Posts tagged health care benefits

    Tacoma Art Museum at leadership crossroads at a time when employees work to unionize

    December 27, 2022 // Employees began their union efforts last spring and announced in October they were organizing. They invited TAM’s board to voluntarily recognize their union, TAM Workers United (TAMWU). The board declined. In a statement, TAM’s board acknowledged that its staff has legitimate grievances over personnel management and workplace equity.

    Op-Ed: Disney Cast Members Set to Strike Over Wages

    November 7, 2022 // Contract negotiations failed when Disney refused to go above its proposed $1 per hour wage increase. The union has been asking for a $ 5-an-hour increase that would take place over the next three years. The state of negotiations is not known at this time. It is possible that the strike is being used as a negotiation tactic, which is not unusual when negotiations seem to be stalling.

    Orange County bus strike enters Day 2, leaving riders stranded

    November 4, 2022 // The union called the walkout Wednesday -- setting up picket lines at the agency's Santa Ana and Garden Grove yards -- and Thursday was the first day that bus commuters were left to look for alternate means of getting to and from work, doctor visits and other appointments. OCTA had alerted commuters to check the agency's website for any updates -- but despite the warnings, people unaware of the disruption were still seen Thursday morning at various bus stops, waiting for buses that weren't coming.

    Teacher group says communication with APS broke down after School Board allowed unionizing

    November 1, 2022 // Arlington Public Schools became the second school district in Virginia to do so, after the General Assembly in 2020 repealed a ban on school employees bargaining collectively. Before that, AEA advocated for public school employees but could not guarantee benefits through legally binding contracts. This month, organization members told the School Board that its approval of the collective bargaining resolution shut out staff, and since then, communication has worsened between employees and APS’s top leaders.

    N.J. public worker premium hikes, Murphy deal with unions will cost taxpayers. Leaders are baffled.

    October 18, 2022 // Murphy, a Democrat, did strike a deal with several state worker unions to mitigate their costs, enraging local leaders and unions representing town and county workers who warn of higher property taxes and layoffs. In the end, New Jersey taxpayers will shoulder the lion’s share of the rise in costs, but exactly how much remains a mystery. The Murphy administration hasn’t provided an exact amount and did not answer questions from legislative officials during budget negotiations.

    United Steelworkers hold rally for new labor contract

    October 10, 2022 // U.S Steel and its unions are currently fighting over a new labor contract. Typically contracts culminate to four years in length and include things like wage increases amongst other things. The rally held today included steelworkers from many of the mines expressing their grievances.

    Old Town Voodoo Doughnut employees vote to unionize

    October 3, 2022 // Voodoo Doughnut was founded by Portlanders Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon at the Old Town location in 2003. The Portland Business Journal reported that the San Francisco-based equity firm Fundamental Capital bought a large stake in the company in 2017. However, Kenneth and Pogson told PBJ that they retained “significant ownership and influence in the company.” Doughnut Workers United and Voodoo Doughnut itself did not immediately respond to KOIN 6’s request for comment.

    Report: Kroger eyes possibility of Ohio employee strike

    September 19, 2022 // "It's business as usual at Kroger. A strike authorization doesn't mean a strike. Associates should continue to report to work as scheduled." WBNS also quoted the Kroger statement as saying: "The fully recommended agreement on our last best and final offer showed our commitment to the whole person, providing wage increases, high-quality, affordable health care, and a pension benefit for retirement.

    Understanding America’s Labor Shortage: The Most Impacted Industries

    September 9, 2022 // For example, durable goods manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and education and health services have a labor shortage—these industries have more unfilled job openings than unemployed workers with experience in their respective industry. Even if every unemployed person with experience in the durable goods manufacturing industry were employed, the industry would only fill 65% of the vacant jobs. Conversely, in the transportation, construction, and mining industries, there is a labor surplus. There are more unemployed workers with experience in their respective industry than there are open jobs.

    Strike ends as union workers reach agreement with FireKing

    August 4, 2022 // Jay Dennis, business agent for Teamsters Local No. 89, represents FireKing workers. He said although an agreement has been reached with the company, the union is planning to pursue Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the employer. The union also filed ULP charges before the start of the strike, but those charges are still pending. “It’s a testament to our members that they were able to endure all of this and still come out as winners,” Teamsters Local No. 89 President Avral Thompson said. “These folks stood together, said enough is enough, and showed their employer what real union power looks like.” Rick Mejia, picket line misconduct, strike action,