrimination cases are being closed before investigation

Workplace discrimination cases are being closed before investigation | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in reaction to lacking support from Congress, has made 30 percent of its cases low-priority.
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Essential California: Using social media to make sure farmworkers know their rights - Los Angeles Times

Essential California: Using social media to make sure farmworkers know their rights - Los Angeles Times | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
As a record-breaking heat wave boiled across the state, the United Farm Workers union turned to social media to inform farmworkers about their rights.
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Colombia: increasing violence against union leaders

Colombia: increasing violence against union leaders | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Colombian trade union leaders Igor Díaz and Dibeth Quintana have again received death threats. Since Iván Duque became president last year, violence against union and social leaders has been on the rise.
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Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan plan to launch labor union

Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan plan to launch labor union | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Lifestyle Uber Eats delivery staff in Japan plan to launch labor union...
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Tennessee Volkswagen plant to finish unionization vote

Tennessee Volkswagen plant to finish unionization vote | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Get breaking national and world news, broadcast video coverage, and exclusive interviews. Find the top news online at ABC news.
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Employment Law Updates: SCOTUS Title VII Case, Paid Leave

Employment Law Updates: SCOTUS Title VII Case, Paid Leave | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Latest Employment Law Updates: U.S. Supreme Court recently found in Fort Bend County v. Davis that Title VII’s requirement of EEOC first in not jurisdictional, rules on joint employer status, and MA's Paid Family and Medical Leave law.
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Nurses authorize strike at Twin Cities Children's hospitals | MPR News

Nurses authorize strike at Twin Cities Children's hospitals | MPR News | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The vote doesn't mean a strike in imminent, but the strike authorization means union leaders could call a strike any time without going back to the rank-and-file. However, before walking out the nurses would have to wait out a 10-day notice period.
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Workers at Station Casinos’ Sunset Station unionize

Workers at Station Casinos’ Sunset Station unionize | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
NEWS / PRESS RELEASES JUN 13, 2019 Workers at Station Casinos’ Sunset Station unionize ONLINE / TWEET FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 13, 2019 Media Contact: Bethany Khan ▪ BKhan@culinaryunion226.org ▪ (702) 387-7088 Workers at Station Casinos’ Sunset Station unionize LAS VEGAS, NV – Workers at the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, which is owned and operated by Station Casinos, voted to unionize on Thursday, June 13, 2019, through a secret-ballot election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). During the one-day NLRB election, 437 workers voted and 83% voted “YES” for the union. Approximately 600 Sunset Station workers will be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE. “Once again, Station Casinos workers, this time at Sunset Station, have spoken loud and clear that they want a union, fair wages, and good benefits like at other union casinos in Las Vegas and that they want to be treated fairly on the job,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer and leader of the Culinary Union. “We call on Station Casinos to immediately to negotiate and settle a fair contract for the workers at Sunset Station, Palms, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, and Boulder Station.” Sunset Station is the fifth Station Casinos Las Vegas property to unionize since 2016. Station Casinos, the third-largest private-sector employer in Southern Nevada, is the operating subsidiary of Red Rock Resorts, Inc. Workers at five Station Casinos’ Las Vegas properties are now unionized and fighting for a union contract: Boulder Station (September 2016), Palace Station (March 2017), Green Valley Ranch (November 2017), Palms (April 2018), and Sunset Station (June 2019). “I am so happy to be become part of the union!” said Athena Sarelio, a food server at the Sunset. “I voted YES for the Culinary Union so I could have security for my family. I want to ensure that when I retire one day, I will be able to retire with dignity with a union pension. I can’t wait to negotiate a contract!” Station Casinos has said many times that they would respect their employees’ right to hold an NLRB election: “We have said all along that if a fair and lawful election is held we will abide by the results.” - Richard Haskins, president of Station Casinos (Las Vegas Review Journal – September 1, 2016) “We…support their right to join a union if they so choose as that decision is theirs, not ours, to make.” – Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Las Vegas Sun - February 12, 2016). “We’ve always respected our employees’ right to join a union if that’s what they want to do.” – Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Las Vegas Sun - January 20, 2016) “Station Casinos officials have said they are willing to allow a secret-ballot vote” (Las Vegas Review Journal - October 7, 2014) “The decision to join a union belongs to our team members, and we respect that right.” – Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Las Vegas Sun – August 29, 2014) “We’ve made it really clear that the door is open for a secret-ballot election.” - Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Wall Street Journal – March 22, 2013) “Station saying a secret-ballot election is allowed and welcomed.” (Las Vegas Sun – January 22, 2012) “If the employees choose they wanna be in the union, then that’s their choice.” – Lorenzo Fertitta (Heavy MMA – September 2, 2011) “We have always recognized our team members’ right to be represented by a union if they so choose.” – Lori Nelson, Station Casinos spokeswoman (Las Vegas Review Journal – February 17, 2011) This latest unionizing victory at Sunset Station follows a May 22, 2019 NLRB decision and order finding that Station Casinos’ Palms Casino Resort has unlawfully refused to recognize and bargain with the Culinary and Bartenders Unions. In 2010, workers at Station Casinos started a public organizing drive. A majority of workers in the classifications that Culinary and Bartenders’ traditionally represents (which includes most of the hotel and food and beverage workers in a casino hotel) signed a public petition to demand a fair process to exercise their right to choose whether to unionize. Changes to NLRB rules in 2014 created new opportunities for workers to choose whether to unionize through NLRB-supervised secret-ballot elections despite Station Casinos’ management interference, intimidation, bullying, and litigation. Red Rock Resorts (NASDAQ: RRR) became the parent company of Station Casinos through an IPO in 2016. The company is controlled by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, billionaire supporters of President Donald Trump. In addition to the unionized Boulder Station, Palace Station, Green Valley Ranch, Palms, and Sunset Station, the company’s other casino-hotels in Las Vegas include: Red Rock Resort, Santa Fe Station, Texas Station, Fiesta Henderson, and Fiesta Rancho. -- ABOUT THE CULINARY UNION: Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165, Nevada affiliates of UNITE HERE, represent 60,000 workers in Las Vegas and Reno, including at most of the casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in Downtown Las Vegas. UNITE HERE represents 300,000 workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America. The Culinary Union, through the Culinary Health Fund, is one of the largest healthcare consumers in the state. The Culinary Health Fund is sponsored by the Culinary Union and Las Vegas-area employers. It provides health insurance coverage for over 130,000 Nevadans, the Culinary Union’s members and their dependents. The Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest immigrant organization with members who come from 178 countries and speak over 40 different languages. We are proud to have helped over 18,000 immigrants become American citizens and new voters since 2001 through our affiliate, The Citizenship Project. The Culinary Union has a diverse membership -- approximately 55% women, 54% Latinx, 19% White, 15% Asian, 10% Black, and less than 1% Indigenous Peoples — and consists of guest room attendants, cocktail and food servers, porters, bellmen, cooks, bartenders, laundry and kitchen workers. The Culinary Union has been fighting for fair wages, job security, and good health benefits for workers in Nevada for 84 years. ### MORE NEWS
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Union’s inflatable rat protests spur legal battle over right to protest

Union’s inflatable rat protests spur legal battle over right to protest | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The union claims the NLRB is trying to restrict its right to free speech and assembly.
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Setka under pressure from major unions

Setka under pressure from major unions | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Australia's three largest unions are urging rogue construction union boss John Setka to quit ahead of Labor powerbrokers axing him from the party.
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AT&T Job Cuts Have Continued As It Abandons Midwest Communities

AT&T Job Cuts Have Continued As It Abandons Midwest Communities | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
AT&T has not upheld its promises to create more jobs across the board in the wake of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2018, legislation it lobbied to pass.In fact, specifically in Midwest...
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Australia's biggest unions push back, demanding Setka resign

Australia's biggest unions push back, demanding Setka resign | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Major unions, including those with large female memberships, have backed ACTU leader Sally McManus’s call for John Setka to go.
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GM asks for arbitration in UAW job transfer lawsuit

In court filings dated Wednesday, General Motors is asking a federal judge to allow an “impartial umpire” to arbitrate the job transfer issues that have prom...
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On the picket line –

On the picket line – | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Delta ground & cabin crew supported by U.S., global unions

Transport unions across the U.S. are joining forces with International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) affiliates in North America to back the Machinists’ (IAM) campaign to organize the ground and cabin crew at Delta Air Lines.
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When a Friend Tells a Consultant He Signed a Union Card

#unionavoidance #unionactivity I had a friend tell me he signed a union card at a major organization this weekend. We were at a rock show and took a Lyf
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Howes: Auto investments herald UAW bargaining

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Howes: Auto investments herald arrival of UAW bargaining time The Detroit News Published 10:35 PM EDT Jun 13, 2019 General Motors employees work on the chassis line as they build the frame, power train and suspension onto the truck's body on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the Flint Assembly Plant in Flint, Mich. GM will invest $150 million in equipment at its Flint truck plant to rev up production of its new Chevy Silverado and other vehicles. GM President Mark Reuss made the announcement at a news conference at Flint Assembly on Wednesday, June 12, the automaker's second major expansion of its full-size pickup production capacity this year. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP) Jake May, AP The United Auto Workers’ national contract talks with Detroit’s three automakers, beginning next month, are a quadrennial rite steeped in equal parts economics, politics and theater. The past few months have delivered large helpings of all three, thanks to auto executives angling to buy goodwill with rank-and-file members and their bargaining committees. The preferred tool: plant investments to expand production, create jobs and curry a bit more favor with President Donald Trump, the nation's tweeter-in-chief and self-appointed defender of working folks. Not that the auto brass actually would admit such crass transactionalism. Right, the timing of their investments is driven solely by product cycles, not contract dates or the need to impress Wall Street investors still unconvinced the new Detroit is fundamentally different from the lot the feds ran through taxpayer-funded bankruptcy 10 years ago.  This week is no exception — witness General Motors Co.’s pledge to invest $150 million at Flint Assembly to build heavy-duty pickups even as it moves to idle four U.S. plants, three of them in Michigan and Ohio. The automaker also is investing $300 million and adding 400 jobs at Orion Assembly, creating 450 jobs at three other Ohio plants, and spending $24 million in Fort Wayne to boost truck production. Mark Franko, 28-year General Motors employee, holds an American flag as employees gather outside the plant, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Lordstown, Ohio. General Motors' sprawling Lordstown assembly plant near Youngstown is ending production of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, ending for now more than 50 years of auto manufacturing at the site. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Tony Dejak, AP Anything to deflect attention from the looming closure of its Lordstown Assembly plant in northeast Ohio's Mahoning Valley. GM's North American plant restructuring, announced the Monday after Thanksgiving, rekindled public and political sentiment expecting an automaker bailed out by U.S. taxpayers a decade ago to keep operating — whatever the market trends.  Those expectations, however unmoored from the reality of GM's past or its present excess plant capacity problems, won't change anytime soon. The times won't allow it, no matter how desperately CEO Mary Barra and her team want to leave their past behind.  At least until talks conclude in the fall and Lordstown's fate finally is bargained, the 1960s-era plant and its people will remain a flashpoint with the UAW, the White House and members of Congress. All are suitably outraged by the industrial logic that makes GM the leading importer of vehicles built in Mexico (725,108 last year), leaving the folks of Lordstown behind or moving to find work.  Rival Ford Motor Co. early this year invested $1 billion in its Chicago Assembly, pumped $900 million into Flat Rock Assembly south of Detroit, and is upping SUV production in Kentucky. And Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is preparing to build a new Jeep assembly plant on Detroit’s east side even as it expands production of Grand Cherokees at nearby Jefferson North Assembly. It's all a setup for arguably the most contentious round of UAW-Big Three labor talks since GM and the old Chrysler Group LLC emerged from bankruptcy a decade ago. After a long run of strong profitability, UAW members will be expecting base-wage increases, signing bonuses, sweetened profit-sharing formulas and yet more new product allocations to ensure plants keep humming. Reality is likely to be less bullish. Trump's replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement has scant hope of passing a House controlled by Democrats, leaving the UAW with a trade deal its leaders consistently say they hate. His multi-front trade war with China and the European Union is producing meaningful headwinds for automakers, including the prospect of 25% tariffs on vehicles imported into the States. The upgrades will make Flat Rock Assembly Plant capable of producing electrified and autonomous vehicles, plus the Mustang and Lincoln Continental. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News Sales in China, the world's largest market, are declining, causing meaningful implications for GM and Ford. A slowdown in the pace of U.S. sales is expected within the life of the next UAW contract, with one analyst — John Murphy of Bank of America Merrill Lynch — predicting a 30% slide in auto sales come 2022. And a federal criminal investigation into alleged corruption at the UAW's joint training centers, funded by the automakers, as well as charities associated with top union leaders, looms over the talks. Hardly affirmation, that, of a union long-considered "clean" compared to its peers in organized labor. How the continuing probe could affect this year's bargaining, if at all, remains to be seen. Still, the pressure will be significant: the industry is changing much faster, and demanding more financial discipline, than four-year bargaining cycles can effectively manage. Just ask the people in Lordstown. In less than one contract, their plant went from running three shifts building the Chevrolet Cruze compact to empty and idled, waiting to learn their fate.   daniel.howes@detroitnews.com (313) 222-2106 Daniel Howes’ column runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Follow him on Twitter @DanielHowes_TDN, listen to his Saturday podcasts, or catch him at 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursdays on Michigan Radio’s “Stateside,” 91.7 FM Published 10:35 PM EDT Jun 13, 2019
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Detroit Delta Airline catering workers vote to strike

Detroit Delta Airline catering workers vote to strike | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Detroit Delta Airline catering workers have voted to go on strike.
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Most Gig Workers Won’t Be Seen as Employees, Trump Lawyers Say

Most Gig Workers Won’t Be Seen as Employees, Trump Lawyers Say | PSLabor:  Your Union Free Advantage | Scoop.it
The Trump administration is limiting legal protections for many gig workers, the top prosecutors at the Labor Department and National Labor Relations Board told Bloomberg Law June 13.
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