BlueCollarWriter Labor News Update


Labor News Update - 05/09/2023

Writers Guild of America Strike Updates

WGA Strike Hub website:

‘It’s Going to Be a While’: No End in Sight for Hollywood Strike

‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff ‘The Hedge Knight’ Writers Room Pauses as George R.R. Martin Offers ‘Unequivocal Support’ of WGA

Daredevil Shoot Shut Down by Teamsters Refusing to Cross Picket Lines —  Disney+'s upcoming Daredevil: Born Again shuts down production in New York City after Teamsters refuse to cross picket lines as WGA East protests

Stand with the WGA: What Working People Are Doing This Week

The Onion (satire): Inflatable Scabby The Rat Keeps Trying To Give Striking Hollywood Writers Copy Of His Screenplay

Labor News

Airline Pilots in the U.S. Are Barreling Closer to a Possible Strike

Teamsters Local 399 Hires Former Netflix Senior Counsel Kay Kimmel — “It’s almost unheard of to see lawyers move from management side to the side of working people,” the union's leader Lindsay Dougherty said in a statement.

ICYMI - Hollywood Teamsters Chief Lindsay Dougherty Rallies WGA Strikers - A blazing speech by the first female and youngest-ever leader of the union is a hit with WGA rank and file

School bus drivers' strike in Marlborough to enter second day; talks continue in Westborough

BREAKING: 500 members of UAW Local 12 who make vehicle batteries for Clarios in Holland, Ohio, have walked out on strike after voting down the company's latest offer by 98%.

Over 300 Workers at Auto Parts Supplier Yanfeng Vote to Join UAW

Unionized Apple store employees propose tipping, increased pay, and more paid time off

Teamsters Local 145 members are demanding Mayor Mark Lauretti follow the law and honor their contract, after a state board awarded the Shelton municipal workers an agreement on March 29. The ruling grants workers better pay and working conditions.

As a union that represents virtually every profession in the health care industry, the Teamsters are proud to celebrate National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6-12, and all health care workers during National Hospital Week, which runs from May 7-13

Unions vital to protecting our Democracy

L.A. teachers union members overwhelmingly approve contract that will raise salaries 21%

As anticipated, the Juneau School District Board of Education voted to accept a three-year contract agreement with Juneau Education Association on Friday after a collective bargaining process that lasted for more than a year.

DC teachers’ retroactive pay delayed due to ‘administrative complications,’ union says

The New York Times is on the cusp of finally inking a historic contract with its guild employees that would end messy and protracted negotiations, Confider has learned.

‘We have to continue to teach this university a lesson’: 3 Rutgers faculty unions vote to ratify contract, but say ‘unfinished business’ remains

Teamster Local 830 and Liberty Coca-Cola have ended a four-week long strike in Philadelphia's Juniata Park neighborhood on Monday.

‘Earned the pay increases they seek’: Mediator sides with teachers union in dispute over pay in St. Johns County

Politics, Government & Legislation

Migrant Child Labor Debate in Congress Becomes Mired in Immigration Fight

Oregon bill would let workers refuse unsafe Work

Wisconsin AFL-CIO: Statement on LRB 2025 - the latest attempt by Wisconsin politicians to roll-back child labor laws

The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of a law that sets the nation’s debt limit, arguing it is unconstitutional as a political divide over raising the borrowing cap comes to a head.

Overturning Labor Laws: A New Republican Assault on Children

State legislators and members of the Minnesota Nurses Association on Monday said they were blindsided when they learned of demands from the Mayo Clinic to the legislature: reject or make big changes to two bills – or it will pull billions in planned investments and move them somewhere else.

Kentucky 2023 Primary Election Guide

NLRB News & Decisions 

Summary of NLRB Decisions for Week of April 24 - 28, 2023

Union Starbucks workers say organizer was illegally fired over protected labor activity

Jobs, Business & Economy 

Teacher Appreciation Week, National Nurses Week 2023: Deals, discounts and freebies

Jobs report: Which industries are hiring workers? "There are good signs and there's broad growth," William Spriggs, chief economist for the labor federation AFL-CIO, told ABC News. "But many of the sectors didn't do very much."

Unemployment rate sinks in April for Black and Hispanic workers, but holds steady for Asians — “The Black unemployment rate fell for quirky reasons in a way,” said AFL-CIO chief economist William Spriggs. That’s because the labor force participation rate for Black workers declined in April, he said, dropping to 63% from 64.1% in March. For Black men, the rate slipped to 67.8% from 70.5%.

West Virginia’s jails staffing crisis continues at a very high rate, with 1,040 vacancies across the system and officials describing particularly high rates at eight locations.

West Virginia Hospital Association President and CEO Jim Kaufman said the state has seen an increase in more EMS providers due to statewide efforts to fill staffing shortages.

The city of Cincinnati’s pension fund lost nearly 9% on its investments last year, a setback that added to the system’s woes and has led to the board asking City Council to drastically increase its contributions in the coming decades.

Boycotts can "definitely" have an impact on a company's public image, but experts say there is less evidence they have a long-term impact on Bud Light's revenue.

This Day in Labor History 

Labor History in 2:00 Podcast:

May 9 - Remembering Walter Reuther

On this day in Labor History the year was 1970.   On that day workers and the US labor movement lost a leading voice in a tragic plane crash.  


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