31,000 Stop and Shop Workers in New England Walk Off The Job

More than 31,000 retail workers recently walked off the job at Stop and Shop supermarkets across three states. This is the largest retail industry strike in the past 16 years. In fact, more than 10,000 retail workers have not struck in over 15 years. The union and supermarket chain disagreed in negotiations on health-care benefits,…
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Expect More Walkouts and Strikes in the Near Future

Strikes take two forms: “economic” and “unfair labor practice.” Economic strikes are work stoppages to protest wages, hours, working conditions, or other mandatory subjects of bargaining. By contrast, unfair labor practice strikes are a work stoppage to protest an unfair labor practice committed by an employer. The right to strike is not limited to employees…
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When to Reinstate Returning Strikers Depends on the Type of Strike

o ensure adequate staffing, employers faced with impending strikes often contract with employment agencies to supply temporary replacement workers. Typically, these agencies require employers to ensure employment of the replacements for multiple days, no matter how long the strike lasts. These contractual obligations often are a reason employers refuse to reinstate strikers at the end of…
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Spectrum Customers Targeted by Union

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is launching a digital ad campaign urging customers of Spectrum to “cut the cord on Spectrum.” The campaign has the backing of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) who signed a pledge with other politicians to boycott Spectrum and it’s New York news network, Spectrum News NY1. The workers went on strike nearly 2…
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Workers to Strike Against…Union Busting AFL-CIO

Imagine an employer giving a unionized workforce an ultimatum for concessions, then imposing cuts when the local union balked. That is what happened, and the employer is the AFL-CIO. Employees of the AFL-CIO say the labor group is not practicing what it preaches, and they’re prepared to picket over it. About 50 janitors, drivers, secretaries, and accountants at the union’s…
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Union Strikes Over Hotel’s Environmentally-Friendly Program

UNITE-HERE claims to have taken thousands of employees out on strike against Marriott properties mainly because of Marriott’s Go Green program which encourages guests to re-use bath towels and to forego having rooms cleaned daily. While the union stated that after months of negotiations, multiple issues remain, their principal claim in the press release is that “the employer failed to make…
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